San Luis Obispo


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

Colleen RussellClinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS

Colleen completed her undergraduate work at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Kinesiology and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is board certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, an accolade that only 3.5% of Physical Therapists in the country have earned.

Her post graduate work includes orthopedic and sports specific rehabilitation with Dr. Robert Donatelli. Colleen has also had extensive manual therapy training. Her passion for working with athletes led her towards directing rehabilitation for Olympians, amateur, professional and collegiate athletes.

Colleen serves on our Clinical Development Committee where she actively contributes to the direction of clinical expansion and development for San Luis Sports Therapy and other Movement for Life clinics. Colleen is also involved with the team’s continuing education and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency programs where her dedication to evidence based practice and orthopedics are strongly utilized. While Colleen is passionate about the athletic population, she also has a strong talent for connecting with all patients and treating a wide variety of physical ailments. Colleen is a sixth generation San Luis Obispo County native and an outdoor enthusiast, which has most recently included learning to snowboard and completing a Tough Mudder.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2006

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, December 2001

Colleen VecchettiPT, MPT, DPT, OCS

Colleen was raised on the Central Coast. In 2007, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Colleen worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at San Luis Sports Therapy in Morro Bay.

In fall of 2007, she moved to Fresno to pursue a Master of Physical Therapy degree at Fresno State University. Colleen was the president of her physical therapy class for three years, a member of the alumni fundraising committee, and participated in Legislation Day for the American Physical Therapy Association. Colleen received a Masters of Physical Therapy from Fresno State in 2010, graduating as the Valedictorian of her class and also awarded the prestigious Darlene Stewart Award.

Upon graduation, Colleen returned to the Central Coast and to San Luis Sports Therapy, where she completed an extensive eighteen month orthopedic residency program in January 2013. Shortly thereafter, she received her doctorate in physical therapy from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. Additionally, she was recently certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Colleen also has experience in the acute care setting rehabilitating patients in the hospital setting. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, drinking skinny vanilla lattes, shopping for sweaters, and traveling the world.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Bachelor of Science, Biology, June 2007

California State University, Fresno
Master of Physical Therapy, May 2010

EIM Institute of Health Professions
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, January 2013

Professional Associations
American Physical Therapy Association
California Chapter

Suzanne PotterPT, DPT

In 2005 Suzanne graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She then continued her studies at URI, earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with the Award for Academic Excellence in 2010.

During graduate school, Suzanne shared her time between volunteer events with the ALS (Lou Gherigs Disease) Association RI Chapter, as well as many other community-based volunteer events such as, “The Power of Play”, an event promoting health fitness and physical activity in children. In November and December of 2009, Suzanne spent time internationally as a graduate physical therapist working with children and adults with disabilities in Guatemala, Central America. While there, she extended the concepts of “The Power of Play” to a non-profit multicultural school, The Life School, in Panajachel.

Following graduation in 2010, Suzanne began her professional career at Olympic Physical Therapy in Wakefield, Rhode Island, where she continued to build her skills in treatment via applied functional science. Suzanne has clinical experience in pediatrics, inpatient care, outpatient care, and acute rehabilitation. She enjoys the diversity of her profession and is thrilled to begin practicing on the West Coast, to add her style of treatment to the already teaming talent pool at San Luis Sports Therapy.

Suzanne is an avid cyclist and runner, who also enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and hunting down banana slugs in Big Sur National Park. Having relocated to SLO in October of 2012, she is thrilled with her first residence outside of Rhode Island, and loves spending her weekends exploring all of the beauty that the Central Coast has to offer.

University of Rhode Island
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2010
Bachelors of Science in Animal Science, 2005

Brandon WeipertPT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Brandon graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2010 and he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 2013.

While attending Azusa Pacific, Brandon conducted and published research on the effects of physical activity and education on Body Mass Index and Body Fat Percentage in primarily Hispanic mothers and their children. He has clinical experience working in outpatient orthopedics, acute rehabilitation, and pediatrics. He recently became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

As a third generation San Luis Obispo County native, Brandon is excited to provide compassionate, individualized, and evidence-based care in his hometown. He enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his family, and anything to do with sports.

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
Doctor of Physical Therapy, December 2013

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California
Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, December 2010
Minor: Psychology

Luke PhillipsPT, DPT

Luke received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California in 2015. He was honored with the Order of the Golden Cane award for distinguished all around excellence, and a Merit Award for Academic Excellence.

During physical therapy school, Luke was a tutor for orthopedic physical therapy classes and enjoyed volunteering with several organizations such as the Special Olympics, Gabriel House Orphanage in Mexico, and Life Rolls On- which provides adaptive surfing and skating for people with spinal cord injuries.

Before moving to San Luis Obispo, Luke worked at Harbor Physical Therapy in San Pedro and has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics, acute rehabilitation, and acute inpatient care.

Luke graduated from Brigham Young University in 2012 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. During his undergraduate studies, Luke was a gym manager and fitness instructor at Alpine Fitness and Physical Therapy.

A severe knee injury in high school led Luke to have a strong drive to treat and prevent injuries in adolescent athletes. Luke is very passionate about helping both the athletic and general population return to full participation in the activities they love, without pain or limitations.

Luke served a two-year mission for his church in Santiago, Chile, where he became fluent in Spanish and did volunteer work for the local community. Outside of the clinic, Luke enjoys surfing, rock climbing, food, and spending time with his wife.

