Foothills Sports Medicine is proud to have a staff of dedicated professionals who care deeply about their patients’ care and recovery. Each month we highlight a therapist who embodies Foothills’ high standard of quality and integrity. This month we caught up with Anthony (Tony) Heywood, from Foothills’ Ahwatukee physical therapy location.
Tony grew up locally, in Phoenix, but left Arizona to get his Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore Medical School. His made the decision to become a physical therapist because he has “always wanted to help people reach their goals,” and he knew he wanted to be able to spend time with his patients.
He became a proud member of the Foothills Sports Medicine team 11 years ago. “I have been at Foothills for a long time. When I started there were only two clinics and now we are statewide,” he says. Tony commented that in his experience, Foothills Sports Medicine is the only place that gives patients the hands-on treatment that they need and enjoy.
While he loves seeing patients progress and reach their goals, one of the most challenging aspects of his job is staying up to speed in the fast-paced environment. “I don’t like to see my patients wait,” he says, because “their time is just as valuable as ours.”
A typical workday starts at the crack of dawn. Tony is an opener at his clinic and gets there at about 5:30am. He starts seeing patients shortly after and keeps busy, even catching up on notes and phone calls during lunch. By the end of the day, he is ready to head home and spend well-deserved quality-time on the couch.
An avid runner, Tony loves to compete in marathons and half marathons and notes that the training takes up a lot of his free time. It’s worth it, though. His hard work paid off when he ran his personal best half marathon in 1 hour and 19 minutes, qualifying him for the New York Marathon! When he’s not running, he also enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife.
As career advice to someone wanting to enter the field, he says, “don’t give up. If you want something bad enough, you will get it.” His determination and work ethic are just some of the reasons why he’s a valued therapist at Foothills Sports Medicine’s Ahwatukee physical therapy location.