Physical Therapy Team

Cassandra Sanders-Holly PT, DPT, PCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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.

Cassandra has completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1,  Level 2, Neuro Connections, and Core Connections training.

Lauren (Nefos) Zielinski PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Lauren Zielinski (Nefos) graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from 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.

Lauren has completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 training.

Caitlin Wands PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Caitlin (Cat) Wands PT, DPT received her BA in Neuroscience from University of Southern California and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chapman University. She was born and raised in Southern California. Cat’s professional experience includes working with pediatric patients in outpatient and hippotherapy settings. In addition, she has worked with patients of all ages in the inpatient, outpatient, and school environment and is an American Physical Therapy Association member.  She enjoys combining her love of people and animals in her career. She has been an equestrienne off and on for many years and has worked as an animal care attendant at a local animal shelter. Cat is an EMT-B and is fluent in Spanish.

In her free time Cat enjoys competing in dressage with her Friesian horse, and hanging out with her friends, family and pit bull. Her hobbies include performing aerial silks, singing opera, and playing piano. 

Cat has taken the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 course and is a PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

Alyssa Brands PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Alyssa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University and her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, California, in 2012. Alyssa has focused her career in the realm of pediatrics and has practiced both in California and Oregon. Alyssa has worked with children from birth to age 21 with a wide array of diagnoses in the school, clinic, and home-based settings, including a notable background working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has experience with advanced behavior support and intervention techniques through the Oregon Intervention System (OIS), fulfilling equipment needs in the school setting, and creating specialized programs focused on functional living skills, specializing in IEPs. She emphasizes current evidence-based practice in all of her treatment plans and is committed to providing the highest standard of care for all of her patients, stressing a family-centered model. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys going to the beach, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She loves the outdoors and has run 5 marathons (so far!).

Yara Leanos PTA, ATC

Physical Therapist Assistant
Certified Athletic Trainer

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 worked for Children’s Hospital Orange County for 9 years and joined the Leaps & Bounds team in August 2011. She has been a 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.

Yara has completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 and Level 2 training, and is trained in the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach.

In her spare time enjoys spending time with her family which includes her 2 kids, husband, and their breaded dragon.

Nicko Jimenez PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

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. Nicko has now graduated from Loma Linda University as a Physical Therapy Assistant, and we are so glad to have him part of our team!

Nicko loves working with children and helping them progress. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and his favorite team is Arsenal FC.

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.

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.