Physical Therapy Team

Cassandra Sanders- Holly

Cassandra Sanders-Holly PT, DPT, PCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Founder/Director

Cassandra Sanders-Holly is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Board Certified specialty in pediatric physical therapy and is the owner and director of Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy. She has practiced physical therapy with pediatric clients for the past 10 years and specializes in early intervention and working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in their home, school, and clinic setting.

She is a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is dedicated to lifelong learning through extensive continuing education. In addition to practicing physical therapy, Cassandra is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California. She teaches pediatrics throughout the curriculum including patient management techniques and motor performance across the lifespan. She has also published an editorial-type feature in Pediatric Physical Therapy, the official journal of the American Physical Therapy Association Pediatric Section and is trained in Hippotherapy treatment techniques. She is currently conducting research on Hippotherapy treatment techniques in conjunction with faculty at the University of Southern California.

Cassandra opened Leaps & Bounds in June 2010 in a small office here in Norco, with a goal of seeing just a few patients while focusing on teaching at USC. It quickly became apparent that there was a need in this community with rapid growth. Since then, she has also had two children, Ella and Hudson, and has greatly enjoyed watching the Leaps & Bounds family grow.

lauren-zielinski

Lauren (Nefos) Zielinski PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Lauren Zielinski (Nefos) graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from University of Southern California in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology form California State Fullerton in 2009. She started her journey at Leaps and Bounds in January of 2014 as a third year physical therapy student. After she graduated she returned as a physical therapist in July 2014. Lauren also has experience working in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy treating all ages, sports injuries and is a certified Physical Work Performance Evaluator.Outside of work, Lauren she loves going to Angels Baseball games, BBQing with her husband and hanging out with friends and family.

Gabby Chipot

Gabby Chipot, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Gabby Chipot, PT, DPT received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Boston University in 2010. She returned to southern California, where she was born and raised, to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in 2013. She was Leaps and Bounds’ first student in 2013 and is thrilled to have returned to the Leaps team in May 2015. Gabby has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and school-based pediatrics. She is passionate about pediatric physical therapy and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with special needs and their families.

In her free time, Gabby enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends and family, and being outside as much as possible. She loves staying active by training for triathlons.

Megan Kinter

Megan Kinter PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Megan Kinter PT, DPT received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2009. She then went on to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2013 and has been working in pediatrics ever since. Megan has experience treating children within the clinic, school and home environments. Megan began working for Leaps & Bounds on Saturdays providing Hippotherapy in 2014 and is thrilled to join the team full time as of December 2016. Megan has a passion for helping children reach their functional potential through play based and family centered care.

In her free time Megan enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Yara Leanos

Yara Leanos PTA, ATC

Physical Therapist Assistant
Yara Leanos PTA, ATC is a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Certified Athletic Trainer. Yara earned her B.S. in Kinesiology at Cal St. Univ. Fullerton in 2004 and she completed the PTA program at Cerritos College in 2007, graduating with academic honors. Yara has extensive experience in pediatrics, specifically neurodevelopmental, orthopedics, aquatic, and serial casting techniques. She has worked for Children’s Hospital Orange County since 2007 and joined the Leaps & Bounds team in August 2011. She has been a regular guest lecturer in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Cerritos College, sharing her knowledge in serial casting techniques and enjoys serving as a clinical instructor for PTA students. She is fluent in Spanish speaking, reading, and writing.

Nicko Jimenez

Nicko Jimenez B.S.

Physical Therapy Aide
Nicko Jimenez graduated from Mt. San Antonio College with an Associate of Science Degree in Kinesiology. He earned himself an athletic scholarship to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Clinical Health. While at Cal Poly Pomona he volunteered at Leaps & Bounds for over 6 months before becoming a Physical Therapy Aide. He plans to pursue a career in this field with a goal to become a Physical Therapist. Nicko loves working with children and helping them progress. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and his favorite team is Arsenal FC.

Madison Jimenez

Physical Therapy Aide

Madison joined Team Leaps in late 2017 and was previously a volunteer with us! She grew up around horses and says she now has the coolest job being able to be around them and see how they help heal kiddos. Her favorite horse on the ranch is Rusty. She shared that she has an older brother with down-syndrome that has inspired her to pursue a career where she can help others with special needs. Madison and her brother love to listen to Disney music in the car! She also shared that she has two Boston Terriers that love to cuddle and get in the trash. On her days off she loves going to Disneyland with her niece and riding the Ariel ride. She says that Leaps has taught her that working together is the best way to work and that it is possible to have a job that you love and want to come back to.

Bryan Giron

Physical Therapy Aide

Bryan Giron graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology Allied Health Professions in June 2018. He began volunteering at Leaps & Bounds in May as he completed his final quarter as an undergraduate student. Upon volunteering and being surrounded by such a passionate Leaps team, his desire and goal to become a Physical Therapist was solidified. On his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, lifting weights, playing basketball, growing his hat/shoe collection and watching sports. His favorite teams include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers, Kings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.