About Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute
Dr. David Carfagno’s vision was to provide patients with the best nonsurgical sports medicine services in one place. He put together a team of medical professionals that are just as committed as he is to helping patients reach their health and fitness goals by giving them the right tools to excel in the game of life.
SSMI’s approach to optimal health focuses on blending traditional medical care with preventative techniques and lifestyle planning. Dr. Carfagno also understands that not everyone can come in person to see a team member at the institute, which is why the TeleSports Medicine division is a big part of the practice.
The time is now to take back your health and stay in the game of life.
Meet the SSMI Team
Internal Medicine/Sports Medicine
Dr. David Carfagno is the founder of Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine (CAQ) and Ringside Medicine (ABRM). Dr. Carfagno’s internship, residency and fellowship were completed at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
The doctor manages the spectrum of health for those suffering with serious medical conditions to professional and amateur athletes looking to improve performance. Under a unique setting, Dr. Carfagno provides Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine, TeleSports Medicine, Orthopedics and a Metabolic Lab. His institute is redefining primary care.
The doctor and his team at SSMI are ready to help patients and athletes take their health and fitness to the next level with innovative treatments and trusted techniques.
Dr. Carfagno not only helps his patients and athletes at the institute, he has provided medical care for several sports organizations and earned awards for his work in the field of medicine.
- Medical Director, Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon/Half Marathon, 2011-Present
- Assistant National Medical Director, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, 2011-Present
- Ringside Physician, USA Boxing, 2011-Present
- Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor, Sports Medicine, 2010-2020 and Internal Medicine, 2017
- Team Physician, ATP and WTA Professional Tennis Tour, 1998-Present
- Athlete, Team USA, 2010-2011 and 2018-Present
Dr. Kristina Blohm is a sports endocrinologist at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
She is excited to bring her expertise in Women’s Health and head up the Sexual Medicine and Mature Female Athlete Program at SSMI.
Dr. Blohm is Arizona’s elite quadruple board certified M.D. in Endocrinology and Metabolism, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine.
She is a Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor and has treated thousands of patients to achieve hormone balance, vitality and longevity for more than 21 years. Dr. Blohm integrates the best of Western and Eastern Medicine, healing modalities and philosophies.
When not working you can find her spending time with her family and friends, hiking, playing tennis, skiing, riding her Harley, enjoying fine foods and wine and learning how to cook!
Dr. Ashbeel Samuel is an internal medicine specialist at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
He will take care of patients dealing with chronic medical conditions and oversees the Pre-Surgical Clearance Program.
Dr. Samuel studied biological sciences at Arizona State University and then worked in a variety of fields that included pharmaceutical research.
He then went on to participate in several service missions like the Global Medical Brigades, which led him to pursue becoming a physician. Dr. Samuel’s medical journey began at Midwestern University.
He enjoys taking care of people and forming connections and relationships with all of his patients.
Dr. Samuel considers Arizona to be his home and has grown to cherish and become part of this community. When not taking care of patients, he can be found roaming the outdoors and playing all kinds of sports.
MSN, RNP, AGNP-BC, FAEN, CHC
Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Charlann Staab is an adult/geriatric nurse practitioner at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
She focuses on annual physical assessments, pre- surgical clearance, acute care and follow-up management.
Charlann graduated from Mesa Community College and sat for her registered nurse boards more than 44 years ago before choosing career paths as an Intensive Care RN, Emergency Department RN and Flight Nurse in the Valley.
She wanted to further her education and added a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science and a master’s degree in Nursing before completing studies in Adult /Geriatric Advanced Practice.
Charlann earned her nurse practitioner curriculum in 2018, becoming board certified and licensed in the state of Arizona.
She has spoken at many national/regional conferences and seminars during her career, including those focused on Emergency Nursing Physiological Simulation and Air Medical Transport.
Charlann has been recognized by volunteer and professional healthcare communities in the following areas:
2015 Inductee Fellowship Academy of Emergency Nursing
2015 CAMTS Site Surveyor of the year
2014 Golden Hour Most Compliance Focused
2011-2012 ENA Distinguished Leadership award
2011 Donor Life of Arizona
2008 AEMS ACES of Hearts Recognition
2001-2002 Stratmore’s Who’s Who
1987 Air Evac TOP Flight
PT, DPT, RMSK
Ryan Martin is a doctor of physical therapy and diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) specialist with Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute and Physicians United Surgical Group.
He performs all diagnostic ultrasound scans for the sports medicine groups and serves as a physician-extender during procedures at the surgical center.
