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!
Lauren earned her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While attending Cal Poly, Lauren earned her certification in mat and reformer Pilates, which developed into her passion for physical therapy.
In 2013, she received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. While attending St. Augustine, she completed her manual therapy course work. To further develop her knowledge in the field of orthopedics, she completed a residency through Team Movement for Life and USC and achieved her Orthopedic Clinical Specialty (OCS) in 2016.
Outside of her professional role, Lauren enjoys leading an active lifestyle; she’s an avid dancer and CrossFitter and loves to snow ski, play tennis and run with her Australian Shepherds. She was a member of Cal Poly’s Orchesis Dance Company for four years. Additionally, she loves exploring all that the Central Coast has to offer.
University of St. Augustine, San Marcos, CA
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, April 2013
Nicky was born in Orange County and moved to Santa Maria when she was two. While growing up in Santa Maria, she attended Righetti High School, graduating in 2004. She then went on to obtain her Associates Degree from Allan Hancock College.
Nicky joined the San Luis Sports Therapy team in July 2014 and has grown to love what she does. She enjoys meeting new patients and enjoys seeing their hard work, dedication and progress. Nicky’s friendly and positive attitude is contagious as she continually puts smiles on everyone’s faces. In her free time, she loves to draw and paint.
Marlena was born and raised in Orcutt, CA, and attended St. Joseph High School, before departing to Fresno State for her B.S in Kinesiology with and Exercise Science Option. She played Division 1 soccer at Fresno State and continues to play for fun to this day.
Marlena received a Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Beach State, graduating as President of her class.
Fitness has always been an important part of her life; she enjoys soccer, hiking, races/triathlons and even obstacle races. Marlena brings admiration and respect for lifelong movement and healthy activities to her treatment style and endeavors to make physical therapy as exciting and function as possible.
Marlena has been with San Luis Sports Therapy since 2007 as a staff physical therapist. She is committed to continuing her education and increasing her knowledge of orthopedics and manual therapy, so that she is best able to meet the needs of each individual that she treats.
She has also expanded her knowledge with treating vestibular abnormalities and prenatal low back pain to improve her scope of practice. Marlena utilizes many different treatment strategies in order to tailor her care to the patient’s needs to return them to function as soon as possible.
B.S. Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Fresno State
Masters in Physical Therapy, Long Beach State
Nathan was raised in San Diego California, living in Oceanside most of his life. While at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Nathan completed his degree in Health Science.
Then in 2014, he received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Nathan’s primary interest is orthopedics, but also enjoys other areas of the profession as well. When not at work, Nathan enjoys playing, watching and reading about sports, especially soccer.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos, California
Doctor of Physical Therapy, April 2014
University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
Bachelors of Science, Health Science, June 2010
Tyler was born and raised locally on the Central Coast of California. After being a 4 sport varsity athlete at Arroyo Grande High School, Tyler attended San Diego State University for his undergraduate years and then earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Tyler incorporates his sports background with his contemporary studies in school to create a multidimensional approach while treating patients. He plans to soon earn additional certificates to continue his learning within the profession. While not at work, Tyler enjoys playing and watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos, California
Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2016
San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Bachelor of Sciences, Kinesiology, 2013
Katie was born and raised here on the Central Coast. She left to pursue academics and athletics at Chico State University. Katie captained the University women’s soccer team as a senior and finished with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, earning academic honors and scholar athlete awards along the way.
She moved back to the Central Coast where she began working for San Luis Sports Therapy, first as an aide and then as Orcutt's front office manager. She continued to work full time while studying to become a PTA through San Juan College. Throughout this journey Katie has always found joy in being involved in each patient’s rehabilitation and healing process and looks forward to being a lifelong learner, planning to gain knowledge in specialized areas.
When Katie is not working, she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, camping, spending time with her family, and dreaming about getting a dog soon with her husband.
California State University, Chico – Chico, California
Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology
San Juan College – Associate of Applied Sciences, PTA
Upon graduation and passed the Board of Certification, becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Andrew has also worked at Fresno City College with the football team, soccer teams, and baseball team. Andrew worked at Central High School in Fresno, CA as well for a two years. Andrew enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, soccer, football, and the outdoors.
Bachelors of Science, Kinesiology, Athletic Training from California State University Fresno. May 2014
"I want to take the opportunity to say I have enjoyed being assigned to Karma for physical therapy for the knee injury I came in with last monthI feel Karma was the perfect fit and is a wonderful therapist I am a bicyclist and she is so in tune to my need to exercise on a regular basisShe gave me a set of exercises and a homework sheet to come home with and I followed them to the letterEach time we meet she would ask me questions and I would answer them Once I was able to ride my bicycle she gave me guidelines and I followed themThen she gave me a grade percentage so I could ride and add a bit of a challengeOne day I went too many miles and over did it because I felt strong enough, but in reality, I actually pushed myself a bit farther than I should have, but she did not beat me up, she said it was okay just to back off a bit since I was still healingI aggravated my knee and failed to ice like I should have That was my faultI am thankful and feel blessed that she can explain a plan so simple and made this transition and recovery period so much better I still have a couple of more sessions with Karma, but wanted to make sure I got a chance to let you know she is an awesome physical therapistAustin has been working with me as well and going through my exercise routine every time I go into treatment He watches as I do the exercises and won't let me cheatIf I'm not doing something correctly, he is there to make sure I correct the position of the exercise so that it works as intendedThere are days I whine, but he is always the professionalWhat a great team I was paired with between Karma and Austin this has been a great recovery for me As always I think San Luis Sports Therapy is one of the best places to recovery from an injury and recommend your facility when asked"~ Monica