Dr. Parker is the Medical Director of both San Diego Sports Medicine’s Executive Health and Corporate Wellness, and the San Diego Regional Firefighter’s Wellness Program. He is also the director of our Sports Medicine Fellowship Training Program and is past president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 1987. Dr. Parker is board-certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine. He was a swimmer at Springfield College and has served as a team physician for San Diego State University Athletics since 1985.
Dr. Anthony went to medical school at the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his family practice residency at Phoenix General Hospital. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 1987, and joined the practice immediately after. Dr. Anthony is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He is a team physician for the US Olympic Training Center, SDSU club sports, San Diego Christian College, Cuyamaca College, and Santa Fe Christian High School. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine and adjunct professor at SDSU. He has served on many boards, including the Governor’s Board for Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and the San Diego Academy of Family Practice. He has been the team physician for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and the Million Dollar Ride since 2007. Dr. Anthony was voted among America’s Best Family Medicine Doctors by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and as one of San Diego Top Doctors for multiple years.
Dr. Ralph joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 1997 after serving as a family physician at UCSD’s Family Practice and Preventive Medicine Department. He graduated from Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine before completing his residency and fellowship training at UCSD. Dr. Ralph is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine and is board-certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine. He was a former president of the San Diego Academy of Family Physicians and is on the board of directors of the California Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Ralph has been voted among San Diego’s “Top Doctors” in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine by his peers through the San Diego County Medical Society.
Dr. Ralph was just inducted as the president of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), a coveted and honorable position for family practitioners in the state of California. CAFP has a membership of over 10,000 physicians in California, and is the largest chapter of the AAFP, the national organization. The CAFP is dedicated to improving the quality of Family practice by educating physicians as well as to working with the government to optimize legislation.
Dr. Richburg joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center following the completion of our Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in 1998. After graduating from Loma Linda University Medical School he completed his residency at Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. He is the Medical Director and Head Team Physician at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. He is also the Director of Athletic Medicine for the San Diego State University Aztecs. His other clinical interests include Cycling Medicine and mixed martial arts. He is the Clinical Director of the SDSM Peak Performance Program, Skin Wellness Program, and the Sorrento Valley office.
Katie joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 1982 after she received her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University. She graduated from Stanford University’s Primary Care Program in 1996 as a Physician’s Assistant. She served as Co-Director and Clinical Instructor of the Stanford University Primary Care satellite program in San Diego for 13 years and is now the Medical Coordinator for the San Diego Firefighter’s Regional Wellness Program. Katie provides full-spectrum family healthcare.
Dr. Evans joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 2008 after completing his fellowship in Sports Medicine at UCLA. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and earned his medical degree from George Washington University. He is currently a team physician for San Diego State University as well as Francis Parker High School. Dr. Evans was previously a team physician for UCLA athletics. He is fluent in Spanish and is board-certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Look joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 2001 after completing our Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship program and a Family Practice residency at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and is board-certified in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Look serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association San Diego Chapter and was the National Medical Director for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk for several years. She was a team physician for the United States 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a staff physician for the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and a team physician for the USA Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens Team. Dr. Look has been honored by San Diego Magazine and the San Diego County Medical Society as one of San Diego’s “Top Doctors” in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Dr. Rohrer completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship training at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 2009 and joined the practice as an associate provider. Prior to that, he completed his undergraduate degree in Accounting at Bob Jones University (1996), his medical school training at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005), and his Family Medicine Residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center (2008). He is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, and specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). He also incorporates various alternative healing modalities when addressing musculoskeletal disorders, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and prolotherapy. He is a team physician for SDSU Aztec Athletics and La Jolla Country Day School. He has provided medical coverage for the Ironman World Championship, NCAA basketball playoffs, the US Olympic Training Center, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Thunderboat Regatta, the Holiday Bowl, the Poinsettia Bowl, and numerous other events.
Dr. Rodriguez completed her Sports Medicine Fellowship training and currently practices at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center. She graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her Family Medicine residency in Phoenix, Arizona. She is board-certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine and specializes in Dance Medicine.
Dr. Rodriguez also serves on the CA ACOFP Board, AOASM Board of Directors, and is on many National ACOFP Committees. She is the company physician for the San Diego Ballet, The Academy of Performing Arts of San Diego, and The San Diego Symphony. She participates in team coverage for the California Ballet, San Diego State University Athletics, San Diego Surge Women’s Football, San Diego Derby Dolls, and the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
Dr. Rodriguez started her own non-profit organization called the LatinaStrong Foundation to help Latina women shape their culture through healthy diet and exercise to prevent disease.
