The Dance Medicine Specialists Network

The Dance Medicine Specialists Network


Any tips for posterior tibialis tendinitis? For years I was told it was my achilles, but it only ever hurts when I land from a single leg jump. When I mentioned to a pt friend that I have an extremely tender point on the inside of my calf she thought perhaps the doctor misdiagnosed as the symptoms didn’t fully fit and no improvement in years. She doesn’t have a background in dance though so I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have for those of us with a similar situation. Thanks!!

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Best client feedback ever! We’re passionate about helping all of our clients. Especially when they feel like they’re out of options. If you’ve ever wondered if AZDM is right for you, take it from Cindy.


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Got this message today from a client I’ve been working with for the last few months.

We are focusing on overcoming anxiety.

This message covers so many things that filled my heart with joy!

1️⃣ I love nearly every single one of my clients dearly. You can’t help people rise from their lowest lows without compassion and love. And I’m glad they love me back.

2️⃣ Showing appreciation makes everyone feel great. The sender feels grateful for what they’ve received and the recipient feels grateful that what they’ve given is making a difference in someone’s life.

3️⃣ Feeling “normal” is a goal for many Renatrition clients. The odd part is that they’ve sometimes become so used to their pain or suffering that it establishes a new normal for them. Sometimes they don’t believe that a better feeling life is possible for them. When they do and start to take steps to achieving it, sometimes the relief seems too good to be true, especially in the beginning. It’s wonderful to see them starting to see the healing potential of their work as a Renatrition client.

This client is working through anxiety that affected them at work and with family and friends. We haven’t even gotten into the mindset coaching part of the program. Their progress so far is from the work we are doing to stabilize immune and digestive health. Although more studies and info is coming out on the importance of gut health for mental health, it connections between the digestive and immune system has always been a HUGE part of our practice as it releats to clients finding relief from mental health symptoms including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD/ADD, and much more.

Messages truly keep me going, searching for better solutions to help more people feel better than they’ve ever felt. 😊💕


Shoutout to the best work partner anyone could ask for on International Women’s Day! @lisadrew 💕


Posted @withregram • @renatrition Making it our mission to breakdown rare diseases, find their root causes, and build your life back by paying deeper attention to the clues that are hidden in plain sight and some of the not so obvious clues that we’ve worked hard to figure out in terms of how they affect you. We can’t wait to help more clients manage and overcome any disease or condition, but especially the rare ones that leave clients searching for answers.


Love seeing my kids @miballetfestival! Even if it’s virtually this year! 💕💕💕


If you’re looking for the magic potion to increase your flexibility or strength it does exist. This is it. IYKYK. 🤣🤣🤣




Safe travels to this dancer who came all the way from Texas to spend a week working in our clinic!

After months of persistent ankle pain that was not resolving with rest in a boot, traditional PT, or medications, we were able to discover a bacterial infection slowing down fluid flow and a clogged liver pulling on the right leg, putting increased force through the ankle and causing the pain.

Her first flush resulted in immediate reduction in her pain, so we know we’re on the right track. She has a solid plan as she returns home to continue cleaning the system and we will guide her with support of local help until she’s back in the studio doing what she loves.

If you feel like you’ve been in pain for so long and don’t see a way out, know that a solution is still possible. It just may not be where you think it is.

What the number one way to tell of another system may be contributing to your pain? EXERCISES AREN’T HELPING. It’s likely not the “wrong” exercise, bad positioning, or not enough exercises. The body never hesitates to heal when you give it the right solution.


This is a great example on the effect of digestive health on mobility. After tons of unsuccessful stretching and exercise, this dancer’s mother reached out to us for help. What we found were symptoms of a clogged liver and constipation. Both of those can easily tight up the hips and spine when they are clogged and reduce mobility due to the fascia that connects the liver and intestines to the spine and hips. Cleaning out those areas releases that tension. The result? Improved mobility with little to no uncomfortable stretching! Love you Belle!!! 💕💕💕


Check out @impactdanceadjudicators podcast tomorrow Jan 13 where we discussed injury prevention along with the awesome @sugarfoot_therapy!

Comment with questions or let us know what you thought 😊

Timeline photos 01/10/2022


Do you suffer from intense menstrual symptoms or other problems surrounding your period?

