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Who We Are


Doctor Anderson

Parley Anderson is a Native Nevadan and has lived in Reno for the last 30+ years. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he received a Bachelor’s in Education. He also attended graduate school as well as UNR, where he also taught Personal Health and Lifestyles and directed the University’s Fitness Center. He then attended the University of Pacific where he earned both a Master’s and a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy. He’s been a practicing physical therapist for 20 years. He currently shares ownership in Active Physical Therapy, which opened up 12 years ago.

Parley’s physical therapy experience includes one year experience in spine care working at the Sierra Regional Spine Institute. In the past he was involved in Physical Therapy Practices which has opened offices in Fernley, Silver Springs, Carson City, and Reno, Nevada. In his current practice (Active Physical Therapy), he specializes in treatment of the spine, as well as focusing on evidence-based medicine and preventative health care. In the spring of 2009, he began teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno as a Professor of Kinesiology. Dr. Anderson is also a Certified CrossFit Instructor.

In his free time, Dr. Anderson enjoys traveling, hiking, golf, and adventures with his Siberian Husky Thor.


Doctor Spevak

Michael Spevak has been practicing physical therapy for the past 24 years. He attended the University of California, San Diego where he received a Bachelor’s in Physiology and Neuroscience. He then attended Pennsylvania State University, Slippery Rock where he earned a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy. Michael completed clinical training at Stanford University Medical Center in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Department, as well as Duke University Medical Center in the Rehabilitation Department. In the past, he worked at Reno Orthopedic Clinic as a physical therapist. Currently, he is the owner of Active Physical Therapy. Michael specializes in Orthopedic and sports injuries including the knee and shoulder. He teaches at the University of Nevada, as an instructor of Kinesiology.

Favorite Quote: “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

What We Do

Caring for You, Every Step of the Way:

We understand that your journey to recovery is unique, and we genuinely care about your well-being. Our team of experienced physical therapists practices with kindness, empathy, and a genuine desire to see you performing at your best. We take the time to listen to your concerns, understand your goals, and provide personalized care that suits your individual needs.

Active Lifestyle, Active Practitioners:

At Active Physical Therapy, we believe in practicing what we preach. Our staff is passionate about leading active lifestyles and engaging in various activities like hiking, cycling, adventuring, and more. We don't just treat patients; we actively seek ways to stay fit and explore new horizons. If you have any recommendations for future adventures or activities, we would love to hear them. We believe that an active lifestyle is not only important for us but also for our patients.

Solving the Puzzle of Your Recovery:

Each patient is like a unique puzzle waiting to be solved, and at Active Physical Therapy, we embrace the role of detectives in your recovery journey. We are committed to understanding the root causes of your condition, exploring every aspect of your medical history, and developing a personalized recovery plan tailored specifically to you. With our expertise and comprehensive approach, we work diligently to unravel the mystery behind your pain or injury, guiding you towards a successful rehabilitation.

How We Do It

Personalized Care for Your Recovery Journey:

At Active Physical Therapy, we believe in a hands-on approach to rehabilitation. Our dedicated staff, consisting of highly trained professionals, works closely with each patient to develop a personalized recovery path. We understand that every individual is unique, and we tailor our treatments to meet your specific needs. With our expertise and compassionate care, we guide you through the healing process, helping you regain strength, mobility, and confidence.

Collaborating with Top Orthopedic Surgeons and Physicians:

For over 20 years, Active Physical Therapy has formed strong partnerships with some of the finest orthopedic surgeons and doctors in Northern Nevada. These long-standing collaborations ensure that our patients receive the highest level of comprehensive care. By working closely with these esteemed professionals, we are able to provide seamless transitions between surgical interventions, if needed, and the subsequent rehabilitation process. This integrated approach allows for optimal outcomes and a smooth continuum of care.

Nurturing the Future of Physical Therapy:

At Active Physical Therapy, we are not only dedicated to providing exceptional care in the present, but also to shaping the future of physical therapy. We take pride in our role as educators, teaching students at the University of Nevada, Reno and within our own clinic. By sharing our knowledge and expertise, we ensure that every member of our team is well-trained and up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field. Through this commitment to teaching, we contribute to the development of the next generation of physical therapists, upholding the highest standards of care for years to come.

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