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 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 one of the most senior members 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 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 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.
Robert Noakes PT, DPT, OCS
Robert Noakes holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University, graduating with honors in 2011. He also is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. This elite credential from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties signifies in-depth knowledge and skills in orthopedic physical therapy. He continues to be involved in the growth of the physical therapy profession, working as an adjunct instructor at Samuel Merritt University since 2013.
Robert is originally from Freemont California and previously Managed Silver Creek Physical Therapy Los Gatos for 3 years and while practicing PT with them for 6 years total. In that time, he specialized in working with runners, team sports athletes, wrestlers, post surgical patients, and weekend warriors.
Over the years playing sports growing up Rob has personally experienced a ton of injuries such as torn meniscus, shin splints, torn labrum, pinched nerves, and plantar fasciitis. This among other things helps drive his passions for medical research and keeping people healthy and active. As a teacher at Samuel Merritt Rob is continuously researching the newest strategies and therapies for keeping people active in the most efficient way possible all the while minimizing future reinjury risks. Rob is excited to bring his skills and expertise to Competitive Edge and to help our patients stay mobile and keep up with all the things they love to do.
He is an avid athlete participating in multiple marathons, half marathons, triathlons, and now CrossFit. He also enjoys baseball, playing softball, movies, and reading in his spare time. Robert enjoys American history, anything about early explorers and pioneering he finds fascinating.
Brant Haddon- Office Manager
- B.A. Business Administration and Entrepreneurship -SJSU 2016
- A.A. Social and Behavioral Science -WVC 2013
- 7 Business Proficiency Certificates
- Founder of 2 Start Ups
Before coming to Competitive Edge Brant worked as a Gym Manager for 1 year and as a Security Service Manager for 5 years prior to that. In college Brant had the privilege of representing his school at the Governors Small Business Conference and presenting at many local Silicon Valley incubators and getting to demonstrate his thriving passion for innovation and small business development. Brant firmly believes in the power that small business brings to consumers and is very passionate about helping people achieve all their rehabilitation goals. While he was working his way through his degree at SJSU he also played on the Men’s Hockey team for 2 seasons and represented his school in the ACHA D2 Sweet 16 National Tournament in 2014 in Boston where they finished 11th in the Nation out of over 200 teams he was also the clubs Vice President in 2015. Growing up locally in Campbell California the Bay Area native is an Alumni of Westmont High School. While in High School Brant played Hockey for the San Jose Jr Sharks Hockey Club finishing 2nd in California in 2007 and winning 2 High School Roller Hockey Championships in 2006 and 2007.
When Brant isn't playing Hockey he enjoys hiking, indoor climbing, podcasts, and history books. He likes all kinds of movies, documentaries, and tv shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Game of Thrones. He also enjoys spending time with his very large family who are evenly spread through the South Bay Area. Brant is also a big bay area sports fan and actively enjoys following the San Jose Sharks, San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, and San Francisco 49ers.