Saunders Therapy Centers – a 100% Employee Owned ESOP Company!

Saunders Therapy Centers: 33 Years Serving the Twin Cities – Now EMPLOYEE-OWNED!

Saunders Therapy Centers, Inc is an independent physical therapy practice founded in 1988 by local physical therapists Duane Saunders and his daughter Robin Saunders Ryan. Partner Dan Wolfe retired in 2015.

Effective October 29, 2021, Saunders Therapy Centers became an Employee-Owned company! Prior to the transaction, we were a certified Woman Owned Business by the WBENC, the most rigorous and respected certification organization in the US.

Founder Robin Saunders Ryan, PT, MS remains the CEO and is focused on employing and mentoring the best PTs and OTs in the Twin Cities. Because we are an independent private practice, we have no financial ties to any hospital, physician, or insurance group. Therefore, our success depends on providing outstanding clinical care and customer service, and we have enjoyed a great reputation with solid growth since we first opened our doors.

Research from the National Center for Employee Ownership has shown that employee ownership tends to substantially improve corporate performance and employee financial well-being.

Read More about Saunders’ Employee Ownership (ESOP) Here

2021 Saunders Therapy Employee photo

Saunders’ philosophy can be summarized in these guiding principles:

  • Rigorous education and training
  • Consistency with ONE therapist team
  • Concern with cost-effectiveness

Rigorous Education and Training
Saunders physical therapists have graduated from PT programs with strong reputations in orthopedics. All therapists are required to complete our one-year mentorship program, regardless of their experience level at the time they join our practice. This helps to ensure consistency in evaluation and treatment skills, thought process and overall philosophy. Many on our team have also developed further specialization in areas such as pelvic health, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, myofascial and craniosacral therapy, and rehabilitation of industrial injuries. We are skilled in ergonomics, body mechanics and posture training, and emphasize prevention of reinjury.

Consistency with ONE Therapist/PTA Team
Unlike many of our competitors, we make sure you see the same therapist or therapist/assistant team at each visit. This philosophy results in more concentrated hands-on care, consistent education, and targeted exercise progression. You will notice the difference! Progress more quickly through your rehabilitation, save money, and more quickly return to function.

Concern with Cost-Effectiveness
At Saunders, we are aware that most of our clients are paying out-of-pocket for a large portion of their care. Insurance rates and medical costs keep rising year after year. We have always been committed to being part of the solution, not the problem. To this end, we focus on essential hands-on techniques and patient education to TEACH you the best way to quickly recover and prevent reinjury. We will not waste your time or money with techniques that aren’t shown to have a lasting benefit. We work with you to integrate self-exercise at home or at your health club so that every visit at our clinics is efficient and effective. On average, the number of visits required to achieve your goals is lower at Saunders than at many other clinics. 


At Saunders, we take feedback seriously. We work hard to ensure that our patients can expect great results from our care and advice. We encourage reviews and monitor Google, Facebook, and other social media sites to make sure we are measuring up. Our management team is on “high alert” to respond to every suggestion for improvement. Feedback from patients, QRCs, and physicians is used to determine best practices, prevent unnecessary treatments, and make sure our techniques are maximally effective.

Independent Employee Ownership – The Saunders Therapy Centers ESOP

Saunders Therapy Centers is employee-owned practice and we are independent from physician, hospital and insurance groups. Why is this important?

  • Physical therapists know physical therapy – No corporate HR person is involved in hiring our physical therapy staff. We are picky. Our PTs come from universities with strong reputations in orthopedic care. 
  • Fair pricing – Because we are independent and physical-therapist owned, Saunders Therapy Centers can offer great care at a fair price – we are not used as a profit center for larger, multi-specialty medical centers, hospitals, or insurance-owned facilities.