Horrible cramps
Heavy bleeding
Headaches, back pain
Difficulty with tampons
Nausea or vomiting
Sweating and hot flashes

Did you know that in most cases the ultimate SOLUTION often lies in resolving and UNDERLYING INFECTION? (Which is often bacterial, that’s we often crave sweets around our cycle. Bacterias use sugar as a food source. So we are literally feeding the problem.)

These symptoms aren’t as hereditary as you think. And I’m working with our clients we often find signs of bacterial infection throughout their life. Thinks like avoiding veggies, loving bread and carbs, frequent strep or ear infections, stomach issues and headaches.

We have room for 10 clients in our new 90 day BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM looking to gain control of these symptoms and get back to living without fear of these symptoms holding them back.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been dealing with your symptoms. It doesn’t matter your age. Our clients span pre-teens to those transitioning into menopause.

We are here and ready with simple and natural solutions to help you live and perform your best.

Interested? Visit for more info and to claim your spot. Link in bio 😊


No matter how you celebrate, we hope it’s the best!


Our clients say it best! Q4 survey results are in! Thanks for trusting us with your care and we look forward to helping more in 2022!!!

Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 12/15/2021

Nutcracker photo dump! @studiorballet


Handmade gifts are the best! Thanks so much @kennabonhote!!! This is going on the front door right away!


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Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 12/03/2021

I think they like me. And I like them too. 💕 Drawings from little clients are the absolute best! She even drew a Bella logo on my shorts!

Timeline photos 11/29/2021


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I should have said this to her…


This is not a conceited post, rather a self-empowerment post for myself and all the over-givers out there.

This dancer is one of my clients. She’s an amazing dancer. And she did an outstanding job as the Snow Queen in her company’s production of the Nutcracker.

After the show I went to congratulate her for the awesome performance and with a little tear in her eye she thanked me for helping her improve her technique and performance ability to help her have such a great show.

My response?

I said that it wasn’t me, but her that did all the work to make her performance a success.

When I got home that evening, I realized I said the wrong thing. Not that she didn’t do great work on adhering to the conditioning program I prescribed. She did do great work. But, in just focusing on her I neglected my own work, which I do more often than I’d like to admit. Im so used to trying to prove my worth and value in a world where I’ve been told I have to do more and give more just to be seen as equal and capable. So I give and give, often until I’m exhausted.

But just like many other things, giving is cyclical. It’s inspiration, power, and effect is based on the other part of the cycle…RECEIVING.

That’s what I need to work on. That’s what many of us need to work on. Gracefully receiving.

It’s not selfish or greedy. It’s fulfilling and necessary for us to continue to give successfully. We all deserve to receive, especially in exchange for giving time, effort, or value in other ways.

I gave knowledge, support, and manual healing. I did a good job and it paid off for this dancer. I deserve to accept her gratitude. I dare say it’s disrespectful not to receive gratitude when it’s given.

So to this dancer, all my clients, my friends and family, and anyone who I may have helped in my lifetime, in this spirit of thanksgiving, I accept your thanks.

You’re welcome. I love you all. And I look forward to giving and supporting you and many more in the future. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

And to all my fellow over-givers, tell 5 people “you’re welcome” to honor yourself and all the hard work you’ve done.

Our Story

About Dr. Alexis and how AZDM got started:

“I attended PT school in New York from 2005-2008, volunteering with physical therapists who worked with professional dance companies all three years as well as PTs who performed research on movement and injury incidence in dancers, including the PT teams at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. I started ANS Fitness and Physical Therapy in 2014 as a way to accept payment when dance moms would ask me to look at their kids’ injuries while I was teaching…legally. Then they started asking me to work with their kids privately, at the studio or at home. Since I worked at multiple studios this caused me to travel around the metro Phoenix area, working with tons of dancers.

By 2016, there were too many clients for me to continue making house/studio calls, so I got a small treatment space of about 150 sqft in central Phoenix. In 2017, the building my space was in caught on fire…twice. So I moved to a 250 sqft space in February 2018 in east Phoenix. Client demand continued to grow and in October 2018 we moved into a 550 sqft space.

Then teachers started reaching out to me looking for the best exercises for dancers or advice about guiding an injured dancer through recovery. So I started creating training and consulting for them, combining my knowledge of dance instruction (I’m a dance teacher too, don’t think I mentioned that.) with my body and movement knowledge as a physical therapist.

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