Staff

Meet our dedicated team of professionals who are utilizing the latest procedures and methods that get results.

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Natalie Semon, PT, MPT, CSCS, Cert. DN, CKTP

Natalie Semon is an Arizona native and exercise enthusiast who loves to run, swim, cycle and golf. With over 20 years of experience and a Master’s of Physical Therapy, Natalie enjoys working with people of all ages and ability levels to help them “stay in the game.” Natalie has worked with professional football players, as well as collegiate and high school athletes.

As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Natalie is adept at creating customized programs that are designed to address an individual’s specific needs and sporting activity.  Natalie previously worked as an Orthopedic Specialist for Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. During her six-year tenure at St. Joe’s, Natalie created the Spine Rehabilitation Program utilized at the Barrows Neurological Institute.

Natalie is an expert in providing pain management treatment through integrative systemic dry needling and cupping/Integrative Microcirculation Therapy. Natalie has had the honor of contributing a chapter on the practical use of Contemporary Dry Needling in conjunction with Dr. Yun-toa Ma, PhD, educator, writer, scientist, and founder of the American Dry Needling Institute. She also assisted Dr. Ma in the teaching of the Advanced Dry Needling techniques.

Natalie obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Arizona. In 1995, Natalie then graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  Her education included training and internships at UCLA Sports Medicine and Rancho Los Amigos.

Rose Armstrong, ATC, CSCS, CKTP

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Rose has been an employee for Camelback Sports Therapy from its inception and has helped grow the practice to what it is today.

Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Iowa. While attending the University of Iowa, Rose competed on the university’s softball team.  There she developed her interest to combine athletics and medicine and was soon accepted into the Hawkeye’s Athletic Training Program. After graduation she was awarded an athletic trainer internship at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.

Looking for clearer skies, Rose decided to settle in Phoenix.  She began her career as an athletic trainer for John C. Lincoln Institute for Sports Medicine and the Paradise Valley School District.  She worked clinically in physical therapy assisting with the rehabilitation of athletes and served as head athletic trainer for Horizon and North Canyon High School.

After developing a strong passion for rehabilitation Rose changed focus and joined St Joseph’s Center for Sports Medicine and from there Camelback Sports Therapy. Over the years she has acquired certifications from the National Athletic Training Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. She continues to provide athletic training services to professional, collegiate, high school, Olympic development athletes as well as the weekend warriors.

Jenna Bartels, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

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Dr. Jenna Bartels, a native Midwesterner, graduated from Michigan Tech University where she received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball. She earned her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from University of Wisconsin La Crosse.  Dr. Bartels coached Junior Varsity and Varsity women’s high school basketball and set two collegiate basketball records at Michigan Tech University.

Dr. Bartels stays in shape by biking, practicing hot yoga, and working out.  She loves boating, jet skiing and most outdoor activities. She is a “Cheese head” (Packers fan) at heart, has traveled domestically and internationally, and loves to sample cuisines from all over the world.

Dr. Bartels has a passion for physical therapy. She has worked with people of all ages and conducted and presented her research on preventing fall risk in the elderly at the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association conference. Dr. Bartels is certified in advanced dry needling to provide cutting edge treatment to her patients.  She provides pain management treatment through cupping/Integrative Microcirculation Therapy, Dry Needling, manipulation adjustments of back and neck, therapeutic massage, and a variety of other manual skills and modalities.

Dr. Bartels helps keep her patients off the sidelines and back in the game through her experience in physical therapy, her knowledge in sports, and through her participation in collegiate athletics.

 

Jenny Teslevich, PT, DPT, DN, Cert. LSVT Big Clinician

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Dr. Jenny Teslevich, a Phoenix native, graduated from Arizona State University where she played Division I Volleyball. She earned her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. At NAU, she researched exercise prevention in Division I athletes and effects of intensive physical therapy with regards to chronic stroke. She has coached and trained young female athletes for 5+ years specializing in volleyball.

Dr. Teslevich is extremely driven to provide the best possible care, experience, and results for each of her patients. She enjoys treating individuals of ALL ages with a variety of diagnosis including orthopedic, neurological, and vestibular who want to “stay in the game” and remain active and healthy. She provides pain management treatment through cupping/Integrative Microcirculation Therapy, therapeutic soft tissue mobilization, functional therapeutic exercise, and a variety of techniques to match each individual’s goals and needs.

Dr. Teslevich is also a certified LSVT Big® clinician.  LSVT Big® is a highly specialized movement program for people with Parkinson’s disease to improve walking, limb control/speed, balance, and over-all quality of life.

Dr. Teslevich enjoys staying active by hiking Squaw Peak, attending group fitness classes including Pilates and interval training, and hanging out with friends and family. She enjoys shopping local at farmer’s markets and local artisans as well as finding unique experiences or restaurants in Phoenix.  She looks forward to providing the best individualized care and helping you feel and move better!

Lauren Provencio, PT, DPT, DN

Dr. Lauren Provencio, a native to Colorado, has found herself back in Arizona after enjoying her time up in Flagstaff where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University. While she misses the beautiful Rocky Mountains, she is enjoying getting a feel for the desert life and all it has to offer.

