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About Us

It is our belief and practice to treat the whole patient

​At Spirit Winds we have a caring and professional team of individuals dedicated to helping patients achieve their goals for healing and wellness. Each member is uniquely gifted with special skills and talents, which together, create a well-rounded team of professionals. Our staff is focused on providing a safe and healing environment, therapeutic tools, and education to assist you on your path toward well-being.

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Meet Our Therapists

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Larry Hazen 
MS PT

Larry Hazen MS PT has over 35 yrs experience in multiple patient-care settings as a staff Therapist & as a Manager of Rehabilitation Services.  Larry has extensive training working with Neurological & Oncology patients as well as Orthopedic patients. Larry enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge & techniques to empower his patients to continue their success as they transition from clinical visits to their home programs

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Michele Jang 
Owner, PT

Michele was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1994 and started Spirit Winds Physical Therapy in 2000.  She has been an instructor, teaching manual therapy techniques in both the US and abroad. She continues to be involved with fostering continuing education for physical therapists and other healing professions. Always active both physically and mentally.  She’s been into; triathlons, competitive ballroom dancing and martial arts.  She dabbles in a whole lot of this and that, which includes: learning Spanish, playing the ukulele, cooking, traveling, and enjoying wine. She really enjoys bringing people together, helping them achieve their potential and building community.

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Allyn Brown
PT

Allyn is a physical therapy doctoral graduate from Loma Linda University. Prior to this, she attended both Pepperdine University and Azusa Pacific where she played collegiate soccer. Allyn is also certificated in Pelvic Floor and prides herself on staying up to date on current research to ensure that her patient's get the highest level quality of treatment She was born and raised in the mountain town of Lake Arrowhead, CA, which sparked her love for the outdoors. When Allyn isn’t working, you can find her hiking, snowboarding, camping, or hanging out with her fiancé and pup.

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Jen Bancale
Physical Therapist
Assistant

Jennifer graduated from Green River Community College and has been working as a PTA for 17 years.  Jennifer specializes in Orthopaedics and  movement training and she is also certified in Pilates.  Jennifer worked as a professional dancer for many years and that has greatly contributed to her success with her patients.  Before returning to the central coast one year ago, Jennifer owned and managed her own outpatient clinic in  AZ. In her free time she enjoys hiking, taking Barre and Pilates classes, and spending time with close friends.

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Laura Knutson
 
Physical Therapist Assistant, Yoga Therapist

Laura is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Yoga Instructor. She is passionate about blending Eastern and Western modalities of healing, and uses this application for both her yoga and PT patients. Outside of her profession Laura is a Mother, and sings in the band Sōleffect. 

Office Staff and Support

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Gail Wakefield
Front Desk / Reception

Gail Wakefield is our Office Receptionist. She is first to greet you, schedule appointments, handle charges,  obtain medical records, and manage the waiting list. Her 20-year healthcare career includes marketing, staffing, and scheduling. She was born and raised in Southern California and moved to SLO five years ago. She enjoys cooking, reading, and helping patients navigate the complex medical system.

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Kiley Rudge
Patient Care Coordinator

I was born and raised in AG, long time athlete, love the outdoors, hiking, camping and adventures with my boyfriend and our doggo!  My work background is as a medical assistant in orthopedics.  

I look forward to assisting clients with their needs and to brighten your day. 

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Addi 
Rehabilitation Aide

Addi was born in Visalia CA but was raised on the Central Coast. As a rehabilitation technician she aides in the physical needs of patients as well as manages high proficiency in the facility for an efficient work space for all. Addi studies Kinesiology with the goal of becoming a physical therapist herself. She enjoys weightlifting in her home gym, spending time with friends and family, singing, and creating content on social media. She hopes that her assistance can benefit all that visit SWPT!

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Ashley Brown
Billing Services

Ashley Brown is a San Luis Obispo county native who enjoys her Los Osos beach lifestyle and loves to sing. She has a daughter and 2 doggies. Ashley has been billing in the medical field for over 18 years and enjoys the life she's created here on the Coast. 

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Emily King
Social Media, Website

Born and raised in San Diego, Emily King is the content creator and website coordinator.  She has lived here in SLO for 23 yeras.  Emily is also an elementary classroom teacher in San Luis Coastal Unified.  When she's not teaching or on the computer, she enjoys running, home projects, and spending time with her husband, son, and two doggies.  

Trainers and Specialists

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Tommy Miner
Boxing Instructor

Tommy is an experienced boxing coach who has been training with clients of all levels for many years.  

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Sierra Butlar
Instructor

Sierra is the head of Loba Muay Thai. She loves sharing her passion with others, and her goal is to create a place where anyone can learn and train. Sierra loves to meet new people and outside of instructing she is a Welder.

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Dave Sanchez
Trainer

"I love working with and teaching others. Helping people achieve their goals and improve their daily lives,  through fitness, is my passion and joy in life."  Outside of work Dave enjoys disc golf, running, hiking and basketball. 

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Alyse Meza
Trainer

Alyse is a fitness enthusiast, and coach, L1 cert xfit coach, and wellness advocate.  She strength-trains clients and believes that the best motivation comes from within.  Her classes range from a HIIT style to increasing mobility and flexibility.  Alyse is an accomplished gymnist and native of Morro Bay.

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