Mark Roberts, PT Clinic Director, CEO
Mark is originally from upstate New York. He graduated from the University of New York at Buffalo in 1996, moved to Tucson in 1998, and started AGILITY Spine and Sports Physical Therapy in 1999. He worked as the team therapist for the Tucson Scorch Hockey team in 1999. He was the Catalina foothills middle school lacrosse coach in 2008 and 09. He is trained in sports medicine, orthopedics, balance/vestibular, and manual therapy. He is continually refining his knowledge and manual skills, keeps current with the recent advances in surgery and post-op protocols, and practices evidence based treatment. When he is not treating patients, he likes to run, bike, play Lacrosse and Hockey, and spend quality time with his wife and 3 boys.
Specializes in: Sports Injuries, Shoulders, Knees, Ankles, Necks and Backs, Elbows and Wrists, Balance/Vestibular, Post-operative Rehab. Mark is certified in Dry Needling.
Jodi Sawicki Roberts, PT Owner
Jodi is originally from upstate New York and graduated from the University of New York at Buffalo in 1996. She moved to Tucson in 1998 and helped co-found Agility Spine and Sport Physical Therapy in 1999. She has advanced training in orthopedics, sports injuries, manual therapy, and balance disorders. She is currently treating patients part time and is focused on quality assurance and practice management.
Jacob La Shot, PT, DPT - Clinic Manager
Jake is originally from Kenai, Alaska. He received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and recently graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. Jake enjoys treating a multitude of conditions at AGILITY with a primary interest in sports medicine and orthopedics and practices evidence based treatment. Jake enjoys every day he has with his patients and making progressions towards improved health. Jake is also trained in Balance and Vestibular disorders. When not treating patients he stays active outdoors: hiking, climbing, running, soccer, and an amateur photographer.
Specializes in: Sports Injuries, Shoulders, Knees, Ankles, Neck and Back pain, Elbow and Wrist pain, Balance/Vestibular, Post-operative Rehab. Jake is certified in Dry Needling.
Carol Dickman, PT
Originally from the Midwest, Carol graduated with a degree in Physical Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969 and moved to Tucson in 1998. Her accumulated knowledge and skills over the years in various settings include respiratory care, acute care, hospital and home care, skilled nursing rehab and currently outpatient orthopedics for the past 13 years. Her outpatient orthopedic treatment expertise includes TMJ dysfunction, manual therapy, and vestibular/balance. Carol is highly regarded by her patients and by Healthcare professionals citywide. When not treating people, Carol practices Healing Touch with dogs and horses, assists in equine facilitated learning workshops, and plays with her horse, Ben, along with her 3 dogs and 1 cat!
Specializes in: TMJ Dysfunction, Headaches, Neck and Back pain, Shoulders, Knees, Ankles, Elbow and Wrist Pain, Balance/Vestibular, Post-operative Rehab. Carol is certified in Dry Needling.
Gage Permar, PT, DPT, OCS
Gage is originally from Show Low, AZ. Gage graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University in 2008 and went on to complete an eighteen month residency in orthopedics and manual therapy with Evidence in Motion. He has also has his OCS which means Orthopedic certified specialist. This is a high achievement in the world of PT. He enjoys treating neck and back pain and specializes in applying manual therapy combined with exercise to optimize function. Gage enjoys basketball, free weights and a variety of outdoor activities.
Specializes in: Neck and Back pain, Sports Injuries, Shoulders, Knees, Ankles, Elbow and wrist pain, Post-operative Rehab. Gage is certified in Dry Needling.
New: Emily Beskar PT, DPT
Emily earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from The University of Maryland Baltimore in 2010. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, she graduated from East Carolina University in Greenvile, NC with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2007 and spent time working in the health and fitness industry and volunteered as a physical therapy technician.
Through her work and clinical internship experience Emily has worked with a wide variety of clientele, ranging from all levels of athletes to the deconditioned. She enjoys integrating important concepts of rehabilitation with physical fitness and athletic performance into her patient's treatment programs.
Emily is committed to furthering her education and clinical skills and attends continuing education seminars, workshops and conferences numerous times each year. She specializes in the evaluation, treatment and prevention of orthopedic and sports related injuries.
