Meet the Team

We are creating a better experience for our patients. Same-week appointments, online booking, minimal wait time, easy billing, and outstanding care from Dr. Mortazavi, Dr. Minor and Leslie available at our central location.

Providers

Mo Mortazavi MD

Mo Mortazavi, MD

Medical Director Concussion Program Coordinator
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.
Jon Minor MD

Jonathan Minor, MD

Co-Medical Director
Sports Ultrasound Program Coordinator
Pediatric non-operative sports medicine physician trained in not only pediatrics, but also “medical” sports medicine. Dr. Jon specializes in running and dance medicine.
Leslie Streeter, FNP-C

Leslie Streeter, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Board-certified nurse practitioner interested in prevention and treatment of concussions and musculoskeletal injuries as well as health issues affecting female athletes.
Gaige Braden - Certified Athletic Trainer at SPARCC Sports Medicine

Gaige Braden, ATC/L

Athletic Trainer Navigator
Gaige is a Certified Athletic Trainer who received his Masters of Athletic Training from NAU. Growing up in Cheyenne, Wyoming he has a love for sports and sports medicine as well as the outdoors. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his beautiful girlfriend Jacque and building/fixing stuff. He is also a fan of food and sleep.

Staff

Andrew

Director of Remote Philosophy, Master Delegator(Executive Director)

What began as a small collaboration between two friends turned into a full-fledged partnership to create a modern, tech savvy medical practice. Andrew insists his best contribution is finding the awesome team (see below), but is also keen on creating a better model for private practitioners and their patients. He brainstorms everything that is annoying about doctor’s offices and eliminates them at SPARCC.

Andrew also builds software and is usually unavailable for comment.

Leslie

Swiss Army Knife
(Clinic Manager, Medical Assistant)

Leslie brings over ten years of expertise as a medical assistant with the majority of that time in the medical field. In addition to her clinical expertise, her capabilities also extend into all aspects of the administrative processes required to successfully operate a medical facility. You can rest assured that when you aren’t seeing her in the clinic she’s behind the scenes making sure that every patient is taken care of. Leslie plans a return to school in the near future to pursue a degree in Health Administration which will enable her to broaden her scope that much more as SPARCC’s clinic manager.

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.

Christie

Swiss Army Knife
(Operations Manager, Medical Assistant)

Christie is a Certified Medical Assistant and Operations Manager for SPARCC. She graduated with honors in Physiology from the University of Arizona in 2018 and will begin medical school in July 2019 with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

Prior to becoming a Medical Assistant, Christie has worked as a chef, software engineer, and product manager. She has always been passionate about health and wellness and found that medicine was a natural fit. Working with the brilliant staff, incredibly talented students, and amazing patients at SPARCC has solidified her decision to pursue a career in medicine.

Christie has been involved in several sports since she was 5, including basketball, volleyball, and dance. As a busy wife and mother of two girls, Christie still makes time to exercise through cycling, yoga, and hiking. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, playing with her daughters, and building furniture with her husband.

Tricia

Director of Zen and Insurance Coverage Verifier
(Front Office Manager)

Tricia has been managing physician offices for over 30 years, and has worked in sports and orthopedics since 1990. She has conducted training seminars for numerous practice consultants across the country, and brings that wealth of knowledge to ensure an efficient and well-run practice. She is always available to research patient’s insurance benefits and is keenly aware of the ever-changing healthcare systems. She strives to make patients aware and informed of their insurance coverage and always keeps their individual situation as a priority. She maintains an extremely healthy lifestyle both in her diet and exercise regimen and is an outstanding example of wellness lifestyle.

Rosanna

Front Office Specialist
Charlene Meshell - Patient Account Specialist at SPARCC Sports Medicine

Charlie

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. In her free time, she likes to hike, drink coffee, and cuddle with her pitbulls.

Libby Frino

Libby

Lead Clinical Technician Navigator, Mayor

Libby was born and raised in Tucson. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a degree in Medical Biology. She has been working with athletes for years in the Southern Arizona community at Playformance, FC Sonora soccer club, and now with Dr. Minor, Dr. Mo and Leslie at SPARCC. In her free time she likes cooking, playing soccer and watching reruns of Friends.

