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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

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Eric BalashPT, DPT, ATC

ebalash@slsportstherapy.com

Eric was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. He attended Wilmington College where he swam for four years and completed his degree in Athletic Training, becoming an Athletic Trainer. During his senior year at Wilmington College, Eric completed a year long internship with the Cincinnati Bengals and their medical staff. Following graduation, Eric attended Chatham University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at Chatham, Eric was very involved with the Go Baby Go organization and assisted to modify ride on cars for children with developmental delays. Professionally, Eric is interested in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation and helping to get people back to the things they like to do. In his free time, Eric enjoys being active in his community, rock climbing, and spending time with his family.

Education
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Doctor of Physical Therapy, December 2018 

Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio
Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training, May 2016

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Colleen VecchettiPT, MPT, DPT, OCS

colleen.vecchetti@slsportstherapy.com

Raised on the beautiful Central Coast, Colleen attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In 2007, she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences.

In 2010, Colleen earned a Masters of Physical Therapy from Fresno State University, and was recognized as both class Valedictorian and recipient of the prestigious Darlene Stewart Award for Professional Promise. This award is presented to a graduate student who demonstrates a consistent pattern of leadership and service to the physical therapy profession. 

After graduation, Colleen returned to the Central Coast to practice Physical Therapy, beginning an extensive eighteen-month orthopedic residency program at San Luis Sports Therapy.  Soon after the program’s completion in January 2013, she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. 

Currently certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Colleen also has extensive training in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She is an ImPACT Trained Physical Therapist specializing in concussion care, with acute care experience rehabilitating patients in the hospital.

In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her family. She never turns down a game of tennis. 

Education
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
Orthopedic Member
California Chapter
VEDA (Vestibular Disorders Association)

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Clara Watson PT, DPT

clara.watson@slsportstherapy.com

Clara was born in Japan and raised for most of her life in Fresno, California where she graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a major in Kinesiology in 2014. In 2019, she received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Clara’s professional interests include orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation and she is currently certified in Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) exercises. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, playing soccer, hiking, and being with friends and family.

Education:

Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California

Doctor of Physical Therapy, December 2019

Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California

Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, May 2014

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Danielle RichersonFront Office Manager

dricherson@slsportstherapy.com

Danielle has lived on the Central Coast area for 4 years. She has worked in the medical field for 6 years, 4 of which have been in the area of outpatient physical therapy. She has been a part of the Morro Bay team for 2 years as the Front Office Manager.

Currently, she is working on her A.S. in Business Administration at Cuesta College. When she is not at work, she enjoy archery and helping out with local community events.

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