Clinical Team

Stephanie Prendergast, MPT
Cofounder
PHRC West Los Angeles, CA
Stephanie grew up in South Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Rutgers University and her Master’s in physical therapy at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. In 2013 Stephanie was the first physical therapist to be President of the International Pelvic Pain Society. For balance, Steph turns to exercise, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their rescue dogs, Carlo and Reyna.
Elizabeth Akincilar, MSPT
Cofounder
PHRC Lexington, MA and Merrimack, NH
Liz received her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami Medical School. She is a Pennsylvania native but spent much of her early professional career in San Francisco. In 2015 Liz was excited to move back to the east coast to open PHRC’s first New England location. Now she is a fully acclimated New Englander who loves the four seasons. Liz’s happy place is in the kitchen cooking for friends and family or in the mountains with her partner and two rescue German Shepherds, Gunner and Jackson.
Melinda Fontaine, DPT
Walnut Creek, CA
Melinda is a native of Concord, California. Melinda earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise biology from UC Davis and her doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College in Boston. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages, and she believes in listening to a person’s whole story when making a treatment plan. When she’s not at PHRC, you’ll find her either dashing around in her running shoes or cooking up delectable meals for her family. She’s famous for her killer baked chimichangas and her inability to stick to a recipe.
Shannon Pacella, DPT
Lexington, MA
Shannon received both her Doctor of Physical Therapy and bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She takes an integrative and mindful approach to treatment, focusing on restoring function and reaching each individual’s goals. Shannon is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Pelvic Health. She has a love for travelling, and has taken part in teaching a pelvic health course to physical therapists in Nairobi, Kenya. Shannon was born and raised on Cape Cod, where she regularly goes to visit family. She is a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’ and loves exploring restaurants all around the Boston area.
Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS
Encinitas, CA
Jandra (pronounced like "Sandra") recently relocated to Encinitas, CA; but, is an L.A. native. After living in Hawaii and Oregon for the previous 10 years and then returning to L.A., she needed to find a home that could fit her needs of a busy and driven lifestyle, with the soothing nature of the ocean.Jandra utilizes an integrative and holistic approach to find solutions that are individualized to a person's needs and wants. In addition to her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and her advanced training in pelvic floor physical therapy, Jandra has completed her Master's of Science degree in Integrative Health and Nutrition to help those with chronic pelvic pain conditions as changes in diet and lifestyle can make a large difference in one's health and wellbeing.When Jandra is not working or studying, you can find her playing at the beach, doing yoga, surfing, or twirling around the dance floor at the salsa spots in town.
Sigourney Cross, DPT
Walnut Creek, CA
Sigourney grew up just outside Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism followed by her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hampton University. Having worked across the country and being licensed in six states, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to PHRC. Sigourney looks forward to sharing her expertise with patients to help them gain a better quality of life. When not working, she enjoys playing the piano, dancing, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.
Kim Buonomo, DPT
Lexington, MA
Kim was born and raised in Somerville MA. She received her Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Health Science at UMass Boston and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. She emphasizes education as a crucial part of her treatment approach and loves helping her patients understand how to keep themselves well. When outside of work, Kim is an active supporter of her sister’s roller derby team and enjoys spending her free time eating great food and sitting out on her patio with her family and friends.
Maryssa Steffen, DPT
Berkeley and Walnut Creek, CA
Maryssa is a Bay Area native and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge. She has 20 years of experience in somatic movement practices including Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, dance/somatic therapy, and dance improvisation. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and was honored with the Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Artistic Talent. She uses compassionate, interesting, and self-evolving body awareness interventions to empower patients with new movement strategies. She believes movement should be joyful and has the potential to replace pain!
Morgan Conner, DPT
Los Gatos and San Francisco, CA
Morgan grew up outside of Sebastopol, California. After studying biology and dance at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, she returned to the California sunshine where she certified as a Pilates instructor before completing her DPT at Samuel Merritt University. She started her physical therapy practice in general orthopedics before turning her attention full-time to treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction at PHRC. She still uses much of her ortho background in her work today looking at the patient as a whole person. She is also excited to bring visceral mobilization techniques into her practice as she helps patients through their pelvic health journey. When she is not in the clinic, you will probably find Morgan cooking a “healthy” dessert, knitting on the couch, or admiring the beautiful California nature while training for her next triathlon.
Courtney Edgecomb, DPT
West Los Angeles, CA
Courtney graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with both her Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and enjoys going back home for the Kentucky Derby! Courtney is passionate about providing others with a sense of strength, dedication, and wellbeing through physical therapy. She finds balance by staying active outdoors, training for half or full marathons, and going to Pilates or yoga. Courtney also loves to cook, travel, and spend time with family.
Karah Charette, DPT
Berkeley and San Francisco, CA
Karah is originally from Buffalo, NY. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York City. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Dance from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Karah is a instructor in both mat and reformer. She also trained in Thailand to become a 200 hour registered Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher. A freelance modern dancer on the side, Karah has a deep appreciation for movement and a passion for pelvic health. She has a somatic approach as a therapist and aims to empower people to feel more connected with their bodies.
Jillian Giananni, DPT
Westlake Village and West Los Angeles, CA
Jillian was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Performance and found her love for physical therapy through spending countless hours working with the USC football team. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge, along with becoming both yoga and pilates certified. She aspires to be a conduit to people’s healing and to bring a trauma-informed approach to health care. In her free time she loves to draw, dance, and spend time with family.
Molly Bachman, DPT
San Francisco, CA
Molly Bachmann is originally from Ohio. She attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Ballet Performance and Global Health. After studying public health in India, China and South Africa, she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. Molly graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Molly has also spent many summers teaching English, dance, and art at the American School in Switzerland. Molly is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the Academy of Pelvic Health. Molly enjoys international travel, skiing, and has run 3 marathons. She is excited to join PHRC!
Tiffany Yuen, DPT
Los Gatos, CA
Tiffany was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Sciences from University of California, Irvine and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University’s joint program. While in graduate school, she developed a passion for pelvic health and wants to increase public awareness for pelvic therapy and make treatment accessible to everyone. Tiffany aspires to educate and empower others to take control in their recovery and healing and strives to serve as an empathetic and receptive confidant for this patient population. Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys live music, dog walking, swimming, and visiting the beach. She hopes to adopt a dog of her own from the rescue shelter in the near future. When not in clinic, she values spending quality time with her family and friends and exploring new places she’s never been in her free time.

