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Our practitioners include American Board Certified Orthotist-Prosthetist and Certified Mastectomy Fitters. You can trust your orthotic and prosthetic needs to the experienced and capable team at Valley Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics.


James Bernadino

James V. Bernadino, C.P.O.

James is an American Board Certified Orthotist-Prosthetist and VIPO's co-owner and CEO. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science from St. Mary’s College of California in 1990 and completed his Orthotic-Prosthetics training at California State University Dominguez Hills in 1992.

James has more than 17 years of experience in the field of orthotics and prosthetics, with an intensive background in pediatric care, having worked at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital from 1993 to 1995. He is also the Clinical Director of our NCOPE Residency program, a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, and of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. James enjoys camping, fishing, and home renovation projects.


Trevor John Townsend

Trevor John Townsend, C.P.O.

Trevor is a native of Bakersfield and as the son of VIPO's founder (now retired) Barry Townsend, he literally "grew up" with the company. Now co-owner and President of VIPO, Trevor graduated from UCLA in 2001 with a B.A. degree in English, and completed his certification in Prosthetics at CSUDH in 2003. Trevor then attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where he received his certificate in Orthotics in 2004.

Trevor completed his residencies at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, Orthotic and Prosthetic Center under the tutelage of AOPA President, Walter Racette, C.P.O. He returned to VIPO in August of 2006 as an American Board Certified Orthotist and achieved his American Board Certification in Prosthetics in 2007. He currently sits on prosthetic Advisory Boards for both Ossur and Freedom Innovations.

Trevor enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and his son. He finds great fulfillment in helping others.


Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson, C.P.O

Michael Nelson, Manager/Practitioner for Newhall location, was born and raised in California. He received his Bachelors Degree in Health Science - Prosthetics Option from California State University Dominguez Hills. He then went to Northwestern University in Chicago for a post graduate program for his Orthotics Certificate. Michael was introduced to Prosthetics and Orthotics while in high school and found that it was the perfect field for his two passions, helping people and building things.

Michael has over 13 years of experience working in the field and has experienced working with advanced prosthetics, pediatrics, stroke patients, and vast variety of other conditions. He is an American Board Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, and spending time with his wife and daughter.


Melissa Garcia

Melissa Garcia, CFom

Melissa Garcia joined VIPO's Bakersfield office in 2005 as our Patient Coordinator. Melissa's natural caring nature has grown into a strong interest in health care and she is now VIPO's American Board Certified Fitter of Orthotic & Mastectomy.

For our post-mastectomy patients, Melissa's goal is to fit each woman with the best products and most natural breast forms and bras possible, to restore comfort and confidence following their breast surgeries. She also fits patients with compression therapy products (for the treatment and prevention of venous disease, deep vein thrombosis, and lymphedema) and all types of bracing and orthotic solutions.

A native of Santa Clarita Valley, Melissa is now happily settled in Bakersfield with her husband Faustino and four dogs.


Kirby Miller

Kirby Miller, ABC Certified Orthotist

Kirby Miller, American Board Certified Orthotist has 18+ years of experience in the O+P field. He obtained his B.S. degree in Chemistry/Biology from Adams State College in 1997. He went on to attend Northwestern University and graduated in 2000 for Orthotics to become certified by the American Board of Certification for Orthotics. He has extensive experience in all areas of orthoses ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics as well as extensive management experience and has served as the residency director and on the coding advisory team for large companies. Kirby brings experience from different regions in the country where he has had proven results with pediatrics, spinal orthotics, scoliosis, and trauma patients. He has also served to manage stock and bill locations and hospital DME services.

Kirby has been trained in lower extremity/upper extremity/spinal anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, Orthotic design, materials, gait analysis, and shoe modification. He has extensive experience with stance control and body-powered Orthotic systems and has yearly continuing education to remain current on the new and changing technologies within the industry. Kirby has built offices from the ground up for several companies and has received numerous awards within the industry for his patient care, management, and ethical achievements. Kirby is a native of Colorado and in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children fishing, camping, and experiencing the great outdoors of California. He is also an avid sports fan and has played and coached football and wrestling for youth sports. He has also coached basketball for youth with the challenge of developmental abnormalities.


Nicole Kerr

Nicole Kerr, C.P.O

Nicole is an American Board Certified Orthotist and Prosthetic Resident. She comes to Bakersfield all the way from Brisbane, Australia. She graduated from Missouri Western State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering Technology and completed her Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2014. She completed her Orthotic Residency with VIPO in 2016 and her Prosthetic Residency in 2017.

Nicole became interested in the field of Prosthetics and Orthotics in high school. She enjoys combining patient care with her engineering background and has a passion for emerging technology. She is also a member of the Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association.

Nicole enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and traveling.


Lesly Garibay

Lesly Garibay, CFts

Born in Bakersfield and raised in Mexicali, Mexico. Lesly joined V.I.P.O.'s team in 2016 as a Medical Assistant intern. She found orthotics interesting and exciting so she decided to pursue studies to become an orthotic/shoe fitter. Lesly enjoys interacting daily with patients and strives to give the best patient care. She is now a Certified Therapeutic Shoe Fitter and will become a Certified Orthotic Fitter in 2018.

Lesly enjoys home decorating, shopping and traveling.


Travis Young

Matthew Cabrera, CFo

Matthew Cabrera, Practitioner for Newhall location, started with VIPO in 2018.  He has 12 years of experience as an American Board Certified Orthotic Fitter and 6 years of experience as an American Board Certified Assistant Prosthetist. Before he started working in the field of O & P he served in the U.S. Army and served one tour of duty in Iraq 2003- 2004.  Shortly after getting out of the Army he started in the field of O & P and has not looked back.  He loves his job and it shows in his patient care.  He enjoys fishing, shooting, golf, camping, Texas hold’em, and men’s softball.



James Bernadino

Anamarie Novoa, CFm

Anamarie, Patient Care Coordinator/ Mastectomy Fitter for our Newhall office, was born and raised in Southern California. She was introduced to the O & P field through VIPO when she joined the company in 2016. Once she began to establish interest in Patient Care, she was then given the opportunity to become a Certified Mastectomy Fitter and found it would be the best fit for her as she is always willing to help others.

Her goal for each post-mastectomy patient is to give them back their confidence, emotionally and physically by assessing their needs and providing each woman the best mastectomy garments and breast forms. Anamarie is very passionate about her work and her patients.

She enjoys shopping, cooking and spending time with her husband, son and daughter.


James Bernadino

Seung Eun (Summer) Lee, Resident 

Summer Lee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Over the undergraduate academic career year, her focus was research, such as nerve regeneration, fine motor control training, and a project to design a training device to walk on uneven surfaces. After undergraduate, Summer went to Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with a Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Her capstone research project was to design a user interface for novel hip exoskeleton. Summer's project received best poster award in 2018 annual American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists conference and best capstone research award in 2018 Georgia Tech MSPO program. In her free time, Summer enjoys to draw, both paint and computer graphics.

Summer is currently completing her orthotic residency at VIPO.