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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

Britney SimontonClinic Director- PT, DPT


Britney grew up on the Central Coast beginning her education at Cuesta Community College, then transferred to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo obtaining her degree in Kinesiology. She pursued her dream of becoming a Physical Therapist at University of New England in Portland, Maine. 

Before attending graduate school, she worked as a physical therapy aide for Movement for Life Physical Therapy, known then as San Luis Sports Therapy. It was during her time there that she knew she wanted to return to the Central Coast and begin her career working for a company that shared her morals and values. Her passion is working within orthopedics and improving her manual skills to help others. Outside of work, she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and spending time with her dog. 



California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

Bachelors of Science, Kinesiology, December 2013


University of New England, Portland, Maine 

Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2018

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Jacquelyn KempPT, DPT


Jaci grew up in the Bay Area before heading to southern California to attend San Diego State University. While studying kinesiology at SDSU, she began volunteering at a physical therapy clinic, and it was through her experience with volunteering that Jaci found her passion for physical therapy.

After graduating from SDSU, she began her doctorate of physical therapy program at the University of St. Augustine. Jaci became an official DPT in December 2011 and returned to the Bay Area to begin working as a physical therapist in San Jose. She is now living on the Central Coast and is excited to continue her physical therapy career with Movement for Life Physical Therapy. Outside of her professional role, Jaci enjoys staying active, being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with family, friends, and her adorable dog.

University of St. Augustine, San Marcos, CA
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, December 2011

San Diego Sate University, San Diego, CA
Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, May 2008

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Erica HovindPT, DPT


Erica grew up in San Pedro, CA near the Port of Los Angeles. While at Cal State Long Beach, she participated as a student-athlete in Cross Country & Track and interned with the Department of Kinesiology in their Sports Training and Research program. Erica completed her program in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science in 2015. She continued her graduate studies in the Bay Area where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of California San Francisco / San Francisco State University in 2020. After completing her student rotation with Team Movement for Life at our San Luis Obispo clinic in 2018, Erica was excited to return and join our team after graduating. Outside of her professional life, Erica enjoys running, hiking, yoga, traveling, spending time with her husband, and playing with her dog.



University of California, San Francisco / San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Doctor of Physical Therapy, September 2020


California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology - Exercise Science, May 2015

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Marissa McClainPTLA


Marissa was born and raised in Atascadero, California and spent her childhood living on the Central Coast. She graduated from San Diego State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. Following graduation, Marissa moved back to the Central Coast to work as a physical therapy aide in our Atascadero clinic. After 2 years, Marissa moved to Miami, Florida to attend the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in April 2021. During her time at the University of St. Augustine, Marissa found an interest in hand therapy and completed her last clinical rotation with our Hand Therapy team in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria offices. After treating in a variety of settings during her internships, Marissa decided that she wants to focus her career on hand therapy and is planning on obtaining her Certification of Hand Therapy (CHT) in the future. In her free time, Marissa loves to cook, travel to new cities, go to concerts, and spend time with her family. Marissa is extremely excited to return to the Central Coast and serve her hometown community.


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Miami, Florida

Doctor of Physical Therapy, April 2021


San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy, May 2016

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Stephanie RuizFront Office Manager


Stephanie was born in Redlands, CA, raised here on the beautiful Central Coast, and calls Santa Maria, CA home since an early adolescent age. She has been working and providing for herself since she graduated high school in 2013. With many different positions, she has always been a hard worker reaching above and beyond taking any opportunity given to her and running with it. She started working for Movement for Life Physical Therapy, known then as San Luis Sports Therapy, in 2018 in the Arroyo Grande office, and let her hard work speak for itself. Stephanie is now the front office manager for our clinic in Santa Maria. She focuses on making sure patients are receiving the care they deserve and keeping the office in order. After making sure everything runs smoothly at work, Stephanie is an amazing mother to her daughter, and she enjoys going on hikes, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

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