Improving quality of life for the differently abled Children & Adults

Physical Therapy


Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Tammy Groenwald joined the L.I.F.E. family in August 2008 and transitioned into the lead physical therapist role in March 2013.  Tammy also works part-time at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) Outpatient Rehabilitation where she has expanded her knowledge working with children diagnosed with cancer, orthopedic injuries, and infants following their stay at PCH’s neonatal intensive care unit.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002 and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 also from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  While in physical therapy school, Tammy was president of her physical therapy class and received the distinguished Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities Recognition award in May 2005.

Tammy knew she wanted to become a pediatric physical therapist after observing physical therapy sessions as a camp counselor for children with special needs in high school and after coaching Special Olympics gymnastics, swimming, and cheerleading in college. She has additional training in conductive education, aquatic therapy, Chronologically Controlled Developmental Therapy (CCDT), NeuroDevelopmental Treatment (NDT), and Yoga/Pilates for the Special Needs Child.

Tammy’s previous work experience includes geriatrics, adult orthopedics, and emergency room physical therapy at Gilbert Hospital.  She is also a credentialed clinical instructor for PT and PTA students completing their school clinical affiliations at L.I.F.E. or PCH. Tammy has guest lectured at the PT program at Northern Arizona University and the PTA programs at Carrington College and Gateway College regarding the topic of “Ethics in Physical Therapy Practice.” She has also guest lectured to the staff at Success Center Daycare in Chandler, AZ, and to at risk pregnant moms at Banner Desert Hospital regarding the topic of “Typical Gross Motor Development from Infancy to Age 5.”

In her spare time, Tammy enjoys scrapbooking and attending scrapbooking conventions and spending time with her 3 young children Nathan, Matthew, and Samantha.  She also dances as a member of the Basileia Christian Dance Company and serves monthly at a women’s and children’s transitional housing shelter the past 2 years.


Abbey Betlach is originally from Ankeny, Iowa. She attended the University of Houston and played collegiate soccer on the women’s soccer team before transferring to the University of Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in Health and Sports Studies and Physiology in 2009. Following her graduation from Iowa, she attended A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Mesa, Arizona for graduate school. She graduated from ATSU in 2013 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT).

Abbey performed multiple clinical internships in the pediatric setting, such as outpatient, public and private school, and home health. She enjoyed working with children of all ages and diagnoses. Abbey joined the LIFE team after graduation in August 2013, and appreciates the multidisciplinary team approach. During her free time, Abbey enjoys playing soccer, running, reading books, watching football, and spending time with her family and friends.


Richard Elicio, PT, DPT.  Born in New Mexico, but considered to be an Arizona Native spending the last 28 years in Arizona mostly in Safford, AZ.  He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  Through school he worked for a Physical Therapist as a Tech where he quickly realized a love for working with individuals to help them increase their physical function.

He also had a great love for working with the elementary age children through student teaching experience.  He is now a recent graduate of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at A.T. Still University in 2013.  As a part of his clinical education he performed physical therapies for children with special needs in the Gilbert Public School District.  He has been very much involved in physical and sports related activities competing in football, basketball, and track in high school as well as intermural sports in college, and currently participates with his wife in recreational running.

His family life is a very important component to who he is as a person.  He is married with five small children at home from ages 8 years old down to 3 months.  Any time away from work is time spent with the family either being outside going for walks, going to the park, playing games indoors, or just having time together as a family.

The time that is available for hobbies is taken performing carpentry.  He enjoys any type of wood working and can spend hours at a Lowes or Home Depot given the opportunity.


Elizabeth Brock “Miss Liz” is a native to Arizona being born and raised in Tucson and has spent most of her adult years living in the Phoenix area. Liz joined the L.I.F.E. family in September of 2016 to pursue her passion in working with children. She graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a dual major of pre-med and pre-physical therapy. Liz attended graduate school at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona where she graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014, after completing her research in the field of pediatrics: Standardized Pediatric Assessment: Development and Implementation of a Survey to Investigate Tools Used and Common Alterations Made During Assessment of Motor Function in Children Ages 2-10.

While in college, Liz worked full time at The Arizona Child Study Center, in the field of Developmental Pediatrics as a medical assistance and new patient coordinator, where she learned to work with and understand families and their children with special needs. This is where her passion for working with this population began. During her career, Liz has furthered her education to better meet the needs of the kids and young adults in areas of sensory and motor using vestibular and visual techniques as well as reflex integration. Her previous work experience includes working in acute care and rehabilitation within a hospital setting, including geriatrics, emergency/observation units, orthopedics, neuro and medical-surgical with additional training in the intensive care unit while working for Banner Heart Hospital.

Liz’s family life helps define her passion for serving. She has been married for over 10 years and is a mother to two amazing children. In her free time, Liz enjoys going for family bike rides, swimming and any activity that involves being outdoors, especially running and hiking.


Jamie Cross is a fourth generation Arizona Native and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She pursued a degree in Exercise Sciences from Northern Arizona University and graduated with Honors in 2013 from a CAPTE accredited program as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Jamie has a passion for pediatrics and has devoted much of her life to working with and volunteering with organizations that share in her love for children. She has experience in the physical therapy field with geriatrics, outpatient orthopedics, aquatics, and pediatrics.

In her free time, Jamie enjoys outdoor activities like fishing and hiking, concerts, listening to music and spending time with her family. She is married with one child and spends most weekends with family and friends.


Aubriana Crain is originally from Underwood, Iowa. Aubriana joined the LIFE team in August of 2016. She graduated from University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology in 2012. Following graduation from Iowa, she took a year to explore the different settings of Physical Therapy and worked in medical records at a Dermatology office. The following fall She perused her career in Physical therapy at A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Mesa, Arizona and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016.

Aubriana completed her clinical experiences in Outpatient Orthopedics, Skilled Nursing, and Outpatient Pediatrics. In addition to working at LIFE she continues to build her skills in the Skilled Nursing Facility at Montecito on the weekends. During her free time Aubriana enjoys hiking, taking her dog for adventures, and spending time with her husband and friends.

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