Meet Our Staff

Joseph Lestino PT, DPT, Owner

Joseph Lestino PT, DPT, Owner

Joseph has been in the field of physical therapy since 2000. After graduating from Kapi'olani Community College with his Physical Therapy Assistant Associate of Science degree and completing his pre-physical therapy requirements at Vanguard University, he received his Master of Physical Therapy in 2006 from Loma Linda University. During this time, he worked as a physical therapist in an outpatient setting in Los Angeles and as a graduate assistant at Loma Linda University. He continued to take night classes and completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008. Joseph still remains passionate about the field and has committed himself to be a lifelong learner, always working on improving his skills and adjusting his treatment methods based on the most recent research. These days, his workouts often involve his 2 daughters, and his favorite time is spent with his family, even if it involves lots of Disney princesses.

Stephanie Sun Lestino, PT, DPT, MPH, Owner

Stephanie Lestino, PT, DPT, MPH, Owner

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2000 from the University of California, San Diego in Microbiology, with Minors in Psychology and Chinese Studies. She then went in search of an HIV vaccine, conducting research and receiving her Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Although she found the research interesting, she missed daily interactions with people, rather than cells in a laboratory. After volunteering in several physical therapy clinics and hospitals, she found that she welcomed the refreshingly unpredictable and joyous day to day events of working with children with special needs. She graduated from the University of Southern California with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. Stephanie now often finds herself deep in conversation with her 2 girls about unicorns and mermaids, and is determined to empower them to dream big and reach for rainbows.

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Nick Schroeder PT, DPT, CSCS

Nick was born and raised in Reno, NV. He growing up playing baseball, basketball, and skiing snowboarding. After graduating from Reno High School, he played soccer at a junior college in Oregon for a year. He finished up his B.A in Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. After working in supply chain management for four years, he decided to go back to school for physical therapy. He graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2017. He currently holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification, lifts weights, hikes, camps and plays spikeball and soccer.

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Melissa Schmidt, PT,DPT, OCS, SCS

Melissa Schmidt obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, CA, graduating with honors. St Augustine's program is known for its strength in both manual therapy and orthopedics, providing Melissa with an advanced skill foundation to practice from. A Southern California native, Melissa received her Bachelors of Science from Pepperdine University, where she competed on the swim team. As a NCAA Division I student athlete, Melissa takes pride in her understanding of movement both academically and in practice. As a physical therapist, Melissa's manual therapy skills, strong understanding of movement and mechanics, helps her to return her patients to their specific sport or hobby. She is a board certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and has experience working with MLB, NBA, MMA, NFL, high school and collegiate athletes, and is confident in her abilities to meet the needs of patients at any level of athletic progression. Melissa prides herself on the relationships she has built with her patients over time, setting realistic goals and time-lines to ensure progression and prevent further injury. She is well versed in corrective and functional exercise to establish healthy movement patterns so that patients do not just rehabilitate, but are well informed with the tools necessary to return to sport and normal function.

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Jordan Coutts, PT,DPT

Jordan Coutts received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2019. He previously attended Oregon State University where he studied Exercise and Sport Science, after which he took a year to work as a physical therapy aide in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. Jordan has experience working with a variety of individuals and strongly believes in empowering his patients, providing them with the tools they need to return to the activities and lifestyles they enjoy. Jordan is originally from the Pacific Northwest, growing up in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. In his free time Jordan enjoys hiking, playing basketball, soccer and spending time with family and friends.

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Kylie Mares, Front Office Manager

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Jesse Equihua: Physical Therapy Aide

BS in Kinesiology

Jesse was born in El Centro and grew up in Heber, CA. He is bilingual and completed his A.S. in General Science and A.A. in Kinesiology at Imperial Valley College. He then transferred to San Diego State to complete his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy and graduated in May 2020, with honors. He is currently applying to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs in hopes of continuing his education. Football and basketball are his favorite sports, since he grew up playing both. He also enjoys staying active and spending time with family and friends.

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Braian Ballesteros: Physical Therapy Aide

BS in Kinesiology in progress

Braian Ballesteros is a bilingual undergraduate student at San Diego State University, in his senior year. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. He graduated with honors from Imperial Valley College in 2019 with an A.S. in Life Science and an A.A. in Kinesiology. He was a CRLA Certified Tutor at Imperial Valley College, teaching subjects such as mathematics and biology. Born and raised in Mexicali, Baja California México, he grew up playing soccer and baseball. Braian enjoys hiking during the weekends, and camping and fishing twice a year.

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Kai Sherman: Physical Therapy Aide

BS in Kinesiology in progress

Kairyn Sherman is a United States Marine Corps Veteran who is originally from Waterbury, Connecticut. After honorable discharge in August 2016, he moved to San Diego and enrolled in San Diego Mesa College. He completed his associate degree in kinesiology before transferring to San Diego State University, where he is expected to graduate in May 2021 with a B.S. in Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy. He is currently applying to doctorate of physical therapy programs to continue his education. He enjoys watching sports and maintaining an active lifestyle. His favorite sports include football and basketball, and he is working on his golf game. Most importantly, he values time with family and friends.

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Ria Dawkins: Physical Therapy Aide, Front Office coordinator

BS in Kinesiology

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