ASIS Physical Therapy Team
Vanessa Jackson, PT, DPT, NSCA-CPT, TPI-CGMP
Vanessa Jackson received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from tgrhe University of Southern California (USC). She is now finally back in her hometown of San Diego, where she lives with her husband and two dogs, and is a proud owner of one of the premier SD physical therapy clinics. Vanessa is passionate about serving as your Rancho Bernardo physical therapist, especially for sport-specific physical therapy, such as golf fitness and performance. She is a Titleist Golf Performance Institute medical professional and fitness instructor. Experiencing golf pain in SD? She can help! Vanessa has enjoyed playing sports all of her life, and she now enjoys helping other people (of all ages) live up to their own unique potential. She is always looking to further her education and studies a wide range of physical therapy techniques, in order to provide excellent service to all populations and maximum value to her SD physical therapy clinic. Vanessa has been featured on Channel 10 News and in Callaway Magazine. She enjoys traveling around the city sharing information on golf, posture, osteoporosis, etc. When not serving as your Rancho Bernardo physical therapist, Vanessa is a closet computer nerd, and an avid reader who also loves the outdoors.
Kevin Pansky PT, DPT, TPI-CGMP
Kevin Pansky strengthened his educational background when he earned his Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from Whittier College. Kevin then continued his education at the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since graduating from USC, he has expanded his knowledge thanks to the Titleist Performance Institute certification program, where he became a Certified Golf Fitness and Golf Medical Practitioner. Some of Kevin’s areas of expertise include: low back pain, shoulder pain, foot and ankle assessment, and orthotic fabrication; his focus is also on golf specific exercise prescription, and helps tremendously those dealing with golf pain in SD. Through the use of advanced technology and latest research, he has helped many golfers accomplish their goals of lower scores, increased distance, and more rounds of pain free golf.
Aubree Smithey PT, DPT
Aubree Smithey graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training. As an Athletic Trainer, Aubree had the opportunity to work at San Diego State University with athletes of multiple sports including: football, softball, and track. She continued her education at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Throughout her curriculum and clinical experience she learned many different advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques for injuries from head to toe. In addition, Aubree has also worked with home health therapy programs, which have enabled her to expand her skills to treating patients of all ages.
Melanie Cheng, PT, DPT, MS
Melanie “Mel” Cheng began her journey to becoming a physical therapist by getting her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Southern California. She then received a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from National University in San Diego, but decided to change careers upon realizing that she did not want to work with cadavers. She continued her education by receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mel enjoys traveling, playing with dogs, and running.
Mel’s goals with ASIS Physical Therapy are to make a functional impact in patients of all ages and helping them reach their goals.
David Chon, PT, DPT
David graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology then received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos. Since receiving his Doctorate, David has worked in a wide variety of settings and facilities. He has worked with Wounded Warriors to the average Joe (or Jane), toddlers to the geriatric population. David demonstrates his passion for helping people achieve long-term functional goals by gaining knowledge through continuing education in orthopedic manual therapy and evidence-based practice in both the physical therapy and fitness industries.
When he is not working with patients, David loves to spend time with his wife; traveling, double dates, and movie nights. He is also a crazed sports fan: badminton to football, curling to UFC. He’ll watch anything as long as it is competitive.
Leo King, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert SMT
Leo graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University. He immediately went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He continued his studies upon graduation and completed a Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy with Evidence in Motion. Due to his passion for manual therapy, he then went on to complete a series of manual therapy courses through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) to earn the credential of Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT). Leo has a strong foundation for providing evidenced based physical therapy for a variety of orthopedic conditions.
While not in the clinic, Leo is an avid sports fan. He enjoys watching and playing all sports, particularly soccer. He also enjoys watching interesting movies. He considers himself an amateur movie critic. Finally, he loves drinking good coffee and reading.
Melissa Parsons PT, DPT, OCS
Melissa graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St Louis in 2011, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University. In 2016, she achieved her OCS certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She has taken many continuing education courses through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Postural Restoration Institute, and Kinesiotaping.
Melissa has a long time interest in orthopedics and sports medicine since being a lifelong athlete herself. She was a Division 1 athlete, competing in shot put and hammer throw for Colorado State. More recently, she has taken up rock climbing, paddle boarding, and hiking, and played several seasons of roller derby for Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls, before moving to Carlsbad in the fall of 2016.
Jason Molina, PT, DPT
Jason Molina earned his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. He then went on to the University of St. Augustine and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jason specializes in orthopedic conditions and has experience with populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. His preferred treatment approach consists of manual therapy techniques, postural training, PNF, Kinesiotaping, run/gait analysis and therapeutic exercise – all supplemented with thorough patient education.
Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and son, playing basketball, riding motorcycles, and tinkering in the garage.
Michael Akong LAc, MSTOM, MPH
Michael Akong is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego (PCOM). He teaches at PCOM and has given seminars at the Pacific Symposium (an annual international meeting sponsored by PCOM).
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California at San Diego and later received his Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University. He continues to work in many clinics in San Diego, Mexico, and around the world. He also has over 25 scientific publications and eight U.S. patents in biomedical research.
Michael has investigated many applications of Oriental Medicine working with some of the best physicians in the field including Professor Ming Qing Zhu and Toshikatsu Yamamoto M.D., Ph.D. Michael runs two clinics for the treatment of spinal cord injury, stroke and general/internal medicine. He was also the first practicing physician in Oriental Medicine for Paradise Valley Hospital in San Diego.
- Telephone: (858) 837-2830
Robyn Delgado, Massage Therapist
Robyn Delgado learned massage under the guidance of one of the best physical therapist in San Diego County, Irene Oliver, RPT (retired). She has been practicing massage for over 20 years and also has 1000 hours of advanced holistic studies. She studied at Mueller College of Holistic Massage Therapies, San Diego CA; as well as, International Professional School of Bodywork, San Diego, CA. Her Certifications include, La Stone and Heated Stone, Lomi Lomi, Pregnancy, Jin Shin energy work, Structural Organization, and Rossiter Workout. Her signature specialty is The Tiramisu Massage (deep-tissue work and heated stones).
When she is not focusing on massage she enjoy swimming with her husband, walking with her standard poodle (Penny), and spending time with her kids.