Morro Bay

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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 WilliamsClinic Director - PT, MSPT, OCS, ATC, FAAOMPT

michael@slsportstherapy.com

Michael has extensive physical therapy experience varying from sports medicine to geriatric orthopedics. He obtained his Masters of Science in physical therapy in 1992 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

In addition to becoming a certified athletic trainer from California State University at Long Beach, Michael completed an 18-month full-time residency in 1997 in Orthopedic Manual Therapy at the Gulf Coast Graduate School. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and served as membership chairperson from 1997 to 1999. In June of 2002, Michael was granted board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist.

Michael is very active outside of his clinic. He is currently a member of the Sports Medicine Team for the AVP professional volleyball tour, as well as, provides and facilitates Sports Medicine for Morro Bay High School. He is a member of the Morro Bay Rotary Club and serves on the fundraising committee for the Central Coast Golf Classic that raises funds for various local charities and scholarships for local high school youths. In addition, Michael regularly hosts clinics and provides community lectures on such subjects as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and more.

Education
Gulf Coast Graduate Physical Therapy Institute, Gulfport, Mississippi
Advanced Residency in Manual Physical Therapy, February 1997

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Master of Science in Physical Therapy, December 1992

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Physical Education, May 1989; Minor in Physiology

Athletic Trainer, NATA Certified, February 1994

Wade NoltePT, DPT

wnolte@slsportstherapy.com

Wade was born and raised in Las Vegas, living there for most of his life before moving to the central coast. While at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wade worked as a lifeguard on the Las Vegas strip while earning his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology.

In 2014, Wade received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro University Nevada. With an interest in orthopedics, Wade has worked in that setting since graduation and plans on starting an orthopedic residency program in the near future to further his knowledge in orthopedics and provide the best care for his patients as possible. Outside of his professional role, Wade enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, as well as spending time with his family on the central coast and southern California.

Education
Touro University Nevada
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2014

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, May 2010

Ryan LawrencePT, CSCS

rlawrence@slsportstherapy.com

A Central Coast native, Ryan’s life and careers have taken him across the country and around the globe. Originally a professional ballet dancer with a BFA from the Juilliard School, his passion for movement began when he was 7.

Following a dance career that culminated in the Netherlands, where he lived for 8 years, he studied to become a physiotherapist at the International University of Professional Education in Physiotherapy “Thim van der Laan,” where he graduated in 2011. A wife and 3 children later, he returned to his roots in California where he has held numerous positions in the health and fitness industry, including National Team Trainer and video presenter for group fitness content provider Mossa, and Fitness Director and Post-Rehabilitation specialist. Ryan continues his love of movement outside of the office as owner of dance and yoga studio, the Movement Arts Center, on the waves and in the hills with his family and friends.

Education
International University of Professional Education in Physiotherapy “Thim van der Laan”, Nieuwegein, Netherlands Bachelors of Physiotherapy, 2011

The Juilliard School , New York, New York Bachelors of Fine Arts, Dance, 2002

Nikki PosnickPTLA, DPT

nposnick@slsportstherapy.com

Nikki was born and raised in Northern California. She moved to the Central Coast to attend college at Cal Poly in 2009. She graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor in Kinesiology and a minor in Dance. From there, she continued her journey south to Los Angeles and in 2017 received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. Her areas of interest include vestibular and dance-based rehabilitation. Outside of her professional role, Nikki enjoys dancing, listening to music, reading a good book, and hanging out in the outdoors (especially the beach).

Education
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2017

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Bachelors of Science, Kinesiology with Dance Minor, December 2013

Ryan NganPTA

rngan@slsportstherapy.com

Ryan was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, living in Concord for the majority of his life. While attending Cal Poly Pomona, Ryan developed a passion for fitness and exercise and spent countless hours at the university gym. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 2008, he went on to become a personal trainer. Through five years in the personal training industry, Ryan built his knowledge base in exercise and fitness while obtaining multiple NASM certifications and coached many of his clients to achieve their personal fitness goals. Ryan’s interest in exercise and fitness ultimately led him to continue his education in the physical therapy field where he received his Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assisting at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona in 2017. Outside of his professional career, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, strength & conditioning training, rooting for Bay Area sports teams and playing video games.

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