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 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.
Garret Bruno, PT, DPT
Garret Bruno, PT, DPT is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. After receiving his B.A. from Arizona State University in 2006, he went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2012. Garret has experience working with patients in various stages of rehabilitation and from a wide range of ages and performance levels. Though he prefers to practice in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on manual therapy, Garret also works part-time in a hospital in an underserved region to stay current in acute-care physical therapy. His approach to treatment is focused on functional assessment with outcomes individualized to each patient. Garret’s continuing education plans include pursuing multiple certifications in manual and alternative therapies, and he is excited to be moving forward as member of the DIPT team.
Megan McElroy, PTA
Megan McElroy, PTA recently joined our team from Woodbury, MN. Originally from Springfield, MO, Megan began her undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University and later earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Ozarks Technical Community College. She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic care since 2010 and is certified in Kinesio Taping. When not at work, Megan enjoys hiking, going to the lake, working out, and spending time with friends.
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.