Balanced Physical Therapy

20325 N. 51st Avenue
Building 6, Suite 148
Glendale, AZ 85308




Our Team

Heather Chowaniec Brummett, PT, DPT, CMPT, CSCS, PMA®-CPT
Physical Therapist, Pilates Instructor, Owner / President

Dr. Brummett completed her Bachelor's in Exercise Science and Chemistry in 1997 and graduated with distinction in 2001 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She started her physical therapy career in 2001. Since then, Heather has worked with all ages in injury prevention as well as with those recovering from injury and surgery.  As a former professional dancer and high school athlete, she is passionate about specializing her work in dance and sports medicine.  She works with the dance community assisting dancers and all female athletes recover from injury and enhance performance.  She is a Polestar Pilates Educator and Pilates Instructor certified with The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).  She has been teaching movement strategies with Pilates since 2002.  She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA.   Heather continues to advance her knowledge by working on her OMPT certification in manual therapy with North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy  (NAIOMT).   Heather is a unique physical therapist, and has a unique clinic in Phoenix, AZ not only with the with the ability to incorporate Pilates principles into 1-1 physical therapy sessions for long-term results, but also to offer Pilates for fitness and wellness for improved life function. 


"My intention in starting Balanced Physical Therapy was and still is, to give each client genuine and thorough care to help make their life and function the best it can be.  Each client deserves the one-on-one, quality hands-on skill and attention from a specialist who can take the time and listen and provide the correct treatment in the shortest amount of time needed.  We strive to ensure that each client has this attention and meets their goals with physical therapy, Pilates, yoga, sports enhancement, fitness, massage, nutrition and overall health.  I want each client at our clinic to have a better understanding of their body - from knowing how to manage their pain and symptoms to proper posture and body alignment to prevent future injury and overall -- an improved life!  Clients should feel that they are exceeding the results that they wanted and possibly didn't even know they could achieve!"


When Heather is not leading the clinic and treating clients, she focuses on her family, spending time with her husband, Jason; their two daughters and two dogs; as well as her parents, Kathy and Mike.  She also finds time for "balancing" activities, including Pilates, running, hiking, swimming, training for sprint triathlons and dancing.

Crystal Holt, PT, DPT, CMPT, PMA®-CPT
Physical Therapist, Pilates Instructor

Dr. Crystal Holt graduated from the University of Utah in 2009 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.  Since this time she has worked in several outpatient orthopedic settings as well as occasional work in the home health care setting.  She has completed the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Program and is a certified Pilates instructor with the PMA.  She is pursuing her OMPT certification through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy Inc. (NAIOMT).  Crystal enjoys implementing both a hands on approach and whole body integration in order to help achieve each patient's maximum potential.  She values continuing education and has taken additional courses, such as kinesiotaping, in order to provide a variety of treatment options.  She draws upon her athletic background and her own experience as a physical therapy patient to better empathize and understand the psychological aspects of rehabilitation. 


Crystal joined the Balanced team in July 2013.  When she is not treating patients, she loves to play tennis, pickleball, ride her road bike, hike and wakeboard.  She is originally from southern Utah and loves to spend time with her family on their frequent boating trips, especially to Lake Powell. One of her biggest travel dreams is to go to London and watch the Wimbledon tennis championships.


Crystal thrives on helping each patient accomplish their wellness and rehabilitation goals in order to enjoy the best life possible.   She is motivated to make physical therapy a positive experience and enjoys educating and coaching each patient on their way to success.  "Every person has the power within themselves to get better.  If you desire to heal your body, you are on the way to recovery."

Albert Lazo, PT, MPT
Physical Therapist

Albert received his Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 1995 from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.  He chose to begin his PT career in Arizona since it served a geographical mid-point for his family in Hawaii and his wife's family in Virginia.


An accumulation of a broad spectrum of continuing education with a focus on orthopedic & sports medicine rehab have contributed to Albert's 21 years of experience in providing post-injury and post-surgical care.  He has a strong clinical interest in the treatment of the spine utilizing McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT).  For a number of years he has served as a Clinic Manager, as well as Clinical Instructor to PT students during their full-time rotations.  He implements two adages in his approach to PT: 'You're never too old to learn' and 'A body in motion, stays in motion.'  "I recognize the importance of staying physically active; learning much from my grandfather who lived all his nearly 104 years as my example of sound body, mind, & spirit.  I try not to work-out; instead I embrace the advantages of play - at every age, believing that it gives us the opportunity to keep exploring the wonderful abilities our bodies have to offer. Occasionally being sidelined by orthopedic injuries and a surgery himself, it has bolstered his empathy for clients as he guides them through their rehabilitation process.


