Meet the ASPIRE Team

ALEXANDRA CARLIN PT, DPT, Clinic Director    


Alexandra Carlin is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Natural Sciences/Physical Therapy. She graduated cum laude with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She feels that USC provided her with a strong foundation while allowing her to incorporate her own philosophies of manual therapy and functional movement to promote superior care to her patients.
Alex grew up in La Canada, California, and developed her passion for physical therapy through her love of gymnastics and dance. As a competitive gymnast, she advanced her desire to learn more about physical therapy and the body’s ability to heal from injury. She was a professional dancer for the NBA’s Clippers Spirit Dance Team, the Anaheim Bolts Arena Soccer Dance Team, and the NFL San Diego Chargers Girls.
Alex has had the privilege of working with athletes from professional dancers, choreographers, gymnasts, and football and tennis players.
Providing medical care for injury prevention while developing creative programs which improve and refine techniques to prolong their careers is what drives
Alex in the field of physical therapy. She incorporates her extensive science-based education along with her interest in movement to help correct mechanical impairments and imbalances to allow the body to move more efficiently and without fault.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
CPR/AED for the Healthcare Provider
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Certified 


AMANDA “AJ” VOLK, pt, dpt, OCS


AJ “Amanda” Volk is a graduate from the former Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in Biology/Human Sciences, Summa Cum Laude. During her time in college, AJ was the starting goalkeeper for the Pumas varsity soccer team traveling around the Midwest for collegiate competition.

After her time in Indiana, AJ ventured west to study at the University of Southern California graduating with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. Following graduation, she then completed USC’s Orthopedic Residency program. That was also ASPIRE’s first year being a clinical site for an orthopedic resident which is composed of clinical mentoring, literature review, MD shadowing, and research.

AJ enjoys working with athletes of all ages and anyone who has a passion for movement or activity. She enjoys using functional movement, manual therapy, and exercise to ensure each patient has a specific plan unique to them to ensure quality physical therapy care.

Originally from Victoria, Canada (eh!), AJ loves to be outdoors and stays active with hiking, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, soccer, running, etc. She also loves the Pacific Ocean, mountains, cold weather, and hockey of course!

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)




Preston Poole is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Kinesiology and an epiphysis in Pre-Allied Health. While working on his bachelor’s degree, Preston was a Physical Therapy Aide at two outpatient orthopedic clinics that specialized in return-to-sport for high school and professional athletes involved in NFL, MLB, AVP and PGA, along with weekend warriors from a variety of athletic backgrounds. After obtaining his degree from CSUF, Preston received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Preston graduated at the top of his class, while receiving the inaugural Distinguished Student Award. Preston enjoyed his time in the Lone Star State but is happy to be back in sunny Southern California where he can bring the knowledge and experience he received in Texas back to his SoCal community. 

Preston grew up in Downey, California where he developed a passion for outdoor activities including beach volleyball, snowboarding and motocross. Through participation in extreme sports, Preston became very familiar with the process of physical therapy and how necessary such a profession was for someone wanting to return to their passion and quality of life. Preston understood the importance movement had on being able to obtain the true essence of the human experience and how physical therapy was the gateway to achieve such goals. 

Preston possesses a passion for developing personalized programs for individuals who are not only returning from injury, but also to prevent future injuries from occurring. Preston accomplishes this by incorporating a total body analysis which takes the focus from the injury site to the person as a whole. Preston understands that Physical Therapy is an all-encompassing field that incorporates restoration of the mind and body and has shown to be a proactive and preventative resource for the global health of the individual. Whether you are sitting at a desk for long hours or returning to a high level of activity, body awareness and understanding posture and positioning are key elements when preventing injury. Preston strives to gain the trust of his patients through maintaining integrity and compassion and enjoys connecting with everyone on a more personal level.


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
CPR/AED for the Healthcare Provider
APTA Member 

Allison Lombardo DPT, PT, OCS, ATC


Allison Lombardo is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training. She graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and then participated in a rigorous postdoctoral residency program at University of Southern California to specialize in orthopedic injuries. She is now a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.

Allison grew up in Norcross, Georgia and enjoyed playing a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, swimming, and volleyball. Allison initially became interested in physical therapy after her own exercise related injuries. In her recovery she discovered the importance of using movement as medicine. As a physical therapist, Allison works with patients to create a treatment plan that is tailored to each patient. Her top priority is to empower each patient to take control of their healing journey in order to get them back to their goals. She uses the latest research to guide her practice and provide excellent care to patients of all ages.  

In her free time, Allison loves running, reading, and spending time with her husband and three kids. They enjoy hiking, neighborhood adventures, and trips to the beach! 



Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS)
Board Certified Athletic Trainer
LSVT BIG Certified 
CPR/AED for the Healthcare Provider





Martha Goodwin PT, DPT, OCS

LOCATION: OCEAN VIEW            HOURS: M 12:30-6:30 W 1-6:30

Martha received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies at the University of Tampa with a minor in Chemistry. While attending the University of Tampa, she was a member of the women’s soccer team, winning a NCAA National Championship. Martha initially became interested in physical therapy after multiple knee injuries and subsequent surgeries that she underwent in high school and college. Her desire to return to athletic competition following injury has led to her interest in treating individuals who wish to return to previous level of function post injury whether it is athletic competition or daily activities. After graduating from the University of Southern California with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy she participated in a rigorous post-doctorate residency program at USC to specialize in orthopedic injuries. She is now a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. In her free time, Martha enjoys hiking, running, baking bread and the company of her family and friends! 



Board certified Orthopedic clinical specialist
Certified PWR! Clinician: Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery



Daniel Fox PT, DPT, ATC


Daniel Fox received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of New Mexico. He went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, then completed USC’s Sports residency program the following year. Through this rigorous curriculum, he learned to use evidence-based practice to help progressional, college, and amateur athletes achieve their goals and prevent further injury. 

Daniel grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and played every sport he could, including basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, and baseball. He developed an interest in sports medicine after suffering a torn ACL while playing basketball. He is still passionate about using his own experiences with a year-long recovery process to help athletes recover from their own ACL injuries. 

When not in La Cañada, Daniel has had the opportunity to travel the world providing medical care to Olympic-level swimmers. He is the team physical therapist for the Toronto Titans, a professional swimming team in the International Swimming League. Daniel specializes in shoulder injuries in overhead athletes and enjoys using the lessons learned from treating Olympians to help every patient he sees. 

Outside the office, Daniel still enjoys playing basketball, golf, tennis, and spending time with his fiancé. In between swimming trips, they both return to the mountains of New Mexico to visit family and get lost hiking and snowboarding. 


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) 
USC Sports Physical Therapy Resident
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 
California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) 




KIMBERLEE VAN DYKE, aspire Office manager


Kimberlee is our awesome Office Manager!  She was born in Glendale, raised in Burbank, and grew up loving people and playing sports.  She studied kinesiology and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, emphasis in Exercise Science.  Her passion for taking care of people is in her nature.  To continue her dream of helping others, she is currently aspiring to go to PT school within the next couple of years. With a background in volleyball, she’s ready to dig for all kinds of challenges!