University of Southern California
Doctor of Physical Therapy; May 2015

Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science
Exercise Science; April 2012

Taylor LeibyPT, DPT

Taylor grew up in Seal Beach, CA. While attending physical therapy as a young athlete dealing with shoulder and patellofemoral pain, he realized this was a line of work that suited him. Taylor played 4 seasons of collegiate level tennis at Fresno State and has an extensive knowledge of rehabilitation and performance enhancing exercise science. He went on to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from CSU Long Beach, graduating in 2015. Taylor joined Team Movement For Life in 2016 and is committed to continuing his education and increasing his knowledge of orthopedics and manual therapy, so that he is best able to meet the needs of each individual that he treats. He enjoys the complex, social and rewarding aspects of helping people return to doing what they love.

Taylor lives a very active and healthy lifestyle on the Central Coast. He coaches tennis at the San Luis Country Club, plays baseball with the San Luis Obispo baseball league, and plays beach volleyball in Pismo beach.

California State University Long Beach
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2015

California State University Fresno
Bachelor of Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, December 2011

Mark WhitleyPT

Mark was born and raised in southern California and after completing his professional education moved to Spokane Washington.  In Spokane, Mark owned and operated Inland Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab for 26 years. In addition to providing excellent care to his in clinic patients he also provided physical therapy coverage to the Central Valley High School athletic teams and staff. He also developed and implemented “Explosion Academy” a functional screening, speed and agility training program for high school and middle school athletes. During his career as a physical therapist, Mark has developed a functional approach to assessing and rehabilitating his patients with orthopedic, balance and age related disorders. Outside of the physical therapy realm he enjoys running, sprint triathlons, golfing and traveling with his wife to visit their 3 adult children.

UCLA Hospitals and Clinics. Los Angeles, California
Certificate of Physical Therapy, May 1982

California State University, Northridge. Northridge, California
Bachelor of Science, Health Science Option. January 1982

Andrea RipoylaPT, DPT

Andrea graduated Summa Cum Laude at Humboldt State University in 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2016.

During physical therapy school, Andrea gained clinical experience in outpatient care, acute care, and inpatient rehab care. She spent her time between academic events raising Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) service dogs with her fellow classmates, in addition to participating in community-based volunteer events such as 9Health Fair, Day Stroke Program, and Colfax Community Network - After School Program which provides tutoring services to children from homeless families.

Andrea has an interest and passion in treating orthopedic and neurological conditions through evidenced - based and patient centered care. In her spare time she enjoys attending concerts, socializing with friends, and spending time outdoors with her yellow lab, JJ.

Regis University, Denver, Colorado.Doctorate of Physical Therapy, April 2016

Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy, May 2013

Professional Associations
American Physical Therapy Association California and Colorado Chapter

Charlene PowellPT, DPT


Charlene was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. While studying at California State University of Fresno, she found her passion for physical therapy through volunteer work. In 2012, she graduated with a major in Rehabilitation Sciences with an option in Pre-Physical Therapy. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in October 2016 from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Following graduation, Charlene and her husband decided to relocate to the Central Coast to begin the start of her career as Physical Therapist. In her spare time, Charlene enjoys crafting, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, step-son, and two dogs.

Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA
Doctor of Physical Therapy, October 2016

California State University Fresno, Fresno, CA
Bachelor of Science, Rehabilitative Sciences, May 2012

Angie DexterFront Office Manager

Angie was born and raised here on the Central Coast. She has been working in the medical field for 8 years, and has been with San Luis Sports Therapy as a front office Manager for 3 years.

She received her Associates Degree from Santa Barbara Business College in 2007. When she is not at work she enjoys spending her time with her family, playing softball, and doing landscape photograph.

Brian TuohyATC - San Luis Obispo High School

Brian was raised in Pleasanton, California. After high school he attended Santa Barbara City College, where he found his passion for Athletic Training. He then continued his studies at California State University, Fresno in the Athletic Training program where he worked football, track and field and women’s swimming as a student. After graduating from Fresno he moved back to Santa Barbara where he was given the opportunity to implement and start an Athletic Training program at Bishop Diego High School.

After spending 4 years at Bishop Diego High School, Brian and his family moved to Livermore, CA. were he began working for Valley Care Hospital.  Over the past 5 years he has gaining more experience not only with the athletic population, but also working with cardiac and pulmonary patients.  In his spare time Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, as well as cycling and rock climbing.

Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara California
AA in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training

California State University, Fresno, Fresno California
BS in Kinesiology with an option in Sports Medicine

University of Phoenix, Livermore California
Masters of Arts in Education

Brennon KingATC - Mission College Prep High School

Brennon is certified as an Athletic Trainer and a Corrective Exercise Specialist. He grew up just north of Seattle, Washington. Brennon developed a love for helping those in need as a high school student by helping physical therapists teach children with brain injuries or developmental issues how to move, walk, speak, and more. He began his college education at Santa Barbara City College, where he also played baseball. Brennon then attended Concordia University, where he completed the Athletic Training program and became a Certified Athletic Trainer.

While at Concordia, he worked in a physical therapy clinic helping to develop rehabilitation programs and progress patients in their programs. Brennon has served as an athletic training intern with the Seattle Mariners and Anaheim Ducks. He completed his clinical rotation with Saddleback College’s football program and while there he discovered his love for teaching younger students as an assistant teacher for a sports medicine class.

Outside of his profession, Brennon plays the drums, guitar, and sings. He also loves to camp, snowboard, participate in high endurance running and cycling, compete in triathlons, and be active outdoors as much as possible.

Concordia University, Irvine, California
Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training, May 2013

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