Staff

Steve Kayae

Steve Kaye, PT, DPT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy - University of Illinois, 1986
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy - Evidence in Motion (EIM) Institute of Health Professions, 2011

Community Involvement:

  • Member American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Westbrook Office Owners Association Board President

Steve received his Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois in 1986 and his Doctorate from EIM in December of 2011. He grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Arizona in 1991. Steve has been practicing as a physical therapist since 1986 and in 2001 founded Arrowhead Physical Therapy and opened his first outpatient physical therapy office in the northwest valley. Steve has experience with a wide range of patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and has received extensive continuing education in manual therapy and long-term spine courses.

Steve believes that his company's success, which is characterized by compassion and clinical excellence, is a result of his dedication to patients and emphasis on providing superior patient care. He firmly believes that a supportive team environment and patient education are critical in ensuring that efficient and effective treatment results are achieved. Steve treats each patient like they are a member of his family and is committed to delivering quality, personal care in a professional, friendly environment that exceeds patients' expectations.

Steve is an active triathlete and completed the half and full Ironman Arizona in 2016. He coaches at Joy Christian School in the Cross Country Program. Steve also enjoys competitive volleyball, softball, wakeboarding, boating, snow-skiing, serving at church, and spending time with his wife, son, and triplet daughters.

Sharon Vosekalns, PT, MPT

Sharon Vosekalns, PT, MPT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science – Bob Jones University, 1996
  • Master of Physical Therapy – University of North Carolina, 1999

Sharon joined the Arrowhead Physical Therapy team in 2016. She obtained her undergraduate degree in 1996 from Bob Jones University in South Carolina and graduated in 1999 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sharon has practiced physical therapy in South Carolina, New Hampshire and Arizona. She has concentrated her treatment expertise in outpatient orthopedics and has extensive knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of spinal and extremity diagnoses as a result of sports, work, trauma or repetitive overuse. Sharon has practical experience with aquatic therapy and fibromyalgia programs and has a special interest in the field of women’s health, particularly for the peri-partum mother.

Sharon has spent several years as a clinical education coordinator for PT, PTA, DO, ATC and Kinesiology student clinicals. She has a passion for educating and uses these skills in instructing her patients as well.

Outside of work, Sharon loves spending time with her husband and being a mom to her two awesome kids! For fun and exercise, she jogs and hikes in beautiful Arizona. She is actively involved in her church and in her spare time enjoys sharpening her culinary skills.

Rita Ator

Rita Ator, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, ATC

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy - University of Illinois, 1987
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy - Evidence in Motion (EIM) Institute of Health Professions, 2014
  • Athletic Training Certification - Eastern Illinois University, 1985

Certification:

  • Dry Needling Certification (Cert. DN) - 2019

Rita joined the Arrowhead Physical Therapy team in October of 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois in 1987 and then attended the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree in 2014.

Rita has over 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer and has also mentored students in both fields for over 20 years. She has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine during her career, in addition to working in home health care for approximately 6 years. Rita has continued to be a student as well, completing an orthopedic residency program, manual therapy and dry needling certification, and transitional doctorate program. She has obtained additional physical therapy education for lymphedema care, ergonomics, and a multitude of other related topics.

Rita lived in suburban Chicago for 31 years and she and her family moved to the Phoenix area in 2019. She has two children and enjoys running, swimming, biking, cooking, and reading. Rita participates in scholarship programs for women and is active in ministries for her church. Rita feels that fitness and education will always be a part of her life and she enjoys assisting others in achieving goals of improved living and enhanced athletic performance.

Darby Shipman

Scott Mathews, PT, DPT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science and Wellness – Arizona State University, 2002
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy – Midwestern University, 2016

Scott joined the Arrowhead Physical Therapy team in July of 2019. He is originally from Chicago and moved to Arizona in 1997 to attend Arizona State University. After moving back to Illinois, Scott returned to Arizona to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University.