In addition to his work at SSMI, Ryan is a partner and operations director with Modern Physical Therapy group, director of education development at Advanced Musculoskeletal Center and a member of the Arizona Physical Therapy Directors group.
He believes in the value of evidence-based education and the advancement of allied health care providers in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.
Ryan is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and serves on the Brookline College advisory board. He is also part of the faculty at OrthoSono, working as a lecturer and lab instructor for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.
When not working, Ryan volunteers his time with local sports medicine events and treatment at the Neighborhood Christian Clinic.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”– Dr. Seuss
BSN, RN, WSI, CYI200
Ian Youngblood is a registered nurse at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
He will be part of the IV therapy team and a yoga instructor.
Ian has more than 10 years of medical experience ranging from being an emergency room RN in Level 1 trauma centers in Arizona and a firefighter in Washington State. He is currently working towards getting his Family Nurse Practitioners license.
Ian doesn’t just help people in Arizona. He’s traveled to New York City to care for patients and his also gets the opportunity to train up and coming medical professionals in how to properly perform intravenous catheterization and identify life threatening events.
Ian loves athletics and his volunteer works includes helping out at the Rock’n’roll marathon events, Special Olympics and Fill the Boot.
He is looking forward to helping all patients at SSMI feel good and conquer their goals!
BS, MIM, USAT Certified Coach
Triathlon and Duathlon
Ken Lewis is a triathlon and duathlon coach at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute. He received a B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Ken is a certified USAT coach and a top age group triathlete, having won more than 25 age group races. He has been a member of Team USA or Great Britain since 2004 for World Triathlon and Duathlon Championships.
Ken started his triathlon career with the first three triathlons in England, including the first “Ironman” in 1983. He has run numerous marathons including London, New York and Boston. In 2014, Ken won his age group at Ironman Brazil and earned a spot to Kona.
He specializes in coaching short course racing and taking athletes to national and world championships. Ken has coached more than 15 athletes for nationals and more than 10 for world championships, most on numerous occasions. Many of his athletes have made the podium, including one multi-year world champion. Ken usually goes to these events not only to race, but to provide last-minute advice to his athletes.
Level 1 USATF Certified Coach
Ryan Guerena is a running specialist at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
He uses a holistic approach to running that helps people build a new relationship with the sport or work on the existing foundation to ensure a lifetime of success both on and off the track or trail.
Ryan is passionate about helping athletes reach their goals and awaken their potential through positive reinforcement and proper training that isn’t rushed and focuses on the process, fueling consistency and results. He is honored to have trained so many people over the years to become the best runners they can be.
Ryan’s background includes being a distance runner for 10 years, covering 1 mile to 100k on the road and trails. He enjoys the various challenges that each distance can offer.
There is no minimum running requirement to work with Ryan. Reach out to discuss your current goals and running abilities and see if this is a good fit!
B.S., MBA, NASM-CPT, PES,USATF Coach
Sprints/Sports Performance Coach
Knola Westbrooks is a former sprinter and sports performance coach at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
She has a great passion for sports and the health and fitness industry. Knola developed this passion early on in her youth as a sprinter for a local track team in Phoenix, Arizona.
During her eight years of running, she had many coaches and trainers devote their time to teach her how to become a better athlete. Knola was inspired by their work and now trains other athletes as a short sprints coach with USA Track and Field (USATF).
Prior to coaching, she majored in Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona and has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences.
Knola is also certified as a Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Sports Performance and Recovery
Paul Robbins is a sports performance and recovery coach at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute. He will be working with patients in the Fatigue Athlete Program.
Paul also works with other groups, including Kinexon as their VP of Sports Performance, and oversees performance consulting for professional teams and athletes. He is the president and owner of Cardio2 Tech, a metabolic education and consulting company and currently sits on the USTA Sports Science.
Paul received his bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise science from the State University of New York, Cortland and has a master’s in exercise physiology from California University of Pennsylvania.
Phil Falco Jr.
BS, RSSCC *E, CSCS
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Phil Falco Jr. is a strength and conditioning specialist at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in North Carolina where he played baseball along with two years prior at George Mason University in Virginia.
Phil then transitioned from player to strength and conditioning specialist. He has been working in professional baseball for the last 25 years. Phil has worked in the minor and major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves, and is currently the assistant coordinator for the Kansas City Royals.
His goal is to design and implement baseball-specific conditioning programs to help athletes reduce injuries and reach their highest potential in their sport.
