Meet Our Staff
Adam Klarowski, PT, DPT
Adam graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY with a Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sports Science in 2015 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016 with an additional Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the State of New York through D’Youville College.
Adam has taken extensive Continuing Education in Manual Physical Therapy including Manual Soft Tissue Mobilization, Dry Needling, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Cupping, as well as several courses in Spinal Manipulation through both the Spinal Manipulation Institute and the University of Saint Augustine. Adam enjoys putting his manual skills to use to address his patient’s pain symptoms, improve range of motion/tissue length, and restore maximal levels of independent function.
In his free time, Adam enjoys powerlifting, reading, and exploring the Arizona landscape on foot and by bike.
Andrea Heck, OTD,OTR/L
Andrea attended San Diego State University for her bachelor’s degree before moving to Phoenix to earn her Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree at NAU’s downtown campus. She joined Desert Hand and Physical Therapy’s team to achieve her goal of becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. Outside of work, Andrea loves to hike, paddleboard, go on road trips and watch Survivor.
Chris Reynolds, PT, MHS, CHT
Chris received his Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan in 1979. He moved to Phoenix one year later to begin his career in hand therapy and has been part of a growing profession ever since. He worked for a group of hand surgeons and hand therapists for 17 years and helped lay the groundwork for this burgeoning specialty. During this period Chris authored several chapters in Rehabilitation of the Hand and a number of other publications while giving over 100 talks and presentations nationally and locally. He became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991 and received his Masters of Health Science Degree from the University of Indianapolis in 1994.
In 1997 Chris started Desert Hand Therapy and has been the Director ever since, establishing 10 clinics in the Valley of the Sun. He continues to see a full caseload of patients finding immense joy in helping patients with injured upper extremities regain motion, strength, and function. He recently patented a continuous passive motion machine for the elbow and is working on a new brace/splint combination for injured hands and wrists. Through the years Chris has had the pleasure of mentoring individuals who have expressed an interest in entering the field of hand therapy.
Chris served on the Board of the American Society of Hand Therapy and has been an item writer for the Certification examination. He is a member of the APTA, AZPTA, and ASHT.
When Chris is not at work he enjoys his involvement with his church, participating in sports of all kinds, and spending time with his “little brother” through Valley Big Brothers and Sisters. He particularly enjoys family vacations with his wife Laure, daughter Jessica and son Chase.
Diana Rivera, PTA
Diana is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. She joined the staff of Desert Hand Therapy as a Tech in 2001. While on staff at DHT, she received her BS in Kinesiology from Arizona State University in 2008 and then went on to earn her Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA in 2017.
Over the years, Diana has worked with and been mentored by many of the therapists at DHT but has worked exclusively alongside DHT’s Director, Chris Reynolds, for the last 16 years.
She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish, and is a skilled custom splint fabricator.
Central Phoenix 300 W. Clarendon, Suite 285Phoenix, AZ 85013