Southwest Therapy Specialists, P.C.

Welcome to Southwest Therapy Specialists!

We are an independent therapist-owned, therapy practice located in Phoenix, AZ and serving the Valley of the Sun. Our services include
Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Certified Hand Therapy (CHT), Personal Fitness and Strength Training.

"Best Physical Therapists in Phoenix 2020"*

Highest Ranking in the United States and Canada
out of over 23,285 clinicians and 5,012 clinics

Top Ranking in the United States and Canada per FOTO®

Check out our satisfaction scorecard by clicking here.

Ranked Among Top 17 of 353 Physical Therapy in Phoenix 2020
"Finding the right highly-skilled Physical Therapist takes significant time and effort, including in-depth research, detailed comparisons, and deciphering which online reviews are reliable and authentic." reports Expertise."We hand-pick the best...Our proprietary research and selection process identifies the top service professionals...the best qualified for their needs...
Factors include:
Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Engagement, and Professionalism.
Scoring occurred on more than 25 variables across (these) five categories."
  * source: Expertise

Pain Does Not Have a Curve to Flatten!

Ask your Doctor to FAX a Referral to (602) 249-4115.

Need home use supplies and equipment? Check below.
We've got you covered!

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update October 1, 2020: ESSENTIAL SERVICE


We welcome our existing and new patients as an essential medical service.
Southwest Therapy Specialists is here to serve our community utilizing
workplace precautions as advised under the Centers for Disease Control.

As our practice has nearly 4000 square feet clinic area, it remains easy
for our patients to be treated following all guidelines and mandates. Pain
doesn't flatten its curve over time...Being at high risk for Falling won't
lessen...Weight gain and weak cardiovascular fitness may worsen sitting
at home. Have your doctor write a prescription for Physical Therapy,
Aquatic Therapy or Certified Hand Therapy. Venture out to our private
practice and avoid the high volume hospital rehab or corporate therapy clinics.

And we are squeaky clean throughout, especially in our sanitized pool!

If you are an already established patient but are at home per your
physician's order, you can call us and request telehealth by our licensed
therapists. Tell us your best method: telephone-landbased, cell phone,
cell with Facetime or similar cell video service, Skype or similar video
internet service, or email. Arizona's Governor Doug Ducey signed an
Executive Order outlining "essential services" to include:...physical therapy
and occupational therapy...and an Executive Order #2020-15 continuing for
the duration of the Public Health Emergency to allow telehealth for PT and OT.
Each insurer must allow all electronic means of delivering telehealth, including
phone or video calls.

Ask your doctor to refer the prescription for PT/OT to (602) 249-4115.

We are blessed to have you as our patient. You are in our thoughts.
We plan to see you in the clinic when your physician OK's your care
with us.                                                                             Susan

 State of Arizona Office of Medical Facilities credentialing:
    Southwest Therapy Specialists is among the first independent Physical Therapy
and Occupational Therapy private practice to be site-surveyed with successful
passing on the same-day of the initial inspection with no deficits.
Efficiency, effectiveness and compassion!

Squeaky Clean Clinic and Aquatic Therapy Pool:
                                                                                WE ARE OPEN!

CDC Finds Aquatic Therapy Safe From Spread of COVID-19
FAQ Answer from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
 Updated April 23, 2020


"...There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools...

Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine...) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water...Individuals should continue to protect themselves and others at...water venues both in and out of the water – for example, by practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene...”(source: April 23, 2020)