Dr. Rodriguez is honored to currently serve a 3-year term on the US President’s Council Science Board for Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. She is a 2016 Aspen Institute Scholar for Spotlight Health and has been awarded Top Doctor of San Diego for 2014-2016 in the San Diego Magazine. Dr. Rodriguez has served as the Medical Director for the High Performance Center for Team USA (11 sports) at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Dr. Myers finished her Sports Medicine Fellowship with San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in July 2014, and then joined our practice as a full time provider on August 1, 2014. Previously, she completed her Family Practice residency in Downey, California, and a fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Western University, where she learned to incorporate osteopathy into the care of all of her patients. Dr. Myers completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Spanish at Cornell College and is bilingual. Originally from Wrightwood, California, Dr. Myers enjoys skiing, hiking, tennis, soccer, and surfing.
Dr. Dengerink joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 2012 after completing the fellowship training here at SDSM. He completed his undergraduate degree at Azusa Pacific University and earned his medical degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his medical training at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Having worked in the urgent care setting, Dr. Dengerink brings six years of acute care experience to the practice, most recently for Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is currently a team physician for San Diego State University Athletics and the US Olympic Training Center. Dr. Dengerink specializes in sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound and injections, as well as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections.
Dr. Cheffet joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in June 2013. After completing her undergraduate studies at UC Davis, she attended medical school at Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Pursuing her love of both Pediatric and Adult Medicine, she completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University in 2006. She obtained board certification in both specialties. Her career has spanned a variety of interests, which started with her serving for four years as a medical director of a San Diego County community health center system. Her clinical experience has included treating critically ill hospitalized patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital, as well as caring for newborn babies at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns. Bringing her pediatric and internal medicine training to our team, she enhances our philosophy of quality care for the entire family. In 2016, Dr. Cheffet was nominated for the San Diego County Medical Society Top Doctors for Pediatrics.
In September of 2010, I suffered a cardiac arrest while playing tennis. This has changed my approach toward preventative care in general and especially prevention of cardiac disease. The knowledge that I gained from my personal experience is passed along to my patients in the daily treatment and discussions about risk factors for cardiac disease. As a sports medicine physician, I have always encouraged my patients to be active. I believe that we have the best approach to keeping you active and getting you back to activity as quickly as possible when you are injured. That is why we have added such complementary services such as acupuncture and massage therapy to our practice. It is our goal to provide the highest level of care for all of your medical needs. When you do need further care we are here to guide the way and get you to the right specialist.
I went to medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following graduation in 1984 I did an internship in Pinellas Park, Florida. After serving 4 years as an Army physician, I moved to San Diego and completed a sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center. I am board certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine.
I have provided Primary Care in Pacific Beach since 1989. I am currently the Medical Director for SeaWorld San Diego. I am also the team physician for the University of San Diego and Mission Bay High School. I serve as the tournament physician for the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells and the La Costa Women's Professional tennis tournament. I am also on the faculty of several medical schools and provide training for medical students at our medical center. I have been the team physician for the San Diego Gulls, the Buick Open golf tournament and various other sporting events such as the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. I was also on staff at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital in the Sports Medicine Clinic.
My wife Sandy and I enjoy playing many sports, especially tennis. I love spending free time with our dogs, family, and friends. I am also very active in our church community.
Dr. James Toldi received his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012, and served his surgery residency in Arizona, New York, and Florida, before working as an Urgent Care Physician in New Mexico.
Dr. Toldi served as the Team Physician for D1 New Mexico Los Lobos Athletic Teams for over a year before transitioning to San Diego to join San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 2017.
SDSM focuses on individualized patient education and management, and Dr. Toldi is a welcome addition to the group. He is currently accepting new patients.
Cathy A. Boppert is happy to have joined the staff at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center as a Registered Physical Therapist. Cathy’s accomplishments include: a BS of Physical Therapy, an MS of Athletic Training, a BS of Physical Education, being a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) Functional Manual Reaction (FMR), and being a former Certified Athletic Trainer.
Cathy grew up in Orange, CT and was athletically involved from a very young age in gymnastics, dance, field hockey, and track. While working on her first Bachelor degree, she was also on the Varsity Cross Country Track team. She continued as a Women’s Cross Country and Track Field Assistant Coach while working on her Masters Degree in Athletic Training. Subsequently, Cathy began a career as an Athletic Trainer for Yale University in New Haven, CT. It was there that she became interested in physical therapy, which resulted in her going back to college to get her second BS in Physical Therapy while working as an Athletic Trainer at the University of New Haven.
