Meet Our Staff
Alexandra VonBehren MOT, OTRL
Alex is a proud graduate of Michigan State University where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Detroit’s Wayne State University.
Alex joined the DHPT team to fulfill her dreams of moving west and becoming a certified hand therapist. Outside of work, Alex enjoys hiking, crafting, and journaling. This midwestern girl is loving the Arizona sun!
Anna Wan, MSOT, OTR/L
Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. She went on to earned her Master’s degree from A.T. Still University in 2016. She has a background working in an inpatient rehabilitation, acute care and outpatient lymphedema before pivoting into hand therapy. She joined the team in August 2021 and is working on becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, playing tennis, and trying new recipes. She also loves to travel and has been to 29 countries.
Christine is a Connecticut native who moved to Arizona in first grade. She received her Bachelor of Elementary Education at Arizona State University. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A. T. Still University. Christine began working as a therapist at DHPT in April 2021 as a full-body therapist. She has a passion to get her patients back on their feet. In her free time, Christine loves to spend time with her husband and goes to every Cardinal’s home game. She also has a four-year-old son and enjoys building Lego sets together. She is excited to welcome a new baby girl to the world this year!
Richard Standage, PT, MPT, CHT
Richard has been practicing in the east valley for over 20 years. After graduating from ASU with his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, he attended NAU where he earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, graduating with honors. He discovered his passion for treating the hand and upper extremity early in his post-graduate studies and started with Desert Hand Therapy as an intern in 1999.
Immediately upon graduating in 2000, he began practicing in the area he grew up. He has shared his experience with multiple other therapists, mentoring them to become Certified Hand Therapists.
Married almost 30 years, he and his wife, (Gayle) have 3 daughters. He loves vacationing with his family but also enjoys long motorcycle trips in the summers with his brother. His other interests include golf and playing ping pong.
Shad Bennett, OTR/L
Shad was raised in Green River, Wyoming. In 2014, Shad began Occupational Therapy school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. There, he became fascinated with the complexity of the upper extremity and established a goal to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Upon graduation, he moved to St. George Utah where he practiced as a therapist in a skilled nursing facility for 2 ½ years. In December of 2019 Shad joined the Desert Hand and Physical Therapy team to pursue his goal of becoming a CHT.
Shad has been married for 8 years and has 2 boys and 2 girls. He enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, listening to audiobooks, and watching action movies.
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