Albert joined Balanced team in August 2016.  In addition to regular physical activities, including cycling, tennis, golf, or anything he can do in saltwater, he finds creative fulfillment in artistic endeavors like drawing, painting, and woodworking.  He credits his wife Karen with helping him appreciate the virtues of walking/hiking to further enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. 

Ade McCray, BFA-Dance, PMA®-CPT
Pilates Instructor

Ade has been working and healing lives in health, fitness and dance for as long as he can remember from his childhood in Africa.


He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and received his postgraduate degree from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Upon graduation, Ade was contracted for six years with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as a guest performer and choreographer. His love for dance helped him discover the benefits and beauty of Pilates, therefore earning his Stott Pilates education before joining the Balanced team in February 2011.  He has further trained in the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Program and is a certified Pilates instructor with the PMA.


Ade’s other passions include music producing, swimming, traveling and spending time with his family.


“My intentions are to make sure that every client of mine leaves happy and fulfilled by their Pilates session experience, whether for rehab or just for the fun of it.”

Richard Geshel,

Dr. Geshel is a Residency trained and Board Certified Specialist in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine & Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He was stung with particular interest in this specialty his first year of medical school.  He spent nearly six years as a faculty member and assistant professor teaching Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at both Michigan State University and Midwestern University (Arizona), lecturing on the  evaluation and treatment of ribs, the lumbar region, as well as the application of Still Technique, an articulative form of Osteopathy.   Dr. Geshel has table trained for the Andrew Weil Integrative Residency affiliated with the University and of Arizona and lectured at a Arizona state convension, presenting his own applications of Still Technique for the extremities (arms and legs).  For the past year, Dr. Geshel built solo practice that recently moved within the office of Balanced Physical Therapy, Pilates and Wellness Center.

Aside from sports and non-operative orthopedics, Dr. Geshel is keenly interested in scoliosis in adolescents and young adults, as well as an Osteopathic approach to autoimmune disorders. Dr. Geshel is aware of the frustration, apprehension and worry encompassing life with a child with an autoimmune disorder, as one of his own children has such a condition.

Neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, abdominal, hip, knee and ankle pain are areas that can be addressed with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). Headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Sports injuries and trauma from a Motor Vehicle Accident are just a short list of medical problems that can be addressed with OMM.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Geshel loves spending time with his three beautiful blessings!  Enjoying them grow, laugh and play is the best part of any day!!  He enjoys studying military history, in particular Naval history, and has recently written an article about Pearl Harbor, planned for publishing in December of 2017.  Dr Geshel also enjoys Star Trek, Star Wars and many other stories and entertainments that have fancied our imaginations.  His most recent pass time is delving into the hidden meaning behind pictographic Paleo languages .

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Terry Boor,

Dr. Terry A. Boor is a naturopathic physician who truly cares about educating and empowering her patients. She believes in health restoration, not health management.  Her focus is on providing integrative medicine in the areas of gastroenterology, endocrinology, autoimmune conditions, infectious disease, and mental health. She has helped many people overcome allergies, fatigue, digestive problems, chronic pain, and mood conditions. She enjoys working with people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.


Dr. Boor utilizes cutting-edge technology with modern diagnostics to help find the cause of symptoms. She believes that addressing your health concerns involves more than a patchwork approach.  She is a physician that will listen to all of your health concerns.  She is able to provide a unique and natural approach for autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and for chronic infections like Candida and Lyme disease. 


Evaluation for any condition involves looking at the body as a whole, identifying genetic predispositions, assessing environmental influences on health, and determining metabolic imbalances. Treatment may include balancing hormones, restoring nutrient status, supporting the immune system, and detoxification.  Treatment modalities can include homeopathics, herbal medicine, therapeutic diets, biotherapeutic drainage, Scenar therapy, and pharmaceutical drugs.


After completing her premedical studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Boor attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy. She has worked in the healthcare field for over  twenty years. She has published research on the topics of chronic illness, chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. She has completed the Physician Training Program with the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and is currently completing studies with the Medical Academy of Pediatrics with Special Needs. Although Dr. Boor works with people of all ages, she has a special interest in preconception planning, pediatrics, and adolescent health, as she has found that starting with a healthy foundation and developing good habits at an early age are the keys to prevention and good medicine.


Dr. Boor completed her medical studies at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine ( in Tempe, Arizona.