Nelson Boland, MD
Dr. Boland joined the UCLA Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in July 2022 after completing his Family Medicine Residency at UCLA, where he successfully completed the Sports Medicine Resident Track. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine where he established a national leadership collaborative focused on the advancement of primary care in medical school curriculums. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with Salutatorian Honors from Boston University. Throughout his training, he has provided coverage for multiple high school, college, and mass participation sporting events. As part of his fellowship, Dr. Boland will serve as the head team physician for Santa Monica High School and as a team physician for UCLA Athletics. He will also serve as the assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. His research interests include the effect of sleep on athletic performance and injury prevention in youth distance runners.
Joseph Coppiano, MD
Dr. Coppiano joined the UCLA Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in July 2022. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Georgia where he served as a Chief Resident and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Coppiano received the “Residents as Teachers Exemplary Award” for his commitment to medical student and resident education. He received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society and received the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians T.A. Sappington Award. He received his BS in Psychology at the University of Georgia. During residency he served as a team physician at Westside High School and assisted with several mass running events in the state of Georgia. Dr. Coppiano received grant funding to start an intensive lifestyle intervention program in his primary residency clinic geared towards those in low resource communities. He has presented both locally and nationally, including several case studies, journal clubs, and his research on intensive lifestyle interventions. His primary interests include academic medicine, running medicine, and community engagement. Outside of work he enjoys running, kayaking, high-intensity interval training, board games and going on hikes with his family.
Altelisha Taylor, MD, MPH
Dr. Taylor joined the UCLA Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in July of 2022. She completed her Family Medicine Residency Training at Emory University where she helped create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion curriculum for the program. She was deemed a financial expert by the university after publishing numerous articles on the Career Money Moves blog, starting the Facebook group Financial Grand Rounds, and creating the Personal Finance Guide for Residents and Fellows within the Emory GME department. During her training, Dr. Taylor spent a year serving on the AAFP leadership team and working with other family physicians in Georgia on legislative changes to improve access to care. Dr. Taylor received her medical degree from the University of Florida, her master’s in public health from the George Washington Milken Institute, and her bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University. During her time in undergrad, she was a member of the varsity women’s rowing team. Currently, she is a member of AMSSM and is interested in women’s health, sports psychology, and sports nutrition. Along with sports medicine, Dr. Taylor is also a professional speaker and has a passion for promoting physician wellness through financial literacy. In her free time, she enjoys watching sporting events, spending time with family & friends, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.
Alexandra Abbott, MD
Dr. Abbott joined the UCLA Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in July 2023 after completing her Pediatrics Residency at UCLA. She received the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute Resident Research Award for her contributions to sports medicine research. She received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, where she received the Community Education Professionalism Commendation for her commitment to volunteerism and education in communities in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Magna Cum Laude Honors from the California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. She also played on Cal Poly’s women’s soccer team. Throughout her clinical training, she has provided coverage for multiple high school, college, and mass participation sporting events. Her research interests include concussion, care of the female athlete and relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), and sport specialization in youth athletes.
Basil Ike, DO
Dr. Ike joined the UCLA Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in July 2023 after completing his Family Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University with successful completion of the Lifestyle Medicine Track. He received his medical degree at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his Bachelor of Science at California Baptist University. Throughout his training, he provided team coverage for Redlands high school, the University of Redlands (Division III), NCAA Division I Big West Men's and Women's Cross-Country Championship, and the Redlands Bicycle Classic which is the longest running invitational professional stage race in the United States. Dr. Ike has also held a teaching role at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where he taught third year medical students musculoskeletal exams during their dedicated Family Medicine clinical rotations. Dr Ike will serve as the head team physician for Culver City High School and as a team physician for UCLA Athletics. He will also serve as the assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. His research interests include diagnosing, treating, and preventing concussions, sports nutrition, and heat related injuries. In his free time, he enjoys being active by participating in a wide range of sports, exploring new restaurants, and trying new homemade plant-based meals he learned during his lifestyle medicine track in residency. He also has a passion for mentoring underprivileged, and underrepresented students by helping them pursue a professional career of their choice including medicine.
Tiana Woolridge, MD, MPH
Dr. Woolridge joined the UCLA Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in July 2023 following the completion of the Pediatric Residency program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) within the Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity Track. She holds a medical degree from UCSF, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University (where she played NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball), and a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University. Throughout her medical training, Dr. Woolridge provided coverage for high school sporting events, volunteered to give free physical exams to youth athletes, and led workshops on the sideline management of injuries and emergency response to a cardiac arrest.
In addition to her medical background, she is also a mental health expert and profesional speaker. During her graduate education, she worked as a Mental Wellness consultant to design and implement an award-wining school-based mental health program called Embrace the Mind within a Los Angeles charter school district. She has presented nationally on mental health for schools, conferences, and athletic departments.
She is passionate about community engagement, health education, and addressing health disparities. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and writing children’s books.