Meet The Team
We’re one big family.
Orthopedic Clinical Staff
Education: University of the Pacific, BA, MSPT
Specialty Certification: Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (ABPTS), Certfiied Athletic Trainer (NATA), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
Fun Facts: Ross originally set out to be a Naval Aviator, but poor eyesight and a love of teaching/coaching drew him to physical therapy. Kris (Ross’ wife) is convinced he would rather be an NFL coach or executive since all he does in his free time is watch NFL Network, play Madden football with his son, listen to KNBR-The Sports Leader, and coach youth sports. Since Ross cannot ever sit still, he burns nervous energy by regularly hitting the gym, playing softball, and hacking up golf courses. He also enjoys listening to country music (to calm down) and 80’s hair bands (to perk up), in addition to playing the drums.
Education: Cal Poly SLO, BS and University of Southern California, DPT
Specialty Certifications: Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (ABPTS)
Fun Facts: Kevin likes to train and participate in Olympic and half ironman distance triathlons, participate in Crossfit and play golf whenever/wherever. He enjoys going to Giants games, where he is a season ticket holder, traveling, watching USC football, and spending time with his family especially his two children Hudson and Harper. He is a founding member of the KAM Foundation which raises money to support the PAMF patient oncology department.
Education: Pacific University, BS and Samuel Merritt University, DPT
Specialty Certifications: Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (ABPTS)
Fun Facts: Lianna is a Physical Therapist by day and wannabe chef by night (Her motto is you can never have too much garlic. Or cheese). Otherwise, you can find her on the softball field, doing yoga or OrangeTheory, or chasing after her two boys. She enjoys watching and going to Giants games, BBQing/tailgating, and cooking (eating).
Lianna has a special interest in both vestibular and concussion rehabilitation and has taken advanced courses on the topic.
PT, DPT, CSCS
Education: UC Davis; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior B.S. – Graduate Degree from Chapman University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Fun Facts: Dexter has a special interest in sports performance and rehabilitation from previous injuries while playing badminton. When he’s not at work, he loves to watch TV Shows, basketball, and football. You can find him rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, San Antonio Spurs, Stanford Football!
His favorite foods are Korean BBQ, sushi, and hotpot. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him weight training, playing badminton, and hiking.
PT, DPT, CSCS
Education: Azusa Pacific University, DPT and University of Portland, BS
Fun Facts: Brittany Bartolomei, PT, DPT graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California with her doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Originally from the San Jose area, she attended Notre Dame High School and participated in track & field, basketball and softball. She then attended college at the University of Portland, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Life Science and Spanish with a minor in Health and Physical Education.
Brittany ran Division 1 track at the University of Portland, which cultivated her dedication and passion for the field of Physical Therapy. She continues to physically and mentally challenge herself on a daily basis though hiking, spin classes, CrossFit, waterskiing, snowboarding, hockey, and American Ninja Warrior courses.
Brittany’s Physical Therapy emphases are in movement analysis, functional movement, motor control, and movement quality as it relates to injury, with treatment combining manual therapy and exercise.
Education: UC San Diego- Physiology & Neuroscience B.S., Minor in Psychology
UC San Francisco/SF State University- DPT
Fun Facts: Born and raised in the East Bay, Jessica showed interest in a variety of sports and activities such as jazz and tap dance, tennis, basketball, and piano. She went on to study Physiology & Neuroscience at UC San Diego, while also traveling with the Club Tennis Team, and eventually decided to learn and play for the school’s taiko (Japanese drumming) group. During her time there, Jessica was one of a few individuals who had the opportunity to study exercise science and performance research at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia. This experience inspired her to pursue physical therapy as a career as a way to learn more about human performance and how to improve it for everyone.
Following completion of her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at UCSF/SFSU, she worked in private practice orthopedics with a focus on evidence-based and patient-centered care for a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. She decided to pursue the LGOST Sports Residency program to improve her clinical practice and learn how to recognize and rehab injuries specific to athletes throughout the lifespan.
In her spare time, she loves Zumba, hiking, running, baking (Snickerdoodles are her weakness!), and spending time with family and friends. Fun fact: her family has a big family reunion every other year in Reno that can have as many as 300 people!
Education: Samuel Merritt University, DPT and Saint Mary’s College of California, BS
Fun Facts: Originally from San Jose, Jamie graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School where she played 1 year of soccer before eventually needing 3 ankle surgeries. This experience is what kick started her love and passion of physical therapy. She proceeded to graduate from Samuel Merritt University with her doctorate degree in physical therapy.
Aside from her passion for physical therapy, Jamie has a special love for baking. Anywhere from cookies to cakes to pies – you name it, she loves to bake it. In her second life, she will likely own a bakery. Jamie also loves to be outdoors (especially at the beach), spend time with her husband and son, and attend sporting events for the Sharks, Warriors, and Earthquakes.