Cathy then followed her dreams of living and working in paradise by moving to San Diego. Cathy’s 30 years of professional experience include working in outpatient orthopedic settings with specialized developed skills in treating multisport endurance athletes and post-surgical patients, and working with Saint Augustine in addition to Mission Bay High School caring for their football teams as an athletic trainer. Cathy also has experience teaching aquatic therapy, Pilates, and balance and fall prevention classes, as well as developing and presenting workshops and seminars and educating DPT candidates as a Clinical Instructor. Cathy recently became certified in 3DMAPS (3 Dimensional Movement Analysis Performance Systems) used to effectively assess mobility and stability in patients and clients.
Early in her physical therapy career, Cathy was introduced to Gary Gray, PT, who is the forefather of the system of Applied Functional Science which she found to be consistent with her goals of combining manual techniques, movement re-education, and prescribed exercises in order to have patients return to an active, healthy, and enjoyable lifestyle.
Besides teaching balance and fall prevention to seniors at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, during her free time, Cathy takes full advantage of what she calls “God’s little corner of heaven on earth” that is San Diego. Cathy can be found running, cycling, weight training, and hiking in any given week. She looks forward to sharing her passion and knowledge with the local beach community.
My motto is “I treat patients the way I would want somebody to take care of a beloved family member. My personal style includes getting to know my patients a bit over time, helping them through the illnesses that may come their way, or seeing them for their annual exam year after year. Being a patient advocate is also an aspect of caring for patients that I enjoy. Often patients or their families need help navigating through the maze of healthcare and I like to be able to lend that helping hand as well. I enjoy seeing women of all ages for their female health needs, including annual exams, STD testing and treatment, contraception, and health maintenance. Menopausal women have unique needs and I enjoy working with them, prescribing bio-identical hormones if indicated, to maximize their quality of life. I love my profession and I am happy to be part of the team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center.
Tess grew up in Philadelphia, PA and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University in 1988. For twelve years she worked as an ER and ICU RN at various teaching hospitals across the US. In 1999 she earned her Master of Science degree from the University of San Diego. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, licensed by the State of California, and has full prescribing certifications. Tess has worked in Family Practice and Urgent Care throughout her NP career, served as Clinical Faculty at USD, and is currently Adjunct Clinical Professor at San Diego State School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services. She has eighteen years of experience as an NP, eleven in Urgent Care settings.
When not at work, Tess enjoys spending time with her family, ocean activities, cycling, traveling, and gardening.
Chad is the Director of Physical Therapy for San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center. He received his masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 1991 and has been practicing Physical Therapy for 24 years, specializing in Manual Therapy and Functional Exercise. Chad’s other specialties include foot biomechanics and custom orthotics, as well as writing and administering specific rehabilitation protocols for post-op hip and shoulder surgeries. He is currently a guest lecturer at San Diego State University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Chad and his wife Elizabeth have traveled throughout the world and now reside in Kensington with their two boys.
Doreen Hall has over 27 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1989 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and moved to San Diego where she started her career. Doreen has a diverse background in physical therapy with emphasis in manual therapy. Her clinical experience includes sports and orthopedic rehab, prenatal and postpartum rehab, work with seniors and osteoporosis, and much more. She has been teaching pilates for 17 years, and has found that it is an invaluable tool for integrating awareness and facilitating the body’s innate ability to heal through movement.
Doreen especially enjoys helping patients with back pain through an exercise system she has been developing over the past several years in her Pilates practice. Doreen owned and operated Pilates People with her husband Dave Hall for 15 years. She completed the Polestar Pilates training in 1998 with Brent Anderson and Elizabeth Larkam and continues to explore the use of the Pilates principles in all her treatments. She enjoys the diversity of working with clients of all ages to improve their quality of life.
Joseph received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving his degree, he went on to complete a post professional residency to specialize in sports physical therapy at the University of Delaware. During this time, he worked with a variety of athletes at the Division 1 level as well as many recreational athletes. Joseph is an APTA-certified clinical instructor and has instructed physical therapy students both in the classroom and clinic settings. Prior to receiving his DPT, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Science.
Joseph provides physical therapy services to sports and orthopedic patients with a strong focus on the latest evidence-based practice and manual therapy techniques. While specializing in sports physical therapy, Joseph received extensive training in the specialized field of concussion management and rehabilitation, which continues to be a primary focus of his practice.
