Meet Our Staff
Robb Blackaby, PT, DPT, ATC, CFMT
Dr. Robb Blackaby, PT, DPT, ATC, CFMT, is the Co-owner of DIPT. Robb received his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Titleist Performance Institute Certified, and he obtained a Functional Manual TherapyT.Certification with Honors in 2005 through the Institute of Physical Art.
In 2004, Robb toured as a physical therapist for the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour golf events and presently treats many of the local professional and amateur golfers that live in the Phoenix valley. He is a certified golf fitness instructor through The Titleist Performance Institute.
In 2010, he Co-founded Medicine in Motion, a premier sports medicine company that provides health care practitioners and service to various sporting events throughout the nation and world. Events include the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, ESPN's Summer, Winter, and Global X Games, Vans and Megaramp skateboarding competitions, Arizona High School Mountain Bike league, ASU wakedevils wakeboarding team, as well as various dance, martial arts, and surfing events.
In January, 2014, Robb was hired by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association to work as the physical therapist and athletic trainer for the US snowboard half pipe team. He traveled with the team to Olympic qualifiers in Breckenridge, CO, and Mammoth, CA; the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, while finishing with the Olympic team in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Duties included prevention of injury preparation for athletes before events, on hill emergency support, and post practice/competition manual therapy treatments.
Corrie Blackaby, PT, DPT
Dr. Corrie Blackaby, PT, DPT, is the co-owner of the Desert Institute of Physical Therapy. Corrie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2002 and Bachelor of Science in 1999, both from Northern Arizona University. Corrie currently works three days per week at the clinic, as she is also busy with her two young children, Ciera and Ethan.
Corrie has practiced physical therapy in various locations around the valley, specializing in outpatient orthopedics with a heavy emphasis on manual therapy. She has enjoyed working with all populations including pediatric patients as young as 6 months old to geriatric patients 100 years old. She has focused her continuing education on manual based therapy approaches to help the patient achieve their highest function possible.
David Rivera, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
David Rivera, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS joined the DIPT team in late 2014. He received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2001 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 2004. Since graduating David has spent eight years working as a physical therapist in professional baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. He also has two years of experience working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. In addition to being a licensed Physical Therapist, David is also a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is certified in Dry Needling. When not at work, David enjoys working out, hiking, and watching sports.
Arianna Triassi, PTA
Arianna Triassi, PTA joined the Desert Institute of Physical Therapy in early 2015. Arianna received her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology in May 2011 from California Baptist University. Following this degree, she completed her degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Brookline College. Arianna has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic clinics, specifically sports medicine. She enjoys treating a variety of patients of all ages. She was drawn to the physical therapy profession through her experiences as an injured soccer player; as she played collegiate soccer for 4 years, and was elected captain of her soccer team her senior year. She also has experience as a personal trainer and elementary school PE teacher. She is passionate about helping people recover from their injuries and is excited to continue training to advance her manual therapy skills.
Brenda Nealy, PTA
Master Certified Pilates Instructor, Brenda Nealy, received her Pilates certification from the renowned Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to teaching Pilates, Brenda worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant working primarily in orthopedics and sports medicine. Because of her background in rehabilitative healing, Brenda specializes in rehab Pilates, sports performance, functional body mechanics and postural training using the Classical Pilates Method. She enjoys working one-on-one with her clients to help meet their specific needs and goals. With her Physical Therapy Assistant and Pilates training, Brenda has developed a deep understanding of the human anatomy which has enhanced her ability to see movement or lack or movement in the body at the deepest level. Her ongoing passion for understanding movement and her ability to "feed" correct movement patterns into her clients bodies has made her teachings highly sought after. Brenda works with clients of all ages and abilities promoting health and performance.
Education and Certifications:
- Masters Pilates Certification: Pilates Leadership Introspective - 2013
- Masters Pilates Certification: The Pilates Center, Boulder, CO - 2009
- Certified Golf Conditioning Specialist: Hole In One Pilates - 2006
- Pilates Method Alliance - Gold Certified - 2005
- Comprehensive Pilates Certification: The Pilates Center, Boulder, CO - 2002
- BA - Marketing Management - Concordia College, St. Pual, MN - 1996
- AAS - Physical Therapy - College of St. Catherine's, Minneapolis, MN - 1987
David Antaya, LMT, NCTMB
The Desert Institute of Physical Therapy is pleased to welcome our new massage therapist, David Antaya, LMT, NCTMB. Dave's been a licensed massage therapist since 2003, after graduating at the top of his class from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also certified through NCBTMB, an organization that upholds a national standard of excellence for massage therapists.
For 6 years, he was the owner of a therapeutic massage business and worked closely with a local chiropractor and acupuncturist in Massachusetts. In 2011, he relocated to Arizona and opened a new business called Body Stress Resolutions, located in Tempe. Specializing in CranioSacral therapy and integrated deep tissue massage, he's helped many people with a number of conditions including auto accident and work-related injuries, chronic pain, spinal problems, burns, and more.
As a practitioner, Dave is continually evolving and striving to learn new ways to help his clients achieve their goals. He is excited to expand his massage work into the Scottsdale area at the Desert Institute of Physical Therapy. Dave can be reached at 480-779-9230 to schedule an appointment.
Tanya Carden, ATC, EMT
Tanya Carden, ATC, EMT earned her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from California State University. She graduated summa cum laude and at the top of her class. She was honored twice by the Dean of CSUN’s College of Health & Human Development as the Outstanding Graduating Student in both the Kinesiology and Athletic Training Departments.
Tanya has clinical experience treating NCAA Division One soccer & baseball athletes and has also enjoyed working with multiple sports and athletes at many levels of competition and recreation. Tanya has been honored to help athletes who compete in extreme sports at The Winter X-Games and also volunteers her time to help the athletes of the Arizona High School Mountain Bike League and for the heroes who compete in The Special Olympics. Tanya has also worked in Primary Care Sports Medicine and in Outpatient Physical Therapy serving patients of all ages, and also has many years of experience as a personal trainer. Tanya enjoys helping her patients recover from injuries so they may return to work, sport, and play - pain free.
In her free time Tanya enjoys learning new things, travelling, working out, hiking, playing tennis, and SCUBA diving.