Meet Our Staff
Carlos Ramirez, COTA
Carlos moved from California to Arizona in 2005 and was hired at Desert Hand Therapy shortly thereafter. Prior to moving into therapy, Carlos was certified as a Licensed Massage Therapist in CA. While at DHT, Carlos earned his Associate degree in Applied Science for Occupational Therapy Assistant. Since then, he has dedicated his career to the treatment and rehabilitation of the upper extremity while being mentored by several Certified Hand Therapists. He has worked with therapists at our Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, Cofco, and Clarendon offices. He has a particular interest in tendon injuries and pursuing further continuing education in modalities, such as kinesiotaping. He is currently in the process of pursuing his Masters’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Carlos is actively involved in daily managerial duties at the Clarendon clinic when not treating patients.
Carlos, his wife, and 3 boys enjoy outdoor activities which include riding bicycles, soccer, football, and going to the zoo.
Cori Pooley, OTD, OTR/L
Cori graduated from Northern Arizona University with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2018. She gained valuable, well-rounded experience in both outpatient pediatric and hospital-based settings prior to joining the DHPT team. Cori loves the field of Occupational Therapy and helping her patients to achieve their goals regardless of disease, disability, or injury. Her interests include focusing on advanced upper extremity rehabilitation and working towards obtaining her certificate in hand therapy. She hopes to one day combine her love of pediatrics and hand therapy, serving children with congenital or traumatic upper extremity conditions. When not in the clinic, Cori enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking care of her plants, and creating art.
Danielle Giannantonio, PTA
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Danielle graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Wellness and from GateWay Community College an Associate of Physical Therapist Assisting. When she is not working, her hobbies are working out, playing video games, and golfing when the weather is nice.
Lisa Austin, PT, CSCS
Lisa Austin is a native of Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences. She continued her graduate studies at AT Still University for Physical Therapy. Lisa has been practicing for over 20 years. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is Certified in Dry Needling. Lisa utilizes different treatment techniques to develop individual treatment programs based on the patient’s goals. Personally, Lisa enjoys watching college basketball, golfing, and baking. She enjoys reading and learning about the world around her. Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Amp, and their son, Aubry.
Desert Hand and Physical Therapy
3104 E. Indian School Rd, Suite 200A
Phoenix, AZ 85016