MEET OUR STAFF
Tom Bratcher, Founder, PT, SCS
Tom has 25 years of experience working with athletes of all ages and abilities. He is Board Certified as a Sports Physical Therapist (SCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association, is dry needling and ASTYM certified, as well has been ART certified. He has served as an adjunct professor at NAU in the Physical Therapy Department at Phoenix Biomedical Campus. He is a former soccer player himself, is a USSF National B Licensed coach, and now enjoys running marathons and half marathons. His biggest accomplishments off the soccer field or physical therapy setting are “Being the best father I can” and qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon. Tom has a wife, Tonya, a daughter, Talia, and twin sons, Keegan and Lleyton. Tom has been Performance Director a Physical Therapist for Phoenix Rising (USL). He has consulted with DC United (MLS), and was the Physical Therapist for Arizona United (USL). In the past, has worked with teams including KC Chiefs, KC Royals, Kansas City Blades, Arizona Diamondbacks from 1996-1998, Arizona State University, Phoenix Roadrunners, Arizona Sandsharks (CISL), and Arizona Thunder (WISL).
Tom started The Center for Athletic Performance because he had a vision to bring his experience of training, conditioning, and therapy that he was apart of at the professional level to the general public from the youth to aspiring adult athletes and everyone in between.
Averill Sutchar PT, DPT
Averill Sutchar received his bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of San Diego in 2008 where he also was a student-athlete, playing football. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, NE in 2012. He has a special interest in the treatment of sports injuries, various orthopedic conditions, and spinal conditions. His emphasis is a manual treatment approach, which includes one on one treatment while prescribing therapeutic exercises progressively over the course of his treatment. Averill specializes in Dry Needling, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Spinal Care, Ergonomics, Balance/Fall Prevention, as well as Joint and Soft Tissue Mobilization. Averill’s patients receive the most up to date evidence-based treatment, while also being tailored to fit the needs of each individual patient. He strongly emphasizes the importance of the patients’ understanding of the basic anatomy, rationale of treatment, and goals of therapy to help reach long last results. In his free time, Averill enjoys the outdoors that Arizona has to offer, hiking, mountain biking, workout out, as well as reading whenever he gets the chance.
Frank Tardi, PT, DPT, CSCS
Frank was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his undergraduate degree at DePaul University where he received his Bachelor of Sociology. He then went to Graduate school at Midwestern University where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Frank is educated in higher order program design so he can tailor it to the individual’s needs. This is used to help bridge the gap between clinical reasoning of physical therapy and practical applications of health and fitness. Some of his specialties include dry needling, sports medicine, joint, and soft tissue mobilization, orthopedics, as well as pain science. Frank is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) as well as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
In his free time he enjoys being a part of the Crossfit community as an athlete and strength and conditioning coach for the past 10 years.
Andrew Kimmich, PT, DPT
Homegrown professional and Sun Devil, “AJ” Kimmich, came to us after having completed his educational journey looking for the house that would help nurture and launch his career as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He completed his Bachelor of Science at Arizona State University and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. AJ has been revered by patients because of his quality care and full-recovery results. It is no secret that he is committed and passionate about what he does. AJ chose to be a physical therapist specifically because he believes that you deserve to live a pain-free life! #MovementIsMedicine
During his free time, he indulges in the sunny Arizona weather and hits the green for some T-time. Besides golfing, he enjoys playing basketball and going hiking. Together with his wife, they take their loyal pooch, Asher, on a scenic hike at any of the various trails found here in the valley he grew up loving.
Alix Ungaretti, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Alix was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, where she swam competitively for 10 years and played basketball. Alix completed her Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and worked for the University of Montana as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer prior to being accepted to Physical Therapy school. Alix attended Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona to receive her Doctorate. Alix also received her Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS) while in Physical Therapy school.
Her interest in physical therapy began when she tore her ACL as a 12-year-old playing basketball. Alix enjoys treating athletic injuries and all populations, while also providing athletic training coverage for an enhanced continuum of care.
In her free time, Alix enjoys hiking, playing basketball, running, swimming, lifting, and anything outdoors. She is also an avid basketball and football fan.
Michelle Unruh, PT, DPT
Michelle was born and raised here in the valley and received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. It was during her undergraduate studies that she developed a passion for the human body, specifically biomechanics and how the function of the body can be modified through non-invasive and nonpharmacologic interventions such as corrective exercise and manual therapy. Michelle went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University. Michelle enjoys working with patients with various orthopedic and sports injuries/conditions. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling and outdoor activities such as hiking and stand up paddleboarding.
Jacob Wright, ATC
Jacob was born and raised right here in Phoenix, AZ. He went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Grand Canyon University.
While going to school to receive his degree, Jacob gained knowledge and experience in clinical rotations at multiple levels. He had rotations at three different high schools, as well as at a community college and a division one level university.
In his free time, Jacob enjoys working at Under the Son Ranch. While at the ranch, he works with as well as rides barrel racing horses.
Parker Poore, Strength and Conditioning Coach
From the great Colorado Springs, we received our performance coach, Parker Poore. Parker attended Lindenwood University in Missouri to complete his B.S. in exercise science with a minor in nutrition and a focus on strength and conditioning. He began acquiring his experience in strength and conditioning at Lindenwood with the athletics department and went on to do the same for the St. Louis Blues NHL team. Poore, like any good performance coach, knows what makes a professional is their wealth of knowledge so it only made sense for him to continue his pursuit outside of Missouri.
Parker moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2017 and began working with nationally recognized performance facility where he acquired his XPS Certification. His accreditations don’t stop there; Poore is also CSCS certified, FMS certified and currently working on his Masters in Sports Psychology at Adams State University. When Parker is not at The Center, you’ll find him exploring the variety of hiking trails throughout Arizona, golfing or playing hockey. Parker spent more than 15 years as a hockey player including having played for Lindenwood University. He currently uses his performance and hockey background through an assistantship with the Arizona Coyotes. Poore has worked with all types of athletes including soccer, football, and golf. One of his athletes being LPGA professional golfer, Bronte Law.
Parker Poore has now found his home at the Center for Athletic Performance in Scottsdale and is ready to help anyone looking to take advantage of his fountain of knowledge to create a happier and healthier lifestyle for themselves.
Hannah Simpson, Certified Personal Trainer
Hannah graduated from Northern Arizona University and received a Bachelors degree in Fitness Wellness. She was a triathlete in High School and played Basketball at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She’s been around sports her entire life, even after playing junior college basketball by holding an occupation in game management at NAU, where she worked at every college game during her undergraduate. Hannah is very passionate in helping athletes reach their fullest potential, by coaching and guiding athletes towards progress. There is nothing better about her job than when an athlete recognizes the relationship between work ethic and progress.