Hand Therapy- Templeton, SLO, & Santa Maria

Welcome to our innovative employee-owned physical therapy clinic, where we are passionate about empowering our patients to reach their full potential. Our expert therapists deliver personalized care that is tailored to your unique needs, helping you achieve your goals and live your best life. With our top rankings in patient satisfaction, you can trust us to deliver exceptional results. 


  • non-operative & preventative care

  • sensory re-education after nerve injury

  • design & implementation of exercise programs to improve function

  • splints to correct or prevent injury

  • return to work conditioning

  • postoperative rehab

  • pain & edema management

  • static, dynamic, & static-progressive Orthosis design & fabrication

  • ergonomic workstation evaluations

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Templeton, San Luis Obispo-Meinecke, and Santa Maria

phone: (805) 619‑0414

fax: (805) 549-5253

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Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

San Luis Obispo-Meinecke

Santa Maria
Tuesday & Thursday
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM


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Michael Smith

Director of Hand Therapy - PT, MBA, DPT, CHT

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Michael Smith

Director of Hand Therapy - PT, MBA, DPT, CHT

Michael is the founder and Director of the Hand Therapy Department at San Luis Sports Therapy. The majority of his time is spent not only treating patients, but also as a mentor/ clinical instructor for staff therapists and interns studying for their specialty Board Exams for Hand Therapy.

He regularly attends surgeries to observe the latest and varying techniques used by surgeons today to maintain close and clear communication with the physicians whose patients he treats, in order to maximize his patients’ outcomes. He is also on the clinical development committee of the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program at San Luis Sports Therapy. He is a board certified specialist in Hand Therapy, the first and only one between Thousand Oaks and San Francisco with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Michael graduated pre-med with his B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University and subsequently pursued study in the areas of breast and ovarian cancer research where he was twice awarded Edmundson Fellowships for research at the USC Norris Cancer institute. Desiring to bring his health care experience to a field with greater patient interaction, he entered the USC School of Physical Therapy. There he graduated with the first entry level class offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree on the West Coast. Michael’s primary area of study as well as more than 10 years of practice since graduation has been orthopedics and hand rehabilitation including internships at Yale, City of Hope, Orthopedic Hospital of Los Angeles, and private practice at the Ventura Hand Center before coming to San Luis Obispo County in June of 2004. On a personal level, having suffered a broken hand while in PT school, he brings his own experience with surgery and hand therapy to bear in the clinic.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 1998

Grazidio School of Business, Pepperdine University, Malibu CA
Master of Business Administration, May 2004

Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut
Bachelor of Science: Biology/Premed, May 1992
Double Minor: Philosophy and Studio Art

Troy McClanahan


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Troy McClanahan


Troy was raised in Southern California before attending Cal Poly SLO.  While there, he received his Bachelors in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, he moved to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. Troy began his second clinical rotation at Good Shepherd Penn Partners (Penn Medicine) after finishing his first clinical rotation at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California. At Penn Medicine, he discovered a fascination with the intricacies of the hand and took advantage of the opportunity to shadow both orthopedic and hand surgeons. Troy interned under a board-certified specialist in Hand Therapy, treating patients with carpal tunnel, wrist fractures, and tendon injuries, to name a few. This experience solidified Troy’s decision to practice hand therapy after graduation in January 2017. He subsequently moved back to the Central Coast of California to join the Hand Therapy team at San Luis Sports Therapy and has enjoyed serving the local community ever since. Troy stays up-to-date with current APTA and ASHT memberships and he plans to obtain his Certification in Hand Therapy in the near future. 

Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Jan 2017

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California
Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Dec 2013
Minor: Psychology

Amy Gaffney


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Amy Gaffney


Amy was raised in the small city of Yucaipa, CA where she has spent most of her life. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at CSUSB. In 2019, she completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific. Outside of Physical Therapy, Amy enjoys painting, yoga, and aerial acrobatics (though she is still making good use of the crash pads). She is eager to start traveling more and has many tropical destinations on her bucket list.


University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

Doctor of Physical Therapy, September 2019

California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California

Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, May 2017

Marissa McClain


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Marissa McClain


Marissa was born and raised in Atascadero, California and spent her childhood living on the Central Coast. She graduated from San Diego State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. Following graduation, Marissa moved back to the Central Coast to work as a physical therapy aide in our Atascadero clinic.

After 2 years, Marissa moved to Miami, Florida to attend the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in April 2021. During her time at the University of St. Augustine, Marissa found an interest in hand therapy and completed her last clinical rotation with our Hand Therapy team in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria offices.

After treating in a variety of settings during her internships, Marissa decided that she wants to focus her career on hand therapy and is planning on obtaining her Certification of Hand Therapy (CHT) in the future. In her free time, Marissa loves to cook, travel to new cities, go to concerts, and spend time with her family. Marissa is extremely excited to return to the Central Coast and serve her hometown community.


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Miami, Florida

Doctor of Physical Therapy, April 2021

San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy, May 2016

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  • After developing CRPS I was terrified that I could have lifelong pain and the loss of function in my hand and wrist, which can occur with this rare disorder. Fortunately my doctor referred me to Mike Smith and his team of hand therapists, emphasizing that the hand requires specialized care and therapy. With their focused expertise and experience with care for the injured hand, they implemented an effective and comprehensive individualized treatment plan that over time moved me to full mobility and function. The results are absolutely stunning! There just isn’t anything I can’t do thanks to Mike and his tremendous team! I will be forever grateful for their specialized hand therapy services!
  • As a follow up to hand surgery, this team of professionals practiced empathy, infinite medical knowledge, understanding of the type of injury I incurred, and personal attention. Every person in the office treated me with kindness and courtesy. My primary physical therapist, Marissa McClain, saw me through months of treatment and exercises. She was my angel. Months later, I continue my exercise regimen and have continued progress. I also want to thank assistant, Xavier, for his professionalism and understanding. He is wonderful. I am grateful to the entire team.
  • There simply aren't enough words of gratitude to describe the amazing results I experienced with these therapists! I emphatically advise anyone who has any issue with the hands or fingers to get referred here. It is their specialty! After breaking my wrist and told I had CRPS, I felt hopeless. But today my hand is functional and I could not have done it without the physical directives from Mike Smith and his valuable colleagues. The cleanliness and positive atmosphere in this facility exceeds today's expectations. Thank you to all of you who work at the Meinecke location.