About Us

About Us

In 2018, Empower was created by a group of like minded physical therapist owners who operated their own practices for more than 20 years. We have become a supergroup of private practices in the Southwest US through intentional partnerships that are therapist owned and led. Empower practices are committed to a people first culture, serving our patients, communities, and profession. We seek to exceed patient expectations by delivering clinical excellence, world class experience and meaningful outcomes to “empower people” around achieving a higher level of functional living. Our Core values guide all that we do: Patients First, Excellence in Action, Grow with Purpose, and Enjoy the Journey.

Based in Phoenix AZ, Empower has a family of practices that are leading providers in communities around AZ, CA, TX and LA. We are always looking for passionate, entrepreneurial minded, and compassionate therapist to join our team. You will be joining a Therapist centric team that loves to learn, lead, and celebrate the value that we bring to improving others’ lives!

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In A Nutshell Our Formula Consists Of:
Your Full Recovery = Expert Care By The Best Physical Therapists
+ Flexible Appointments + Affordable Care
We are proud to share with you a few of our reviews!


Of patients would recommend Empower to a friend or family member.


Of patients interviewed could get an appointment at preferred locations and times.


Of our Google Reviews are 5 stars!

Empower Physical Therapy focuses on providing unforgettable patient experiences. We do this by developing powerful relationships among our physical therapists, staff, and patients while providing customized care.

The physical therapy team at Empower puts patient needs first when it comes to healing. Our therapist-led company is not only one of the largest in Arizona, but we also now have forty locations spread across four states. Find a location near you.

Our Values

The physical therapy team at Empower puts patient needs first when it comes to healing.

Patients FIRST

• World class service
• Card for our patients
• Empathy towards others
• We place the needs of our patients above our own!

Excellence in ACTION

• Exceed expectations
• Quality communication
• Integrity & Accountability
• We set the highest standard of quality for our actions!

Enjoy the JOURNEY

• Have fun
• Value our teammates
• Celebrate our wins
• We build a culture of fun along with high performance!

Grow with PURPOSE

• Education and mentorship
• Professional development
• Advocate for our profession
• We intentionally engage in quality growth opportunities!


The team includes PT founder-owners and experienced business professionals

Empower Employee

Steve DiPaola


Over 25 years of operating experience in PT, most recently as COO at Physical Rehabilitation Network, Academic-Regis University PT Advisory Board, Regulatory-CO PT Board Member, Passionate about Clinical Practice and Value of PT Profession.

Empower Employee

Dave Ghena


Dave Ghena is the Chief Operations Officer for Empower Physical Therapy based in Phoenix, AZ with a growing footprint in the southwest US.  He is a dual credentialed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer with a specialty interest in orthopedic and sports prevention and rehabilitation.   Previously he served as the Vice President of Clinical Operations over MI and OH for Athletico Physical Therapy with a focus on clinic expansion and was the founder/owner of MVP Physical Therapy, 16-clinic practice located in the Seattle, WA.  In Dave’s free time you can find him enjoying Michigan Football, hiking, pickle ball and reading leadership literature that impacts the next generation.  He has been married to Becky for 30+ years, has 4 adult children and looks forward to being a grandparent.

Empower Employee

Matt Figueroa

PT – Chief Clinical Officer

Former owner of Physicians Physical Therapy, a founding Empower practice, and currently leads clinical education and compliance.

Our History

In 2018, Empower PT was created by a group of like-minded physical therapist owners who operated their own practices for more than 20 years.

Nine founding clinics came together to create one practice with the belief that their practices were stronger together by sharing resources and ideas, but the owners wanted to preserve a strong private practice culture.

Since its inception, the group has embraced its provider-led, provider-driven “supergroup” private practice model. The PT-centric approach has enabled Empower to focus on each patient’s unique therapy journey and drive the best possible outcomes.


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    The staff at Empower Physical Therapy are all wonderful. You feel very welcomed and at home from the minute you check in to the minute you check out. Rachel was my physical therapist and listened to me about my symptoms and worked with me on my individual goals. She is very knowledgeable with biofeedback and pelvic floor methodologies. I highly recommend this practice as they provide very quality care.

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