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). She recently mastered homemade sourdough bread! Otherwise, you can find her on the softball field playing second base, or the baseball field cheering on and chasing after her two boys. She enjoys watching and going to Giants games, BBQing/tailgating, and cooking (eating). Her retirement job will be to own a wine and cheese shop where she can eat and drink ’til her heart’s content.
Lianna has a special interest and training 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.
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: Saint Mary’s College of California, B.S. in Biology/Samuel Merritt University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
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 for 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 cheer for the Sharks, Warriors, and Earthquakes.
Jamie has primarily worked in outpatient orthopedics serving a diverse community with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: post-op rehabilitation, gait/balance deficits, weekend warriors, 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 is certified in myofascial decompression and will typically incorporate it, and matwork Pilates, into her treatment sessions.
PT, DPT, CSCS, SCS
Education: Lebanon Valley College, BS; Florida International University, DPT
Specialty: Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (ABPTS), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
Fun Facts: Daniel was born and raised in Miami, FL, where he graduated from Belen Jesuit Prep. He played many sports growing up, but found his passion for ice hockey when he was 12 years old when the only ice arena in Miami was built 2 minutes from his house. He pursued this passion and played NCAA hockey at Lebanon Valley College, PA where he met his wife Kelly. She can’t skate, but he loves her anyway. Together, they have a son named Ryan. Unfortunately, his collegiate career as a goaltender ended early due to chronic hip pain. He wanted to continue to support his team and transitioned into a forward with an emphasis on playing defense. Fortunately, his experience with pain led him to physical therapy. Physical therapy allowed him to relieve the pain in his hip without surgery and even today he continues to play goalie without pain. He believes no one should go straight into surgery, play through the pain, or give up on their life/passion/hobby, without first consulting a good physical therapist for a proper eval and treatment plan. His goal is to help young competitive athletes, older weekend warriors, and everyone in-between recover from surgery or injury and continue to improve to their maximum potential.
Physical Therapy Philosophy: “Feel Good, Move Better, Live Your Best”
Josh graduated from San Jose State University (SJSU), where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a pre-professional emphasis. Josh then earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University. Josh grew up playing sports and continues to have a high interest in maintaining an active lifestyle. He believed that physical therapy was the career path where he could combine his interests in being active with his interest in helping to better the community. He enjoys helping people figure out how to best get back to the activities they desire. In his free time, he likes going to the gym, playing basketball, going hiking, and trying new activities with his friends. He can easily get lost in spending too much time watching Bay Area sports.
Education: Mount Saint Mary’s University, DPT
Specialty: Sports Physical Therapy Resident
Fun Facts: Abdul is a physical therapist with a particular interest in youth sports medicine and public health. He’s been involved in coaching middle and high school sports along with teaching at the high school and college level. On his days off he enjoys spending time with one of his many siblings, or watching his Philadelphia 76ers!
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
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. She is the director of our pediatric department, Kids’ Perspective Physical Therapy, and has been evaluating and treating children for over 21 years. She loves working with children of all ages and is especially passionate about helping young infants and their families as well as educating others about the inclusion of all children with varying ability levels. She is certified in Gross Motor Function Measure Testing and the General Movement Assessment which helps to determine the presence of Cerebral Palsy in very young infants so treatment can begin as soon as possible. She is very active in the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and believes her role is not only to support her profession but to continue to learn as well as share her knowledge. Kris has two teenage children, Garrison and Kimiko who bring great joy to her life. Kris is originally from Wisconsin and loves the outdoors. Her happy places include bobbing in the ocean, hiking deep in the woods, and snuggling with her family on the couch.
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: Azusa Pacific University, B.S. in Applied Exercise Science/Eastern Washington University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Fun Facts: As a child, Stacey never knew what she wanted to be when she grew up, but after 20 years of school, 15 years of competitive swimming, and a short stint on the basketball court in junior high, Stacey found herself working in the field of sports and recreation, specializing in aquatics. While she worked with a variety of clients across the lifespan, youth learn to swim classes was where her heart lay. Over the course of 7 years in this field, Stacey worked with a variety of children, both typically developing and those with disabilities. It was during this time that she realized her passion for helping children learn and develop skills, especially helping those who needed a little extra assistance. These years of experience ultimately led to Stacey’s journey through PT school and career in the field of pediatric physical therapy.
