Our Mission

We provide the highest quality of care and strive to be the practice of choice for patients, physicians and staff.

  • Our patients are happy and cared for.
  • Our staff is valued.
  • We support our community.
  • Physicians trust our practice.

What We Value

At Trailhead Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, we believe the prize is in the process and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.


We work together to accomplish more.


We provide genuine, personalized patient care with high-quality results.


We commit ourselves to help people lead active and healthy lifestyles.


We encourage a fun and upbeat environment that results in employees who want to come to work and patients who never want to leave.


We give back to the communities in which we serve.

Our Story

For clinic owner, Chris Ellis, life is about the journey, not the destination. Professionally, Chris has been on a journey that culminated with opening his own practice. He knew in high school that he wanted to become a physical therapist and during college, a basketball injury affirmed his goal. Chris has worked in outpatient physical therapy, inpatient physical therapy, post-operative care, and a worker’s compensation clinic, all of which gave him valuable experience on his journey to private practice.


Trailhead is built on the characteristics of work ethic, courage, perseverance, and a passion for work. Our team is highly trained, and we deliver individualized, effective, and efficient care to our community. Trailhead is so much more than leg raises and ice packs, it is a legacy for family, patients, and staff.

Meet Our Team

We’re a team of dedicated professionals serving the needs of patients in North Phoenix.

Chris Ellis

PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Cert. SM, CSCS, CEO

Chris Ellis

PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Cert. SM, CSCS, CEO

Chris is an Arizona native, having grown up in north Phoenix. After high school, basketball took him to Grand Junction, Colorado, where he earned his bachelor’s in Kinesiology, with a minor in corporate fitness, from Colorado Mesa University (CMU). He continued his studies at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, where he earned his doctorate in physical therapy. Chris has experience treating postoperative joint replacements, neurological conditions, postoperative organ transplants, outpatient orthopedics and sports performance. He also worked as part of the CMU medical staff, where he treated collegiate and professional athletes, taught in the Kinesiology department and pursued certifications in spinal manipulation and dry needling. While at CMU, Chris partnered with the Monfort Family Human Performance Lab to help design and implement the return to sport protocol used following ACL reconstruction. Chris teaches a total joint rehabilitation class around the country and is passionate about treating patients with manipulation, dry needling, cupping, scraping and other manual techniques. Outside of the clinic, Chris enjoys spending time with his family hiking and camping. He enjoys hiking the Arizona Trail, climbing Colorado’s 14ers and backpacking through National Parks. He is an Eagle Scout and an Ironman.

Jennifer McClendon


Jennifer McClendon


Jenn is an Arizona native, growing up in Glendale/Peoria and attending Centennial High School. From here, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Arizona State University. She then earned her doctorate in physical therapy at Midwestern University in Glendale. Jenn started her career working in Oro Valley, AZ where she was mentored and received training in concussion management. She also has experience treating postoperative joint replacements, outpatient orthopedics, and sports rehabilitation. She is passionate about returning her patients to the activities they love as well as providing future injury prevention. Outside of the clinic, Jenn enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, reading, hiking, and playing piano.