Dr. Eric Hefferon received his advanced doctorate degree in physical therapy from the innovative A.T. Still University. He has been practicing in the west valley for 6 years and has made strong ties to local gyms and medical practitioners. Dr. Hefferon started Impact Physical Therapy due to his passion for an individualized healthcare approach. He knew by creating a clinic that was out of network he could help give patients the results they deserve. His treatment style attracts patients from all over the valley and even out of state. People will travel to seek Dr. Hefferon’s solutions!
Dr. Hefferon strives for excellence in all aspects of his life and uses this passion to provide clients, patients and athletes an integrated, functional and engaging experience. He values the amazing ability of the body to heal faster through movement, hands on therapy and progressive modalities. He has honed his eye to quickly and effectively treat patients of all ages and impairments. Immediate results can often be seen with one treatment.
Dr. Eric also has a passion for teaching and has had the opportunity to be a guest lecturer at several local universities (Mid Western University & Franklin Pierce University). He was even selected as Mid Western’s Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor of the year in 2015.
When Eric’s not working in the clinic or teaching, he enjoys CrossFit, playing basketball, hiking, running, swimming and spending time with his family (Jackson 4 years old, Natalie 2 years old and wife Dr. Tami Hefferon).
Dr. Tamara Hefferon is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has a strong passion instilling and empowering others to achieve optimum health, believing strongly in the mantra Exercise is Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona, with an emphasis in exercise physiology. While in Tucson her love of hiking, biking, and wine was cultivated. Dr. Hefferon completed her doctoral studies at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona and was able to bridge her strong fitness background with excellent manual therapy skills. Her adventurous side was maximized during this time with sky-diving in Eloy, Zip-lining in Costa Rica, drinking Chianti in Italy and getting married to Eric Hefferon!
Her emphasis post-graduation has been in 3 main areas: Myofascial and Mobilization with Movement work with patients experiencing injuries from competition of reconstructive surgeries; unique exercise programming for return to sport or return to function; and treatment for persons with early onset and early stage Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Hefferon, COO and co-founder of Impact Physical Therapy, also teaches full time in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Franklin Pierce University. Here her emphasis is in the Orthopedic tract of Physical therapy and Parkinson’s Disease. She is blessed to also be a part of the faculty for LSVT BIG in which she travels throughout the world certifying physical and occupational therapists in the remarkable body treatment for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
Dr. Hefferon has been a featured speaker and guest speaker throughout the Greater Phoenix area including: Power Over Parkinson’s Conference, Davis Phinney Victory Summit, All-Star Conference. Arizona Republic articles include the following topics; Improving the quality of life for women post mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, aquatic therapy, and exercise for those with Parkinson’s Disease. She was featured in Advanced Magazine with an article on Traumatic Brain Injury in young men. Recently she was the primary physical therapist for a regional crossfit competitor managing torn and injured connective tissue throughout his training.
Dr. Hefferon loves life and is constantly on the move, yet her most treasured time of the day is her one on one time with kids Natalie, 2, and Jackson,4, when they read together at night before bed.
Dr. Dave Balzer PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Dave Balzer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. Dave’s passion is empowering others to fulfill their goals of living a healthy, active lifestyle. He grew up in Morris, Illinois, a small suburb of Chicago, and attended Augustana College in Illinois where he earned his B.S. in Biology. He was a four year student-athlete on the Augustana College baseball team and this experience pushed him toward the physical therapy profession. Dave moved to Arizona where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University (FPU) in Goodyear where he was lucky to learn from both Dr. Tamara and Eric Hefferon. He had the opportunity to work alongside both as the Graduate Teaching Assistant at FPU.
Dr. Balzer’s passion for exercise and health started with his experiences playing baseball, basketball, soccer, and football and this led him to have a special interest in prevention of overuse injuries in youth sports. Dave also enjoys working with the active adult population or those suffering from chronic pain. He has found a specific interest in helping patients who have found little relief from the traditional medical system and loves demonstrating to patients the impact physical therapy can have on returning people to their lives!
Dr. Balzer enjoys anything having to do with the outdoors and athletics. He recently completed a 40 Hikes in 40 Weeks Challenge which expanded his love for Arizona. In his free time, Dave enjoys playing golf, hiking, hunting, camping, and all things St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball or Illinois Fightin’ Illini basketball!
Kelcey Bates is a movement and exercise enthusiast. She has been competitively running since high school, most recently completing the 2016 Rock N Roll Marathon in Arizona. An avid hiker, animal lover and traveler, Kelcey currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona (because of it’s awesome proximity and endless sunshine) but has familial roots across the U.S. in California, the Carolinas, New York, Idaho, and Chicago; which intensifies her love of food and travel.
Her studies at Northern Arizona University held a strong focus on sustainability, biology and kinesiology. Kelcey believes in the healing power of proper nutrition and purposeful exercise.
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