Dr. Charles Peterson


Dr. Peterson loves everything about sports medicine. From patient care to game coverage to traveling with sports teams, he has found his professional calling in life. This is made all the better by being able to work with the best sports physicians and surgeons in Arizona and being a part of the family of ASMC.

Most recently he has combined two of his great passions: sports medicine and Haiti. Dr. Peterson’s involvement in Haiti began when he served as a missionary from 1988-1990 and has continued over the years and more than a dozen trips, including after the earthquake of 2010. He was pleased to be a part of a delegation from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine which helped put on the first ever international sports medicine conference in Haiti, in conjunction with the Haitian Sports Medicine Society and the Haitian Olympic Committee, headed by Dr. Hans Larsen. The conference in July 2013 involved 300 medical professionals, including physicians/surgeons, radiologists, medical students, therapists, trainers, and coaches. It spanned topics ranging from return to play after injury to nutrition for athletes, from surgical techniques to concussion management, from CPR/BLS to ultrasound guided injections. In addition to the educational elements, networking has opened new avenues for future conferences with plans to bring arthroscopy to Haiti and to get involved with Haiti’s cycling club and the Tour of Hispanola.

Dr. Peterson graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in honors history. He attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, earning his M.D. in 1998. He completed his residency in family medicine at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale in 2001 and then did a fellowship in sports medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He entered private practice in Arizona in 2002 and in 2004 Dr. Waslewski, Dr. Freedberg, and Dr. Peterson founded Arizona Sports Medicine Center. He is board certified in sports medicine and family medicine. Dr. Peterson is a team physician for the Chicago Cubs, the U.S. Ski Team, and Mountain View High School. Every year he travels with the U.S. Moguls Ski Team for World Cup competition. He has served as the medical director for the Phoenix Marathon. His professional interests include sports medicine, ultrasound guided injections and diagnostic ultrasound, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, percutaneous tenotomy (TENEX), orthotripsy, fracture care, sports injuries, overuse injuries, hip injections, care of young athletes, rock climbing injuries, endurance athlete care, team and event coverage, wilderness and travel medicine, and international/disaster medicine. He enjoys community involvement and is a board member of the Mesa United Way.

Dr. Peterson’s greatest joy in life is his family. He and his wife, Gayla, have five children: four boys and a daughter. Their oldest, Josh, is serving a two year mission in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Their youngest, Kurt, just lost his first tooth.

Dr. Peterson Practices at our Mesa Office Location

3130 E. Baseline Rd. #101 Mesa, AZ. 85204