With her recent move with her Husband to Tucson, Emily is looking forward to the outdoor activities and enjoying more sunshine! As a physical therapist, she thoroughly enjoys improving the lives of the patients she works with every day at Agility Spine and Sports Physical Therapy.
New: Danielle Ruff PT, DPT
Danielle is a Tucson native who after receiving her Bachelors degree in Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona, earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2008. After graduating, Danielle moved to the Pacific Northwest where she focused on advancing her skills by studying with the North American Institute of Manual Therapy.
Danielle enjoys using a manual-based approach to physical therapy in order to treat patients of all ages and activity levels so they are able to reach their functional goals. With her athletic background, Danielle understands the importance of utilizing strength and proper body mechanics to maintain an optimal level of performance while minimizing injury.
Danielle is excited to be back in Wildcat country and be a part of the Agility Physical Therapy team. She loves to stay active and in her spare time enjoys running, hiking, swimming, biking, and snowboarding.
Specializes in: Neck and Back pain, Sports Injuries, Shoulders, Knees, Ankles, Elbow and wrist pain, Post-operative Rehab.
Danny Hill, PTA (Physical Therapy Assistant)
An experienced Healthcare professional, Danny redirected his career in 2006, and subsequently graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute in 2008. Prior to becoming a PTA, Danny worked for 16 years in Behavioral Health with individuals that have developmental disabilities and or/mental illness. Danny is a Tucson native and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a BA in Sociology. As a Physical Therapist Assistant, Danny is trained to perform all forms of skilled treatment provided by a PT. Danny enjoys working with people from all walks of life. He always goes above and beyond with his patients and is one of our most popular team members. During his free time, Danny loves to golf and spend time with his family.
Specializes in: Neck and Back pain, Sports Injuries, Shoulders, Knees, Ankles, Elbow and wrist pain, Post-operative Rehab, Balance.
New: Nancy Zeller PTA
Nancy moved to Tucson in 2011 from Cleveland, Ohio. She earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from Albion College in Albion, Michigan and later earned an Associate degree from the ‘Physical Therapist Assistant’ Program at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. After 16 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, and hundreds of hours of continuing education in a wide range of treatment methods, she brings a multitude of skills to her patients. Nancy enjoys using her skills to enable her patients to return to whatever it is they love to do most. In her spare time Nancy enjoys hiking, golf, biking, swimming and gardening in beautiful sunny Tucson.
Amber Julander - Front Office
Amber is a Tucson native. Amber completed the Physical Therapy Technician Program from Carrington College in 2010. She joined the Agility Team in March 2010 as a Physical Therapy Technician and transferred to the Front Office Administrator position in 2011. Amber is our dynamite Front Office Coordinator and the first person you will likely speak with. She will gather your information and get you scheduled as fast as the insurance system allows us. Amber enjoys getting to know each patient and assisting them through the Administrative side of Physical Therapy. On her personal time, Amber enjoys watching movies and making specialty cupcakes.... (you may want to get on her good side).
Giovanna Salgado - Office Manager
Giovanna is a Tucson Native. She holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona. She also completed the Medical Administrative Assistant Program at Pima Medical Institute. Bringing over two years of experience in Physical Therapy Office Management, Giovanna joined the Agility Team in May 2011. She enjoys seeing every patient succeed through their rehabilitation program. Gio is focused on customer service/quality assurance and is more than happy to help guide the way through the process of PT. In her spare time, Giovanna loves to spend time with her daughter, attend baseball games and travel. Giovanna is fluent in Spanish.
James Calles - PT Technician
James is a Tucson Native and joined the Agility Team in March 2011. James plans to a attend Physical Therapy Assistant program within the next year. He understands the value of exercise and incorporates exercise in every patient’s rehabilitation program. James enjoys the satisfaction of helping people recover and improve their quality of life. When not working, James enjoys playing soccer.
Melinda Bacon - Physician Liaison
Also from the Midwest, Melinda graduated with honors from Bethel College, Minnesota with a degree in Organizational Studies. She has worked in the field of Relationship Management for over 30 years and recently decided to combine her skills with her passion for health and wellness. She joined Agility in spring of 2011 and greatly enjoys developing and maintaining excellent relationships.