Kevin Takao, PT, MPT
Physical Therapist | CEO
Kevin is the owner of Spine and Sports Physical Therapy. He enjoys treating all types of injuries and incorporates his manual treatment techniques with his functional exercise knowledge to provide an eclectic approach to his patients.
He received his B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology at De Paul University in Chicago, IL. He then pursued his passion for Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, FL. where he earned his Masters in Physical Therapy.
Lee Chisholm, PT, DPT
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.
Nicole Larson, PT, DPT
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.
Brandon Gardner, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant | Facility Lead
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.
Patient Care Lead
Jenya, is our Patient Care Lead 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 Lead for Spine and Sports Physical Therapy of Livermore, she strives for excellence in both patient experience during their visit and daily office operations.
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)