3321 E Queen Creek Rd #106 Gilbert, AZ 85297

on the SouthEast corner of Higley and Queen Creek Rd

by the Nook and Dairy Queen

Our mission is YOU. What is YOUR mission?

Benjamin hill, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Cert VRS

Owner / Physical Therapist

Dr. Hill graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2003 and returned to complete a clinical Doctorate in 2006.  He became Board-Certified in Orthopedics in 2009, is certified in dry needling, has advanced training in various manual therapies, and is certified in vestibular rehabilitation with several years' experience doing neurologic rehab.

Ben worked at Physiotherapy Associates for five years directing a clinic and eventually overseeing the operations of seven clinics in Louisville, Kentucky.  More recently, Ben directed a physical therapy clinic in Gilbert AZ for 360 Physical Therapy.  He provided training to other physical therapists in both companies and assisted in teaching a professional manual therapy course.  He is the founder of an evidence-based, effective holistic treatment system: MovementCorrection

Outside of physical therapy, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, hiking, working out, and giving church service.

Susan Spear, BS Food Science, MS Nutrition

Nutritionist and Author

Susan trained as a researcher in Food Science, Nutrition, and Herbal Medicine with both Brigham Young and Arizona State universities, including undergraduate and graduate work with animal research in clinical nutrition and food product development.  She has worked with individual clients and volunteered as a community nutrition instructor developing her understanding of individual nutrition needs outside of the research lab.

Prior to relocating with her family to Arizona in 2014, Susan worked as an adjunct professor in both biology and clinical nutrition at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Besides teaching students, Susan worked to develop an experiential nutrition curriculum for the Westminster nursing program and instructed at the Snowbird Continuing Education Conference for physician assistants and nurse practitioners as well as corporate seminars.

She recently published a book, Mission Nutrition: Calories Matter but They Don’t Count…At Least Not the Way You Think They Do. Susan’s motto is: Eating your way to Healthy!


Back Office Registration and Insurance Liaison
Jennifer grew up in Montana and attended college in Idaho.  She studied at both Idaho State and Boise State universities, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Health Promotion.  
She has been in the healthcare administrative field for over 10 years gaining a vast knowledge of insurance, billing, and healthcare finance.  
She has lived in Scottsdale for the past 15 years and recently moved to the Gilbert area.  She is passionate about people, serving her community, music, and football (go Cards!).  She enjoys cooking, attending sporting events, spending time by the pool or at the lake, and playing violin.  


Billing Specialist

​Denise brings years of insurance billing experience to the Mission team as we brought billing in-house.  She has two children, a handful of dogs (including several pugs), and loves horses.  Originally from Canada, she is fluent in French and also has a great sense of humor!

Kristen Severson, PT, DPT, ATC/L, COMT, SDN

Physical Therapist and Clinic Education Coordinator
Kristen is credentialed both as a Physical Therapist and an Athletic Trainer. She received her BS in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and worked part time for the university while completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy there. She is certified in manual therapy and dry needling, and is also an adjunct professor at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus for NAU teaching 2nd year Physical Therapy students.

Prior to joining our team, Kristen worked for 8 years in outpatient physical therapy clinics working with all types of injuries, including neck and back pain, shoulder, knee, and ankle injuries/surgeries. 

Outside of the clinic, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, including hiking, camping, and playing at the park.

Melanie Clement, PT, DPT, CSCS, Cert. DN

Physical Therapist

Throughout her life, Melanie has been heavily involved in athletics.  She attended Indiana University for her undergraduate degree and was a Division I Women's Rower.  Due to injury, her career at IU ended early, but she was able to work with the remaining athletes at IU in the Strength and Conditioning programs.  After graduating from IU with a BS in Exercise Science and dual minors in Coaching and Psychology, she returned to Arizona to work in a local PT clinic as a tech before she was accepted into Franklin Pierce University for the Physical Therapy doctoral program.  Melanie is certified in Dry Needling as well as LSVT BIG for Parkinson's Disease.

Outside of physical therapy, Melanie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and helping her fiancé build his  business. 

Meet the mission physical therapy TEAM!

Braden Schroeder, PT, DPT, MA

Physical Therapist
Dr. Schroeder was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho.  After graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, IL with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry, Braden moved to Arizona to pursue a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science from Midwestern University.  he then received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University.

Outside of work, Braden enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He loves to play hockey and is a Chicago Blackhawks fan.  He is also a passionate golfer who loves the golf-friendly climate of Arizona. 

Brie Kuntz, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Brie was born and raised in Indiana before graduating from Southern Illinois University with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science.  She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.  She recently graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Health Sciences and Health Care Management.  She is ASTYM certified and has 5 years of experience in outpatient physical therapy treating mostly orthopedic conditions. 

Outside of physical therapy, she enjoys being active and going outdoors.  She loves dogs, hiking/backpacking, camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, working out, tennis, and spending time with friends and family.


Front Desk Reception

Heather was raised in Seattle, Washington and moved to Arizona in 1998.  She is married and has two children. Her oldest son is a junior at ASU and her daughter is attending her first year at Chandler Gilbert Community College.  She and her husband raised their children in a small town just south of Tucson and moved to Gilbert in September of 2016. Heather has spent many years in customer service and the healthcare field with the last six at La Posada Assisted Living in Green Valley.  She spends most of her free time with her family and enjoys traveling, going out to dinner and the movies, and taking their boat out to the lake.  Now that her children are grown she looks forward to exploring new interests.


Administrative Assistant

​Colleen is a San Diego native, but loves the time she has spent living in other places: South Korea, Utah, and Kentucky.  She enjoys her life in Arizona and hopes to stay put for a long while. 

Her undergraduate degrees were in Sociology and Linguistics, and she went to graduate school to be a school counselor.  She now enjoys a good run (here and there), cooking (or more like perusing cookbooks), writing, and organizing stuff.  Her favorite thing, though, is taking care of her good husband (see above) and their five children.​

Jess Gruca Giardino, PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist
Dr. Giardino is a Chicago native.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Millikin University in 2011 where she played four-years of college soccer. She completed her professional training at A.T. Still University earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018.  Jess is credentialed both as a Physical Therapist and an Athletic Trainer. She worked for the last four-years in Arizona with the Gilbert and Chandler school districts. 

Outside of physical therapy, Jess enjoys traveling with her husband, gardening and being outdoors.  She loves surfing, hiking, playing competitive sports, watching Chicago sports, paddle boarding, working out, and spending time with family and friends.