Meet the Team

Mo Mortazavi MD

Mo Mortazavi, MD

A dual board-certified pediatric sports medicine physician, Dr. Mortazavi developed the first dedicated pediatric sports medicine program in Tucson. Dr. Mo specializes in complex concussion care for all ages.

Fellowship: University of Colorado & Children’s Hospital Colorado
Residency: UC Davis
Medical School: UC Davis

Jon Minor MD

Jonathan Minor, MD

Pediatric non-operative sports medicine physician trained in not only pediatrics, but also “medical” sports medicine. Dr. Jon specializes in running and dance medicine.

Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard University
Residency: Texas A&M University
Medical School: Texas A & M University

Leslie Streeter, FNP-C

Leslie Streeter, NP

Board-certified nurse practitioner interested in prevention and treatment of concussions and musculoskeletal injuries as well as health issues affecting female athletes

Nursing School: University of Arizona

Gaige Braden, ATC/L

Athletic Trainer Navigator
Gaige is a Certified Athletic Trainer who received his Masters of Athletic Training from NAU. He is originally from Cowboy country in Wyoming where he enjoys to fish and spend time outdoors. In his spare time you will find him on the baseball diamond or building/fixing something.


Executive Director

Andrew saw that the small private practice is a dying breed and posited that archaic technologies and management styles are partly to blame. Coming from the startup industry, which has optimized both, he saw an opportunity to run the clinic in a modern, tech-savvy manner. Andrew is also building custom software platforms to assist SPARCC’s providers in becoming more efficient.


Clinic Manager, Medical Assistant

Leslie has been Dr. Mo’s right hand woman long before SPARCC. The duo has been working together for years creating a unique and exciting sports medicine experience. As our clinical manager, she works closely with the providers for any orders, referrals for patients as well as facilitating team lunches with the multiple facilities we refer our patients to. Not to mention that thousands of other things she does required to successfully operate a medical facility. With an active family of four children and a husband all involved to varying degrees of sports and activities, the draw to work in sports medicine was natural. Leslie views her career to be educational as well as exciting and credits Dr. Mortazavi for giving her the opportunity to work in such a rewarding specialty. Leslie looks forward to meeting the needs and special demands that your child athlete requires on a daily basis.


Front Office Manager

Tricia has been managing physician offices for over 30 years, and has worked in sports and orthopedics since 1990. She strives to make patients aware and informed of their insurance coverage in an ever-changing healthcare world. Fluent in insurance jargon Tricia is able to translate Part 2, section 213D, paragraph 4, context A of your health insurance plan. She is also a proud mother of two and grandmother to four.


Patient Account Specialist

Charlie graduated from ASU in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Wellness: Health Promotion. She has worked in the medical field since 2016, effortlessly navigating tough billing situations, unraveling complicated claims, and triaging patient concerns. She has memorized insurance companies’ phone hold music playlist during the times (its every time) they are ‘experiencing a higher than normal call volume”. Charlie works tirelessly to provide a good life for her four legged children Sadie and Skywalker. Not only that, but she is an expert at finding Lululemon legging dupes for cheap (she might as well be sponsored by Fabletics).


Lead Clinical Technician Navigator, Academic Coordinator

Libby graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a degree in Medical Biology. Libby manages the clinical technician staff and organizes all of the undergrad, medical, nursing, and physician assistant students that come learn at SPARCC. She also has the psychic ability to determine where every provider is at all times. When not at SPARCC, she can be found knitting or watching documentaries.


Clinical Technician

Erin graduated from University of Arizona in 2015 with a degree in medical biology and biochemistry. After graduation she pursued her love of basketball and played two seasons at Pima Community College. She is currently looking forward to starting graduate school for Physical Therapy at NAU in the fall. In the meantime, she will continue to annihilate every challenger in Mario Kart and Guitar Hero. Here at SPARCC she runs every test in the building and specializes in conversation about tacos and dogs. She also manages SPARCC’s instagram mascot Buck (event appearances and autographs on request). 


Clinical Technician Assistant

Alyssa is a senior at the University of Arizona pursuing a degree in Physiology and minoring in Psychology. She plans to attend graduate school for a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. At SPARCC she started at the bottom and now she here. She’s notorious in the office for getting other staff members addicted to trashy reality tv shows. One of her many goals in life includes visiting every Disneyland around the world. 


Clinical Technician Assistant and Public Health Intern

Celina is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Public Health and minoring in Biochemistry. She has plans to attend graduate school for a Master of Public Health in Health Policy in the future. She is an avid runner and loves to be outdoors. Her own personal experiences with various sports injuries has sparked her passion for sports medicine.


Medical Assistant

Veronica was born and raised in Tucson. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute with honors and brings 3 years of experience as a medical assistant, Veronica plans to return to school in the near future to pursue her degree in nursing. Veronica also volunteers with Girl Scouts and is a liaison for the Family Readiness Group in the Arizona Army National Guard. On her free time she’s loves to stay active by going on hikes, attending yoga, drawing, watching movies and spending time with her husband and two kids. Veronica is excited to join the SPARCC team and is looking forward to get to know patients on their way to recovery.


PM&R Resident, Clinical Researcher

Nitin is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation resident at THMEP. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and majored in Physiology & Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. Nitin is planning on studying and further understanding the mechanisms of functional recovery after brain injury. He hopes to help Dr. Mo and the rest of the outstanding SPARCC team with the robust research initiative & internship programs.

