Physical Therapists

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A native of Arizona, Widd Workman graduated from Gilbert High School with a baseball scholarship to Brigham Young University in one hand and an offer to play baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the other. He decided to attend BYU for one year and played one season of baseball before he was extended a two year mission call for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He was asked to serve in the Des Moines, Iowa mission. He accepted the call but halfway through his mission he was drafted to play baseball by the Chicago Cubs. He did not accept the offer from the Cubs, however, since he still had one more year to serve in his Iowa mission. Upon his return, Widd was drafted by the California Angels to play baseball for their organization. At that same time Arizona State University also offered him a scholarship to come and play for the Sun Devils.

Widd chose to return to school and accepted the offer from ASU. He went to school and played one season with the Sun Devils when he was again taken in the professional baseball draft, but this time by the San Diego Padres in the third round of the draft. The time felt right now to give professional baseball a try so Widd accepted the offer from the Padres, married his high school sweetheart, Shayla Bradshaw, and was off four days later on his first baseball assignment. Widd played for the Padres and then the Dodgers until he was released upon career ending knee surgery.

Widd also had to undergo elbow surgery (Tommy John) after his baseball season at BYU. During his bouts with surgery and the consequential rehabilitation that resulted, Widd began to develop a growing curiosity with physical therapy. After retiring from baseball, Widd returned to school and finished his Kinesiology Degree at ASU. He was then accepted into the Arizona School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy program, where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is now the owner of Diamondback Physical Therapy with locations in Gilbert, and Queen Creek. Widd resides in Queen Creek with his wife and five children-four boys and one girl.


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Ashley Payne

A native of Arizona, Ashley Payne graduated from Highland High School with full-ride academic scholarship offers, as well as track and field scholarships offers from ASU, U of A, and NAU. Her high school track career concluded as the 5A state runner-up in the 800 meter dash, setting Highland’s school record in the 800, the 4X400 meter, and 4X800 meter relays, which she anchored. Ashley chose to attend NAU for their promising high-altitude track and field training program, as well as their excellent Physical Therapy program. Her track career continued in the 800 meter dash with three-time All-Conference honors and two first-place finishes at the annual NAU, ASU, and U of A meets. She also ran for NAU’s Cross Country team.

Ashley gained much experience in strength and conditioning training, including Olympic lifting, during her track and field endeavors at NAU. During her rehabilitation for injuries that occurred throughout her colligate track career, Ashley gained a great interest in physical therapy. Her love for science and learning was evidenced with her graduation in 2006 from NAU with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science, Suma Cum Laude honors, and again in 2010 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has experience in pediatric physical therapy as well as orthopedic physical therapy, and sports medicine and is currently working at Diamondback Physical Therapy. Ashley continues to enjoy running and providing physical therapy to athletes of all sports, and spending time with her husband and two young children.


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Jared Kitamura

Jared Kitamura was born and raised in Hawaii. He attended the University of New Mexico, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. He also played second base, left field, and designated hitter for the UNM Lobo baseball team, which won the Mountain West Conference in 2000. He went on to attend A. T. Still University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Jared has been a licensed Physical Therapist in Arizona since 2006, and has experience in outpatient orthopedic therapy and also home physical therapy. He has worked with patients with a variety of conditions, including neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, and orthopedic conditions. Jared currently resides in Gilbert with his wife and two sons.