Erin

Clinical Technician, Funniest in Office

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 has been involved with kids and sports for many years so SPARCC is a perfect fit. In her free time she enjoys playing sports with friends, petting dogs, and eating Mexican food.

Alyssa - Clinical Tech Assistant at SPARCC Sports Medicine

Alyssa

Clinical Tech 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. Her passion for dance is what inspired her to pursue this career goal. She volunteered with the UofA Athletic Training Center working with the University’s football team and then in January 2019 she started as an intern at SPARCC where she is now a Clinical Technician Assistant. In addition, she is a Physical Therapist Technician at ProActive. In her free time, she enjoys taking dance classes, hanging out with friends, traveling, and listening to music.

Research Team

Nitin

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

Julia

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!

Prem - Intern at SPARCC Sports Medicine

Prem

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

Tyler

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.
Daniel - Intern with SPARCC Sports Medicine

Daniel

Research Intern
I am majoring in Physiology and minoring in Psychology at the U of A.  As an avid sports fan, I am passionate about all sports and especially in football and wrestling. My goal is to apply for medical school after graduation, and I am very excited to integrate my interests as well as help others recover and continue to pursue their athletic accomplishments.
Emily - Intern at SPARCC Sports Medicine

Emily

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!
Tori - Intern with SPARCC Sports Medicine

Tori

Research Intern
I am studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and Political Science at the U of A. I fell in love with sports at a young age and played soccer throughout my childhood. Witnessing so many of my teammates endure and recover from sports injuries opened my eyes to the amazing things the human body can do. I’m so excited to learn from the SPARCC team!

Clinical Interns

Celina

Clinical & Outreach Intern
I am majoring in Public Health and minoring in Government and Public Policy at the U of A. I hope to attend medical school in the future focusing on primary care. I am an avid runner and love to be outdoors. My own personal experiences with various sports injuries has sparked my passion for sports medicine. I am excited to join and learn from the SPARCC team!
Jared - Intern at SPARCC Sports Medicine

Jared

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!

Vanessa

Clinical Intern
I am from Willcox, Arizona, and I graduated from Cochise College in May with an associate in Exercise Science, Health and Wellness. I will be attending the University of Arizona and I will be majoring in physiology. I like to spend my free time being active and playing any type of sport. My favorite sport is softball, I played from when I was little to high school. Now, I help coach a traveling softball team, and volunteer for the local little league. I have always been interested in sports medicine and want to help others. I have had some sports related injuries, and had a good team of people helping me, and I would like to give back to others.

Delaney

Clinical Intern
I am currently studying physiology at the University of Arizona with the hopes of attending physician assistant school in the future. I participated in a variety of sports in my childhood, including swimming and track and field in high school. I currently enjoy hiking and running around the Tucson area. I am excited to be part of the SPARCC team and get to know patients on their way to full recovery.

Chukwunonso

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.

Denali

Clinical Intern
I am currently studying Physiology at the University of Arizona Honors College. I grew up as a competitive gymnast and through this sport, I had my first exposure to the world of medicine. In the future I plan to apply to Medical School and become a pediatric specialist. I am looking forward to being a part of the SPARCC team and supporting the recovery process for patients at this clinic.

Kyle

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!

Brody

Clinical Intern
I just recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Physiology and a minor in Spanish. I have a passion for learning about how the body functions and how to keep it performing at a high level. I enjoy fitness and exploring with my dog Rocko. I hope to be able to assist patients with their recoveries while learning at the same time with the team at SPARCC!

Tana

Clinical Intern
I am a student at the University of Arizona majoring in physiology and minoring in biochemistry. I grew up figuring skating and then tried a variety of sports throughout grade school. I love to stay active by going on hikes, running and doing yoga. My love for medicine and an active lifestyle has led me to my interest in sports medicine. I am eager to begin working with the SPARCC team and help aid patients to recovery.

Serena

Clinical Intern
I am currently a physiology major at the University of Arizona, with a minor in healthcare sociology. I spent the majority of my childhood swimming and competing in track and field events. One of my goals has always been to have a career in healthcare so I will always be able to help people in need.
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