Julia Howard - Clinical Researcher at SPARCC Sports Medicine


Medical Student, Clinical Researcher

Julia is a medical student at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She grew up in New York City playing volleyball and now runs and hikes in her free time. She majored in behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University, taking many classes in neuroscience. Through these studies, medical school, and rotating at SPARCC, she developed an interested in concussion recovery. She hopes to help the SPARCC team reach their research goals!

Olivia - Intern at SPARCC Sports Medicine


Clinical Intern
I am currently a senior at UA majoring in Physiology with minors in Business Administration and Sports Nutrition. My love of sports started when I was only three years old and has grown ever since! In my free time you can find me watching Harry Potter movies or hiking trails around Tucson.
Jared - Intern at SPARCC Sports Medicine


Clinical Intern
I am currently studying Physiology at the U of A with the goal of going to medical school. I’ve played hockey since the age of two and have had an experience with a concussion. I have seen the impact that concussions have had on my teammates, which has inspired me to help others recover and get back to their athletic pursuits. I’m so excited to be a SPARCC intern!


Clinical Intern
I am currently a senior studying Physiology with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona with plans to attend physical therapy school in the future. I grew up as a competitive dancer, which exposed me to the realm of sports medicine at a young age. After discovering the incredible recovery process that the body is capable of, I developed a passion for medicine and helping others. When I am not teaching dance at my studio, I enjoy the outdoors by hiking, kayaking, and even camping. I am thrilled to be part of the SPARCC team and to have the opportunity to assist patients on their pathways to recovery.


Clinical Intern
I am currently studying Physiology at the University of Arizona with plans to hopefully go to medical school in the future. My interest in sports medicine stems from my passion of sports growing up, playing basketball and running track and field. It also comes from my love for medicine and how fascinating it truly is. Whenever someone asks me what kind of physician I want to be I always say it’s between pediatrics and sports medicine and now SPARCC allows me to do a little bit of both.


Clinical Intern
I am a senior at the U of A majoring in Physiology and minoring in Nutrition. I grew up as a competitive gymnast and did track and field, so sports medicine has always been very important to me. I plan on going to PT school and becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. My personal life experiences have driven my desire to pursue a career in Sports Medicine to enable athletes of all ages to continue to follow their sports dreams. I love being an intern at SPARCC and being able to help patients in their rehabilitation process!


Clinical Intern
A former patient turned proud SPARCC intern who understands the delicate process of rehabilitation and patient success. I am very much interested in the multiple schools of thought surrounding neurology and psychology. My favorite part about the internship is seeing the raw growth of a patient over time and eventually seeing them thrive again.


Clinical Intern
I am a sophomore at the U of A majoring in Nutritional Sciences and minoring in Microbiology. I grew up playing soccer and that is where my interest in sports medicine sparked. I currently work with Arizona Athletics as an athletic training technician. In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking and swimming. My goal is to one day become a physician’s assistant and specialize in orthopedics. I am excited to join SPARCC and help patients on their road to recovery.


Clinical Intern
I am a student at the University of Arizona. After graduating, I plan on attending medical school. I’ve lived an active lifestyle since I was young. As an athlete, I faced injuries of my own, so I know what it feels like to be out of the game. I am thrilled to be at SPARCC where I can help patients recover and get back to the activities they love.


Clinical Intern
I am a Junior at the U of A majoring in Physiology and minoring in Psychology. My interests in pediatrics, sports, and the human body inspired me to join the SPARCC team. I have played baseball, basketball, and tennis since I was young, and I now play intramural sports at the U of A. I have suffered multiple sports-related injuries throughout my life, so I understand the road to recovery, the work involved, and the possible frustration. I cannot wait to start interning at SPARCC, where I will have the pleasure of helping patients recover and get back to competing in their beloved sports/activities!


Clinical Intern
I’m studying Physiology and Gender & Women’s Studies at the U of A with plans of attending medical school. Growing up a competitive gymnast and cheerleader, I suffered many injuries and multiple concussions which led me to develop an interest in sports medicine and the rehabilitation process.
Prem - Intern at SPARCC Sports Medicine


Research Intern
I am majoring in Physiology and Molecular and Cellular Biology while minoring in Astronomy at the U of A. My passion for sports medicine stems from my obsession with basketball and extends to all sports, driving me to understand how to administer optimal patient care to help an athlete return to his/her original level of performance. Using my experiences as a former athlete, I look forward to connecting with the patients and aiding them in any way possible during their rehabilitation/recovery process.
Tyler - Intern with SPARCC Sports Medicine


Research Intern
I am studying Physiology at the U of A. I primarily played soccer throughout my childhood but I have a love for all sports. Currently I compete in Triathlons and work in the Athletic Training Room for U of A Football. I have hopes to attend Medical School in the future and get involved with Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.


Clinical Intern
I am majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona and plan on going to medical school. During my free time, I love going out of my comfort zone and playing basketball, hiking, grappling, and dancing!
Emily - Intern at SPARCC Sports Medicine


Research Intern
I am studying Public Health at the U of A and hope to attend medical school. I became fascinated with sports medicine when witnessing some of the different injury prevention and rehabilitation techniques my teammates underwent when we were members of the high school dance team. In my free time, I enjoy teaching dance fitness classes. I am excited to be a SPARCC intern!


Clinical Intern
I’m currently studying Physiology and Global Studies with a minor in Spanish at the U of A. I grew up playing volleyball and tennis, but I have a passion for being outdoors and you can usually find me hiking, camping, or hammocking nearby. My goal is to attend medical school to become a neonatologist and provide care to patients in developing countries. I am so excited to join SPARRC and help patients on their road to recovery.