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American Board Certified Orthotist-Prosthetist

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 V. Bernadino, C.P.O.James V. Bernadino Orthotist-Prosthetist at VIPO

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, C.P.O.Trevor John Townsend at Valley Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc.

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, C.P.OMichael Nelson at Valley Institute of Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc.

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, CFomMelissa Garcia

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.

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