After working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for 12 years, Scott decided to attend PT school in order to grow as a professional. Scott is very committed to his patients and takes pride in helping them achieve their goals. Scott’s enjoyment comes from helping patients achieve the lifestyle they desire through achieving their goals and participating in the activities they love. Scott combines his knowledge from the fitness industry with his physical therapy education and experience to utilize exercise and manual therapy to help patients achieve excellent outcomes. Scott believes physical therapy is unique for everyone and should be a team effort, empowering his patients and providing guidance to ensure their treatment is truly tailored to what works best for them.

Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, friends and dogs. He also enjoys exercising regularly both in the gym and by mountain biking.

Caleb Lionberger

Caleb Lionberger, PTA, ATC

Education:
  • Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting -Gateway Community College, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training- Northern Arizona University, 2011
Community Involvement:
  • Various community outreach ministries through local churches
  • Volunteer for homeless organizations in Phoenix

Caleb joined the Arrowhead Physical Therapy team in 2009. Caleb attended Gateway Community College where he obtained his Associate Degree in Physical Therapist Assisting in 2006. In 2011, Caleb completed his Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University. He has several years of experience working in various physical therapy clinics and rehabilitation institutes including specialty hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, neurological rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedic clinics.

Caleb possesses a solid sports background from his experience working as a student athletic trainer at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. He is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Instructor and provides instruction to his clients through understanding and addressing their physical limitations to enable them to improve their golf swing.

Caleb has experience in a number of adjunct therapies including Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and Kinesio Taping. Caleb is also a Certified Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR) Provider. He assists patients in identifying pain and dysfunction within the musculoskeletal system and uses techniques to improve movement and reduce pain. Caleb finds fulfillment in providing the highest level of quality care for his patients of all ages and encourages and supports them on their path to recovery.

Caleb enjoys hiking, running, fishing, and jet skiing and has a passion for athletics including baseball, golf, football, basketball and soccer. Caleb and his wife, Emillie, also enjoy volunteering and serving at their local church.

TPI Certified
FAKTR Certified

Terri Kovash, LMT

Education:

  • Massage Therapy Certificate – Tri-City School of Massage

Terri joined the Arrowhead Physical Therapy team in March of 2019. She received her Certification in Therapeutic Massage from the Tri-City School of Massage in Kennewick, Washington and has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist for over twenty-five years. Terri has provided massage therapy services in both clinical and spa settings and utilizes various techniques including Swedish Massage Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Aroma Therapy to create a unique and individualized treatment program for each client.

Terri listens to her clients and understands that each person has unique preferences and challenges. She takes great pride in customizing the massage programs to ensure her clients' goals are achieved. Terri has experience in treating clients of all ages and whether your goal is to simply relax or if you are experiencing discomfort or pain, she will develop a program to meet your individual needs.

Terri is originally from North Dakota and loves living in sunny Arizona far away from those cold winters in her home state. In her spare time, Terri enjoys cooking, reading, walking and swimming.

Laura Schaeffer

Laura Schaeffer, Fitness Instructor

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University

Certifications:

  • American Council on Exercise – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Aquatics Exercise Association – Certified Aquatic Fitness Professional
  • Silver Sneakers – Certified Instructor
  • YMCA – Swim Instructor Certification

Laura joined the Arrowhead Physical Therapy team in August 2018.  She has over eleven years of experience as a personal trainer.  After experiencing several severe injuries herself, Laura has personally benefited from physical therapy and understands the need to continue on a fitness program for rehabilitation and recovery.

Laura has experience working with clients at all fitness levels, ages, and health goals.  She enjoys working with clients who are new to fitness, clients who may be recovering from injuries, older adults who would like to improve their quality of life and those requiring physical rehabilitation. With a passion for guiding and supporting her clients, she will develop a customized program to help you reach your goals.  Laura conducts private, semi-private, group classes and works with clients of all ages.

Laura and her husband enjoy staying active.  You can find her outside biking, running, hiking or swimming.  Participating in local races is a favorite pastime, as well as going out for breakfast and spending time with her family.