Foothills Rehab provides physical therapy in Arizona to patients of all ages to help them recover from injuries or pain. We believe in a hands-on, individualized approach to therapy, and our staff is dedicated to making sure you get the best care possible. Each month, we highlight one of these staff members to showcase their accomplishments. This month, we spoke with Andrew Moriarty, owner of our Old Town Scottsdale location.
Andy was born and raised in Tucson, and received his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Florida. His interest in physical therapy began when he was only 6 years old and his mother had problems with her temporomandibular joint (the jaw). She began to see a specialist and receive physical therapy, and Andy says he “was always amazed at how much better she felt afterward.” Seeing how PT helped his mom, and the influence of a close family friend who was also a physical therapist, led to his interest in the profession.
Andy specializes in treating neck and jaw dysfunctions, and as of now, he is the only Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist in the state of Arizona. This certification is associated with the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and it means Andy has met an extensive list of requirements and experience needed to sit for the exam, and he understands in detail the causes and cures for complicated neck and jaw issues. Andy’s work with TMD disorders is a small, albeit important, part of what he does. He spends most of his workdays treating patients with all different issues all over the body, and loves the outpatient orthopedics that Foothills offers. He earned his Manual Therapy Certification in 2005, and has over a 15 years of experience in using hands-on techniques to treat patients. Andy says his favorite part of his job is working with his hands and interacting with patients.
Andy believes that a therapist’s job is to give the patient what they need and make sure they take something away from their experience with PT. He says, “As much as I’m treating people today, I’m training and preparing them for tomorrow – and next week, next month, next year, next decade. I try to give them the tools for wellness to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
This forward-thinking attitude is what allows Andy to be deeply involved with his patients and continue to make Foothills great. In the future, he’d like to continue to grow his specialty and in his capacity as clinic director. He enjoys working with and mentoring support staff, and encourages people who want to go to PT school to get experience in the field by working in a support position.
When Andy isn’t in the office, he enjoys cycling, and spending time with his family and his two sons.
If you’re interested in physical therapy, you can sign up for a free evaluation with one of our staff members, like Andy, by simply clicking here. For more information about physical therapy in Arizona, and what you could gain from PT, follow our blog!