Amy Brannon, PT, DPT, Cert-DN, Cert-SMT, Dip. Osteopractic, AAMT Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
The founder of T.O.P.S. Physical Therapy, Dr. Amy Brannon, is a Licensed Physical Therapist with over a decade of experience, specializing in functional physical therapy, sports, industrial, work rehabilitation and athletic training programs.
Dr. Brannon is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. She participated in this program to help improve the quality of her patient care by advancing manipulation skills, dry needling skills, general manual skills, and clinical reasoning skills. It was also very important for her to strengthen her knowledge base to be able to provide strong evidence-based techniques, thus improving patient outcomes.
Dr. Brannon feels confident that she is integrating the best available research, clinical expertise, patient values, and circumstances related to their case or condition in her treatment decision making.
Dr. Brannon participated in an 18-month long program that spends extensive time honing in her skills through class work, hands-on work, and 350+ hours of direct mentorship. She is also defined as an Osteopractor, which is summarized as physical therapists or medical doctors who have completed an evidence-based post-graduate training program in the use of high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation and dry needling for the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities.
This places Dr. Brannon in the top 5% of all physical therapists currently practicing in the United States. She demonstrates that she has adhered to the APTA Vision Statement for lifelong learning and ongoing professional development, all while running her own clinic. Dr. Brannon has shared this knowledge with her current staff, thus the T.O.P.S. clinicians are integrating strong research and clinical based treatments on their patients, with astounding outcomes.
More information about what the fellowship entails is the following: Course work includes earning certification in spinal manipulation and dry needling via comprehensive oral, written, and practical examination, extremity manipulation, spinal and extremity mobilization, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, biopsychosocial and pharmaceutical aspects of pain management, differential diagnosis and multimodal management of upper and lower extremity pain syndromes of spinal origin, emerging technologies in physical therapy [wireless EMG, functional MRI (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), diagnostic ultrasound (DU)], biostatistics for clinical research, grant writing and publication, clinical research design and methodology, manual therapy in developing nations and underserved populations, clinical reasoning for the management of vestibular disorders, applied musculoskeletal anatomy with cadavers and neuromusculoskeletal imaging. Bi-monthly journal article review and blog posts. Teaching assistant in the spinal manipulation and dry needling courses. Each fellow-in-training (FIT) must complete 310 mentor/patient treatment hours. Additionally, a lecture and lab teaching presentation must be completed by the FIT. Lastly, a publishable quality capstone project must be completed. To deem the AAMT Fellowship program as rigorous would be a huge understatement.
Dr. Brannon has a degree in Pre-Health Kinesiology from University of California, Berkeley, where she also served as the head student trainer for the Cal Bears football, softball and gymnastic teams. After completing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, Amy moved to Arizona and joined a world-renowned rehabilitation and training facility where she worked with a variety of professional athletes, first responders and general population.
For the past ten years, Dr. Brannon has developed an increased passion to work extensively with military, fire and police personnel on injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as conditioning programs. Her entrepreneurial spirit is fueled by her desire to be of service to her community, and she and the team at T.O.P.S. Physical Therapy actively support local events.
In high school, Amy was an accomplished softball player, having received Santa Barbara's All-County catcher of the year and Scholar Athlete of the year two times. Now, in her free time, Dr. Brannon enjoys being generally active, whether it be running, swimming, lifting weights, or hiking... you can't hold her down! If she's not training for a race, she's running one or volunteering for the event. If you see her at one of the many local races around the Phoenix area, greet her with an enthusiastic "Go Bears!"
Chad Bohls, MS, ATC/L, PES, EMT
With a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from South Dakota State University and a Master's degree in Sports Healthcare from A.T. Still University, Chad has been bringing his passion for athletic rehabilitation and conditioning to Arizona since 2004. In addition to his degrees, Chad is a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as well as a certified ASTYM provider.
Mr. Bohls provides a variety of treatments, that include manual work to functional mobility for tissue restructuring, break down of scar adhesions or tissue, and/or for increased joint mobility. Mr. Bohls feels confident that he is integrating the best available research, clinical expertise, patient values, and circumstances related to their case or condition in his treatment decision making.
Mr. Bohls is the leading expert in running mechanic analysis and Positional Release Therapy (PRT). Not all runners are created equal, and neither are their injury prevention programs or recovery methods. Thus, by combining science and practical experience, successful approaches can be made for the individual. PRT, better known as a strain-counterstrain technique, focuses on positioning the body and tissue in positions of comfort, the neurological system can be manipulated to interrupt the pain spasm cycle and over time, to reset the resting length of tissue in a "normal" range, which promotes increase in strength, performance and function. Much like unkinking a knot from a chain necklace, PRT works in the same fashion; tissues are pushed together, twisted, compressed and manipulated to take tension off "neurological chain links." The therapy is pain-free and is suited for all ages and most painful conditions.
Mr. Bohls has received extensive training and has over 10+ years of experience, which sets him apart as one of the top clinical Athletic Trainer's in the state of Arizona.
Chad enjoys sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings, Twins and the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. But he reserves his die-hard fandom for his beloved home team: his wife and children.
Luke Carr, PT, DPT, CSCS
Luke is a graduate of the University of Southern California's doctorate of physical therapy program and a proud Wyoming native. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming majoring in Kinesiology and Health Promotion while also involving himself in biomechanical research. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Luke moved to Los Angeles and obtained his doctorate degree from USC in May of 2017. During his time at USC, Luke also became a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and had the opportunity to work with athletes from high school to the professional level. He is extremely excited to enhance his clinical skills and help individuals live and maintain an active lifestyle.
In addition to his passion for physical therapy, Luke loves to be outdoors; camping, hiking, fishing, and golfing whenever possible.
Cassidee Ranger, Marketing Manager
Cassidee joins the T.O.P.S. Physical Therapy team as Marketing and Social Media Manager. She possesses strong leadership skills, vision, and conceptualization to develop an integrated plan with the creativity to achieve the best course of action. Cassidee graduated from Iona College, where she earned her degree in Business Management and played four years of Division I Basketball for the Gaels. While at Iona, Cassidee was also very involved in various clubs and groups. She was an officer in the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs) and the VP of the Business Club. As an avid learner and educational enthusiast, Cassidee has continued to further her education and recently graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She graduated in May 2017 with her Master's in Business Administration.
When she is not attending school, or working as a Marketing and Social Media Manager, Cassidee likes to take spontaneous trips and travel! She is excited to be a part of the T.O.P.S. family and to pursue her passion in marketing and social media.
Mila Baich, Office Manager
Mila joins T.O.P.S. as our Office Manager. She comes to us from a non-profit background, which has given her a foundation to take part in running an effective office environment. She runs an organized and welcoming front office, which helps make a comforting place for patients. Mila graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies.
When Mila is not at T.O.P.S., she spends her time enjoying sporting events, working on volunteer fundraisers and events.
Marlena Jeffery, Head PT Technician
Marlena joins T.O.P.S. Physical Therapy as the Lead Technician and has over three years of experience working as a tech in several different settings.
She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's in Exercise and Wellness and plans to use her knowledge from her undergrad program and working in physical therapy clinics to further her education in Physical Therapy.
When Marlena is not at T.O.P.S., you can catch her salsa dancing at venues around the valley or performing with her a capella group. She also enjoys activities such as slack lining, uni-cycling, traveling, hiking with her dog, and wearing a fanny pack.