Golden Bear Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Cente4r | Celebrating 35 Years of Quality Care
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Meet Our Staff
Bobby Ismail, PT, DPT, CEO
Bobby Ismail, PT, DPT, CEO

Bobby Ismail's involvement with Golden Bear, GBPT, started long ago in High School. Introduction to Physical Therapy was after a football injury while playing for Thomas Downey Knights, a Modesto high school. His interest in the field was sprung while receiving treatment at Golden Bear.

After completing his Physical Therapy education and graduating from the University of the Pacific in 1994 he was committed to returning to GBPT for employment. In 1995 he joined GBPT as a staff therapist and was fortunate to acquire the practice in 1997.

Over the past 20 years, Bobby has remained committed to expand services and provide the best care available in Stanislaus County. As CEO, he takes great pride in the quality of the staff. He consistently improves upon the business development, marketing, and any tasks necessary to grow the excellent reputation GBPT has established since 1981!

Bobby enjoys rotating through the clinics and treating patients as needed. His work schedule is balanced with time spent with wife and five children. He enjoys early morning workouts and occasional Golf. Currently he is pursuing further education and is enrolled in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.


Brandon Nan, DPT, CSCS

Brandon Nan, DPT, CSCS
Brandon Nan graduated with his undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno in 2007 with a double major in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitation Science and in Kinesiology emphasizing in Exercise Science. Soon thereafter, Brandon received his certification in Strength and Conditioning.

In 2009, Brandon earned a Doctoral graduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific, Stockton. While at Pacific, Brandon received Summa Cum Laude honors in his course work and was recognized by the faculty for outstanding workmanship in his didactic study.

Shortly after completing his Physical Therapy education, Brandon joined Golden Bear Physical Therapy in 2009. Brandon quickly excelled in the operations and management of Golden Bear and was soon given the title of Clinical Director of the Spyres office. In 2014, Brandon became a partner of Golden Bear Physical Therapy and the Chief Operating Officer of Golden Bear. Brandon is extremely passionate about the profession of physical therapy and the service provided by the great team at Golden Bear.

Brandon has had advanced course work and training through Evidence in Motion's Orthopedic Residency program, which is the leading body of orthopedic and evidence based research/treatment in Physical Therapy. Brandon is currently studying to sit for the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist exam in the Fall of 2015. Brandon is currently on the Leadership Board at the University of the Pacific for Physical Therapy and is working to help advance and uphold the University of the Pacific's exceptional reputation in physical therapy.

In his spare time you can find Brandon spending time with his two children and wife. He enjoys his family, the outdoors, duck hunting, skeet/trap shooting, golfing, cars, and brainstorming ideas to make Golden Bear better.

Comments from Brandon: I love what I do and I love helping and getting to know people. I believe in a hands on approach to learning and healing and I take pride in staying positive with my treatments and with my attitude. I always say "You only get out, what you put in" and "Chance favors the prepared mind". Follow these simple yet loaded statements and you can go a long way.


Steve Toy, MS, PT

Steve Toy, MS, PT
Steve joined Golden Bear in 2000. In 1997, he obtained his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific, majoring in Sports Medicine, with a minor in Biological Sciences. Steve strives to provide excellent treatment outcomes, to a make your treatment sessions successful, educational and enjoyable.


Melody Stephens, PT, HEM, CEAS

Melody Stephens, PT, HEM, CEAS
Melody received her degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University after completing her undergraduate studies at Pacific Union College. She furthered her training by receiving her Health Care Environment Management certificate and became an Ergonomic Specialist. Melody joined the Golden Bear team in 2005. Over the past 6 years, she has provided quality care at all locations. Melody continues to volunteer and remain active at her local church.


Adam Pike, DPT

Adam Pike, DPT
Adam has been part of the Golden Bear team since 2005 shortly after graduating from the University of Pacific with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He completed his undergraduate work in Exercise Physiology from Chico State University in 2003. Adam is currently the Clinical Rehabilitation Director for our Turlock Office. Over the past 5 years, he has remained committed to continued education in order to improve his treatment techniques. He is currently pursuing his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certificate. Adam is a die-hard sports fan and enjoys remaining physically active.


Tim Fernandes, DPT

Tim Fernandes, DPT
Tim graduated from the University of Pacific in 2006. He joined the Golden Bear team in 2007. Tim has 16 years of experience coaching gymnastics and has 6 years of coaching involvement with competitive cheer. Tim is passionate about lifelong enjoyment at athletic pursuits and has devoted time to instructing athletes in conditioning methods that limit injury.