Liz Stelter received her master’s in Physical Therapy in 1992 from the University of Massachusetts. Living and working in San Diego since then, her specialties include manual orthopedic skills learned through continuing education as well as aquatic therapy, TMJ, and women’s health issues. She enjoys biking, swimming, running, visiting Hawaii, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Bill has worked with the physicians of San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center for many years and is now part of our team as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer. He has worked in the field of Sports Medicine since 1980, starting with the San Diego Padres’ Minor League and working with various teams such as the 1984 Gold Medal Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team, San Diego Sockers, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Spirit, and the Oracle-BMW Team for the America’s Cup Challenge in New Zealand. Bill has also worked with athletes from the high-school level through the elite competitive level designing rehab, training, and nutrition programs.
Denise graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, in 1998 with bachelor degrees in Psychology as well as Human Movement and Sport Science. She received her Athletic Training Certification in 1999 and went on to get her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2001. She moved to San Diego in the fall of 2001 and has been working in outpatient orthopedics since that time. Denise joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in September of 2009. In her free time she enjoys running, swimming, hiking, biking, and taking her dog to the beach.
Chelsea received her bachelors degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and then went on to pursue her masters degree in Physical Therapy at California State University, Long Beach. She has been active her entire life and especially enjoys running, playing basketball, and beach volleyball. Chelsea has a strong interest in sports injury rehabilitation and especially enjoys working with young athletes. Due to her personal experience with vertigo, she has a particular interest in Vestibular and Concussion Rehab. Chelsea has taken continuing education courses focusing on Vestibular Rehab and treatment of dizziness.
Luisa graduated from Fresno State University with a masters in Physical Therapy in 1995. She has worked in San Diego in many different setting, but found her passion in the outpatient orthopedic clinic, utilizing manual treatment, exercise and postural awareness to improve the function and wellbeing of her patients. Luisa began pilates for her own enjoyment and self-rehab after a back injury. Realizing the value, she became a Stott-certified pilates instructor in 2007 and utilizes pilates as the exercise modality with all her clients. In addition to treating physical therapy patients, Luisa teaches a therapeutic Pilates class at SDSM twice a week and has a clientele of private pilates students as well.
Malina received her B.S. in Kinesiology at San Diego State University and her Masters in Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge, in 2009. Since then she’s been a practicing outpatient orthopedic Physical Therapist in San Diego. Malina grew up in Hawaii, where she learned the benefits of physical activity through various sports, including tennis, swimming, running, biking, and canoe paddling. With her healing nature and desire to incorporate exercise as a form of medicine, she was drawn toward the field of physical therapy.
Malina specializes in a whole-body approach to physical therapy by incorporating functional movement techniques and pilates principles with manual techniques such as myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and muscle energy. Malina has a passion for pilates and has been teaching pilates since 2009. She has been trained in SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) and incorporates this into her physical therapy treatments. When not working, she loves to enjoy life by being outside with nature and her family.
David is certified in the Polestar approach of Pilates training for rehabilitation, and is PMA-certified (“Pilates Method Alliance”). David also received classical Pilates training through Core Conditioning in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters in Exercise Physiology and spent five years teaching Human Anatomy and Dissection at SDSU and Miramar College, and continues to be a provider of continuing education coursework for students. His research study, "The Effects of Pilates Based Training on Gait and Balance in an Elderly Population" was published in the International Institute of Sport and Human Performance, and was presented at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) national conference (Seattle, 1999).
David worked in SDSU's Adult Fitness Program conducting maximal exercise testing and developing exercise prescriptions for adults of all fitness levels. His 14+ years and 15,000+ hours of training and experience has provided him with a diverse range of clientele. These collective experiences allow him to bring a strong working knowledge of biomechanics and the musculature of the human body to every exercise session. David actively promotes a safe and effective exercise experience in his studio. He is an avid surfer, enjoys playing acoustic guitar and spending time with his family!
Kate Machado is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who has been helping others make positive changes toward improved nutrition for health and sport performance for over eight years. She has been a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for over six years, since receiving her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from Cal State Long Beach. That is also where she completed her training to be a dietitian. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Nutritional Sciences. Some of her previous professional experience includes working as a Sport Dietitian at the Olympic Training Center, leading weight loss groups at the Cancer Center, and providing nutritional counseling and cooking classes at multiple eating disorder treatment centers. When not working or studying for her PhD, Kate can be found teaching her daughter the joys of cooking, or trail-running with her dogs.