Hand Therapy


We believe 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 paradigms in a healthy, healing atmosphere, encouraging progress. We look forward to serving you!

Our Team

Michael SmithDirector 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

Shannon ColtonOTR/L, MS, CHT


Shannon transitioned from a 19 year Hand Therapy/OT career in the Midwest to the Central Coast of California in 2015 to be closer to west coast family. Her career has focused primarily on rehabilitation of the upper extremity, and in a larger metropolitan area as St. Louis, MO is, she was able to work with many board certified hand surgeons and hand therapists.  Shannon’s experience includes adjunct faculty status educating OT students in Hand Therapy practice, as well as marketing and managing the Hand Therapy Program for a large outpatient rehabilitation organization in the Midwest. Shannon balances her work life with as many outdoor recreational activities as she can, and enjoying the Central Coast lifestyle with her husband and children.

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, December 1996

Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri
Bachelor of Art in Psychology, May 1995

Bob MoynihanPTA


After a 20-year Navy career as an Aviation Physiologist, Bob earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree (Physical Therapy Assistant). Bob is a licensed California Physical Therapy Assistant.

He has worked in private practice outpatient physical therapy clinics and in a hospital in-patient and transition unit. Bob is also a Certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council of Exercise. He is qualified in the ACE Trainer Program to help AARP members lead active, healthier lifestyles.

During his 20-year Naval career Bob conducted and supervised research, development, test and evaluation programs involving Aviation Life Support Systems and Aircrew Physiological Performance. He provided technical guidance in support of physical performance, training, conditioning and testing related issues Navy-wide with an emphasis on Wellness, health promotion, injury prevention and safety. He conducted high-risk aviation and survival training for military aircrews as well as hyperbaric (recompression) training. He taught the Navy’s Fitness Coordinator course world wide. As a Navy Test Parachutist, he had over 100 parachute jumps in support of Navy test and evaluation programs. Many of the jumps supported biomedical research projects evaluating human tolerances to parachute opening shock and the aerospace recovery environment.

Bob, his wife Margy, and daughter Megan, settled in Margy’s hometown of Arroyo Grande. He has participated in various run/walk/cycling events, triathlons, and marathons. He still enjoys being active and enjoys cycling, tennis, surfing and kayaking here on the beautiful Central Coast.

Charles County Community College, LaPlata, MD
Associate of Applied Science Degree (Physical Therapist Assistant), May 1998

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Master of Arts Degree in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology), May 1985
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Bachelor of Arts Degree Natural Sciences, May 1972

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