FT. LOWELL CLINIC
Alicia Allie PT, DPT, CHT
Ft. Lowell Clinic Director
Alicia is a Certified Hand Therapist with nine years of experience in the treatment of upper extremity injuries. She attended Western Michigan University on a Division 1 gymnastics scholarship where she received a BS in Biomedical Sciences. She graduated with distinction from Northern Arizona University with a Doctorate in physical therapy. Alicia’s journey into physical therapy began with a gymnastics injury, and this has helped her to better understand her patient’s path to recovery. She is a Board Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), and has gone through considerable training to treat complex and traumatic upper extremity injuries.
Alicia enjoys staying active with her husband and 2 sons. Her passions include hiking, running, watching college sports, and plenty of family time.
Rachel Locke, OTR/L, CHT, C/NDT
Rachel graduated with a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Barry University, after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. Rachel is a certified hand therapist (CHT), holding advanced knowledge and extensive training in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand specific rehabilitation. Rachel is proficient in splinting the upper quarter to facilitate healing post-surgery as well as to reduce pain and improve function in the non-surgical upper limb.
In addition to upper extremity orthopedic specialty, Rachel is certified in neuro-developmental treatment, a treatment approach specific to rehabilitating the upper limb post brain injury/stroke. Rachel believes the upper extremities provide a level of independence that is directly related to quality of life. Rachel enjoys helping her patients restore function and reduce pain so they can participate in activities that are meaningful.
Outside of practicing occupational therapy, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
Molly Mikles PT, DPT
Molly is an Arizona native who grew up in Tucson and attended U of A for her BS in exercise science. She attended NAU for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Molly has over 19 years of experience as an orthopedic physical therapist, and has been specializing in pelvic floor therapy for over 13 years. Her pelvic floor specialty involves treating both men and women for conditions of the pelvic floor. She is certified in Graston, a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, as well as kinesiotaping for treatment of a wide range of orthopedic conditions.
Molly is the mom to two boys, 15 years old and 13 years old. She enjoys spending time with her kids, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, and DIY projects around her house.
Britt Linde PT, DPT
Britt is a physical therapist specializing in evaluating and treating orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. She attended BYU where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science before attending Northern Arizona University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting for 7 years, and during this time, she has sought out advanced training in movement impairments, manual therapy, and return-to-sport rehabilitation. Her specific interest is in rock climbing injuries, as she has been climbing for ~15 years. Britt works closely with the Rocks & Ropes youth climbing team as well as the Tucson Climbing Project, which is a nonprofit supporting the youth team. She is passionate about exercise and enjoys utilizing manual techniques combined with therapeutic exercise to decrease pain and improve quality of movement. Britt is certified in dry needling, ASTYM, and Mulligan mobilization.
Outside of the clinic, Britt spends most of her time rock climbing on Mount Lemmon and mountain biking on the beautiful Tucson trails.
Stephanie Popelka PT, DPT
Stephanie is a physical therapist with 16 years experience in the outpatient, orthopedic setting. She originally hails from Indiana, but she has called Tucson home for the past 8.5 years. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she received her BA in Pre-medicine and Psychology, and then, she went onto Northwestern University, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her rehabilitation interests include upper and lower extremity rehabilitation, spine rehabilitation, and return to sport/work. Her areas of special training include Graston Technique, Dry Needling, Cupping, Muscle Energy Techniques, Mulligan Techniques, Joint Mobilization, and Trigger Point Release.
When Stephanie is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their 2 sons, and their dog, Rocky. She also enjoys cooking, baking, cross-stitching, cheering on Notre Dame, playing tennis, hiking, biking, and skiing.
Savannah Gates PT, DPT
Savannah is an Arizona native that grew up in Tucson and went up to Northern Arizona University to receive both her Bachelors in Exercise Science and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Her journey towards PT started when she was young and received her own injuries from playing years of softball and volleyball. Savannah specializes in evaluating and treating orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions with rehabilitation interests in upper and lower extremities, spinal region, and return to sports or work.
When Savannah is not in the clinic treating, you can find her enjoying the outdoors or enjoying a good book. She is an avid reader as well as loves being out doing all the activities she can on the water including stand up paddle boarding or walking with her dog, Rocky.
