San Luis Obispo - Meinecke (Hand Therapy Only)
We can do more together than we can alone. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we touch by applying current and effective treatment in a healthy, healing atmosphere, encouraging progress. We look forward to serving you!
Meet our team
We believe the most important thing about life is how we move through it. Guided by the 3-A’s, we believe physical therapy should be Accessible to all who need it, provided in a positive Atmosphere, and rooted in proven Ability.
We don’t just focus on the how or what of an experience, but also the why. As the largest employee-owned outpatient physical therapy team in the nation, we provide the level of individualized and specialized care we would want ourselves.
862 Meinecke Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
phone: (805) 619‑0414
fax: (805) 549-5253
Monday – Friday
8:00am - 5:00pmDriving directions >
Director of Hand Therapy - PT, MBA, DPT, CHTRead Bio
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
PT, DPT, CHTRead Bio
PT, DPT, CHT
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
PT, DPTRead Bio
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
PT, DPTRead Bio
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
Front Office ManagerRead Bio
Front Office Manager
Amanda is the passionate patient advocate and self-proclaimed “clinic mom” at the front desk of Movement for Life on Meinecke. Her journey with the company began in the Aerovista office as a Front Office Assistant shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began. In October of 2020, the first Hand Therapy-only location opened in San Luis Obispo, and Amanda was excited to step into the role at the front desk and learn more about the complex nature of hand, wrist, and elbow injuries. As the front office manager, Amanda not only commandeers the schedule for the hand therapy team, but warmly welcomes walk-in patients from the orthopedics clinic next door to schedule with other Movement for Life locations across the county.
In addition to her role with Movement for Life, Amanda is a full-time student completing her Bachelor’s degree in Literature. After graduating, she will complete a combined teaching credential and Master’s program to pursue teaching high school students. Until then, Amanda gratefully continues to be the smiling face behind the desk of the Movement for Life Hand Therapy clinic on Meinecke.
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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.Susan