Our Staff

Director, Candace Kenyon, MSPT

Director of Santa Fe Sports Medicine & Rehab since April 2017

Candace graduated from Washington University in St Louis in 1991 with a Masters in Science in Physical Therapy. She has specialized in the treatment of muscle imbalances, postural disorders and mechanical dysfunctions. She also uses The Graston Technique for specific myofascial release, McKenzie Mechanical Diagnostic Therapy and ELDOA for active fascial stretching. Candace has worked throughout the Southwest in a variety of settings in orthopedics, chronic pain and sports medicine. In her free time, Candace likes to run, do yoga and is also a professional textile artist.


Julie Endreson, MS, ATC

Julie received her master's degree in sports medicine from the University of Oregon in 1985. She traveled with USA Softball and USA Track and Field as their athletic trainer, and was part of the medical staff for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She helps clients decrease tissue tension that creates abnormal function and pain, and normalizes skeletal alignment. Julie founded Santa Fe Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2001 and transferred ownership to Candace in 2017.

Sanjay Bardwaj, DPT

Sanjay graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2001 with a doctorate in physical therapy. He is a manual therapist whose skills include myofascial release, joint mobilization, and muscle energy technique for spinal alignment. He has a decade of work in sports medicine especially with professional tennis athletes. This gives him particular focus on neck and shoulder rehabilitation. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and is an avid tennis player.







Ethan Hope, PT

Ethan graduated from Rosalind Franklin University’s physical therapy program in 1998. In 2002, he completed the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. Ethan is highly skilled in treating patients with neck and back pain as well as working with shoulder disorders. In his free time Ethan loves to hike, ski and cook. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and South America, and regularly visits Peru to work with indigenous healers.






Melinda Ramirez, MPT

Melinda is a native Santa Fean, whose high school athletics prowess took her to St. Mary's College of California on a volleyball scholarship. There she earned a Bachelors in health science in 2001. She attended the University of New Mexico physical therapy program in 2002 and graduated with her Masters in 2005. She has treated a large variety of issues including sports, orthopedic injuries, pre/post operative conditions, neurological conditions and more. Melinda is married and has three beautiful daughters, still enjoys playing sports, and achieved her Kenpo Karate black belt in the summer of 2019.





Thomas Sandoval, DPT

Thomas was born and raised in Santa Fe, and earned a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico. He attended Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, where he earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. He then completed a 13-month internship at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with a focus on orthopedic and neurological conditions. Thomas has treated many orthopedic and neurological conditions, sports injuries, pre/post operative conditions, spinal conditions, cognitive conditions including dementia and Alzheimer’s. He enjoys snowboarding, running, hiking, strength training, and competing in amateur boxing.








Matthew Sullivan, DPT

Matthew graduated from Regis University in Denver, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016, graduating at the top of his class and was awarded the clinical excellence award upon graduating. He then pursued advanced training in orthopedics in 2017, and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2018. His extensive background in the management of orthopedic and sports injuries focuses on spinal pain and post surgical rehabilitation and integration of hands on manual therapy techniques including spinal mobilization/manipulation, therapeutic dry needling and strength/conditioning training. He actively mentors and teaches other orthopedic residents around the country. When not in the clinic you will find him being very active lifting weights at the gym, running or hiking the trails, golfing, exploring the culture of Santa Fe or walking his dogs with his wife. 






Alyson Yacono, DPT

Aly moved to New Mexico in 2017 after graduating from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has a passion for the treatment of neck and shoulder disorders, myofascial pain syndromes, headaches and migraines, low back and chronic pain, lymphedema, balance and postural disorders. Her manual skills include therapeutic dry needling, myofascial decompression, trigger point release and joint mobilizations. Outside the clinic, Aly enjoys film, photography, reading, frequenting local coffee shops, cooking and playing her ukulele as well as spending time with her dog, Luna.





Melanie Burren, PTA

Melanie has over 30 years of experience working in all physical therapy settings, including orthopedic/sports rehab, acute care, work hardening, pain management, skilled nursing, and home health care. She is a former competitive bodybuilder, which inspired her to establish and run a successful business as a personal trainer for over 25 years. As a trainer, she received Self Magazine’s “Body Bonus Trainer of the Year” award in 2005. She also practiced as a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy. Her passion in Physical Therapy is working with outpatient orthopedic rehab. Melanie has a French bulldog/Boston Terrier Mix, and a Pug-Chihuahua. She loves watching movies and “pumping iron”, making El Gancho the perfect setting for her.







Aurora Downs, BS, PTA

Aurora graduated from UNM in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree that emphasized nutrition, exercise physiology, and psychology. She has worked in outpatient physical therapy since then. Aurora received her Physical Therapy Assistant license in 2015. She uses medical massage techniques for myofascial release combined with individualized exercise for excellent patient outcomes. In her spare time, Aurora enjoys hiking, camping, and yoga.









Bryana Garcia, Front Office/Receptionist

Bryana is a longtime resident of Santa Fe. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State College. While attending Wayne State, Bryana was a member of the women’s soccer team. She enjoys playing soccer in her free time and spending time outdoors. Bryana loves working in the health field and giving back to her local community.






Serena Rodriguez, Office Manager

A life-long resident of Santa Fe, Serena is loving wife and mother to her two beautiful girls. She does an excellent job in managing the office. She is an exceptional multi-tasker and is able to resolve issues in a timely manner. Serena can answer all of your billing questions and does so with a positive attitude. Serena works hard to make sure that all your questions and concerns are dealt with and keeps the office running smoothly.









Christine Vigil, Asst. Office Manager

Christine is a long-time resident of Santa Fe and mother to two beautiful children. She has extensive experience in customer service and makes the job of managing the busy front desk look easy. Christine schedules appointments, checks insurance and obtains prior authorization to insure continued care for our patients. And she always does it with a smile and positive attitude.