Joe Maciulla, PTA
Joe is a Physical Therapist Assistant with 6 years of experience in treating patients in an orthopedic setting. He graduated with honors from Pima Medical Institute, where he earned his occupational associates degree. Joe enjoys working closely with his patient’s and guiding them back to enjoying their favorite activities. He specializes in sports rehab and general orthopedics, and is certified in Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR) and also utilizes Instrument Assisted Manual Therapy (IASTM) including Gua Sha and cupping techniques. Joe also takes pride in “giving back” to his profession and is a certified Clinical Instructor (CI).
Joe is a Tucson native who enjoys an active lifestyle which he shares with his wife and two children. His passions include golfing with friends, working out, and spending time outdoors at the beach, off-roading, hiking, and camping.
AJ Noble PT, DPT
Grant Clinic Director
AJ is a local Tucsonan, returning after receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. Growing up in Tucson and graduating from the University of Arizona, AJ spent 9 years coaching and training athletes of all levels from youth to professional, most notably in basketball and swimming, in addition to volleyball, golf and softball before pursing his interest in physical therapy. AJ enjoys working in the orthopedic, sports and pediatric fields, utilizing manual techniques including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), trigger point dry needling, kinesiotape and joint mobilization, in addition to a focus on therapeutic exercise to help his patients achieve their therapy goals.
AJ enjoys carrying his own interests back to the clinic including basketball, soccer, golf, swimming, skiing and outdoor adventure to help his diverse patient group get back to what they love most. In addition to being Titleist Performance Institute certified for golf, AJ has experience with vestibular rehabilitation, and pediatric conditions including sports and orthopedic injuries, torticollis, developmental delay in gross mobility and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Nick Kothe PT, DPT
Nick is a Tucson native, graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health, before moving to Flagstaff Arizona to get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University. He was awarded the Research Scholar award at NAU for his work in collecting data on injury prevention in collegiate female athletes, and is a published author for his work. Nick offers a variety of treatment experience in the orthopedic setting, and enjoys working side-by-side with patients in guiding them in achieving their goals and to help them maintain an active lifestyle. He specializes in sports rehab and general orthopedics, and is certified in trigger point dry needling, Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR), and is Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 golf certified.
He has a passion for athletics, and maintains strong ties with the local soccer community. He enjoys staying active with a recreational soccer league, as well as golfing, hiking, and camping.
Sharon Farrell, PT
Sharon has over 30 years of experience treating spine, upper and lower extremity issues including acute injury, post op, fractures, joint replacement and chronic issues/diagnosis. Her treatment strategies entail manual techniques, functional movement, strength, balance and posture training. Sharon attended the University of Arizona and went on to Northern Arizona University to receive her Physical Therapy degree. She has been practicing in Tucson since beginning her career in 1987 at TMC’s Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Unit. She later became the supervisor of TMC’s Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic. In 1990, she went into private practice specializing in Manual Therapy and Orthopedics.
Throughout her career, Sharon has completed numerous post graduate courses and trainings including certification in dry needling and kinesio taping techniques. Sharon’s current focus of practice is with active adults. She enjoys assisting clients to meet goals of restoring their abilities and getting back to their daily activity. This ranges from independence at home, returning to work, and returning to sport and recreation. She has a special interest in treatment and management of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Sharon’s focus is providing one-on-one care tailored to clients’ specific needs and goals with a hands-on approach.
Outside of the clinic Sharon enjoys hiking, Pilates, skiing, golf, tennis, group exercise classes (Zumba, P90X, Insanity) and volunteer work in the community.
Matt Noble, PTA
Matt is a physical therapist assistant with 7 years of experience in orthopedic outpatient rehabilitation. He grew up in Tucson and worked in athletics and as an EMT before starting his career in Physical Therapy. Matt specializes in sports rehab and general orthoepic issues. He enjoys working closely with patients of all kinds that are looking to improve their current condition and return to an active lifestyle.
Matt enjoys spending his free time with his spouse Paige and his dog Oliver. They love hiking and any other outdoor activities.