ABOUT EAST VALLEY SPINE & SPORTS MEDICINE CENTER
Established in 2007 by Dr. Tutankhamen Pappoe, East Valley Spine & Sports Medicine Center has offices in Scottsdale, Chandler and Mesa, offering the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and pain.
Under the direction of Dr. Pappoe, our experienced staff of physical therapists and athletic trainers utilize functional and applied biomechanics to provide contemporary, comprehensive and personalized care tailored for each patient.
Our team collaborates to create thorough rehabilitation plans implementing ground breaking philosophies, therapies and treatments from our specialties to alleviate pain and mend injuries while correcting movement patterns to prevent future conditions. If executed properly our rehabilitation plans can completely eliminate pre-existing conditions, frequently without surgery.
Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with a subspecialty in pain medicine, Dr. Tutankhamen Pappoe specializes in spinal care, pain management and the treatment of sports injuries through functional and applied biomechanics, non-surgical orthopedics, postural restoration and the study of tri-planar motion.
Licensed in Arizona, California and New York, Dr. Pappoe earned his Bachelor of Science in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from the prestigious Yale University, where he competed as a track athlete, before continuing to the George Washington University School of Medicine to earn his medical degree. He received intern training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and served as a research fellow with Kessler Sports Medicine Institute in preparation for his residency with the internationally-acclaimed Mount Sinai Hospital Center.
Dr. Pappoe is a current member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiatric Association of Sports, Spine and Occupational Rehabilitation, National Strength and Conditioning Association, North American Spine Society, International Spine Intervention Society and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Zac Cupples, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FMSC is a Physical Therapist and Strength Coach who studied under the nationally-recognized Bill Hartman. He graduated from the St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Program in 2011, and completed an orthopedic residency in 2013. He is currently employed by East Valley Spine and Sports Medicine Center in Chandler, AZ.
Zac has much experience working with the chronic pain, industrial, and athletic populations. His treatment process has a neuroscience foundation through principles taught by the Postural Restoration Institute and modern pain science. His ultimate goal is to give people that work with him independence.
Zac has formal training in various manual therapy to include Maitland, Mulligan, Dermoneuromodulation, PRRT, and IASTM. He also has training in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)/Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Graded Motor Imagery, and DNS according to Kolar.
Physical therapist Tiffany Renwick is well versed in heavy manual therapy in the treatment of chronic pain from orthopedic, sports and traumatic injuries. Tiffany continues to incorporate innovative techniques into the treatment programs of East Valley Spine & Sports Medicine Center by applying the philosophies of the Postural Restoration Institute, Gray Institute, Barral Institute, Franklin Method and Dr. Shirley Sahrmann.
Tiffany graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University earning a bachelor's degree in exercise and wellness with a minor in kinesiology and psychology. She continued her education at Northern Arizona University where she completed her doctorate in physical therapy.
Kim Hurt graduated with her BS from University Nevada Las Vegas in Sports Injury Management and Kinesiology in 2007, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University Nevada Las Vegas in 2010. Kim co-authored a research study that was published in JOSPT 2011 entitled, "The Effects of Lumbar Manipulation on Transversus Abdominis Thickness in Asymptomatic Individuals."
Kim's emphasis on treatment utilizes principles from Postural Restoration Institute and functional restorative exercise, and she is working toward her manual therapy certification through IAOM-US. Kim is certified in ASTYM, and uses a variety of other manual techniques for soft tissue work.
Amy Novotny has been a physical therapist specializing in sports, orthopedics and vestibular rehabilitation for more than 5 years in the East Valley. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in French and Minors in Mathematics and Spanish. She then graduated from the University of Delaware in 2008 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Amy is interested in providing personalized hands-on care to a variety of patient populations including post-operative conditions, general orthopedic conditions, sports and recreational injuries, chronic pain conditions and balance or vertigo disorders. Amy is beginning her training in postural restoration to add to her skills in manual therapy, scraping and vestibular rehabilitation.
Having studied abroad in France and working as a Spanish interpreter for a hand therapy clinic, Amy is able to reach out to the foreign language speakers in the area in need of rehabilitation.
In her free time, Amy is an endurance athlete and just recently completed her first Ironman Triathlon and first 100 mile Ultra Marathon race. She enjoys helping this community in injury prevention and recovery to allow for a quick and appropriate return to sport.
Maegan graduated in 2009 with her bachelors of Exercise Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Maegan received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota in May of 2012.
Maegan believes in utilizing the integrated approach to the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries developed by the Postural Restoration Institute. Maegan has an interest in treating a variety of ages and conditions, and enjoys the variety that outpatient orthopedics has to offer.
Matt began his journey into physical therapy when his college football career was cut short due to years of chronic knee pain. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2010 and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 from the Medical College of Virginia.
Matt has also further advanced his education and knowledge base by pursuing numerous courses through the Postural Restoration Institute and Neuro Orthopaedic Insititue, as well as various manual therapy techniques.
Matt also spent two summers studying under Bill Hartman PT, a highly regarded authority in both physical therapy and strength and conditioning and one summer under Eric Cressey, one of the foremost experts on baseball strength and conditioning.
Matt has a strong interest chronic pain, orthopedics, manual therapy, and strength and conditioning. In his spare time he is actively pursuing interests in strength and conditioning as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His personal obstacles and successes with chronic pain allow him to offer a valuable perspective to patients.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
Gone are the days of frequent in-office sessions for recovery. With our understanding of biomechanics we personalize weekly, one-on-one therapy sessions for a prompt rehabilitation of many common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic joint pain.
After a thorough examination including a gait analysis, industry leading therapies and treatments are administered to relieve, and often cure, chronic spine and back pain—even for patients that have found no comfort following previous back surgeries.
From youth, collegiate and professional athletes to weekend warriors, our athletic trainers specialize in the rehabilitation of athletes to top competition form in all sports and activities.
Stay active and pain free for years to come by preventing recreational, occupational and sports related injuries. By analyzing current movement patterns and tendencies, we are able to create prevention programs that are tailored specifically to you.