About Us

Dr. Todd Sparks | PT, DPT, OCS CSCS, Cert VRS
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Todd Sparks received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2002, his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from American International College in 2004 and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2012. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (only 3% of Physical Therapists in the country have achieved this specialty), a nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has attained advanced work as an orthopedic manual therapist through the world renowned Ola Grimsby Institute. Todd is also a Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist and has mastery training to treat those with dizziness, imbalance, past concussion pathology and other vestibular pathologies. Todd has been practicing physical therapy in San Diego County for nearly two decades and has helped people of all ages and activity levels decrease pain, improve mobility and return to a pain free, active lifestyle. Todd’s motto is “living in pain is not an option.”

Dr. Prachi Karande | PT, DPT
Director of Rehabilitation - Imperial Beach

Dr. Karande is a San Diego native who joined the PPPT team in May 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 2013 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and Health Sciences in 2020. Her childhood spent playing tennis, dancing, and enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle combined with her compassionate and healing nature made a healthcare career in physical therapy a natural choice for her. During her clinical rotations, she worked with a wide array of diagnoses in orthopedics, neurological conditions, geriatrics, and pediatrics. She uses the latest evidence-based research along with techniques such as manual therapy, IASTM, functional exercise, and yoga to encourage healthy movement and help patient’s reach their individualized physical therapy goals. She plans to pursue advanced training in pelvic floor therapy, strength and conditioning, and sports rehabilitation. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, yoga, hiking, going to the beach, traveling and spending time with her family and her dog, Ollie.

Dr. Giovanni “Gio” Villanueva | PT, DPT

Dr. Giovanni “Gio” Villanueva is a native San Diegan who spent many vacations traveling to Puerto Rico to visit Family. He received his Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University in 2014, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2019. During clinical internships, Gio worked in various settings and had the opportunity to work alongside the LA Dodgers staff during the 2019 spring training. He is an empathetic therapist who utilizes manual therapy along with therapeutic exercise to enhance physical function. Gio is a fluent Spanish speaker who enjoys baseball, traveling, hiking and trying new restaurants with friends and family.

Dr. Andrew Novencido | PT, DPT, CSCS
Director of Rehabilitation - National City

Dr. Andrew Novencido was born and raised in sunny San Diego and joined the PPPT team in January 2021. He began his track to enter the medical field when he received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 2012 and continued his education by earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in 2018. Andrew utilizes a combination of manual treatment including soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques and individualized exercise prescriptions to treat his patients of various conditions including orthopedic injuries, post-surgical treatment, and neurological disorders. Andrew has a love for team sports and passion for maximizing athletic performance as he is also a nationally certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is back in his hometown and is fully committed to helping his community to move and groove and live life to its fullest!

Dr. Rachel Herman | PT, DPT
Director of Rehabilitation - Chula Vista

Dr. Rachel Herman, originally from Columbus, Ohio, received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. From there, she moved to North Carolina where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from High Point University in April 2021. During her time at High Point, she had clinical rotations in a variety of settings locally in North Carolina, Charleston, SC, and right here in San Diego. Traveling has always been a passion shared by Rachel and her family, and she is always looking to meet new people and try new things. Her clinical rotations exposed her to diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions in orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics, sports, and pediatrics. She believes in maximizing performance, and utilizes individualized exercise programs in combination with soft tissue massage and joint mobilizations to help her patients accomplish their goals and reach their truest potential. She plans on pursuing advanced certifications in orthopedic conditions, balance retraining, manual therapy, and strength and conditioning. She excited to see all that San Diego and the West Coast have to offer!

Dr. Kyle Dorsey | PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Kyle Dorsey joined the Performance Plus family in July of 2021. Dr. Kyle received his Bachelors of Science in Allied Health Sciences from UConn in 2011 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from American International College in 2019. Dr. Kyle’s love of sports, rehabilitation and helping people overcome their injuries is what drove him to become a Physical Therapist. He is certified in IASTM and Kinesiotaping and plans on pursuing advanced education in both Sport and Tactile Physical Therapy, as well as concussion testing & treatment and golf rehab. Dr. Kyle loves to utilize a combination of manual therapy, patient education and functional strength and conditioning to help all his clients achieve their goals. In his free time you can find him working out, going for hikes in and around San Diego, playing tennis, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Sarah Suggs | PT, DPT

Dr. Sarah Suggs was born and raised in Houston, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Texas in 2018. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC before joining the Performance Plus PT team in 2022. During her clinical experiences, she worked with a wide range of conditions and patients at the DC VA Medical Center and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here in San Diego. She utilizes manual therapy and functional exercise to help her patients meet their goals and return to their favorite activities. She is looking forward to pursuing advanced training in orthopedic conditions, manual therapy, and pelvic floor rehabilitation. When she is not in the clinic, you can find her hiking, running, and enjoying the beach with her husband and their dog.

Dr. Tia Nguyen | PT, DPT

Dr. Tia Danae Nguyen was born and raised in Houston, TX and relocated to San Diego, CA in 2016 to pursue her academic career. She received her Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University in 2020 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2023. A product of a diverse family background in a city that embraces diversity, she found herself right at home in various work settings across the country during her clinical rotations in Texas, Florida, and California. Outside of her professional developments, Tia enjoys working on skill development on the dance floor and in the ring, as dancing and boxing are just a few of Tia’s preferred hobbies. Staying fully immersed in an active lifestyle allows Tia to connect with patients on the mission to make progress in their everyday movement and their overall well-being; the balance of strong body and positive mind is what Tia strives for and what she wishes to promote in others!

Dr. Andrea Jimenez | PT, DPT

Andrea is a San Diego native, graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish. She stumbled across physical therapy through a friend who was studying kinesiology, she loved the idea of working with people, helping heal and assist others achieve their physical goals. Andrea received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio but is happy to be back in sunny San Diego enjoying the outdoors and surfing waves. Andrea has had experience within outpatient, skilled nursing, and home health settings-ranging from athletic to geriatric populations with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiovascular conditions.

Dr. Kevin Stahl | PT, DPT

Dr. Kevin Stahl is a born-and-raised San Diegan who joined the PPPT team in November 2022. His journey to physical therapy took many turns, from an initial interest in chiropractic during high school to working as a personal trainer in college and even earning a master’s degree in history for studying progressive gymnastics practiced in the 19th-Century United States. Eventually, he realized his true calling was helping people in the present regain their functional independence and completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. He has experience primarily with orthopedic conditions, but is intensely interested in pain science and education, as well as treating patients with neurological and vestibular impairments. Kevin is a staunch advocate of evidence-based practice. He works diligently to ensure all his patients are discharged with a greater sense of self-efficacy and the knowledge of how to continue their personal journey of health and wellness. He lives with his wife and dog in Otay Ranch.

Dr. Brandon Cheng | PT, DPT

Dr. Brandon Cheng was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up nearby in Los Angeles. He moved East for school, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a Degree in Exercise Science and finishing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Boston University in 2021. Brandon utilizes manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, joint tissue mobilization, and cupping while working with you to develop an individualized exercise prescription throughout your care at Performance Plus. He has experience working with patients with orthopedic, post-surgical, sports, concussion, spinal, and neurological disorders to maximize mobility, and quality of life. In his free time Brandon loves playing basketball, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his friends, family, and his cat Lumpia.

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