Oakeson Physical Therapy

About Us

Our physical therapy practice has been serving the Valley for 25 years. In 2006, the clinic name changed to Oakeson Physical Therapy as Bob Oakeson transitioned from clinic director, to co-owner of the practice with Ian Hover. Together, Bob and Ian have worked hard to create a quality treatment atmosphere where their patients thrive in reaching their specific goals. Recently the office opened its new location in Peoria, AZ. Ian is also one of our clinic's Dry Needling Specialists.

Emphasis is placed on one to one treatment, to improve outcomes and maintain continuity of care.

Robert Oakeson, PT


Robert Oakeson, PT
A graduate from the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, Bob has spent the majority of his career in the area of orthopedic and sports medicine. He has worked with athletes from the levels of Little League to the professionals especially the NBA. Bob spent three years as a medical officer in the United States Air Force until resigning his commission as a Captain. During that time he was stationed at the largest hospital in the Department of Defense for the Air Force and worked with active duty personnel from around the globe.

Bob achieved his certification as an athletic trainer 1980 and volunteered many hours as the ATC for the local high schools as well as being instrumental in attaining full time jobs for ATC's in the Peoria and Deer Valley school districts. Bob is also one of our clinic's Vestibular Disorders Specialists. Bob and his wife enjoy hiking, tennis, golf and spending time with his family and grandchildren.


Ian Hover, PT, OCS, MTC


Ian Hover, PT, MTC
Ian became a physical therapist in 2003. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy. After spending the first year and a half of his Career in Atlanta, GA, he became a traveling physical therapist spending time in various states working for clinics on a contract basis. Ian honed his hands-on treatment and obtained his manual therapy certification through the University of St. Augustine in 2005. In 2006 he made the move out west to partner with Bob at Oakeson physical therapy.

In 2010, after successfully passing a rigorous written examination, Ian became a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. Passing this test demonstrates specialized knowledge, and advanced clinical proficiency in orthopedics. Ian specializes in spine treatment, dry needling, and sport rehabilitation. In his spare time, Ian enjoys the outdoors, sports, and spending time with his family.


Collin Hittle, PT, DPT, CSCS


Collin Hittle, PT
Collin graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota in 2011 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Originally from South Dakota, he has been practicing physical therapy in Arizona since he graduated. Collin became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) that he incorporates into his patient care. He specializes in orthopedics, weight training, sport rehabilitation, and balance and neurological conditions.

In his spare time, Collin enjoys doing CrossFit, weightlifting, running, watching football, and being active outdoors. He spends most of time with his dog, Max and his niece and nephew.


Marrisa Desjardins, PT


Marrisa Desjardins, PT
Marissa graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Her desire to learn more about helping people with their mobility caused her to pursue a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2004. Marissa is also trained in the following areas: kinesiotape to increase stability and promote normalized movement, as well as decrease pain and localized swelling, cupping, and electric stimulation.

In her spare time, Marissa loves traveling with family and friends. She is an avid sports fan for favorite teams Vikings, Cardinals and Coyote's. She is a volunteer for Valley Big Brother's Big Sisters and the Adaptive Water Sports Program. Marissa loves her job and looks forward to helping you be a better you.


Stacy Lynch, PTA, Aq, GAq


Stacy Lynch, PTA, Aq, GAq
Stacy graduated from McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas–getting his Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. He has also been a Certified Personal Trainer through the Texas Board of Physical Therapy since 2000. Stacy was the Organizing Chair for the 5th International Conference on Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy (ICEBAT US) in Las Vegas, NV 2018.

Stacy has taken over 500 hours of continuing education in aquatic specialization. He has received certifications in Halliwick® Aquatic Therapy/Water Specific Therapy® (HAT/WST), The Bad Ragaz Ring Method® (BRRM), and Clinical Ai Chi® (CAC) through the International Aquatic Therapy Faculty (IATF). He became one of the first Aquaticists in America, and one the first Geriatric Aquaticist (GAq) in the world in 2013 through Aquatic Therapy University. Stacy joined Oakeson Physical Therapy as head aquatic therapist, and to share his expertise with our patients and community.

In his spare time, Stacy enjoys spending time with his wife and playing with his young son and daughter.