The Doctors Of Physical Therapy Team
About The Doctors of Physical Therapy
Dr. Tom Padilla is a physical therapist, strength specialist, author, and founder of the Doctors of Physical Therapy.
The clinic focuses on injury recovery and sports performance.
Get to Know the Doctors of Physical Therapy
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Dr. Tom Padilla grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He obtained a BA in Spanish and a BA in Portuguese from the University of New Mexico before going on to USC to study Physical Therapy. He has over 10 years of experience using movement as medicine, starting when he was a personal trainer during his undergraduate. He uses his experience as a personal trainer, a strength and conditioning specialist, and as a physical therapist to formulate treatment plans to optimize movement and restore function before and after injury.
- Dr. Padilla received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2014. Two years after graduation he moved from California to Arizona to open The Doctors of Physical Therapy.
- While attending USC, he was awarded the Order of the Golden Cane and the Order of Areté.
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
- The author of the book “A Runner’s Guide to Preventing Common Running Injuries.”
- He is considered a leader in treatment for low back and hip pain.
Dr. Padilla’s passions outside of DPT include travel, languages, and personal development.
Dr. Stephanie Mundt received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2017. She transitioned right into a residency program following graduation, and completed the Michigan Medicine Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in August 2018.
Prior to beginning the doctoral program at USC, Stephanie obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. She was a member of the Division I track & cross country teams throughout her time at ASU. Stephanie continues to enjoy running and has a special interest in working with runners of all levels to not only return from and prevent injury, but also to optimize performance.
During her residency with Michigan Medicine, Stephanie learned and utilized several different paradigms of treatment for various spinal conditions, including McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis & Treatment, the Norwegian paradigm of orthopedic manual therapy, and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Learning from several different mentors, she also gained experience treating a wide variety of upper and lower extremity conditions. As part of the residency curriculum, Stephanie studied the most up-to-date evidence for common physical therapy interventions, put forth by the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, Stephanie lectured to Michigan Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation medical residents about the role of physical therapy in comprehensive care, presented on the Female Athlete Triad to a local dance studio, and gave a presentation to fellow colleagues on comprehensive clinical analysis and treatment of runners.
Stephanie has taken courses in mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the lumbar spine, spinal manipulation, clinical examination of the runner, and applied functional science. With all of her varied experiences, Stephanie is able to utilize an eclectic approach to both manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for optimal patient outcomes.
Outside of her physical therapy and running interests, Stephanie enjoys traveling, hiking, taking her dog Roscoe to the park, and cheering on the ASU Sun Devils