Meet the Team

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, 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.

Andrew

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.

Michala

Operations Manager

Michala began her healthcare career in Yuma, Arizona where she worked closely with all levels
of clinical and administrative staff, helping to improve and manage processes and
communication. As her passion for healthcare grew, she decided to continue her education.
She attended Grand Canyon University, where she received her master’s in healthcare
administration.

Out of the office, she is committed to continuing her education and volunteering. In addition,
she is currently learning Italian and is starting to pursue Spanish. She is always looking to
practice her language skills over coffee or drinks. Her other hobbies include, hiking, camping,
traveling, and working with animals.

Michala continues to advance in her chosen field which is why she is excited to work for
SPARCC and is eager to learn about sports medicine. Being new to the area, she looks forward
to being part of the Tucson community!

Leslie

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.

Tricia

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.

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

Lead Clinical Technician Navigator, Academic Coordinator

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 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. 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.

Veronica

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.

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.

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!
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!

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!

Eva

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.

Ilianna

Clinical Intern
Hello! I am studying Physiology at the UA. My interest in sports medicine began while playing high school soccer. Currently, I work at the UA as an athletic training technician. With free time, I enjoy the gym, reading, and cooking. I look forward to helping you with your rehabilitation process!

Jordan

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!

Meghan

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.
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