Jon Aycock, DPT

Jon Aycock, DPT
Jon has been practicing physical therapy for 1 year after recently graduating from the University of the Pacific with his Doctor of Physical Therapy. Although he has a background in Aquatic Therapy, he has the knowledge to treat a wide variety of conditions and enjoys focusing on shoulder and knee rehab. Jon is involved in numerous recreational activities and aspires to pursue additional certificates such as Certified Strength Specialist (CSCS) and Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS).


Justin Lindo, PT, DPT

Justin Lindo, PT, DPT
Justin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's degrees in Physical Therapy from California State University of Fresno in 2009. Clinical experience has been focused on treatment of Orthopedic dysfunctions and has entailed advanced formal training in functional and orthopedic manual therapy. Attended numerous educational courses beyond requirements for retaining licensure as a Physical Therapist to advance skills and knowledge to best serve patients. Currently working on becoming a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art and also currently pursuing advanced education degree with emphasis on up-to-date evidence based practice to receive a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I enjoy many outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, baseball, snowboarding and spending time with my wife and three children. My favorite past-time is woodworking and construction.


Heriberto (Eddie) Reveuelta, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Heriberto (Eddie) Reveuelta, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
I attended CSU, Stanislaus for undergraduate schooling where I majored in health and wellness promotion and attended Sacramento State University for PT school where I received a Master's in Physical Therapy. I decided to further my knowledge by completing my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through AT Still University.

Since graduating from PT school, I knew early on that I wanted to provide my patients the best possible care by pursuing a specialization. My interests had always been in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. I worked towards receiving my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification as I was finishing PT school. The knowledge gained through attaining the CSCS certification has helped me assist the patients recovering from athletic injuries in bridging the gap from rehabilitation to performance training.

All of my continuing education since graduating from PT school has focused on specializing in orthopedics. I received advanced training in orthopedic manual therapy through completing a mentorship in advanced orthopedic manual therapy through the Kaiser Hayward Fellowship Program. Shortly after completing the mentorship in advanced orthopedic manual therapy I also became a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), a distinction that only a small percentage of physical therapist have, after passing the board exam.

I enjoy staying physically active and to this day I still play soccer. I like not only staying physically active but also promoting an active lifestyle.


Lisa French, PT, DPT

Lisa French, PT, DPT
Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Pre-Physical Therapy Option in 2010 from California State University, Fresno. She continued at Fresno State and received her Master's of Physical Therapy in 2012. Lisa completed her joint Doctorate of Physical Therapy with Fresno State and University of California San Francisco in 2013. Lisa's therapy experience has primarily been in an outpatient setting and joined the Golden Bear Team in February 2015. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors, camping, wake boarding and being with family and friends.


Irving Estupinan

Irving Estupinan, PT, DPT
Irving joined Golden Bear in 2015, he graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of the Pacific in 2009, and previously had graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 2005 with a Bachelor's in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. In his time off he is enjoys spending time with his two sons, practicing the art of Brazilian Jui-Jitsu as well as playing guitar in his erstwhile band. He continues to improve and specialize as an orthopedic based physical therapist and aspires to pursue additional certificates such as Certified Strength Specialist (CSCS) and Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS).


Stephenie SHaffer

Stephanie Shaffer, DPT
Stephanie graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2014 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to entering PT school she attended California State University, Fresno majoring in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Pre-Physical Therapy and Minoring in Gerontology. Physical therapy has been a passion of Stephanie's ever since she was a patient following an athletic injury in high school. She is very excited to start her career with Golden Bear Physical Therapy, and strive to provide her patients with evidence-based practice in order to improve their outcomes. Stephanie loves being a mother and enjoys spending all of her free time with her husband, family and friends.


Melissa Machado, DPT

Melissa Machado, DPT
Melissa received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from Chico State in 2010. From there, she graduated from University of the Pacific with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. Her first year of practice was spent in an APTA Accredited Orthopedic Residency Program which fulfilled her passion of furthering her education and providing the best possible care to her patients. She will be sitting for her Orthopedic Certified Specialist exam this year. Melissa is always looking for ways to continue her education and is committed to life long learning throughout her career. In her free time, Melissa enjoys exercising and spending time with her family.


Jena Medeiros, DPT

Jena Medeiros, DPT
Jena attended physical therapy school at Azusa Pacific University where she obtained her Doctorate in 2015. Prior to studying physical therapy, she majored in Kinesiology at San Diego State University and received her Bachelor's fegree in 2010. Currently she is taking part in a residency program to further develop her skills in Orthopaedics. She strives to provide quality care and stay up to date with current evidence in treating orthopaedic conditions. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports, traveling, and baking delicious treats.