Phil is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
MS, CEP, CSCS, XPS
Alex Edwards is the biomechanics coach at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute. He is an Arizona native, which led him to complete his undergraduate education at Arizona State University in exercise and wellness with a minor in nutrition.
Alex has since earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from A.T. Still University with a dual concentration in sports conditioning and corrective exercise/orthopedic rehabilitation.
He has a history of working in a sports medicine setting providing exercise instruction to a wide variety of patients from the chronically ill and disabled to high-level athletes.
Alex is more than qualified to help individuals reach their goals whether that is gait analysis, corrective exercise, sport-specific conditioning or performance.
When he is not in the weight room, Alex enjoys watching ASU sports, listening to music and trying new food.
Certified Athletic Trainer/Performance Enhancement Specialist
Ted Sueyoshi is a certified athletic trainer and performance enhancement specialist at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
Originally from Japan, Ted has more than 17 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and performance enhancement specialist (PES). He has published more than 20 research articles as well as several eBooks.
Ted has a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Chiba University in Japan and a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Arizona State University.
He has worked with numerous Olympic and professional athletes, including track athletes, swimmers, baseball players, figure skaters and ballet dancers. Ted also serves as a National Provider for U.S. Figure Skating.
In his free time, he is a professional photographer, specializing in night sky photography, dance and action photography, and portrait photography.
Lisa Hill is a physical therapist at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
She has a degree in sports medicine and nutrition from Coastal Carolina. After graduating from college, Lisa started working with professional athletes, focusing on preventing and rehabbing injuries to get them back on the field.
She loves what she does and is very passionate to help anyone better their health with fitness and nutrition in the most simplest and realistic ways possible.
Lisa has helped many clients lose weight for special events, such as weddings or vacations and has even helped clients change their lifestyles to achieve a healthier way of living.
Her ultimate goal is to help clients learn how to be a better Healthier You!
When not working, Lisa loves swimming and going on walks with her 7 month old little miracle.
Jody Pannozzo is a registered dietitian at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
She graduated fron The Ohio State University and started her career 23 years ago at Remuda Ranch Treatment Centers in Wickenberg, Arizona. She later served as the sports nutritionist for The Ohio State Athletic Department while also working as a clinical dietitian for OSU Medical Center.
Jody then went on to start her own private practice here in the Valley and prides herself on the comprehensive care she gives. She specializes in helping clients with eating disorders, weight management and sports nutrition
Chrissy Barth, MS, RD, RYT
Chrissy Barth is a sports registered dietitian at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
She specializes in executive health, sports nutrition, preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune
diseases, adrenal, thyroid and hormonal dysfunction, mental health, chronic illnesses and gut-related disorders.
Chrissy is a Phoenix-based “Food as Medicine” registered dietitian, yoga teacher and mind-body expert in the field of integrative and functional nutrition. She is passionate about teaching others about optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition.
Chrissy is the founder and CEO of Nutrition Lifestyle Education – a nutrition coaching and consulting practice –
where she serves as a nutrition consultant to sports teams, spas, mental wellness programs, medical and training
facilities, and corporations. She is also a spokesperson for local and national media outlets.
Additionally, Chrissy is a lecturer at Arizona State University where she teaches nutrition and entrepreneurship, and serves as a mentor to many aspiring future dietitians.
Dr. Doug Cifuentes
DO, FACOI, 3rd Dan, 3rd Degree Black Belt
Dr. Doug Cifuentes is an Aikido practitioner at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.
He chose this path in an effort to gain a deeper insight and wisdom into the principles of life and what is required to be the best human being.
The term Aiki often translated as the harmony of forces coming together. The principle of Aiki is not thought to be of Japanese origin nor unique to Japanese martial traditions as it is understood to be the Yin Yang of China or the Fire and Water principle of India. It’s not only the duality of these forces in existence, but also the understanding of how these opposing forces harmonize in nature (the universe) that forms the basis for this study.
Dr. Cifuentes finds Aikido to be extremely challenging, but a nourishing practice that is transforming. It’s a practice he feels can be of benefit to many as it not only helps us understand ourselves as human beings, but also the world around us.
He is an Aikido practitioner 3rd Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) at Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and a board-certified Internal Medicine Hospitalist.
If you’re interested in being introduced to this deeply rewarding practice, Dr. Cifuentes is excited to bring this unique opportunity to those who want to experience some of the joy that Aikido has brought into his life.