Staff Bios

Orthopedics Team

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Jeff Keil, PA-C – PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Jeff is a Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with experience in Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, Pain Management and Urgent Care Medicine. He worked previously before becoming a PA as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine Clinics and the High School setting.

Mr. Keil graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sports Science with and Emphasis in Athletic Training in 1999. He then moved to Phoenix and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Sports Health Care/Athletic Training in 2001 from AT Still University. Jeff later returned to school in to complete his Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007, also from AT Still University.

Mr. Keil has notable interest in treating the shoulder and knee. He enjoys spending time with his patients to provide them with proper patient education and treatment options to best serve their specific individual conditions. Jeff feels that spending appropriate time and answering patients questions is needed for patients to have their most optimal outcomes. He is very excited to be part of the Integrated Orthopedic team.

Jeff is married with two small children. He enjoys attending sporting events, traveling, exercise, golf and hiking in his spare time.

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Brandon Hunter, PA-C – PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Brandon joins us from Illinois with experience as a PA in orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2003. After graduation, he worked as a laboratory technician and microbiologist for over 10 years. He went on to earn his Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South College in Knoxville, TN in 2017.

Brandon will provide care for patients in clinic as well as serve as first assist to Dr. Gruber in the operating room. He has had a lifelong interest in sports and is excited for the opportunity to play an active role in managing sports injuries and returning athletes to peak performance. He has particular interest in pathology of the knee and shoulder.

Brandon is married with two young children. He enjoys traveling with his family, golf, hiking, camping, the occasional date night with his wife, and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Chicago Bears football.

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SUSAN STEWART – MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Susan is a native of Phoenix, Arizona where she attended Sunny Slope High school. She fulfilled her undergraduate studies at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Her area of study included Business and Nutrition. Upon graduation she completed training in orthopaedics and has continued in this field.  Over the years she has worked with local institutions such as the Diamond Backs Athletics. She has over 20 years of experience that is continued with Brian Gruber MD. Susan is the medical assistant to Dr. Gruber. In a clinical setting Susan will be casting, bracing, aiding with injections, and aiding in the performance of other medical services while assisting Brian Gruber MD.

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CHRISTINE LE – X-RAY TECHNICIAN

Christine is a Vietnamese American, born and raised in Phoenix. She is fluent in English and Vietnamese. Christine did her internship at Honor Health Osborn and Scottsdale Medical Imaging Ltd. (SMIL). She completed her Medical Radiography degree at Gateway Community College. After graduation, Christine worked for SMIL and different hospitals/clinics through Desert Medical Careers while going to school to finish her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in health science: diagnostic medical imaging and therapy, which she completed in 2017. On her days off, Christine enjoys spending time with her two dogs, travel, and participating in her youth group.

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SHERRI MEYER – FRONT OFFICE MANAGER

Sherri has been in the medical field with front office and billing experience for 15+ years. Prior to joining the team at Integrated Orthopedics in 2017, Sherri worked in the front office for physical therapy at Physiotherapy Associates. Prior to that, she worked in roles in medical billing and as a front office manager. Sherri is an Arizona native who loves outdoor activities, including camping, hiking and off-roading. She describes herself as a “DIY junky” and her biggest love is family time with her husband, three kids and three grandchildren.

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STEPHANIE DOTSON – FRONT OFFICE COORDINATOR

Stephanie welcomes our patients at the front desk and coordinates front office activities. She is a graduate of Peoria High School. In addition to her work in the medical field with Agave Pediatrics and SimonMed Imaging, she worked with the special needs department at Peoria High School and taught Pre-K for eight years. Stephanie and her spouse and their seven children live an active lifestyle and enjoy playing and watching sports, especially basketball.

Physical Therapy Team

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TODD WATERKOTTE, PT, MPT, – DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

Todd graduated from Rockhurst college, in Kansas City, MO where he earned a bachelor of science in biology and masters in physical therapy. Todd brings over twenty years of experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. He has a strong background in manual therapy and has been trained in the certification process of Maitland-University of St. Augustine, NAIOMT for the treatment of orthopedic and neuromuscular dysfunctions. Todd has recently become certified in dry needling and is working toward his certification from the Postural Restoration Institute. Todd is also trained in treating vestibular dysfunctions, specifically benign positional paroxysmal vertigo. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, golfing and barbecuing.

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JESSICA TATE, PT, DPT, OCS – STAFF PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Jessica is originally from a small town in coastal Massachusetts. She moved to Phoenix with her family in 1995 and graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2002. Jessica completed her undergraduate education at University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology in 2006. She then returned to Phoenix and started exploring the world of physical therapy and orthopedics. Jessica spent two years working as a physical therapy technician before deciding to further her education in the field. In 2011, Jessica graduated with a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She immediately entered a yearlong orthopedic physical therapy residency program with HealthCare Partners in Torrance, CA. After completing her residency in 2012, she relocated back to Arizona and has continued to pursue her passion for orthopedic physical therapy. In 2012, Jessica was published in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy in 2012 and has been recognized as a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) since 2014. Beyond her career, Jessica enjoys traveling with her husband, exploring new local restaurants, running, interval training and cheering on her hometown Boston sports teams and U of A Wildcats.

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Danielle McConnell, DPT

Danielle was born in Pennsylvania, but has been in Arizona for 32 years. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she received a bachelor of science in kinesiology. Danielle completed her training to become a physical therapist at A.T. Still University, where she received a doctorate in physical therapy. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics for 13 years, including roles at TOCA, Physiotherapy Associates and Total Sports Therapy. Danielle is ASTYM certified. In her free time, she enjoys working out, hiking with her family, traveling to California and watching the ASU Sun Devils and Pittsburgh Steelers play football. Danielle also loves spending time with her young son, who she says keeps her moving all the time.

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BARBARA BUNJOVAC – FRONT OFFICE, PHYSICAL THERAPY

Barbara has been employed in the medical field with front office physical therapy experience since 2009. She was born and raised in Arizona and is an avid fan of the state’s sports teams, notably the Cardinals, Suns, and Diamondbacks. The light of her life is spending time with her five grandchildren and enjoying outdoor activities with them. Barbara seeks to bring enthusiasm and a positive attitude in her role as part of the Integrated Orthopedics Physical Therapy, which she joined in 2015.