Southwest Therapy Specialists’ Aquatic Therapy program has always followed the cleaning and disinfecting guidelines since our indoor heated pool opened in 2006. Our rehab pool exceeds the chlorine disinfection CDC guidelines as we also utilize an Ozone system sanitization that works 24/7. When established, our practice met and exceeded the Medicare mandates and numerous onsite inspections. SWTS was the first practice surveyed in Arizona for outpatient independent practice that passed on the first surprise inspection and exceeded the standards of the Arizona Department of Health Services. The Veterans Administration/TriWest ranks us the highest of all Maricopa County Aquatic Therapy programs. Patient Satisfaction Surveys continue rating us “Excellent” in all aspects, including following the CDC guidelines.
            So while the world tries to figure out how to “reopen”, we have remained OPEN, actively serving our patients who venture “out”. Landbased PT, Certified Hand Therapy, AND Aquatic Therapy serving those patients and ready for The Valley of The Sun patients who were at higher risk, when the doctor prescribes therapy. Thank you for your support, and here’s to a safe Arizona “reopening” for those who are suffering staying at home.

Veterans Choice Program (VCP):
Veterans CCN-(TriWest) and TriCare:
We honor and thank all the Veterans to whom we owe our freedom. As preferred providers for the Veterans Administration, may we continue to serve each of you with honor.

Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy:
No "weekly adjustments" or "for the rest of your life" appointments here! Our Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapists provide personalized hands-on treatment to teach proper, comfortable and effective movement and facilitate the body’s ability to heal.
Aquatic Therapy:
Ever shiver and get chilled in the pool? Experience fear of falling while walking? Then avoid muscle spasms and avoid any risk of falling while working out in Southwest Therapy Specialists' Aquatic Therapy pool. "...And the water is divine!" - (patient's first visit)

Certified Hand Therapy (CHT):
When seeking therapy, consider the credentials of your therapist. The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) endorses the hand therapy program at SWTS. Our Certified Hand Therapist, Susan Stockdell, has been working in the valley for more than 35 years.

"It has only been two visits and my numbness is almost fully gone. The tingling is less too. Your Certified Hand Therapist taught me more in these sessions what I can do to help myself than the chiropractor did in the past two years."- MC (patient)

"I thank God that you opened this place.You've gotten me to the point where the doctor can now do surgery to help me. I was so weak, and you gave me strength."- RW (patient), upon discharge

"I am very, very, very satisfied with this facility and its team, and highly recommend it to my friends and family."- DC (patient), Patient Satisfaction Survey

Check out our testimonials and the rest of our website to learn more!

Best Workout Equipment Recommended for Home Use:
Best Aquatic Ankle Weights:

AllPro Aquatic Ankle Weights Adjustable 5 LB set, 1 pair

Our licensed Aquatic Therapists teach customized exercises to make your aquatic workout exceed any land gym.
Best Suction Cups for Pain Management:

12 Cup Suction Vacuum Cupping Kit  

Our licensed Physical Therapists teach specific techniques to best relieve your pain with cupping methods.
Best Soft Tissue Mobilization for Foot &/or Leg:

TheraBand FlexBar (R)

Our licensed Aquatic Therapists highly recommend Theraband FlexBars: either green or blue are our favorite diameters. Whether on land or in the pool, we'll teach you stimulation techniques using your body's own natural healing with the FlexBar (And a bonus: they float!)
Best Silicone Cups for Deep Tissue Massage:

Silicone Cupping

A type of deep tissue massage for use with massage oil or cream, our licensed therapists help stimulate the flow of fresh blood and lymphatic drainage to the areas of pain or inflammation. We'll teach you how to 'glide and slide'.

TheraBand Resistance Bands
Best Resistance Bands
Eccentric & Concentric exercises:

TheraBand(R) offers traditional flat Band, no-grip required CLX (Consecutive Loops), or Tubing options. Whether a beginner or an elite strength athlete, our therapists teach a customized home exercise program to advance your fitness training level.
Count on Southwest Therapy for recommendations for home use supplies and equipment! Check here often for your needs.

Contact Information
Contact us using one of the methods below, or click here for our web contact form.
We look forward to helping you.

Telephone: (602) 249-9129
Fax: (602) 249-4115
E-mail: For general information, please contact


Southwest Therapy Specialists
7540 N. 19th Ave., Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85021

For Driving Directions to our clinic, click here.

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