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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!

Our Team

Colleen RussellClinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS

colleen@slsportstherapy.com

Colleen completed her undergraduate work at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Kinesiology and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is board certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, an accolade that only 5% of Physical Therapists in the country have earned.

Her post graduate work has focused on orthopedic and sports specific rehabilitation. She has recently become the first and only provider on the central coast with a certification in Personalized Blood Flow Restriction through Owens Recovery Science. Colleen also has extensive training in manual therapy.  This background, and her passion for working with athletes, led her towards directing rehabilitation for Olympians, amateur, professional and collegiate athletes. She has been a volunteer physical therapist with professional rodeo’s Justin Sports Medicine Team and professional volleyball’s AVP and FIVP tours.

Education
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2006

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, December 2001

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Andrea RipoylaPT, DPT

aripoyla@slsportstherapy.com

Andrea received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Regis University in 2016 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Humboldt State University with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2013.

During physical therapy school, Andrea gained clinical experience in outpatient, acute, and neurological rehabilitation care. She spent her free time between academic events raising Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) service dogs with her fellow classmates.

Her post graduate work has focused on evidenced-based neurological and orthopedic specific rehabilitation. She is currently a certified instructor and therapist in Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) exercises, and teaches a Parkinson’s Disease community exercise course quarterly. She is actively working towards becoming a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (NCS).

In her spare time she enjoys attending country concerts, hanging out with friends and family, and spending time outdoors with her yellow lab, JJ.

Education
Regis University, Denver, Colorado. Doctorate of Physical Therapy, April 2016
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy, May 2013

Professional Associations
American Physical Therapy Association California Chapter
American Physical Therapy Association Neurological Chapter

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Jonathan GrisantiPT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

jgrisanti@slsportstherapy.com

Jonathan received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University in 2017. While in school, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and worked as a personal trainer. He also volunteered with the pediatric rehabilitation unit at Flagstaff Medical Center. He has experience working in outpatient orthopedics, outpatient neurological rehab, pediatrics, and sub-acute care. He has a particular interest in orthopedics and manual therapy.

During undergraduate studies at The Master’s College, Jonathan studied Kinesiology and Physical Education with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014.

Jonathan first became passionate about physical therapy after injuring his knee in high school basketball and working toward recovery at a local physical therapy clinic. He is dedicated to helping people live life without the burden of pain and physical limitations by using evidence-based practice and compassionate care.

With his free time, Jonathan loves camping, backpacking, playing sports, trying new things, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends. 

Education
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2017

The Master’s University, Santa Clarita, California
Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education, May 2014

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Katherine SanderPT, DPT, OCS

ksander@slsportstherapy.com

Katherine grew up in the Bay Area, spending most of her free time playing soccer. While studying Biology and Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Katherine continued her love for sports and the outdoors by joining her school’s club soccer team and the varsity sailing team. She then continued her journey into Southern California, where she received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2017. In August 2018, Katherine finished a one-year orthopedic physical therapy residency program at the University of Southern California. Outside of clinic, Katherine enjoys playing soccer, hiking, sailing, and eating pizza!

Education
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, August 2018

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2017

University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
Bachelor of Science, Cell and Developmental Biology, June 2013
Minor: Spanish

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Brittany RuizFront Office Manager

bruiz@slsportstherapy.com

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