Clinic Director & Founder
Al Escobar, the son of a Marine, basically grew up in Phoenix, Arizona from the time that he was 9 years old. He wrestled and played football at Sunnyslope High School, where he graduated in 1987. Al attended Northern Arizona University for both his bachelors and masters degree. While attending NAU he competed in bodybuilding at a state, national and international level. His titles have included an overall championship in Arizona, 1st place at the NPC Mr. USA, and 1st place at the IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships. He continued to place in the top 10 at the NPC National Championships until his last competition in 2003. Al appeared and was featured several times on ESPN, and in international magazines such as Muscle & Fitness. After graduating from NAU with a degree in Exercise Science, he was accepted into Northern Arizona University’s Physical Therapy graduate program. He completed the Masters of Physical Therapy program in May of 1995 and began work in an outpatient orthopedic private practice. Since 1999 Al has been an integral part of the Phoenix Fire Department’s training academy in the realm of injury prevention. In 2007, when the City of Glendale opened their training academy Al continued to teach the same program with a major focus on functional biomechanics, which included both an academic and practical portion.
In 2001, Al was recruited by a large physical therapy entity to open and manage two start-up clinics. It was there where Al was involved to a greater degree in the rehabilitation of collegiate, professional, and Olympic level athletes. In the latter part of 2005, Al decided it was time to leave the corporate atmosphere and return to private practice where he felt he could best serve his profession. Al partnered with Brian Robinson, who was greatly successful in the practice/business of health care and physical therapy for over 20 years. On November 9th, 2005 ARIS Physical Therapy was born with the mission of creating the “gold standard” of physical therapy in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Al, now in his 20th year of practice, has been able to create meaningful professional relationships with patients, physical therapists, PT Assistants, Athletic Trainers, physicians/surgeons, and the community. It is his goal to make a positive difference in both his personal and professional life.
Al and his wife Renee have been married since 1996 and have two children, Trey and Ella, who are very involved in school and sports. Al’s hobbies include strength training, Muay Thai, and boxing, but most of his time outside of ARIS is spent with his family.
Pauline "Polly" Hernandez
Business Office Manager
Joined the Team: February 2013
Favorite Quote: “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than everyone else.” –Albert Einstein
Favorite Cheat Day Indulgence: Rudy’s BBQ and Grimaldi’s
Hobbies: Traveling (especially places with beautiful beaches), reading, swimming and spending time with family (and my yorkies).
Places Traveled: Hawaii, Mexico, Bahamas, Punta Cana, Turks & Caicos
Current Favorite Authors: David Baldacci and Brad Thor
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Sports Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Strength & Conditioning
Born and raised in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Steve’s blue collar upbringing quickly taught him the value of hard work, discipline and loyalty. Not unlike most adolescents Steve developed a passion for athletics, especially wrestling. He was first introduced to the sport in second grade and continued his wrestling career throughout junior high and on into high school.
After graduating in 2000, Steve went on to serve his country as a proud member of the United States Marine Corps. Serving in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, he earned numerous military medals and ribbons for achievements. As a Corporal of Marines, Steve consistently scored exceptionally high marks on the Marine Corps unrivaled physical fitness test and rifle range qualifications. He routinely earned first class physical fitness honors and recognition as a rifle expert. Steve was recognized as Marine of the Quarter as a Lance Corporal and twice recommended for meritorious promotion.
Upon completion of his military career, Steve went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. While attending ASU he competed as a natural bodybuilder, placing top three in each of his five competitions. Multiple years of strength and conditioning experience combined with a firm understanding of human kinetics, and Aris’s meticulous approach towards teaching functionally correct movement patterns has helped refine Steve’s approach as a trainer and clinician. It’s this unique approach and passion that has afforded him the opportunity to work with high level athletes from the UFC, as well as both collegiate and junior athletes alike.
Steve lives in Phoenix with his wife, Melissa, and their daughter, Brooklyn. His interests include weight training, mountain biking, hunting and spending time with his family. His daughter is a gymnast and loves to show off her pull ups and push ups.
Geoff grew up in a small city (Pottsville) in eastern Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed participating in both soccer and baseball throughout his childhood. His first degree was earned in 2009 at Wilkes University (B.S. in Biology) followed by certification in Secondary Education and Special Education in 2011 at Alvernia College (PA). He then pursued his passion for physical therapy at Lynchburg College (VA) where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in May 2014.
Throughout his training, Geoff always considered outpatient orthopedics to be the setting he would eventually work in, spending three of his four clinical internships studying outpatient orthopedics in three different states (VA, MD, WY). He believes that a comprehensive approach to the body is the best and only way to evaluate and treat patients. Geoff hopes to continue the learning process with the experienced staff at ARIS to ensure that his patients are getting the most up-to-date care they can have at any clinic. In the near future, Geoff hopes to continue to learn about another one of his passions in life, golf, and integrate it into his physical therapy care through certification through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).
Geoff is currently engaged to his girlfriend, Leslie, and has a dog, Roxy, that the couple enjoys taking for walks/hikes and to dog parks around the Phoenix area. Geoff also enjoys running, baseball and cooking meals at home.
Harry was born and raised in Arizona, first growing up in Phoenix before moving to Glendale. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Physiology from the University of Arizona in 2013. He then attended Northern Arizona University’s physical therapy program at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, where he graduated in 2016 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Harry has always had an interest in the field of sports medicine and orthopedics, as well as working with the younger and athletic populations. While a student at NAU, he spent two of his internships at ARIS under the guidance of the staff there, learning and utilizing their functional teaching model. He believes that educating individuals in correcting dysfunctional movement patterns and normalizing functional biomechanics is an important component to their care, and hopes to continue to learn as a clinician and broaden his knowledge set regarding functional training.
When not working at ARIS, Harry enjoys staying active, weight training, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Accountant & Human Resources Manager
With over 20 years experience in the health care industry Charlene brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her position as Accountant and HR Manager. She has been with ARIS Physical Therapy since a few months after it’s opening in November of 2005. Charlene enjoys being outdoors walking, biking, and swimming. She also enjoys jazz and blues music in her free time.