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 has also taken a yearlong class in manual therapy to enhance his clinical skills. Joseph likes eating at his favorite restaurants with his wife and soaking up the sun and fresh air at the beach.

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 enjoys relaxing in the Southern California sunshine with a good book and good company, traveling and playing board games.

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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.


Ivan Ducusin

Ivan Ducusin, Physical Therapy Aide - BS in Kinesiology

Ivan Ducusin was born and raised in San Diego. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Theapy from San Diego State University in 2017. During his time there he volunteered at the SDSU adaptive fitness clinic. Since graduating he has been working here at La Mesa Physical Therapy and he hopes to become a physical therapist in the near future. In his free time he likes to watch sports, try different cuisines, spend time with his girlfriend, and collects sneakers.

Jessica Newland

Jessica Newland, Front office coordinator, Physical Therapy Aide - BS In Kinesiology

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Ria Dawkins: Physical Therapy Aide-BS in Kinesiology

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Justin Yan: Physical Therapy Aide-BS in Kinesiologyy

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Kylie Maresi

Kylie Mares, Front Office Manager

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