At our center in Scottsdale
Laurie Baker, Director of Clinical Operations
Laurie joined BNA in 2001 She has worked as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery since 1997, focusing primarily on patients with spinal problems. Prior to this, Laurie also worked in cardiothoracic intensive care, lung transplantation, and nursing staff education. Laurie directs the operations of our ancillary services and also coordinates the Barrow Neurosurgical Comprehensive Spine Program.
Laurie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Science from the University of Michigan. She completed requirements for her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Arizona State University in December 2008./p>
Rick Little, MSPT, Director of Physical Therapy
Rick brings to the NeuroSpine Center of Scottsdale a wealth of experience in the physical therapy field. Prior to joining our team, Rick owned and managed a successful physical therapy practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which specialized in Manual Medicine, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Rick provided training to his staff of more than fifteen therapists and focused his patient care on sports-specific training such as cross country, track and field, cycling, volleyball, basketball, triathlon and football athletes. Rick holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ambassador University (Big Sandy, Texas) and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.
Prior to developing an interest in Physical Therapy, Rick worked as a high school teacher, where he taught such diverse subjects as biology, religion and physical education; he also served as coach for a number of varsity teams. According to Rick, "I have always loved teaching. Working as a physical therapist is very much a form of teaching; helping patients learn to move in new ways as they recover from injuries or debilitating conditions requires many of the same teaching skills I learned years ago. Planning, instruction, oversight, follow through . . . many of the traits that make a good teacher also make a good therapist. I'm very much looking forward to helping BNA's patients learn techniques to improve their quality of life."
Amy Bent, Physical Therapist
Amy attended the University of Toledo in Ohio and received her Bachelors in Exercise Science and then her Master’s in physical therapy. Amy was born and raised in near Akron, OH. She moved to the desert to pursue year-round sunshine. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling, outdoor sports, and spending time with friends and family.
Amy previously worked at a manually based outpatient sports medicine clinic in Scottsdale. She believes the best recipe for successful rehab is a combination of hands on treatment along the proper exercises and progression. She also believes in listening to her patients and individualizing each treatment plan to meet that person’s need and goals. She feels very fortunate to be able to help people in pain, and to be surrounded by such an amazing team of therapists and doctors.
PT, MS Physical Therapist
Amy received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Amy has worked in a variety of settings, including Inpatient and Outpatient orthopedics in New Jersey. Upon relocating to Arizona in 1996, Amy focused on providing contractual coverage to outpatient clinics and Home Health Physical Therapy with an emphasis on total joint replacements.
Amy feels that success in any career path is fueled by a passion for one’s chosen field and a commitment to learning and professional growth. It is this philosophy that brought her to Barrow’s Neurosurgical Associates in July of 2010.
Sam Jones, Physical Therapy Assistant
Sam has been assisting patients with their therapy since 1997 and has been with Dr. Singh since September of 2006. He has an Associate Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Loma Linda University in California. Sam is certified as a PTA in Arizona.
Sam states that he "works with our patients to learn what needs to be done to help them achieve their goals of becoming pain free and returning to their lives." He believes that “every patient is unique in his or her own way, with different problems. Not every treatment is the same. It is my job to find out what will work for each one to help them surpass his or her goals."
Tabitha Hannum, PT, DPT Physical Therapist
Tabitha has been a Physical Therapist at Barrow Neurological Associates Neurospine and Rehab since 2011. She graduated from A.T. Still University in 2011 with the degree Doctor of Physical Therapy. Tabitha is a board member of Arizona Physical Therapy Association in which she serves as district representative. With respect to patient care, she places a strong emphasis on education to break "bad" habits and on prevention, as she believes this is often the key to long-term success. Tabitha enjoys traveling and hiking, especially in the Superstition and McDowell Mountains.
Andrea Durante, PT, DPT – Staff Physical Therapist
Andrea joined the physical therapy team at Barrow Neurosurgical Associates in 2014. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Prior to graduate school, Andrea attended the University of Missouri-Rolla and Lake Forest College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and played on the women’s basketball team. As a collegiate athlete, she sustained various injuries that allowed her to experience the benefits of physical therapy, which sparked her passion to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Andrea believes that her experiences of being a patient have allowed her to be more in tune with her patients’ needs. She feels that providing them with adequate knowledge of their condition or diagnosis along with establishing realistic goals helps fuel success in therapy. Andrea relocated to Arizona in 2010 from the suburbs of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, hiking, cycling, trying new restaurants, and cheering on her favorite Chicago sports teams.