Head Athletic Trainer/Instructor

Paul Starks

Phone: (408) 741-2005

Paul has been a member of the West Valley College Sports Medicine staff since 1992. In addition to being certified as an athletic trainer (ATC), he is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) with years of inpatient and outpatient physical therapy experience. Paul is also certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

Paul graduated from West Valley College, and then transferred to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He earned his Masters degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University.

Paul resides in Gilroy with his wife Rachel and three children (Garrett, Sarah & Aubrey)

Meredith Dillon, MA, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer/Instructor

Meredith Dillon

Phone: (408) 741-2408

Meredith joined the West Valley College staff in 2004, after working several years as an athletic trainer at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

A native of Southern California, Meredith first attended Santa Barbara City College and received two Associate of Arts degrees in Sports Medicine and Liberal Arts. After studying abroad in England for a semester, she transferred to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to complete her masters degree in Kinesiology at San Jose State University. While at San Jose State, Meredith was the Head Athletic Trainer at Westmont High School in Campbell, California.

Meredith is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the California Community College Athletic Trainers’ Association (CCCATA).

John T. Kao, M.D.
Team Physician

Dr. John T. Kao, M.D.

Dr. Kao began his affiliation with West Valley College in 2001 and brought a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the intercollegiate athletics program. He currently works for Sports, Orthopedic And Rehabilitation (SOAR) Medicine Associates in San Jose.  He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Stanford University, and also a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic where he also assisted with the orthopedic care of the local professional teams: LA Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, and former LA Rams football Club. Dr. Kao has done extensive teaching and research with students in medical school, and has written numerous published journal articles. He has served as a presenter at numerous conferences, and also a clinical instructor at Stanford where he received many honors. Dr. Kao’s particular interest are with shoulder, elbow and knee injuries in the active athlete. Recently, he has been recognized as one of the few South Bay physicians performing hip arthroscopy.
Dr. Kao Enjoys golf, softball and fishing. He resides in San Jose with his with Yoko and two children, Erica and Mathew.

Anthony J. Saglimbeni, M.D.
Owner of South Bay Sports & Preventive Medicine Associates, Inc.
Team Physician & Medical Director for WVC Student Health Services

Dr.  Anthony J. Saglimbeni, M.D.

» Dr. Saglimbeni joined the West Valley College Sports Medicine Team in 2007, and has served as the medical director for the student health services facility on campus for several years. He is the owner of South Bay Sports & preventive Medicine Associates, Inc in San Jose, where he practices pediatrics, internal medicine and primary care sports medicine. Dr. Saglimbeni also serves as a physician for the San Francisco Giants, Bellarmine College Prep and Presentation High School.
» Dr. Saglimbeni completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, and attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his residency in both internal medicine and Pediatrics at UC Irvine, and continued his training by completing a sports medicine fellowship at UC San Diego.

Ross Nakaji, PT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS
Rehabilitation Consultant

Ross Nakaji

» Ross has been a member of the West Valley College Sports Medicine staff since 2005, consulting with the rehabilitation of athletes, faculty and guest lecturing. Ross is the founder of Los Gatos Orthopedic Sports Therapy where he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of complex musculoskeletal dysfunction with an emphasis on the knee, shoulder and lower kinetic chain mechanics. He is a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) Board Certified in Orthopedics (OCS) and Sports (SCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC and also Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ross attended West Valley College before transferring to University of the Pacific where he earned his Bachelor’s (Sports Medicine/Athletic Training) and Masters degree (Physical Therapy). He also worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Stanford University. Ross resides in San Jose with his wife Kris, a Pediatric Physical Therapist and two children, Garrison and Kimiko.

Gary Brown, PA-C
Debbie Brown, PA-C, FNP
Physician Assistant

Gary and Debbie Brown

» Gary is a Certified Physician Assistant with over 30 years of orthopedic experience. He has been with Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine since 1983, as well as a vital member of the Sports Medicine team at West Valley College. Gary works as a surgical assistant with numerous orthopedic sports medicine specialists and assists in performing a variety of surgical procedures. In addition, he and his wife Debbie are the owners of an orthopedic bracing company, Sports Bracing U.S.A., Inc., which provides medical support for physicians throughout northern California.
» Debbie Brown works as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Physician Assistant (PA-C) in San Jose, and has served as a valuable member of our sports medicine team for health screening exams and a resource for referrals in the community. This dynamic duo has been committed to the health care needs of our student-athlete population for nearly 25 years.
» Gary’s hobbies include: fishing, boating, and water sports. He resides in San Jose with his wife Debbie and two sons, Evan and Taylor.

last published: 10/16/17