Administrative Team

Lisa Topete
Director of Administration
Northern California, Berkeley, CA
Lisa is a Bay Area native with 29 years experience in medical office management and billing /collection management. She enjoys cooking, reading, watching Hallmark movies and spending time with her family. You can always find her with a dark roast coffee in her hand.
Kristin Leli
Director of Administration
Southern California, West Los Angeles, CA
Kristin graduated from the University of Southern California and majored in Communication. Kristin originally is from the bay area and loves living in California. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping, being addicted to reality television, and taking walks with her fur babies Piccolo and Valentino.
Brittany Abejelo
Director of Human Resources
Los Gatos, CA
Brittany graduated from San Jose State University in May of 2015. While at San Jose State she majored in Nutrition. Brittany enjoys hiking, traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family, especially her Shih-Tzu / Maltese pup, Finn.
Erika Toronto
Lexington, MA
Born and raised in the Boston area, Erika graduated from North Shore Community College with an advanced certificate in Aesthetics. She enjoys trying out new recipes, spending time with friends and family (especially at the beach), live music, and snuggling with her Maine Coon cat, Dillon.
Emily S
Westlake Village, CA
Emily is Ventura, CA local. After receiving her BA in Psychology from CSU Monterey Bay, she is now studying at Capella University to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. She dedicates her free time working as an advocate in the mental health field. For fun, she enjoys hiking, roller skating, exploring California, and cleaning up her local community.
Kelsey Peterson
San Francisco, CA
Kelsey was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communication and American Sign Language. In her free time she enjoys doing art, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Karleigh Bryant
Encinitas. CA
Karleigh was born in Danville, Illinois and recently relocated to Oceanside, CA after living in Virginia. Karleigh is enrolled in a Bachelors Program at Indiana University studying Business Administration, her future goal is to get my Masters in Business with a focus on finance or accounting. In her free time, Karleigh enjoys cooking, spending time with friends at the beach, and going hiking with her husband and 2 dogs, Muffin & Bear.