Meet the Spirit Winds Team
The Spirit Winds staff is 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.
Meet The Therapists
Michele, owner of Spirit Winds, is a native of San Francisco. After receiving a degree in Physical Therapy from Long Beach State in 1994, Michele focused her studies on Manual Therapy. She found two pioneers in the field and began studying with and working for Sharon Giammatteo, PT, Ph.D at the Center for Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) in Connecticut in 1998. A year later, she found a second mentor in Frank Lowen LMT, innovator of Dynamic Manual Interface. Michele's passions include anything involving body movement. She has extensive training in martial arts, has participated in triathlons and her newest passion is ballroom dancing. Michele is thrilled to bring her approach and this level of physical therapy care to the Central Coast.
Laird graduated from the University of Oklahoma with his BS in Health and Exercise Science. He then moved to France for 3.5 years to live, work, and travel, before moving to Denver, Colorado where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Regis University. His physical therapy background includes post-stroke rehabilitation, post-operation and sports rehabilitation, and home health pediatrics. Laird approaches patients’ problems systematically; Analyzing gait, posture, and biomechanics to determine the cause of a patient’s pain, so that he can treat the source of the issue. Through his practice, he provides patients the tools to take care of themselves and avoid having the same issue arise again. Laird strives to become a holistic therapist who, while being trained in Western medicine thinking, supports all healing sciences. In his free time, Laird enjoys being active outdoors, taking cooking classes, and spending time with friends. Laird is passionate about making others around him feel good and believes that a positive attitude can truly change the world. Laird moved to the Central Coast with his Parisian wife, 2-month old baby boy, and his little dog, Nugget.
Sarah, native to Indiana, graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN with her BS in Movement and Sports Sciences. Her passions for research, anthropology, and working with people with special needs were born during those years. She then moved to Grand Forks, ND to pursue her Doctorate of Physical therapy and gained experience in working with patients of every age. Sarah recently graduated from the University of North Dakota and has a background providing physical therapy services for patients at outpatient pediatric and orthopedic clinics, rural health centers, and a Skilled Nursing Facility. She enjoys good food, hiking, road biking, gardening, and crafting (ranges from crocheting to rebuilding bicycles). If you have any recommendations for outdoor places to go explore or restaurants to try; let her know. She’s very excited to be joining the Spirit Winds Physical Therapy team and can’t wait to begin serving the community of San Luis Obispo.
Larry graduated from Cal State Northridge University in 1985 and completed his Master's coursework in 2006 through Texas Tech University. Larry has a special interest in working with oncology patients, including those with lymphedema/edema. He also has extensive experience with disorders of the spine, knee, hip, and shoulder. Larry completed the 6-month Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation program at Kaiser, Vallejo where he worked primarily with neurological patients including those with stroke, and brain/spinal cord injuries. Larry's interests include bicycling, hiking, travel, music and spending time with his beautiful wife Michele.
Miles was our office therapy dog. He would come to work on Mondays and Thursdays and if you were lucky enough to meet him, he would greet you when you'd arrive! He loved to spend his time sleeping, getting pets, and of course his walks! If he was invited up on the table he would gladly accept the extra attention. He was a sweet little guy and would always help to perk up our office and bring smiles to our patient's faces.