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.
Chelsea Carey, PT, DPT
Chelsea Carey, PT, DPT joined the DIPT team summer of 2017. She received her Bachelors of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona in 2012, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ in 2017. She has experience in the treatment of various orthopedic conditions, neurological and vestibular conditions, post- surgical care, sport-specific physical therapy, and concussion rehabilitation. One of her favorite PT experiences so far was a mission trip to Guatemala where she worked with the organization Hearts in Motion and treated a variety of patients in established clinics as well as mobile clinics in smaller villages throughout the state of Zacapa. She also educated local practitioners on new and innovative treatment techniques.
Chelsea is very involved in the figure skating and hockey communities. She has been skating for 15+ years, is a USFS double gold medalist, has recently competed in US Figure Skating Adult Regional and National competitions, and enjoys performing in local theater on ice shows. She is currently the president of the Skating Club of Phoenix, where she helps organize competitions, sponsor club events, and helps with the needs and goals of the club members as they progress through the various skill levels and programs. She is passionate about promoting good sportsmanship and creating lifelong friendships through the sport of figure skating, and giving back to the community that has given her so much.
Over the past 5 years, Chelsea has also worked as an Arizona Coyotes promotional and on-ice crew member. As a team member, she participates in Coyotes community events throughout Phoenix, works game day operations on and off ice, outreach to fans, and promotes the Arizona Coyotes and the sport of hockey. If you see her at a game- stop by and say hi!
In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys training in aerial acrobatics on apparatuses such as silks, trapeze and hoop, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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