Who We Are

We are a group of like-minded professionals, each owners of our individuals practices, working together to bring you superior care in the fields of wellness, women’s/men’s health, orthopedic, and pelvic rehabilitation.

Contact us today and let us help you discover your personal path to wellness.

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Phone: (602) 264-3369

Email: info@desertpt.com

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Meet Our Team

Tara O'Keeffe BeranPT, DPT, RYT - tara@desertpt.com
Tara, owner of Desert Physical Therapy and Pelvic Health, has over 15 years of clinical experience with both men’s and women’s pelvic floor dysfunction. She graduated from A.T Still University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She possesses an in-depth knowledge and empathy of the emotional and psychological stresses that can accompany any dysfunction. This comes from a personal journey and understanding through her own dealings with pelvic floor dysfunction. She also hails from a long lineage of physicians, nurses and clinicians in the field of women’s health, obstetrics, and gynecology. Her passion is to revolutionize the way that both women and men recover from low back, hip, and pelvic floor injuries. She pursues this through innovative education, evidence based rehabilitation, advanced manual therapy techniques, and return to fitness programs that promote diaphragm and pelvic floor integration into core strengthening and stability programs.

Tara is a registered yoga therapist, trained in myofascial release, intramuscular dry needling, cupping, advance manual therapy techniques, visceral mobilizations, biofeedback, and therapeutic exercise.

Tara specializes in treating pelvic floor pain due to trauma, infections, post surgical, and dyspareunia (painful sex), as well as stress and urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, chronic prostatitis and post prostatectomy dysfunction in men.

When trying to change the world one pelvic floor at a time, she is focused on her other passions: spending time with family, enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle board and all forms of exercise.

Alessandra GoodfellowPT, DPT - alessandra@desertpt.com
Dr. Alessandra Goodfellow, physical therapist and owner of Pelvic Wellness Physical Therapy, received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and bachelors of science in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo. Shortly after graduating she moved to Arizona where her focus was on orthopedic and neurological conditions. This ultimately led her to her passion of pelvic health, when her patients would report improvement with bladder function when the focus care was on their other conditions. After spending time researching pelvic health she felt that this area of care is underserved and very much needed to improve the lives of so many people. Alessandra feels that this is the area of care she could dedicate her career to specialize in and treat complex patients.

With over 15 years of experience Alessandra has completed advanced evidence based specialized training to help her patients achieve their goals. Alessandra treats a variety of conditions for women and men related to the pelvic floor including and not limited to low back pain, thoracic back pain, sacroiliac joint pain (SIJ), pelvic pain, abdominal pain, hip pain and dysfunction, urinary and fecal incontinence, over active bladder, Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), prolapse, diastasis recti, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, infertility, prenatal and postpartum conditions, chronic prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), post surgical pain and dysfunction.

Alessandra finds that all treatments need to be individualized to the patient to meet their needs and to help improve their function and quality of life and may include therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, visceral mobilization of fascia, myofascial cupping, instrument assisted manual therapy (IASTM), intramuscular dry needling, neurological re-education, and biofeedback.

When away from caring for her patients she enjoys spending her time with her husband and daughter.

Erika TownsendPT, DPT - erika@desertpt.com

Dr. Erika Townsend graduated from A.T. Still University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Erika’s interest in health and wellness began while participating in track and field growing up and continued throughout her time at college where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Erika deeply values whole person healthcare where she incorporates functional and dynamic activities with her treatment programs to help her patients meet and exceed their goals.

During her time in graduate school, she developed a great passion for pelvic health and providing high quality care to patients with evidence-based treatment techniques. Erika values provided individualized whole person care for patients to reach their goals and maximize their function. Erika is passionate about helping patients gain control of their pelvic floor dysfunction. Erika strives to create an environment where patients feel comfortable discussing their symptoms and receiving appropriate and effective care. Erika emphasizes manual therapy treatment techniques in conjunction with therapeutic procedures and modalities.

Erika treats a variety of conditions that includes urinary incontinence, low back pain, thoracic back pain, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, hip pain and dysfunction, dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), prolapse, diastasis recti, endometriosis, and prenatal and postpartum conditions. Erika values providing a high level of care to all patients to optimize function and quality of life.

In her free time away from treating patients, Erika enjoys skating and spending time with family.

 

Debbie GardnerOffice Manager - debbie@desertpt.com
Debbie, Office Manager of Desert PT, is available to meet your scheduling needs and answer any billing questions.
She may be reached at (602) 264-3369 or by email.