Clinical Team

Stephanie Prendergast, MPT
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
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.
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.
Jennifer Guan, DPT
Los Gatos, CA
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California, where she double majored in Neuroscience and Psychology. She then attended Columbia University where she received both a Masters in Exercise Physiology and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. During her time at Columbia, Jennifer developed a passion for pelvic health and was involved in research evaluating interventions for pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain. She also enjoys teaching and delivered lectures in pelvic anatomy and pelvic floor dysfunction. A Bay Area native, Jennifer is excited to be back in sunny California. Jennifer strives to view each patient as an individual and not as a diagnosis, in order to guide them towards their goals and pain-free daily living. In her free time, you will find her at CrossFit, cooking, hiking with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.
Anna Lukasik, PT, MSPT
Walnut Creek and Berkeley, CA
Anna was born and raised in Poland. She graduated from the University of Physical Education in Warsaw, where she received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. When she moved to California she completed residency program at Kaiser Permanente. When she became a mom herself she became very passionate about pelvic health and started advocating for pelvic floor physical therapy in the local community. In her work she utilizes real-time rehabilitative ultrasound imaging for functional assessment and better therapy outcome while treating pelvic pain and postpartum women. She became a certified Level 1 Low Pressure Fitness therapist - utilizing the hypopressive method for pelvic floor dysfunctions, improved diaphragmatic breathing and myofascial mobility. While not working she spends time with her family and friends enjoying the beautiful beaches and hikes in local parks.
Jillian Giannini, DPT
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 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!
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.
Melissa Patrick, PT, DPT
Merrimack, NH
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.
Lorena Rios,DPT
Los Angeles
Lorena Rios received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hunter, City University of New York. She is also a licensed massage therapist and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She has many years interest in a holistic approach to healing which included study in Yoga, Shiatsu, Art Therapy, and Reiki. Her interests in physical therapy are in spinal and pelvic health, chronic pain and orthopedic conditions. Lorena is a mother and also an artist. She enjoys spending time with her family, talking on the phone with her friends from NY and NJ, exercising, hiking, going to the beach, painting, and drawing.
Jennifer Keesee, DPT
Westlake Village
Jen earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton and her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California. An avid traveler, Jen spent two years in Japan where she volunteered as a physical therapist with the Red Cross. Along the way, she trained in Bali to become a registered Vinyasa and Yin yoga instructor. Jen brings a wealth of experience as she has worked in orthopedic, neurologic, and pediatric settings before joining PHRC. She enjoys working with people of all ages implementing a holistic approach to restore function and meet their goals. As a Southern California native, she is excited to return to the West Coast and be near friends and family. When not working, Jen enjoys crafting, cooking, reading, and just about anything outdoors.
Jillian Ramos, PT, DPT, MFDc
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.
Erin Hardiman, PT, DPT
Los Angeles
Erin is a native Southern Californian and an equestrian show jumper since the age of 7 years old. She received her bachelor degree in Sociology from SDSU while competing and riding professionally in San Diego. She found herself passionate about functional movement and healing after treating her own back pain with the Pilates method. She went on to complete a comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body and received her DPT from Northwestern University. Erin believes in the body’s miraculous ability to heal and life has taught her that it is not only her truest desire but also a privilege to assist people on their own journey back to wellness. A specialty in pelvic health uniquely aligns with her Pilates foundation of looking at the body as a whole and dialing in on the specifics of body mechanics, movement dysfunction, and treating pain. Outside of work Erin loves running, traveling with International Relief Teams throughout Central America, and riding her horse, Chase.

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.
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.
Krystyl Jenkins
Merrimack, NH
Krystyl is a New Hampshire native with multiple college degrees and a few professional certifications thrown in. In her free time, she enjoys riding horses, reading whatever she can get her hands-on, and being a mom to a very energetic little boy.
Caitlynn McCollum
Lexington, MA
Caitlynn is from the Denver area and recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Journalism and minors in Business and Communications. She enjoys getting to know new people and going on new adventures. Her favorite activities include reading, houseplant shopping, and seeing how many cups of coffee she can have in a day.