Dr. Provencio is inspired by treating the whole person, not just the injury. She enjoys treating adolescents and finds joy in helping people of all ages “stay in the game.” She enjoys providing pain management through therapeutic soft tissue mobilization, dry needling, and individualized therapeutic activity to meet her patients’ individual goals ranging from confidence in walking to helping competitive athletes. She has experience with pediatric therapy and treating a diverse population of orthopedic injuries.

Dr. Provencio is an avid runner, adventure seeker, loves hiking and swinging in her hammock with a good book and cup of tea. She looks forward to providing you with the best individualized care possible and helping you get to where you strive to be!

Zack McConnell, PT, DPT, DN

Dr. Zack McConnell, from Michigan, had enough of scraping ice off his windshield and made the move to sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Born and raised

in Michigan, he earned his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. Dr. McConnell later earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan where he was able to give back to his community after the Flint water crisis, providing pro bono physical therapy services as a local community center along with organizing donations for victims.

Having previous experience working with professional NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL athletes, college and high school athletes, Dr. McConnell excels at sports-related injuries where he’s able to incorporate sport-specific treatment techniques and proficient in incorporating customized care to athletes of all backgrounds and skill levels. Dr. McConnell loves making connections with his patients and provides them with the best possible care by utilizing treatment techniques ranging from dry needling, (Kinesio) taping, Integrative Microcirculation Therapy/cupping, soft tissue and joint mobilization and manipulations, and blood occlusion therapy. He understands that everyone has a personal, specific goal in reach and he takes pride in helping make that goal a reality.

Dr. McConnell cheers for anyone from Michigan: University of Michigan, Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Red Wings. In his spare time you’ll find him sampling craft beers, listening to podcasts and reading. He enjoys staying active with CrossFit, MMA, trail running, hunting/fishing, hiking, backpacking, and camping. His goal since moving to Arizona is to complete the Cactus to Cloud hiking trail in Palm Springs!

Melissa DiTaranto, PT, DPT, DN

Melissa DiTranato is originally from Massachusetts and has been a physical therapist for 12 years. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston. She has moved to Arizona to enjoy the heat and to take advantage of outdoor activities year round.

Melissa enjoys working with people of all ages and specializes working with young athletes. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a certified Mulligan practitioner and certified in dry needling. She is also an expert in cupping and instrumented soft tissue mobilization and uses all these techniques to help her patients return to all the activities that they love. She can build a customized program for an athlete to return to their sport or for the active adult trying to stay in shape and get the most out of life.

Melissa has always been a competitive athlete and although she retired her soccer cleats, she still competes at a high level by continuing to run for the United States Track and Field Masters Division. Her recent accomplishment include being the 2018 National Champion for the 100m dash in her age group, Bronze medalist in the Long Jump and 200m dash. When Melissa is not working, she enjoys training on the track, in the gym and doing active outdoor activities with and without her dog. Melissa also loves to travel and living life to the fullest.

Caleb Case, PT, DPT, DN

Dr. Caleb Case, a graduate of Northern Arizona University’s DPT program has been fortunate to work with athletes of all ages, with experience in outpatient sports and acute care.

First developing a passion for movement on the green grass of the Midwest, Caleb continues his active lifestyle through travel, hiking and running.

Caleb’s family played a key role in developing his love for physical therapy as he witnessed his sister find relief and improvement at PT after countless surgeries due to an antibiotic toxicity that damaged her tendons and ligaments. Caleb relishes each day at the opportunity to have an impact on those like his sister who want to regain their physical capabilities.

Eric Torgerson, PTA

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Eric grew up in Idaho and earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from Dordt College in Iowa and later earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree.

Eric specializes in patients with orthopedic and sport related injuries, which has a lot to do with his past involvement in athletics.  He incorporates Integrative Microcirculation Therapy/cupping and Kinesio Tape into his treatment.  Both result in added benefits that provide relief outside of your physical therapy appointment.

As a former collegiate football and baseball athlete, Eric has an understanding of the physical demands required to excel in sports.  He utilizes this skill every day to rehabilitate our athletes of all sports and levels.  He also worked as an Athletic Trainer at Dordt College which provided him excellent experience in accurately assessing pain/injury and returning athletes quickly to their sport.

In his free time, Eric continues to enjoy playing recreational baseball, going to any and all sporting events, traveling to unique locations, and hanging out with friends.

Eric Strode, PTA

Eric is an Arizona native and began his path to becoming a physical therapist assistant after being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps (USMC). From the USMC he transitioned to becoming a personal trainer where his passion for helping others improve physically grew. With the goal of learning more ways to best help others be the best they can be, Eric went on to earn his Physical Therapist Assistant degree.

His past experiences helped shape the mindset he has now practicing as a PTA. He is actively invested in healing the whole person by working with them to set and reach their goals through education, stretching, manual therapy, and personalized care. The Marine in Eric loves working with the team at Camelback Sports Therapy and sees each one of his patients as a part of that team.

During Eric’s free time you can find him cheering for the Yotes (Arizona Coyotes) no matter what their record is. He also enjoys power-lifting and staying in shape, playing guitar, and hanging out with friends.

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