Hear From Our Friends:
Lisa and her staff are truly exceptional therapists! It starts with being greeted with a big smile from Jasmine, the proficient receptionist. Patrick warmly greets you next, and leads you through exercises, checking back regularly to see that you are okay. Lisa does thorough evaluations of your condition, and designs a treatment program that generates noticeable improvement early on. She knows just how much pressure to apply, and where. Lisa is a warm hearted, truly gifted therapist, and very creative in modifying exercises as needed. Troy is another very good hands on therapist, and is also a good listener, as the whole staff is. Carlos is very quick in assessing and providing what is needed to improve limited function in a hand, and loves to laugh. Shelby is energetic, quick to smile, and also gets good results with her hands on treatments and exercise coaching. I have been a client of Desert Hand & Therapy for 3 different injuries to the back, body, and hand. Each time I have regained full function and become pain free. They are the best in their field, and I am truly grateful!
– Ray S.
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.
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.
Scot Graduated from Arizona State University with BS degree in 1983. Graduated University Puget Sound 1986 with MOT Masters in Occupational Therapy. CHT Certified Hand Therapist since 1992.
Enjoy working with a variety of hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions including challenging and traumatic cases.
Have lived in Phoenix since 1967. married to Sharon who is an OT. 2 children Nichole age 29 a marketing and design professional in the fashion industry. Samuel age 27 an Aerospace and Mechanical engineer working with a defense contractor.
I enjoy weightlifting, biking and golfing, and relaxing with friends and family
Shelby Johnson PT, DPT, CSCS
Joined DHPT in 2022
School: I attended the University of Wyoming for my undergraduate degree and Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ for my Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Experience/Background to Highlight: I have PT experience in outpatient ortho and acute care settings. I also had a 12-week clinical rotation with DHPT as a physical therapy student.
My favorite part of PT is getting to meet new people and helping them achieve their personal goals. I enjoy the challenge of creating unique exercise programs to optimize each patient’s specific needs.
Career Goals: I plan to continue treating full body and become dry needling certified in the near future.
Professional Association: APTA
Enjoy doing in free time: I enjoy hiking, weightlifting, playing outdoor sports, and taking my dog for long walks.
Favorite quote/life motto:
“Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”
― Richard Carlson, Ph.D
A native of Arizona, Troy received his degree in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University. He then continued his graduate studies at Northern Arizona University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Before his continued education in physical therapy, Troy was a Licensed Massage Therapist for 6 years. He utilizes the manual techniques that he learned as a massage therapist along with his physical therapy training to assist patients in their road to recovery and physical health goals. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and following the local sports teams.
Desert Hand and Physical Therapy
3104 E. Indian School Rd, Suite 200A
Phoenix, AZ 85016