Sarah Hanna Physical Therapist

Ms Sarah Hanna, PT, MPT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, FAAOMPT

Director and Owner of East Mesa Clinic
Masters of Physical Therapy
Certified in Spinal Manipulation Therapy
Certified in Dry Needling
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy


Sarah earned her Bachelor’s in Applied Health with a Physical Therapy emphasis after graduating from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa California, in 2003.  She went on to earn a three-year, Master of Physical Therapy, in 2007, at California State University, Northridge. Sarah has extensive experience and training in both neurologic and orthopedic physical therapy. She has worked at Cedar’s-Sinai Medical Center and Northridge Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit with experience in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, poly-trauma and stroke rehabilitation. She feels that her diversified treatment background affords opportunity and experience, which offers advantages in her current treatments and practice. Sarah has always had a passion for manual therapy and enjoyed utilizing techniques in both the neurologic settings, as well in her small business ownership in California and Arizona. Sarah moved to Arizona in 2011, where she entered into outpatient orthopedic physical therapy to practice manual therapy. She is currently working on her Certification in Spinal Manipulation and plans on completion in December of 2014. She received Certification in Dry Needling in 2013, through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. She is entering into a fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in June of 2014, through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. She has a special interest in cervicogenic headache, tension type headache, cervicogenic dizziness, shoulder dysfunction and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Sarah is excited about the opportunities available to the physical therapy profession and is passionate about advancing and advocating its growth, development and skill.  She enjoys utilizing and developing manual therapy techniques and is excited to open her clinic in the near future.


My primary role is to take excellent care of my patients and get them back to a life of pain-free living. I also enjoy helping my teammates and making their lives or roles easier. Anything I can do to facilitate or help is fair game. I like to facilitate and help develop strategies; whether it’s documentation, marketing, business development, creation of learning environments or anything that has to do with advancement of skill, business growth and advancement of our great profession. The opportunities that are present in the environment at One Accord are boundless. I will enjoy immersing myself in opportunities as they present themselves to our team. I also enjoy feeding my teammates salsa and good food 🙂

Personal interests:

Family, friends, love and laughter are very important to me. I am a people person and love to be around friends and family to laugh and have good conversation. I enjoy a good movie. I love to run, workout and be outdoors. I enjoy skiing and snowboarding. I love to learn and I enjoy teaching and helping others.


I believe in love. I believe in God. I believe that each and every one of us has a purpose and that we are put on this earth for a reason. I believe that you should treat others the way you want to be treated. I believe you should reach for the stars because the sky is the limit. I believe that the only thing standing between you and success is you. I believe that every dream is attainable if you put your mind to it.

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The greatness of a person is not how much wealth one acquires, but in the integrity and ability to affect those around oneself positively.” ~ Bob Marley

What I like most about working here:

The people at One Accord are amazing.  There is an atmosphere of camaraderie, respect and appreciation for each other. It is refreshing to know that this type of work environment exists. I look forward to going to work and interacting with my colleagues, learning new things and helping each other out.

What I like most about caring for patients:

I have been a patient myself and have endured countless hours of headache and back pain. I know what it feels like to deal with pain on a daily basis and I know what it feels like to be treated with skill and have relief of that pain and return to a pain-free life. It is both encouraging and instills hope. I enjoy providing that encouragement and a source of hope for my patients. I enjoy that they entrust themselves to me so that I might offer answers and relief to them. I enjoy the journey we share together during treatment to decipher and figure out the optimal course of treatment to address their needs and condition.

What do I think patients like most about me:

I think my patients enjoy my honesty and caring nature and that I take the time to be thorough so that we can address their needs optimally. I try to be understanding and caring, but at the same time thorough and direct; I think they appreciate that.

What do patients like most about our office:

The patients love our staff. We have a great team and the patients love being in an atmosphere that is fun, energetic and professional. Several of my patients have told me how much they enjoy being at therapy because of the fun environment.