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 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 Spring of 2018. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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) Revuelta, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Eddie Revuelta joined the Golden Bear team in 2012. He attended CSU, Stanislaus for undergraduate schooling where he majored in health and wellness promotion and attended Sacramento State University for PT school where he received a Master's in Physical Therapy. Eddie decided to further his knowledge by completing the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through AT Still University.
Since graduating from PT school, Eddie knew early on that he wanted to provide his patients with the best possible care by pursuing a specialization. His interests had always been in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Eddie worked towards receiving his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification as he was finishing PT school. The knowledge gained through attaining the CSCS certification has helped him assist the patients recovering from athletic injuries in bridging the gap from rehabilitation to performance training.
All of Eddie's continuing education since graduating from PT school has focused on specializing in orthopedics. He 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 he 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.
Eddie enjoys staying physically active and to this day still plays soccer a couple of times per week. He likes not only staying physically active but also promoting an active lifestyle.
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, 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).
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 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.
Sarah Tillay, PT, DPT
Sarah graduated from Andrew's University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. She graduated from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2013. She has a special interest in Women's Health and aspires to further her education and become certified in this area. Sarah is passionate about patient care and providing a safe and encouraging environment with high quality care. Outside of work she spends time with her husband and church, enjoying outdoor recreation and athletic activities.
John Heller, PT, DPT
John became interested in Physical therapy while volunteering and working as a physical therapy aide at Golden Bear Physical Therapy in Turlock while pursuing his Bachelors in Kinesiology at California State University Stanislaus. Following the completion of his Bachelors in Kinesiology in 2014 he went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 2016 and ended up returning to Golden Bear. He enjoys treating a wide range of patients that Golden Bear services and take a special interest in orthopedic injuries ranging from neck and shoulder injuries, hips and knee injuries, and return to sport rehabilitation. While treating patients he employs open communication with patients so they know what is going on, utilizes manual therapy for improvements in ROM, decreased pain, and improved function, and individually prescribed exercises for return to normal function. John enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking, and being outdoors whenever he is not in the clinic.
Nikki Kriskovich, PT, DPT, CSCS
Nikki graduated with her bachelor's in biology with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Portland in 2014. Following completion of her undergraduate studies, Nikki began attending the University of Southern California and graduated in 2017 with her doctorate in physical therapy. Nikki is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She enjoys sharing her love of health and fitness on a daily basis, and is extremely grateful to have entered a profession which allows her to do this. Nikki is an avid sports fan and in her spare time enjoys spending time with friends and family, and staying active through exercise and recreational sports.
Michelle Preston-Smith, PT, DPT
Michelle joined Golden Bear September 2017. She was in the first Master's of Physical Therapy class at the University of the Pacific, graduating in 1988. In 2009 she completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy, through Northeastern University. She has been certified in Maitland Manual Therapy, Neuro-Developmental Treatment techniques and has taken a wide variety of post-graduate courses covering sports injury, manual therapy techniques, pediatrics and wound care. Over the past 29 years she has worked in almost every aspect of physical therapy including management, out-patient rehabilitation, acute/hospital based therapy, wound-care, skilled nursing, stroke rehabilitation and pediatrics. During the past 15 years her focus has been out-patient and sports orthopedic rehabilitation. She is dedicated to helping her patients return to their optimum health and activity level, while trying to make the experience as fun as possible. Michelle enjoys a variety of outdoor activities with her family, including snow skiing, scuba diving, hiking, and hanging out at the beach and mountains. She loves to travel with her husband, and has a large "bucket-list" of places left to explore. She has two sons in college and enjoys spending time with them as often as able.
Rebecca Van Klaveren, PT, DPT
Rebecca joined the Golden Bear team in November 2017, shortly after she graduated from the University of the Pacific's Doctoral Physical Therapy Program. She attended California State University, Stanislaus from 2011-2015 where she earned a BA in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health and Wellness Promotion. Rebecca has special interests in orthopedics, gait and balance disorders (Parkinson's Disease), and vestibular dysfunction. She is committed to furthering her education and developing skills to better help the individuals in her community. During her free time, Rebecca enjoys golfing, spending time with family and friends, building furniture, crafting, and watching the Golden State Warriors play.
Morgan Oliver, PT, DPT
Morgan, a central valley native, joined the Golden Bear Physical Therapy team in October 2017. She studied kinesiology at Whittier College and then went on to receive her doctorate of physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in May 2017. Since graduating, Morgan is interested in gaining more knowledge and remaining up to date on most recent evidence of the wide variety of orthopedic conditions. In addition, she is looking forward to pursuing further education to become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Morgan is no stranger of excellent care which Golden Bear provides while being on the receiving end and is extremely excited to be joining the team who sparked her interest of becoming a physical therapist when she was 10 years old. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking, obstacle course racing, and exploring local restaurants.
Brian Melrose, PT, DPT
Brian joined the Golden Bear team in 2017 shortly after graduating from University of the Pacific's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He completed his undergraduate coursework at University of California Santa Barbara, earning a BA in Psychology. Brian has special interests in orthopedics and manual therapy. He is committed to furthering his education and developing skills to better help his patients. During his free time, Brian enjoys weight lifting, mountain biking, and following the NBA.
Comments from Brian: "I appreciate the opportunity I have to work with and get to know each patient. I strive to help patients reach their individual physical goals and develop the skills to get back to what they love to do!"
Ellison McMillan, PT, DPT
Ellison joined the Golden Bear team in 2017 following her completion of University of the Pacific's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Ellison first became interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy after her competitive skiing career came to an end with an ACL injury (among many others). Prior to moving to the Central Valley, Ellison completed her undergraduate degree in Salt Lake City, Utah at the University of Utah with a degree in Exercise Sport Science and Nutrition. She is passionate about health and fitness and committed to life-long learning. She aims to treat patients with a holistic approach incorporating both mind and body. She continues to seek ways to further her education in order to give her patients the best care possible.
In her free time Ellison enjoys spending time outdoors: mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing.
Leah Robaitaille, PT, DPT
Leah is the Clinical Manager at GBPT in Valley Springs, and she was the previous owner of Valley Springs Physical Therapy from 2012-2018. Leah graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Summa Cum Laude, in 2006. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, in 2004.
Leah has a wide background of experience in physical therapy, from pediatric to geriatric. Her primary area of focus in recent years has been in orthopedics, treating a variety of conditions including the spine and extremities. Special interests include shoulder rehabilitation and neurological conditions such as stroke.
Leah is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and she is a member of the University of the Pacific Physical Therapy Alumni Association, serving as acting president 2016-2018. She also serves on the University of the Pacific Physical Therapy Leadership Council.
When not in the clinic, Leah enjoys spending time with her family and keeping up with her two young boys in sports and being outdoors. She is also a youth basketball coach, and is active in her church.
Corinna Van Ness, PT
Cori Van Ness attended San Diego State University for her first 2 years in college and transferred to Stockton's University of the Pacific to complete her undergraduate degree in Sports Sciences in 1997. She continued with her education and received her Master's degree in Physical Therapy also from the University of the Pacific in 2002. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics for the last 15 years as both a staff therapist and a clinical director. She currently resides in Ione, CA and spends her free time with her family on camping and boating adventures
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 Peebles, PTA, BS, CLT, ATRIC
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, 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, BS
Maggie majored in Kinesiology at Stanislaus State University and received her Bachelor's degree in 2014. After graduating, she started working as an aide for Golden Bear PT, where she found her love for the profession of physical therapy. She continued her journey at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in San Mateo, and become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in April of 2015. She is passionate about helping others and is very happy to be part of the Golden Bear team.
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, PTA
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.