Jamie has primarily worked in outpatient orthopedics serving a diverse community with a variety of conditions including, post-op rehabilitation, gait/balance deficits, and general orthopedic pain/limitations. She utilizes a combination of manual therapy and exercise to work with patients to achieve their goals. To further benefit her patients, she utilizes myofascial decompression and matwork Pilates into her treatment sessions.
Pediatric Clinical Staff
Education: California State University at Fresno, BS, MPT
Specialty: Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (ABPTS)
Fun Facts: Kris graduated from Cal State Fresno with her Bachelor Degree in Physical Therapy and Masters of Physical Therapy in 1996 and 1998 respectively. Kris is the primary owner of Kids’ Perspective Physical Therapy and has been a physical therapist working with children for over 14 years. She loves working with children of all ages and is especially passionate about helping young infants and their families. She is certified in Gross Motor Function Measure Testing and is currently the Northern California State Representative for the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Kris works with her husband, Ross Nakaji, who is an orthopedic/sports physical therapist. Together they co-own the clinics of Kids’ Perspective Physical Therapy and Los Gatos Orthopedic Sports Therapy. Kris and Ross have two children, Gary and Kimi, and two small dogs who frequent the clinic.
Education: Wake Forest University, BA | New York Medical College, MSPT | Temple University, DPT
Fun Facts: Besides enjoying working with children and watching them grow and develop, she enjoys time with her family and friends, playing games, and hiking. She also loves watching movies, exploring new places and serving at her church.
Rebecca has been working as a pediatric physical therapist since 2004 within various settings such as early intervention (0-3 years), school-based physical therapy (3-21 years) and outpatient physical therapy. She has worked with many children with a variety of neurological, orthopedic, emotional and behavioral diagnoses, with an emphasis on sensory integration techniques.
Education: University of California, Berkeley, BS and University of Miami, MSPT
Fun Facts: In her free time, Alison enjoys trying to teach herself to sew, spending time with her family, attempting to travel and searching for new and tasty deep-fried foods across the country. She would also love to find some time to play the piano and is a passionate fan of the marching band of her alma mater (Go Bears!).
Alison has been working as a pediatric physical therapist since 2001 in a variety of settings, including early intervention (0-3 years) and both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy in hospitals and clinics.
Veronica J. Vazquez
Education: CSU Hayward, BS, Kinesiology/Clinical Exercise and Samuel Merritt University, MOT
Specialty Certifications: Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)/Bobath, NDT/Advanced Baby Course, Physical Agent Modalities (PAMS), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
Fun Facts: Veronica received her Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology/Clinical Exercise from CSU Hayward in 1993, and her Masters of Occupation Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in 1997. Veronica has worked in pediatric sensory integration and school-based therapy clinics, including 17 years with California Children’s Services. Veronica loves dance, yoga, working out in the gym, and snow skiing.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science from Azusa Pacific University in 2012 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2017.
Fun Facts: She has clinical experience in outpatient, early intervention, and home health pediatrics; skilled nursing; and acute care with an emphasis on oncological management. Prior to starting her career as a physical therapist, Stacey worked with children in the field of sports and recreation, specializing in aquatics where she taught learn-to-swim classes and coached at the age group, club, and Master’s levels. She also spent time volunteering internationally and as a coach for Special Olympics. Outside of work Stacey enjoys hiking with her dog Riley, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Athletic Training Staff
Education: UC Davis, BS in Exercise Biology and California Baptist University, MS in Athletic Training
Fun Facts: Phillip was raised in San Jose, CA. He went to high school at Lynbrook High School and graduated in 2009. Phillip found out about athletic training when he worked as a student athletic trainer at UC Davis from 2010-2012. He received his Master of Science in Athletic Training and his athletic training certification from the California Baptist University in Riverside, CA in 2016. He then interned for the San Francisco 49ers during the training camp of 2015 and for the 2016 season. Now, Phillip works as the athletic trainer at Willow Glen High School. In his spare time, he likes to learn new Judo Techniques, go on hikes, play pick up football and basketball, and explore new restaurants.
Klaudia "Pakka" Paradi
Education: San Jose State University B.S. in Athletic Training, Admitted to M.A. in Kinesiology, San Jose State University
Fun Facts: Pakka has gone through both major and minor injuries while being a collegiate water polo player at San Jose State University, and her athletic trainers were the ones who got her back mentally and physically to where she was pre-injuries. After going through these experiences, she wants to live her life vicariously through athletes and have an impact on their lives. Her biggest inspiration is her mom who never gives up and inspires her to keep on going. In her spare time, Pakka enjoys going to her friend’s barn, skiing, hiking, and taking spontaneous trips. Her favorite sports team is the Santa Clara Aquamaids and her favorite food is Hungarian.
