Physician Spotlight – Dr. Dennis Crandall of Sonoran Spine Center

Provide a brief description of the services a patient can expect in your office:

We provide conservative and surgical treatments customized for the patient. Areas of specialization address the simpliest problem to the most complex, from the easiest to the most difficult, caring for kids and adults of all ages. We treat back and leg pain, neck and arm pain, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae), pediatric and adult deformity including scoliosis and kyphosis, sport injuries to the spine, work related injuries of the spine, spinal trauma, spinal arthritis, osteoporosis causing compression fractures, tumors, cancer or infections of the spine and failed back surgery

 How long have you been in practice?:

Sonoran Spine Center began in 2000. Dr. Crandall began his practice in 1998.


When would I need your services?:

When you have back or leg or neck or arm pain that has not responded to your current treatments.


What are the benefits to me using your services?:

We treat you simply and comprehensively and the highest of expertise and experiencWe and you will received red carpet customer service as well.


Are there any new medical techniques that you are using?:

We are using many new techniques including robotic spine technology, minimally invasive surgery including fusion and microscopic surgery.

We also provide pain management techniques including radiofrequency ablation.


What makes you different from other doctors in your specialty?:

We specialize and treat all spine problems. We provide expertise in spine–exclusively spine.


Should I go through my primary care physician or can I see you directly?:

Either way. You are welcome at Sonoran Spine Center. If your health insurance does not require you to have a PCP referral, you can call directly.


How long would it take me to schedule an appointment with you?:

Usually about a week depending on the provider. We always see worker’s comp injuries and trauma injuries immediately.


Will my insurance cover your services?:

Probably. We take most insurance. You can go onto our website at and check for sure or call and ask us.

Physician Spotlight – Dr. Antonius Su of Advanced Foot and Ankle


Dr. Antonius Su

Rehab Plus Physical Therapy would like to present our newest Physician Spotlight! This month, we have interviewed Dr. Antonius Su of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona.

Dr. Su completed his undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. Dr. Su completed a two year surgical residency at the Western Medical Trauma Center in Santa Ana, CA. He was in practice for 3 years with the United States Air Force in Fairfield, CA and joined Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in 1998. Dr. Su is Board Certified in Podiatric Surgery and Wound Care. Dr. Su, wife Jennifer, and son Blake reside in Chandler.

Dr. Su, provide a brief description of the services a patient can expect in your office.

We provide comprehensive foot and ankle care. We provide wound care below the knee and are affiliated with Chandler Regional Hospital/Dignity Hospital.

How long have you been in practice?

I have been in practice since 1995.  I started with the United States Air Force from 1995 to 1998.  I opened my private practice in 1998 in Chandler, Arizona.

When would I need your services?

Any time there is an injury, pain, unusual breakdown of shoes, formation of calluses, non-healing open wounds below the knee or misalignment of the foot or ankle.

What are the benefits to me of using your service?

I provide a comprehensive evaluation of all patients.  Our body is always in-line from head to toe.  Any type of misalignment will cause problems in the toes or vice versa.

Are there any new medical techniques that you are using?

We are providing the latest technologies for our patients’ care.  The treatments are provided both inpatient (in a surgery center or hospital) and outpatient (in office procedures).

What makes you different from other doctors in your specialty?

Most [podiatric] practices concentrate on the foot and ankle.  We evaluate our patients from head to toe.  As I mentioned earlier, our body is in-line from head to toe.

Should I go through my primary care physician or can I see you directly?

Depending on the individual’s insurance, some may need to get a referral from a primary care physician and some may come directly to see us.

How long would it take me to schedule an appointment with you?

We have four providers in the office. Same day appointments are always available.

Will my insurance cover your services?

Most insurance companies cover most of our services.

Can you be found online? Where?

Yes, we have a website:

Physician Spotlight – Anterior Hip Replacement, A Better Approach?



Dr. Rockowitz is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with Fellowship training in Joint Replacement. He has a special interest in treating joint problems of shoulders, hips and knees.

Dr. Rockowitz received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. He received his Medical Degree from McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Rockowitz fulfilled his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. Dr. Rockowitz then completed a Fellowship in Joint Replacement surgery with the renowned joint-replacement surgeon, Dr. Richard Rothman, at Pennsylvania Hospital and Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Following his fellowship, Dr. Rockowitz was recruited to establish the first orthopaedic surgery department for the Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. Dr. Rockowitz relocated his orthopaedic practice to Phoenix, in 1989.

The Anterior Hip and Tri-Lock BPS Implant- A Better Approach?

Dr. Rockowitz was the first Arizona physician (and second in the Nation) to implant the new FDA- approved Tri-Lock BPS Hip Implant. He was also a member of the Johnson & Johnson/DePuy expert design team that devised this new implant. The implant was specifically designed to be used with the Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement Approach as well as all traditional surgical approaches.

The Direct Anterior Approach has revolutionized Total Hip Replacement as it allows the implant to be inserted without any cutting of muscles or tendons. This results in a less painful and much faster recovery time, as well as eliminates the need for post-operative precautions.

We have had many patients who have undergone both Traditional and Anterior Total hip replacements and they all attest to the superior recovery process of the Anterior approach. Although thrilled with their Traditional (posterior/lateral) results, they were ecstatic with the ease of the Anterior recovery.

For more information visit Rockowitz Orthopaedic Center

Physician Spotlight – Dr. Jason Sherman of Southwest Spine and Sports

This month we are introducing our Physician Spotlight. We will be interviewing local physicians monthly with questions regarding the services they provide. We hope it provides information to assist you in making educated decisions around your injury care. This months spotlight is with Dr. Jason Sherman of Southwest Spine and Sports.

What services do you provide?
As a physiatrist I specialize in musculoskeletal medicine that includes conditions that affect the joints (knees, shoulder, etc.), the back and neck, and the nerves. The services that I provide are the diagnosis non-surgical treatments of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. These include physical therapy prescriptions, peripheral joint injections using ultrasound guidance, and interventional spinal procedures.

When would I need your services?
If you have any kind of pain involving the muscles, joints, back, neck, and/or nerves. These could be recent injuries or long-standing conditions.

What makes you different from other doctors in your specialty?
My focus is treating my patients as a whole. As a physiatrist, my goal is to restore function to my patients. Therefore, I believe in not only treating the specific condition, but tailoring the treatment to best allow my patients to return to what brings them joy in life. I also feel that it is extremely important to involve my patients in their treatment plans. I frequently give my patients options regarding their treatment and allow them to choose whichever plan they feel comfortable with.

What is the benefit to me for using your service?
My practice offers non-operative treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. Such conditions can often be treated effectively without surgery, saving you from unnecessary risk, pain, and lengthy recovery time.

Is there any new medical techniques that you are currently using?

One of the most exciting emerging procedures for soft tissue injuries is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. PRP injections are increasingly popular option with physicians and patients alike, because of their ability to naturally speed the body’s healing process. Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Low Back Pain. In fact, our team is at the beginning stage of initiating a research study for stem cell treatments into lumbar discs, the first of its kind in Arizona.

For more information regarding Dr. Jason Sherman and Southwest Spine and Sports visit: