Meet Our Staff
Allison Nickolaou, OTR/L
Allison received her Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University in Health Sciences. She went on to earn her Decorate of Occupational Therapy from Northern Arizona University. Allison began working as a therapist at DHT in June 2019 and is working towards becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. In her free time, Allison loves spending time with family and friends, as well as hiking and camping with her two golden retrievers.
Matthew Figgins, OTR/L
Matt received his Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. He began working at DHT in February 2019 and is in the process of becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. In his spare time, Matt likes to play basketball, hike tall peaks, and work on DIY wood projects. Matt has been active his whole life and played various sports that have resulted in various injuries, from jammed fingers to dislocated shoulders. Matt’s experience participating in therapy to rehabilitate from those injuries inspired him to become a therapist himself. He recognizes the important role that hands play in our everyday lives, and he wants to do all he can now to help others regain the strength and functionality in their own hands and arms.
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.
Tara Jensen, PT, DPT
Tara earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University after graduating from Utah State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science/Nutrition. She has previous experience with orthopedics, spine care, post-op rehab, headaches, TMJ, women’s health, and oncology. Tara has specialized training in integrated manual therapy, visceral manipulation, and cranial therapy.
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