Stephenie SHaffer

Sarah Tillay, PT


Allen Oliver, PTA

Allen Oliver, PTA
Allen received his Associate's degree at the Professional Skills Institute in Concord, CA. He has been with Golden Bear Physical Therapy for 13 years specializing in Orthopedics and Sports Injuries. Allen was a basketball coach at Modesto Christian for 10 years and was instrumental in player development and motivating athletes to receive full ride scholarships. Allen has also been an active member of Modesto Foursquare Church as a motivational speaker and assisting with ministry services.


Brenda Peeples, PTA

Brenda Peeples, PTA
Brenda joined the Golden Bear Physical Therapy Team in 2014 and is passionate about providing great patient care. She is a graduate of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's Physical Therapist Assistant program. Recently, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology in 2014. Brenda has experience treating in multiple different settings including out-patient, hospital and skilled nursing. Brenda is also a certified lymphedema therapist and brings over 14 years of experience to Golden Bear. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, bicycling, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.


Nicolas King

Nicolas King, PTA, BS, ACSM-CPT, FMT, C-FMS
Nicolas King graduated with his undergraduate degree from CSU Monterey Bay in 2012 with a major in Kinesiology emphasizing Exercise Science. Shortly after, Nic became a certified personal trainer through the American College Of Sports Medicine.

After completing his undergraduate work, Nic furthered his education down in San Diego. While in San Diego, Nic received advanced training in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Nic utilizes a variety of techniques including Mulligan and Olga Grimsby based treatments. In addition, Nic is certified in functional movement systems.

Nic has a special interest in treating hip pain, ankle/foot dysfunction and ACL injury prevention. Physical therapy has always been a passion of Nic's ever since he was a patient at Golden Bear when he was 13. Comments from Nic: "I'm thrilled to be back with my GBPT family. I love what I do and I look forward to helping others".


Maggie Ismail, PTA
Bio coming soon...


Bryce Bailey, PTA, FMT
Bryce Bailey gained a passion for Physical Therapy as a high school athlete and began working as a Physical Therapy Aide in 2010 after receiving an Associate's degree in Athletic Training. Bryce later joined the Golden Bear family as a Physical Therapy Aide in 2013 and graduated with his Bachelor's degree from CSU Stanislaus with a major in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health and Wellness Promotion.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Bryce furthered his education by graduating from Carrington College's Physical Therapist Assistant program in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Bryce aspires to become a certified Functional Movement Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in order to provide better treatment outcomes for his patient's. Bryce has a special interest in treating Total Knee Replacements, Shoulder injuries, and educating coaches and athletes in injury prevention.


Loreli Guillory, PTALA
Loreli graduated with her undergraduate degree from California State University, Sacramento and earned a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on therapeutic rehabilitation. Immediately after, she graduated from Carrington College California as a Physical Therapy Assistant.

She believes in a hands-on approach to treatment and is committed to life-long learning. She continues to seek ways to further her education in order to give her patients the best care possible. In her spare time, she spends it with her husband (and two dogs), family and friends. She enjoys martial arts and taught taekwondo for 6 years during her undergraduate schooling. Loreli is passionate about helping others and enjoys giving back to the community through her local church.


Albert Toma, PTA
Albert received his Associate's degree from San Diego Mesa College in 2016. Having an interest in how the human body works, sports, and working out led me into the field of Physical Therapy. I enjoy learning, improving my manual therapy skills, providing quality patient care, and watching patient's progress through therapy sessions.

I started as a volunteer at Golden Bear, completed a clinical internship, and now working here. During my free time I enjoy being outdoors, playing sports, traveling, bbq'ing, swimming and snowboarding.


John Heller, DPT
Bio coming soon...


Christie Bryant, PT, DPT
Christie obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2014. Prior to physical therapy school, she attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA as a Division 1 interscholastic athlete for the women's basketball program. She graduated with honors on the Dean's list, earning a B.S in Health Sciences with a Pre-Professional Physical Therapy concentration in 2009. Her lifelong interest in athletics along with her passion for sports medicine exposed her to the world of physical therapy. She will obtain her strength and conditioning certification with plans to further her professional expertise as a board-certified sports physical therapist. When Christie is not in the clinic, you can find her on the hardwood as an assistant coach for the Golden Valley High School Varsity women's basketball program, or hanging out with friends, family and dog Tia. Christie's treatment philosophy includes a combination of movement analysis, manual therapy, a personalized therapeutic exercise program and comprehensive patient education in order to achieve a patient's goals, whether in sports or daily life.