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If you have come looking for specialist advice on running, triathlon training, sports performance, or relief from nagging pain, you have come to the perfect place.  Seeking advice from a specialized physical therapist is the BEST place to start your journey to full health.

Kevin Vandi    DPT, OCS, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


Advanced Post-Doctorate Training In:

  • -  Running, Swimming, Cycling Biomechanics
  • -  Human Running and Walking Gait Analysis
    • -  Advanced Lower Extremity  Biomechanics for Running, Biking, and     Sport Certification 
    • -  Completion of a Yearlong Maitland Manual Therapy Course

Dr. Vandi is considered a leader in the Bay Area in the field of sports medicine, biomechanics, rehabilitation, and human performance.  He is also the founder of Competitive EDGE; the Bay Area's first fully equipped outpatient human gait and performance center.  Using state-of-the-art motion analysis technology, and his background as a specialist in physical therapy, orthopedics, and biomechanics, Kevin helps athlete's and individuals of all skill levels improve movement and optimize performance. 

Through his career, Kevin has worked with youth and professional athletes.  He is currently the team physical therapist for the San Jose Earthquakes providing rehabilitation, injury prevention, and return to play testing. He is also involved with the development of youth and adolescent soccer dynamic warm-up and strength training programs to decrease ACL injury risk.

Dr. Vandi is on the forefront on evidence based objective rehabilitation.  Using force plates, 3D motion sensors, high speed cameras, and wireless EMG muscle biofeedback; Kevin harnesses the power of data in decisions about health, recovery, and sports performance

Kevin's passion

Kevin is married to his amazing wife Chrissy and have been blessed with 4 wonderful children Jack, Emma, Max, and Leo.  When Kevin is not working at Competitive EDGE, reading research, or taking continuing education courses you can find him with his family hiking the great trails around the bay area.  Kevin enjoys doing triathlons, riding his road bike, and weight lifting.  Being originally from Massachusetts Kevin is a die hard Boston sports fan and of course his kids now are too!  Kevin is truly passionate about rehabilitation and human performance and believe we are all called to a purpose and his is to help people move better and live an active life.

 

Matthew Rickerts, PT, DPT


Dr. Rickerts is a graduate of the UCSF/SFSU Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. An avid baseball player, golfer, cyclist, and runner himself, he enjoys treating athletes and has a particular focus on throwing and endurance athletes. He brought his passion for baseball to physical therapy by performing his doctoral capstone project on the use of upper extremity plyometric exercises to increase throwing velocity and reduce shoulder and elbow injuries. Using this knowledge along with his expertise in physical therapy, orthopedics, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning has allowed him to help active individuals and athletes return to playing their best.

As the newest member of Competitive Edge PT, Dr. Rickerts is excited to work with Dr. Vandi and utilize the state-of-the-art motion analysis facility to make data driven decisions about health, recovery, and sports performance.

Matt's Passions

Matt is a Southern Californian native transplanted to the Bay Area, and attempts to visit his wonderful parents and two sisters as often as possible. He has remained a passionate Anaheim Angels and Ducks fan, and constantly reminded to remain so by his family.  During his free time, he enjoys playing baseball, hockey, golf, tennis, hiking/camping, surfing, snowboarding, cycling, running, and pretty much any other sport or activity he can find.

An experienced runner, Matt has completed several local half-marathons and bay area races, and has recently started participating in triathlons enjoying the new challenge.  Never wanting to slow down himself, Matt is passionate about helping people return to their sport activity as quickly as possible using the most current concepts in rehabilitation.


Paul Kidger PT, MSc (Manip Ther), MMACP

  • Bachelor of Science Physiotherapy - Summa Cum Laude
  • Master of Science Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • Full member Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapist
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor - American Physical Therapy Association

Paul graduated from the University of Hertfordshire's physical therapy program in the UK.

He has worked for over 20 years in a variety of orthopedic clinical settings. In his early career, he worked for the National Health Service and for a university based sports injury clinic. Since transplanting to the Bay Area he has worked in both private and hospital based outpatient orthopedic clinics. Over the course of his career, Paul has developed a passion for mentoring and teaching. In addition to his clinical work, he is an assistant instructor for a popular year long orthopedic course, teaching joint and soft tissue treatment techniques, exercise and clinical decision making skills.

Paul is also a self confessed research nerd. One of his career goals is to help bridge the gap between the research world and clinical practice. He constantly strives to pragmatically apply the best research findings to his treatment, in order to help people move and perform to their full potential. The technology and staff at Competitive EDGE provide the perfect environment for this aspiration. Paul has taken both sports injury and running courses from many of the leading thinkers and specialists from around the world. Having experienced his own rehabilitation journey, from 2 long term knee injuries, he has a special interest in ACL rehabilitation, meniscal and bone stress injuries.

Paul's Passions

Paul has three beautiful girls in his life, his wife Kristine and daughters Emma and Abbey. In his spare time he and his family enjoy hiking and participate in a number of local running events. In addition to being an avid runner, Paul continues to play competitive soccer. Having grown up in a soccer dominated country, he is a fanatical Liverpool fan and patiently waits for the return of the premier league title to its rightful home.





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