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 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.
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.
Jillian Giannini, DPT
Pasadena, 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 Bachmann, 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!
Reyna Hutchison, DPT
San Francisco Bay Area
Reyna was born and raised in Minnesota, where she attended the University of Minnesota and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Jamestown, where she discovered her passion for pelvic health. She is committed to being a strong advocate, motivator, and source of empowerment for her patients. She has a background in pediatrics and orthopedics and loves working with people of all ages. Reyna is enjoying the warmer weather on the west coast and the never-ending exploration of the Bay area. She spends her free time finding new and fun ways to stay active, cooking with her partner, reading a good book, hiking in the mountains, and spoiling her dog, Savannah.
Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT
Merrimack, NH and Lexington, MA
Melissa received her Bachelors in Human Services from Elon University in NC. After completing yoga teacher training, she found her passion for anatomy and therapeutic movement. Melissa then moved to Boston, MA to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Simmons University where she discovered her enthusiasm for pelvic health. Melissa began her practice in orthopedics and is committed to using information from the entire body to facilitate restoration of pelvic health. Her empathetic approach is geared towards helping patients connect to their body’s needs during healing and beyond through gentle, individualized techniques. Melissa remains diligent in her practice of yoga and enjoys teaching the art of slowing down and self-care through her restorative and prenatal class offerings. Melissa is a member of the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health and is dedicated to serving this patient population through ongoing advocacy and education. Born and raised in Wyoming, Melissa has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She recharges her batteries by inviting play into her practices through music, art, and somatic movement.
Emily Eckmann, PT, DPT
Los Angeles
Emily was born and raised in Seattle, WA and has been enjoying the abundance of sunshine she's been missing the first part of her life. She earned her bachelor's degree in Human Physiology from Gonzaga University where she also played varsity soccer for four years. She took a detour to the East Coast after college to spend a year at the University of Virginia to earn her Master's in Commerce and travel the world to learn about global business practice. After working in corporate wellness for 2 years, she decided to return to school where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has a passion for working with patients with pelvic pain and taking a trauma-informed approach to treatment. She has a background in working in outpatient orthopedics where she utilized movement retraining and whole body techniques to change how people move to decrease their pain. When Emily is not working she is planning a ski trip, reading too many books, exploring National Parks or spending time with family and friends. She's thinking about taking up pottery as a new hobby.
Jillian Ramos, PT, DPT, MFDc
Berkeley
Jillian immigrated with her family from the Philippines when she was 7 years old and spent her childhood and teen years in the Bay Area and Central Valley, respectively. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of San Francisco, followed by her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the UCSF/SFSU joint program. Jillian started her career in orthopedics, working with folks from all walks of life; her interest in pelvic floor physical therapy stemmed from observing the influence of pelvic health in her patients’ musculoskeletal conditions and overall quality of life. In her practice, she strives to meet each person where they are at, create a safe therapeutic environment, and collaborate with her patients to meet their individual goals. During her free time, Jillian loves a good workout, as well as jamming to her favorite songs (while pretending she can hit all the high notes), journaling, and spending time with her loved ones.
Lauren Opatrny, PT, DPT
Berkeley, San Francisco
Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Science from Georgetown University, where she was also a Division I swimmer. Her love for physical therapy began when she was a patient herself receiving physical therapy for sports-related injuries. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco/San Francisco State University’s joint program. She began her career in orthopedics where her treatment approach emphasized movement analysis, neuromuscular re-education, and patient education. Her interest in pelvic floor physical therapy began in graduate school and grew stronger as she continuously was reminded of the impact that pelvic health has on her patient’s pain, general musculoskeletal health, and overall function. Lauren wishes to meet the individual needs of all her patients and uses an integrated approach to aid in each person’s unique recovery process. She feels privileged to be a part of her patients’ journeys to improved health and quality of life. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cycling, tennis, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
Amanda Stuart, PT, DPT
Los Angeles, California
Amanda grew up in Boston and moved to the sunny state of California in 2019. She received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University and her Doctorate degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Amanda initially started out treating pediatrics before discovering her passion for pelvic health. Currently, she treats both the pediatric and adult population pertaining to pelvic floor dysfunction. In her free time, Amanda enjoys traveling and engaging in all kinds of outdoor physical activity including surfing, rock climbing and hiking.
Alexa Savitz, PT, DPT
Pasadena
Alexa received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Temple University in Philadelphia. She went on to dance professionally while traveling the high seas on cruise ships and nationally on tour. Following her dancing days, she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She was introduced to pelvic health prior to graduate school as a rehab aide and ever since then she has been passionate about increasing awareness of the field. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Academy of Pelvic Health. She aspires to provide education and a collaborative space to improve quality of life and well being. In her free time, Alexa enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with her family and dog, dancing, and finding the best pizza in LA.
Summer Moss, DPT
Berkeley
Summer received her doctorate in physical therapy from Samuel Merritt University in California. She is a physical therapist by trade and goofball by heart. She has experience working with clients across age ranges and settings including both school and medical based physical therapy for those with neurological, orthopedic, developmental, and musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, she has experience with both indoor and outdoor adaptive exercise courses for adults with disabilities.

Outside of physical therapy, Summer has an extensive background in mental health advocacy work at both a local and national level. She prides herself on strong communication skills and empathetic connection with clients. Always curious, she seeks to understand before being understood and always welcomes questions.

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.
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.
Sabrina Dickerson
Los Angeles
Sabrina is a Washington Metropolitan area native and has a strong passion for helping people. She spends her free time writing and creating music. She also enjoys spending time with her partner, tiny pup Kizzy, friends and family (especially at the beach, hiking and picnics in the park).
Emily Schwerdtfeger
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.
Camdyn Heikkinen-Ali
Merrimack, NH
Camdyn grew up just outside of Augusta, Maine but has made NH her home in recent years. She graduated from NHTI in 2018 with a degree in Business Administration and recently went back to school to earn a degree in Graphic Design. In her down time, Camdyn enjoys reading thriller novels, researching true crime cases, watching scary movies with her husband, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Jamie Landrum
Pasadena, CA
Jamie is originally from San Jose, CA, and moved to the LA area after graduating from the University of Utah with a musical theater degree to continue her career as a professional actor, singer, and voiceover artist. She is so thrilled to be working with PHRC and knows firsthand the excellent level of care that is provided, as she started as a patient to help with her endometriosis. Jamie enjoys spending time with her partner and friends, going to Disneyland, and watching trashy TV.
Angela Cornelison
Lexington, MA
Angela was born in Dayton Ohio and moved to Massachusetts in 2008. She enjoys spending time with her 2 sisters. In her free time, she likes to play tennis and go to the gym.