Favorite Quote: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” – Robert H. Schuller
Education: East Stroudsburg University BS in Athletic Training, California University of PA Dual Degree in Rehabilitation Science and Sports Psychology, Specialty Certification in Correctional Exercise
Fun Facts: Gillian is from Philadelphia. She decided to become an athletic trainer by accident! While running track in high school, she tripped during hurdle drills and got a concussion. She then spent a few weeks in the athletic training room and decided to pursue sports medicine after that. Gillian’s biggest inspiration is her CI during her junior year of college. She worked her first football pre-season under him and he exposed her to a lot of hands-on clinical experience and made it fun. Gillian now hopes to inspire and teach students the way he did. In her spare time, she enjoys resistance training, reading, rooting for the Green Bay Packers, and hiking with her boyfriend and dog. Her favorite food is chicken alfredo and her favorite exercise is weightlifting.
Favorite Quote: Complacency is useless, always keep growing.
Education: University of Michigan B.S. in Athletic Training, Currently pursuing M.S. in Occupational Therapy
Fun Facts: Evelyn has always enjoyed sports and decided to become an athletic trainer to help people do the things they want to do. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, baking desserts, taking road trips, and binge-watching Netflix. You can find her rooting for the Michigan Wolverines, San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Lakers. Evelyn’s favorite food is a grilled cheese sandwich and favorite exercise is running.
West Valley College, Sports Medicine Program. Currently at San Jose State University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology. Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
After high school, I wanted to go into nursing but playing two years of softball at West Valley College and working with the Athletic Trainers I was inspired to begin studying Sports Medicine instead. I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for four years before going back to school to pursue my Kinesiology degree. I chose the route of Physical Therapy when I attended a few of my Grandfather’s PT sessions after he suffered a severe stroke and I wanted to help him with his exercises when he was at home. That is when I knew I wanted to help others reach their goals.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m Possible.”
Fun Facts: Nancie recently relocated from Las Vegas after 15yrs to California and she is loving it. She has been working in the Physical Therapy Field for 18yrs which has given her the knowledge and experience in managing, marketing, billing, and collecting. She enjoys traveling to tropical places but you can also find her on the slopes snowboarding during the winter months. She loves shopping, cooking and most of all family time with her husband and twin boys.
Fun Facts: Allie recently moved to California, and has been enjoying all the adventure it brings. Previously, she worked in nursing on a post-surgical rehabilitation unit for 7 years, in her home state, Wisconsin. She is true to her roots and is an avid cheese head. When Allie isn’t cheering on the Packers, Brewers, and Bucks, she enjoys cooking and discovering all the sights that California has to offer.
Fun Facts: Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of myself working in the medical field. Although my ultimate goal was to become a nurse practitioner, I have found that I have a knack with numbers and am a very friendly people-person. I thought medical billing would be the perfect place where I can establish and utilize my professional skills. When I am out of the office, most of my time is dedicated to my responsibilities in my church as co-Youth Leader and vocalist in the Worship Ministry, as well as spending quality time with my loved ones. I enjoy serving others and prioritizing their needs before my own.
Patient Service Specialist, LGOST Residency & Seminars Administrative Assistant
Education: Western Michigan University – Bachelor’s in Exercise Science
Fun Facts: I decided to join this role so that I would be motivated to go back to school to become a therapist. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, going to sporting events, and exploring California. During football season, you’ll find me enjoying some buffalo chicken dip while rooting on the Detroit Lions!
Fun Facts: Maranda our Patient Account Specialist recently moved here from Detroit, Michigan. She has spent many years in customer service and loves to work with a team. She loves to take pictures at concerts and sing in her free time. She reps the Detroit Red Wings. Her favorite activities are binge watching shows on Netflix and trying new food. She loves any type of music and is so stoked to be a part of the LGOST team.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” – Dr. Seuss.
How to become a patient:
STEP 1: Call our office to speak to our staff and set up an appointment 408-358-1460
STEP 2: Let our friendly staff verify your benefits and follow up with any needed details
STEP 3: Fill out the new patient paperwork, including an online survey emailed to you
STEP 4: Arrive ready to work toward managing your injury!
Please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete the necessary paperwork, review your insurance benefits and change into comfortable clothes as necessary.
Your first physical therapy session will include a physical therapy evaluation which involves taking measurements and performing tests to determine how physical therapy can help improve your symptoms. Your physical therapist will then analyze these tests and measurements, develop a plan and explain how they plan to treat your symptoms.
Your first appointment and each subsequent session will be 60 minutes depending on your diagnosis. You will always be treated 1-on-1 with your physical therapist for your entire treatment duration.
** Note: If the patient is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must be present at the first appointment**
Please bring the following to your first appointment:
Signed prescription from your MD (not required but helpful)
Insurance Card & Photo ID
Completed New Patient Intake Form (PDF) as able
Comfortable Athletic clothes and shoes
New Patient Packet
Elite Arm Care Package
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