We believe we can do more together than we can alone. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we touch by applying current and effective treatment paradigms in a healthy, healing atmosphere, encouraging progress. We look forward to serving you!
Lauren earned her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While attending Cal Poly, Lauren earned her certification in mat and reformer Pilates, which developed into her passion for physical therapy.
In 2013, she received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. While attending St. Augustine, she completed her manual therapy course work. To further develop her knowledge in the field of orthopedics, she completed a residency through Team Movement for Life and USC and achieved her Orthopedic Clinical Specialty (OCS) in 2016.
Outside of her professional role, Lauren enjoys leading an active lifestyle; she’s an avid dancer and CrossFitter and loves to snow ski, play tennis and run with her Australian Shepherds. She was a member of Cal Poly’s Orchesis Dance Company for four years. Additionally, she loves exploring all that the Central Coast has to offer.
University of St. Augustine, San Marcos, CA
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, April 2013
Nicky was born in Orange County and moved to Santa Maria when she was two. While growing up in Santa Maria, she attended Righetti High School, graduating in 2004. She then went on to obtain her Associates Degree from Allan Hancock College.
Nicky joined the San Luis Sports Therapy team in July 2014 and has grown to love what she does. She enjoys meeting new patients and enjoys seeing their hard work, dedication and progress. Nicky’s friendly and positive attitude is contagious as she continually puts smiles on everyone’s faces. In her free time, she loves to draw and paint.
Marlena was born and raised in Orcutt, CA, and attended St. Joseph High School, before departing to Fresno State for her B.S in Kinesiology with and Exercise Science Option. She played Division 1 soccer at Fresno State and continues to play for fun to this day.
Marlena received a Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Beach State, graduating as President of her class.
Fitness has always been an important part of her life; she enjoys soccer, hiking, races/triathlons and even obstacle races. Marlena brings admiration and respect for lifelong movement and healthy activities to her treatment style and endeavors to make physical therapy as exciting and function as possible.
Marlena has been with San Luis Sports Therapy since 2007 as a staff physical therapist. She is committed to continuing her education and increasing her knowledge of orthopedics and manual therapy, so that she is best able to meet the needs of each individual that she treats.
She has also expanded her knowledge with treating vestibular abnormalities and prenatal low back pain to improve her scope of practice. Marlena utilizes many different treatment strategies in order to tailor her care to the patient’s needs to return them to function as soon as possible.
B.S. Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Fresno State
Masters in Physical Therapy, Long Beach State
Nathan was raised in San Diego California, living in Oceanside most of his life. While at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Nathan completed his degree in Health Science.
Then in 2014, he received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Nathan’s primary interest is orthopedics, but also enjoys other areas of the profession as well. When not at work, Nathan enjoys playing, watching and reading about sports, especially soccer.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos, California
Doctor of Physical Therapy, April 2014
University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
Bachelors of Science, Health Science, June 2010
Tyler was born and raised locally on the Central Coast of California. After being a 4 sport varsity athlete at Arroyo Grande High School, Tyler attended San Diego State University for his undergraduate years and then earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Tyler incorporates his sports background with his contemporary studies in school to create a multidimensional approach while treating patients. He plans to soon earn additional certificates to continue his learning within the profession. While not at work, Tyler enjoys playing and watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos, California
Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2016
San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Bachelor of Sciences, Kinesiology, 2013
Katie was born and raised here on the Central Coast. She left to pursue academics and athletics at Chico State University. Katie captained the University women’s soccer team as a senior and finished with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, earning academic honors and scholar athlete awards along the way.
She moved back to the Central Coast where she began working for San Luis Sports Therapy, first as an aide and then as Orcutt's front office manager. She continued to work full time while studying to become a PTA through San Juan College. Throughout this journey Katie has always found joy in being involved in each patient’s rehabilitation and healing process and looks forward to being a lifelong learner, planning to gain knowledge in specialized areas.
When Katie is not working, she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, camping, spending time with her family, and dreaming about getting a dog soon with her husband.
California State University, Chico – Chico, California
Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology
San Juan College – Associate of Applied Sciences, PTA
Upon graduation and passed the Board of Certification, becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Andrew has also worked at Fresno City College with the football team, soccer teams, and baseball team. Andrew worked at Central High School in Fresno, CA as well for a two years. Andrew enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, soccer, football, and the outdoors.
Bachelors of Science, Kinesiology, Athletic Training from California State University Fresno. May 2014
"I have definitely noticed a difference in my body with training and recovery and performance Before starting physical therapy with Colleen Russell I definitely had a lot of asymmetries in my body For example, my left quad was more than 5 cm smaller than my right side As of Feb 8, there is only a 1 cm difference That is one of the most obvious and visible physical changes, but I have also noticed positive things in training like the ability to maintain my hip position when sprinting and jumping My hips were really weak when I started PT with Colleen and that has been one area of focus in therapy sessions My hips feel a lot stronger and I am able to maintain stronger, more powerful positions during long and hard workouts Instead of fatiguing, I am able to complete the workouts maintaining good form Which is really important being a multievent athlete, because we spend long hours practicing and on competition days sometimes up to six hours, and the ability to maintain good physical form throughout a workout or competition is really important for seeing the best results possible I feel like I can last through an entire tough work out without certain muscle groups fatiguing, because we have been working to make sure everything is strong and stays strong"~ Sharon Day, Olympic Athlete