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Stay in the present. Don’t worry about the past and don’t worry about the future. If you do, you are more inclined to have fear, anger, frustration and stress which can lead to physical problems.
— Stephen M. Shupe, MS, PT

Physical therapy doesn't have to hurt!

“We didn’t want to become a large medical institution where treatment methods resemble assembly lines.  If you’ve been to one, you’ll recognize the formula.  You are interviewed, perhaps given some heat or ultrasound. Then, you are sent to the gym to exercise.” 

This treatment template motivated Stephen M. Shupe to develop a more caring approach at his clinic, Canyon Rim Physical Therapy, in 1992.  He integrates his skill with your needs as a patient. “Many people lose heart and give up because physical therapy ‘hurts.’ It doesn’t have to and it won’t at Canyon Rim.  You are an individual and your pain is unique.  Your treatment will be too."


Steve is no stranger to pain!

Back attack: An avid hiker, Steve suffered a herniated disk after falling off a cliff.  One surgeon recommended an immediate back operation.  He didn’t take the advice.  Through a regimen of physical and drug therapy, he successfully recovered.

Dizziness: A serious ear infection once severely compromised Steve’s ability to balance. Unable to work for several months and knowing this was a hard-to-cure diagnosis , he feared his career might be over.  With research, Steve discovered physical therapy techniques which eventually eliminated his symptoms.

Treatment philosophy

Surgery is not always the answer.  Physical therapy, sometimes coupled with drug therapy can often spare the patient a costly, invasive procedure.

Steve prefers using hands-on treatment which is proven and research-based.  It also leaves the patient feeling physically and emotionally comforted.

 “I’ve worked with some doctors for 20-30 years. They like working with Canyon Rim Physical Therapy because of our regularly updated high skill levels and because we communicate frequently about the progress of their patients.  Better results come from medical teamwork.”


People have often thanked Steve for “saving their lives.”  Prior to treatment they were so ill and dysfunctional that they had no life to live.

Steve Shupe is simply amazing. I am not alone in calling him the secret weapon in health care.
For more than ten years he has kept me, an active 75+ year-old woman, not only ‘vertical,’ but in excellent health and able to pursue my very necessary high activity level. His personal, ethical and professional qualities are exemplary and boundless. He listens carefully to your concerns and gently applies therapy that is not only specific to the situation, but is also based on his patients’ personal needs, issues and lifestyle goals. Most importantly, above and beyond all of this, Steve Shupe exhibits a rare, intuitive gift for healing, one that cannot be learned with through training or experience. He is the most vital person involved in my health care, one whom I will always highly value and trust.
— Josephine Davies
I’ve endured 32 years of fibromyalgia. I’ve burned through several dozen doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, herbalists, massage therapists and spent thousands on pharmaceuticals and natural supplements. Each helped a little, but it wasn’t until I was referred to Steve Shupe that my life was re-created. Steve is much more than a therapist. He is very instinctive and knows more about what I truly need than I do. His techniques to release pain are very effective and gentle. Where others have failed, he convinced me to change my stressful lifestyle in order to enjoy a better quality of living. I’m much happier psychologically because my body moves and feels much better. I’m not cured, and may never be, but Steve has taught me how to manage my pain. This has been one of the healthiest years I’ve experienced since I was in my early 20s.
— Jeff Cartwright


  • Master’s in Health Education, University of Utah
  • Master’s in Health Administration, University of Utah
  • Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy, University of Utah
  • Board certified in orthopaedics by the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Research on “Rehab Following Jaw Surgery,” published by the International Journal of Oral and Maxiofacial Surgery
  • Publication: Role of Physical Therapy in Recovery After TMJ Surgery, Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Awards and recognitions

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Utah Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Publication: Role of Physical Therapy in Recovery After TMJ Surgery, Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
  • National Dean's List, College of Health
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, College of Health, University of Utah
  • Guest Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, University of Utah
  • Best Physical Therapist, Utah Holiday Magazine
  • Guest Speaker, Kiwanis Club, Olympus Chapter
  • Health Merit Scholarship, University of Utah

More about Steve

His demeanor is calm, considerate, and understanding.  Yet, on any given day, you’ll hear contagious laughter from Steve, his staff and patients. 

Steve thrives by hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and spending time at his Idaho cabin.  There he plants wildflowers, seeks out waterfalls and the silence and peace of nature. 

Basketball, football, rock climbing, baseball, softball, skiing and golfing have all been a part of his sports-oriented life.

Born in Roy, Utah, Steve grew up in Centerville and now lives in the Millcreek area.  He attended Viewmont High School in Bountiful and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.  He is married with five children and a well-loved German Wirehair dog.