Our Physical Therapists
Skye Grayson, PT, DPT
Skye graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Health and Exercise Science in 1998. He later went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2002.
As an owner of NCEPT, Skye is passionate about physical therapy, and he has been practicing in Escondido since 2002. He was originally introduced to the profession when he suffered his own sports related injury in college. Since, Skye has worked with a variety of patients, finding a particular interest in treating those with shoulder injuries and orthopedic conditions. Skye believes that the trust developed between the therapist and the patient plays an intricate role in reaching the road to recovery. He prides himself on achieving the patient’s goals, and if unable to reach these desired goals, he believes in referring out so that the patient receives the necessary help that they may need to succeed. Skye has developed his practice on getting his patients back to the things they are passionate about, and he is committed to using every resource he has to reach his patient’s goals. He recognizes that each patient is real and unique, and he prides his practice on providing these individuals with the best possible solutions.
When Skye is not treating patients, he enjoys staying active. He enjoys playing golf and mountain biking, but spends most of his time coaching and assisting with his children’s sports teams. He loves boating in San Diego Harbor with his loved-ones.
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Kyra Robb, PT, DPT
Kyra graduated from the California State University of Chico in 2012 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She decided to explore her passion for physical therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016.
Kyra’s interest in physical therapy began when she herself was a patient here at NCEPT; she also interned as a physical therapist aide throughout her undergrad studies. Kyra works with all types of patients with varying injuries, but finds particular interest in treating those with lower back pain and lower limb injuries. She believes that honesty and trust both play a critical role in creating the best therapist-patient relationship; as such, she desires to build strong relationships with each patient. As a therapist, Kyra’s goal is for every patient to feel that she listens, hears, and addresses each concern. She seeks to give her patients the tools needed to help manage their pain and get back to what they love doing. Kyra enjoys helping her patients realize that they are “stronger, faster, and more capable than they initially realized”.
In her life, she has played many athletic roles, including being a competitive gymnast, springboard and platform diver, volleyball and soccer player, as well as coach for many of those sports. Nowadays, Kyra spends her time, outside of treating patients, training and competing in Olympic weightlifting. She is utterly addicted to coffee and she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending downtime with family.
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Kristina Vaughn, PT, DPT, ATRIC
Kristina received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2012. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham only a few short years later in 2015.
In 2015, Kristina received her Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute certification furthering her education and skills in the aquatic therapy field. In working with these patients, she incorporates her skills as an aquatic therapist as she has witnessed the numerous benefits that it offers. Through the use of NCEPT’s in-house heated therapy pool, Kristina is able to create fitness and rehabilitation programs for patients who have difficulty with weight bearing exercises due to pain, muscle weakness, or as a result of surgery. Kristina works with patients on land and sea. In aquatics, she appreciates working with patients with neurological disorders such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. On land, Kristina particularly enjoys working with runners, athletes, and patients with lower extremity injuries. As a therapist, Kristina’s goal is for each of her patients to develop a solid understanding of their condition, and to ensure that each patient has the tools and exercises to help regain independence at home once they have completed therapy.
Apart from physical therapy, Kristina spends her time running. In fact, while earning her undergraduate degree, she ran track and cross country for UAB, which originally sparked her interest in the field. Since, she has participated in one marathon and several half marathons and triathlons. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking.
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Ivy Orlina, PT, DPT
Ivy received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from California State University of Dominguez Hills in 2013. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in 2016.
Ivy enjoys working with a variety of patients ranging from athletes, runners, individuals with lower extremity injuries, to women with pelvic floor dysfunctions (including urinary incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, diastasis recti, and low back/hip pain from pregnancy). As a result of continued education and a passion to further improve her patients’ lives, Ivy is able to successfully treat a number of conditions and injuries through a combined approach of Manual Therapy, Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Therapeutic Exercise and Applied Functional Science (AFS). As a therapist, Ivy’s goal for each of her patients is to “keep moving, and stay active!”
Apart from physical therapy, Ivy enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and exercising. She also spends her time trying different foods and picking up new hobbies. She is a certified swim instructor and scuba diver; and she is currently interested in Muay Thai Kick-Boxing and Aerial Acrobatics as her hobbies.
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Lisa McLeod, MPT
Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the University of Scranton in 1995. She went on to continue her education at the university and graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1996.
Lisa is passionate about physical therapy, and she has worked in the orthopedic field since 1997. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. While Lisa particularly likes treating vestibular, cervical, and lumbar patients, she really enjoys working with a wide variety of patients, claiming, “Variety is the spice of life, after all!” As a therapist, her goal is to brighten every smile, and to help each patient return to a pain-free, active lifestyle with their families.
Outside of physical therapy, Lisa keeps busy caring for her 6 children and husband. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, plays the piano, and has just recently picked-up the violin.
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Guillermo Casanada, PT, DPT
Guillermo graduated from Cal State University, San Marcos earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2012. He continued on with his education and graduated from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with a doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. He is also currently certified in BLS.
Guillermo was first introduced to physical therapy when he had to undergo ACL reconstruction surgery and rehab. As a result, he especially enjoys working with knee patients because he can relate to what they are going through having gone through it himself. As a therapist, Guillermo loves working with new people every day. He believes that the most important part of a therapist-patient relationship is teamwork. Both the therapist and the patient have to work together to achieve the same goal of getting the patient back to where that patient wants to be. Guillermo desires to help patients make the necessary changes that will benefit their wellbeing.
In his spare time, he likes spending it with his Faith, Family and Friends. Guillermo enjoys pick-up basketball, slow pitch softball, and hiking. He also likes to play video games and watch sports on TV.
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Rachel Taylor, PTA, CSCS, MSP
Rachel earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Clinical Health Science from Ithaca College in 2010. She went on to receive her Masters in Performance Psychology from National University. Later, Rachel earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Concorde Career College in 2016.Rachel is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2013. She has experience working in strength and conditioning gyms that help to repair and improve movement patterns, functional strength, agility, and power/speed in athletes, active adults, and discharged physical therapy patients.
Rachel enjoys working with a wide variety of patients but finds a particular interest in treating patients with knee/ankle injuries, athletes returning to a sport, and injuries to the shoulder. As a physical therapy assistant, Rachel’s goal is to create individualized treatment plans and to build genuine relationships with her patients – anything to help her patients “Reach their fullest potential.”
Outside of Physical Therapy, Rachel spends her time rock climbing/bouldering, hiking,and is an avid participant in triathlons. She also has a background in gymnastics where she was a collegiate gymnast and has coached for over 10 years.