Staff

Scott Peterson, PT, ATC

Scott is originally from the small town of Salmon, Idaho where he learned the value of hard work and the principles of helping others. He began his education at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho where he attended one year before leaving college to serve a two-year mission for his church in West Virginia. He returned to Ricks College and earned an Associate's degree in Health Sciences. He then transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and continued his studies in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training until being accepted into the Physical Therapy program. He graduated with honors in 1987, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.

Following his graduation, Scott accepted a position in a large hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada but quickly learned that his real interest was in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. In 1988 he moved his family to Medford, Oregon where he was involved in a private practice for over 10 years. During that time, Scott developed his skills and specialty in orthopedic rehabilitation. Not only was he busy in the clinic, but he also gave volunteer time to the local high schools and was part of the athletic training program at Southern Oregon State University. This experience allowed him to sit for the certification exam of the National Athletic Trainers Association and in June 1996, gained his certification as an athletic trainer.

In September 1998, Scott took a position in Phoenix and moved his family to the valley of the sun. He worked for a national rehabilitation company for several years before starting Northwest Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy in June 2002. As owner and director of the clinic, he has treated a wide spectrum of orthopedic conditions, but his special interest is in the shoulder, knee and total joint rehabilitation.

Scott continues to give his time to the community and has volunteered at the local high schools since 2002. Specifically with Valley Vista High School since 2006. The clinics are teaching facilities where PT and PTA students from several universities come as part of their clinical training. Professionally, he is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Sports Physical Therapy section of the APTA, the Private Practice section of the APTA and the Arizona Physical Therapy Association.

Scott lives in Surprise with is wife Keri. They have four children and six grandchildren. He actively serves in his church and enjoys activities such as golf, fishing and woodworking.

Christina McNamara PTA

Tina is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, though her family moved many times and she spent her childhood mostly in Missouri and northern California. Tina graduated from Grantsville High School in Grantsville, Utah, at the top of her class and with an Academic Scholarship. She attended a semester at Utah State University, but life had a different story for her and brought her to Arizona. She married her husband, Tyler, and now lives in Surprise with four children.

Tina worked at Northwest Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy as a Technician for over 6 years; where she learned she had a passion and talent for helping others to heal and reach their goals in physical therapy. She applied and immediately got accepted to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Gateway Community College in Phoenix. Again, through much dedication and hard work she graduated the program with honors and a 4.0 GPA.

Tina has many years of experience working with the geriatric population and is dedicated to helping her patients reach their goals in physical therapy. Hard work and dedication have been a theme throughout Tina's life as she has been in various leadership positions, won awards at school, and earned her black belt in karate at age 12. She enjoys being in the outdoors, spending time with her family, and working as a Physical Therapist Assistant.