Physical Therapy Team

Lauren (Nefos) Zielinski PT, DPT

Clinical Lead
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.

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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 knew she wanted to work with kids because she’s 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. She grew up riding horses, showing in her local 4-H program, and still enjoys riding her horse, Kallie.

In her spare time, Alexis loves spending time with her husband, going to Disneyland, hiking, solving escape rooms, and doing anything outdoors.

Alexis has completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 Training Course.

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Jhymai Steveson PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jhymai Stevenson received her BA in Allied Health from Azusa Pacific University, then continued her education at APU to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jhymai has been working with kids in various capacities since she was in middle school and always knew her career would involve children. She is passionate about working with pediatrics because she can help kids flourish and serve their families. She also enjoys working with kids simply because she gets to let her energetic, silly, and creative side out. Her professional experience includes working with pediatric and adult patients with diverse neurological, genetic, and orthopedic

In her spare time, Jhymai enjoys spending time with her husband, doing yoga, and watching movies.

Yara Leanos PTA, ATC

Physical Therapist Assistant
Certified Athletic Trainer

Yara is a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Certified Athletic Trainer. Yara earned her B.S. in Kinesiology at California State University, 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 in various High School athletic training rooms and has played clarinet for 9 years, leading to participation in the Trojan Marching Band. Yara has worked for Children’s Hospital Orange County for 9 years. She joined the Leaps & Bounds team
as one of the first therapists 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 Massage Therapy Approach.

In her spare time enjoys spending time with her family which includes her 2 kids and her husband.

Niko Jimenez PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

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

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

Kylee Kuhlman PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Kylee graduated from American Career College with an Associate of Science Degree for Physical Therapy Assistant and has also completed her Level 1 training through the American Hippotherapy Association. Prior to working at Leaps & Bounds, Kylee worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, however, she had always wanted to work with kids at Leaps. She started as a volunteer before becoming a horse handler, and later was hired in the clinic as a PTA. Having a background in childcare and horsemanship, she was excited to combine both passions in her career and eager to learn more about hippotherapy.

In her spare time, she loves working with her horses and spending time with friends and family.

Errol Romulo PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Errol graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. 5-6 years after graduating and working in this industry, Errol felt like it was time for a change and found a new passion in Physical Therapy. While waiting for acceptance from Physical Therapy schools, Errol worked as a Behavior Technician, providing behavioral therapy to children with Autism. Errol earned his Associate of Science degree for Physical Therapy Assistant from Stanbridge University and is eager to learn more and improve as a therapist.

In his spare time, I love to dance, hike, rock climb, and free dive.