Livermore Team

Nicole Larson, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist | Assistant Facility Manager

Nikki was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota where she spent the majority of her childhood involved in sports such as dance, soccer, and basketball. Her passion for physical therapy began in high school following an ACL injury which put her through many months of rehabilitation and sparked her passion to help others like herself return to playing the sports they loved.

She received her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2015 and went on to receive her DPT degree from the University of the Pacific in 2018. Nikki has a strong interest in treating knee injuries of any kind and brings experience treating the pediatric population with varying congenital and acquired disorders. Nikki has also recently become trained in physical therapy following concussion.

In her free time you can find her spending time outdoors with her boyfriend and two dogs, checking out the local breweries, wineries, and restaurants, and learning to play the guitar.

Lee Chisholm, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University in January of 2015 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of the Pacific in 2018. Lee’s passion for physical therapy began as an athlete and has only grown stronger as he has gained more experience in the field.

Being a baseball player, he completed an internship with the San Francisco Giants. These experiences have provided him with a strong interest in the shoulder joint and working with overhead athletes.

In his free time, he loves to play recreational sports, camp, fish and take his dog on every adventure possible.

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Vanessa Medina, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Vanessa was born and raised in Pleasanton, CA and participated in multiple sports as a young athlete. She played competitive soccer for Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club, and played basketball and track/field for her alma mater, Amador Valley High School. Her interest in physical therapy sparked as a patient for multiple ankle sprains, however her passion grew as she observed close family members rehabilitate from ACL reconstruction. She saw the value of how physical therapists were able to aide with function in getting patients back to the activities that they love, whether that be getting athletes back to the playing field or gardening in the backyard. 


Vanessa received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Chico State in May 2015 and proceeded to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of the Pacific in 2018. She has a strong interest in treating the knees, ankles, and patients that suffer from dizziness/vertigo. 


Vanessa is a Bay Area sports fan from 49er football to SF Giants baseball and Sharks hockey to Warriors basketball. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going wine tasting in her hometown of Livermore, and staying active by working out.

Brandon Gardner, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Brandon was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a very active and promising young athlete, playing baseball in high school and at the collegiate level.  His passion for physical therapy started back in his high school days, where he himself was going through the rehabilitation process during a shoulder injury.

Brandon has a strong Movement Science background from San Jose State University and exceptional manual therapy skills that he has acquired during his Physical Therapy Assistant program at Carrington College. He has worked in Outpatient Orthopedics and in Skilled Nursing Facility settings. He has also been able to translate his skills outside of the clinic and has been fortunate enough to work with, train and treat amateur and professional athletes including: football players at the collegiate level and NFL, Major League Baseball players and Olympic Track and Field athletes. As an avid baseball enthusiast, Brandon is also apart of Spine and Sports Physical Therapy’s organization called Pitchers First, where he educates parents, coaches, and trains and treats youth and amateur baseball players, helping to prevent shoulder and elbow injuries.

As a Physical Therapy Assistant and the Facility Lead of Spine and Sports Physical Therapy of Livermore, Brandon constantly works on continuing to expand his skills and enjoys learning new and up to date techniques to bring to the patients he treats. He is always very personable and enjoys the challenge of working with a variety of different patient populations including: orthopedic dysfunctions, post-surgical, athletic injuries, and injuries of the spine and extremities. With everything he does, Brandon strives to provide a high quality, personalized experience for everyone he encounters.

Paul Pingol, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Paul grew up in Fremont/Castro Valley and now calls Livermore his home. He earned his B.S. in Health Sciende at San Jose State and then attended Carrington College for Physical Therapist Assistant school. Before becoming a PTA in 2018 Paul had intentions on working in a hospital setting. However, after doing his clinical rotations at Spine and Sports, and learning more about different orthopedic/neurological conditions, he knew this was where he wanted to be. Paul is always looking forward to working with patients and helping them meet their goals. He is also a fan of the 49ers, Warriors, Giants, and Sharks and loves Japanese and Thai food.


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Jenya Gardner

Patient Care Coordinator

Jenya, is our Patient Care Coordinator of our Livermore office. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Business Administration emphasizing in International Business.

Prior to joining the Spine and Sports Physical Therapy team, she spent the past eight years working in retail for an international foot ware company, where through hard work and dedication she worked her way up to the store manager position. There she helped the store grow in volume, received multiple awards for visual and operational excellence, and trained new talent for the district. From her previous work experience, she brings vast knowledge in business management, customer service relations and is multi-lingual, speaking some Spanish and is fluent in Russian. As Patient Care Coordinator for Spine and Sports Physical Therapy of Livermore, she strives for excellence in both patient experience during their visit and daily office operations.

Breanna Geddings

Physical Therapy Technician

Breanna went to school at a local community college with the goal to get into the Field of Physical Therapy and is currently working on her NASM certificate in personal training to broaden her knowledge and help her clients reach their main goals after their PT is complete. Outside of work, when she’s not at the gym, you can find her on a typical weekend doing anything from adventuring around San Francisco and the bay area looking for new places to enjoy and great food to eat. You could also most likely find her the rest of the time mainly sitting on the couch watching “The Office” or other binge worthy TV shows. (show recommendations are currently being accepted at this time)

Dayelle Cueto

Physical Therapy Technician

Dayelle was born and raised in Modesto where she played competitive soccer and grew her passion in sports. She attended college at Fresno State where she obtained her B.S. in Kinesiology with a goal of one day becoming a Physical Therapist.

Before joing Spine and Sports, Sayelle worked at a Cardiac Rehabiliation Clinic where she assisted therapists in the rehabilitation of people recovering from heart attacks and other cardio related problems. Dayelle joined our team to gain experience in another side of rehab with a more athletic population grown from her love of soccer. 

Outside of work you can fins Dayelle at the local taco stand or waiting for the next Cowboys game to come on. 


Deanna Fong

Physical Therapy Technician

Deanna graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Global Health. She has a career goal of becoming a physician assistant. She is currently in her gap year gaining clinical experience and finishing up prerequisite classes before applying to PA school.

Deanna started off at Spine & Sports PT with only a background in Dermatology, but has grown to love the field of Physical Therapy. She enjoys working with patients and seeing their progress in regaining mobility.

When not at work, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and finding the best ramen to eat.



Malissa Shadle

Physical Therapy Technician

Malissa grew up in the East Bay and lived in San Ramon or most of her life. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2019 where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology. 

Malissa plans on going back to school to become a physical therapist. Her interest in physical therapy is partly from playing soccer. She played for most of her life, and at University of Hawai’i as well as at San Francisco State. 

In her free time, Malissa likes to workout, visit San Francisco, and try new foods and activities. 


Denise Long

Physical Therapy Technician

Bio coming soon!