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 & 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 patients of all ages.
Outside of work, Lauren she loves spending time with her husband and two kids, she enjoys gardening and sewing.
Lauren has completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 training.
Alexis Boyer PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Alexis Boyer graduated with her BS in Biomedical Sciences from La Sierra University before attending Loma Linda University for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She says she knew she wanted to work with kids because she’s basically a big kid at heart! Her professional experience includes working with pediatric patients, orthopedic patients, as well as neurological patients in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. She began her journey at Leaps & Bounds by volunteering with the hippotherapy program.
Alexis has been a Southern California native her whole life and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. In her spare time, Alexis loves spending time with her husband, riding her horse Kallie, going to Disneyland, hiking, and doing anything outdoors.
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.
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.
Jenifer graduated from California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, May 2018. Jenifer began as a volunteer at Leaps & Bounds in October of 2018 in order to complete observation hours to apply for a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and she is now a part of the Leaps team. It is Jenifer’s ultimate goal to become a Pediatric Physical Therapist.
Jenifer enjoys taking care of horses and has dreamed of working with horses and children during therapy, which has now become a reality. Some of Jenifer’s favorite pastime activities are horseback riding, spending time with friends and family, hiking, and traveling to new places.
More info about Irini coming soon!