While Stacey has primarily worked in outpatient pediatrics, she also has clinical experience in early intervention, school-based, 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 spent time volunteering internationally and as a coach for the Special Olympics. Outside of work Stacey enjoys exploring the great outdoors, traveling, discovering new and tasty foods, and trying to telepathically communicate with her dog.
Specialty Certifications: Pediatrics
Undergraduate school and degree: University of the Pacific; B.A. Sports Sciences with Sports Medicine Concentration
Graduate school and degree: University of the Pacific; Doctor of Physical Therapy
Why did you decide to become a physical therapist/athletic trainer/office manager/etc?
I volunteered at a pediatric PT clinic in high school, and my eyes were opened to possibilities. A child in my neighborhood was hit by a car while crossing the street and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Desiring to spread hope and provide state of the art care for their son, his family started the pediatric PT clinic that spurred my desire to become a pediatric PT. I love helping kids find their strengths, develop confidence and discover their potential. This was modeled for me at that pediatric clinic in my neighborhood, and I’ve been seeing the world through the lens of possibilities ever since.
Who or what has been an inspiration to you?
I’m inspired by my dad and the way he treated his patients with care and dignity. He was a family practice doctor in Seattle, WA. Though he lived in a big city, he kept his small town roots and provided personal, individualized care. I’d love to leave a legacy of quality, personal care like my father.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love hiking and/or running to a beautiful vista with my husband. When we’re not exploring in the great outdoors, we’re experimenting in the kitchen. I’m studying the art of sourdough baking, and I love making exciting salads.
Favorite sports team: Team USA! One of my highlights was cheering on a friend at the London Olympics!
Favorite food: Oven-fresh bread!
Favorite form of exercise: Yoga
Favorite quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver
Athletic Training Staff
Education: UC Davis, BS in Exercise Biology and California Baptist University, MS in Athletic Training
Fun Facts: Phillip was born in Rochester, MN, but calls San Jose, CA his home. Phillip discovered athletic training by working with the sports teams at UC Davis as a student athletic trainer. From his student experiences, his curiosity about sports medicine peaked and decided to pursue a career in athletic training. Phillip’s inspiration is his parents, who have a relenting way of staying positive with puns and laughter. In his spare time, Phillip loves to learn how to cook by taste, learn new Judo throws, read books, and write in his journal. Phillip’s favorite sports teams are all of the Bay Area sports teams. His favorite food is his mom’s Chinese five-spice beef noodle soup. Phillip loves to lift weights and run middle distances on occasion.
Favorite Quote: “How many people you bless is how you measure success.” – Rick Ross
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.
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: 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, I like to spend quality time with my loved ones and sing along to my favorite tunes. When I am on vacation, you can catch me at any beach or on a cruise in the Pacific Ocean. =)
Education: UC Santa Cruz, BS in Human Biology
Fun Facts: David was born and raised in San Jose, California, where he graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 2010, later receiving his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at UC Santa Cruz in 2014. He is a people person and a natural on the phone, so no better place to put him than corresponding with past, present, and future patients! When he’s not working, you can find him vacationing at Disneyland with his fiancée, playing video games, lifting weights, or watching Star Wars. His favorite food is the Smoky Queso Fundido from Baja Fresh—go try it, it’ll change your life!
Favorite Quote: “Do or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda
Patient Experience Specialist
Education: St Mary’s College of California
Majors: Government & Business Administration
Fun Facts: Elizabeth is a 3rd generation native San Franciscan. She says she could never live in a landlocked state and is always delighted to explore any coast. If it’s Sunday you will find her rain or shine in Santa Cruz at The Crow’s Nest. You will never find her camping and her happy place is visiting the theatre district in Manhattan. Elizabeth has a special fondness for local dog rescues and regularly is a foster mom to fluffy “littles”.
Patient Care Coordinator
Majors: BA (Hons) Acting
Fun Facts: Samantha was born and raised in Los Gatos, California. She has a background in the performing arts and spent many years acting in theatre. After spending three years in the UK for her Bachelor’s degree, she moved to Los Angeles and decided to take her life in a different direction. She began working in the legal field and realized that her true passion was helping others and doing what she could to make a positive impact on their lives. Samantha recently moved back to Los Gatos to be closer to family and couldn’t be happier to finally be back in the Bay Area. She is very excited to be a part of LGOST and will always greet you with a smile! Outside of work, you can find her hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains, singing show tunes and spending time with family.
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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