Our Practitioners

What do we think about Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Nutrition? Every day, our patients ask our professional opinions on contemporary forms of health care. Our answers are generally based on our experiences, the research we read, and the clinical results we have seen in practice. We have found a multi-disciplinary approach to health and wellness is by far the most comprehensive.

At the SLO Wellness Center we incorporate many different treatment modalities to ensure patients get better quicker. You can receive acupuncture or massage as “stand alone” treatments or as complements to your chiropractic care. Additionally, we have an extensive referral network within the community which includes the following disciplines:

  • Physical therapy
  • Sports nutrition
  • Orthopedics
  • OB/GYN
  • Functional training
  • Internal medicine
  • Counseling psychology
  • Yoga


Take a moment to “meet” our practitioners. As you can see, they are educated, well trained, compassionate healers.


Meet Michelle Hamilton, L. Ac, CMT

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Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist

Michelle is a native to San Luis Obispo and a Cal poly graduate. While completing her undergrad at Cal Poly, Michelle started her journey toward a healing profession by becoming a certified massage therapist and a personal trainer. She completed her graduate studies at Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA. During her studies, Michelle had the opportunity to intern at UCLA orthopedic medical clinic, and graduated with academic honors.

Michelle is a board Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California specializing in women’s health, orthopedic injuries, pain management and herbology. Michelle is a competitive marathon runner who also enjoys reading, doing yoga, and spending time with her husband Jim and daughter, Jordan. 

 

Meet Marie West, CMT, M.A.

Massage Therapist

Marie has been licensed as a massage therapist since 1993 when she graduated from the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego.  Since then she has had more than 750 hours of professional training, including: a national certification in neuromuscular therapy from the St. John Institute; upper extremity training in Active Release Technique; full body training in Resistance Flexibility Strength Training.  
 
Prior to doing massage, Marie received a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and a Masters in Marriage & Family Counseling from the University of San Diego.  She was introduced to massage as a result of her competing in triathlons and half marathons.  Her interest in sports also led her to become certified as a personal trainer.  It was at this job that she started working with seniors, in addition to athletes from the San Diego triathlon scene.  
 
Current activities include cycling, swimming, yoga, Pilates, and hiking.  Non-athletic interests are traveling, reading, nutrition, and hanging out with her cat, Mayday!, whom she found on the side of the road while cycling. 
 
Marie loves her job helping people regain and maintain optimal health and would welcome the opportunity to work with you.

 

Meet Rachel Valliere

Massage Practitioner

SLO Wellness Center is excited to welcome Rachel Valliere as our newest Massage Practitioner. Rachel is originally from San Luis Obispo and obtained her B.S. in Kinesiology from Cal Poly where she developed a passion for massage during her time as a cross country and track athlete. She studied massage therapy in 2009 and became licensed by the State in 2011. Rachel has a heart for athletes and those recovering from injury. She has switched to cycling as her preferred method of exercise after all those years of running and hopes to complete an ironman.

Rachel has worked as a massage therapist at a conference for cross-cultural workers in Europe three out of the last four summers and has seen the direct impact of massage both physically and emotionally on her patients.  She is convinced the body is interconnected and is excited to help others in their road to recovery and overall wellness. Rachel specializes in deep tissue and trigger point massage.

 

Meet Casey Canino 

Certified Foundation Trainer

Casey Canino hails from the blue waters of Lake Tahoe, CA. With a background in dance and theatre, Casey has extensive knowledge in anatomy and movement therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from California State University, Fullerton. She studied Pilates for a year in New York City with Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She also has a passion for the cancer community and is certified in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation through Pilates with The Pink Ribbon Program.
 
In 2015, Casey was introduced to Foundation Training by a mentor. The principles of decompressing the spine and anchoring the pelvis fit so nicely within the Pilates repertoire that Casey became a Certified Foundation Trainer in 2016. She is passionate about proper, aligned movement, breathe, form, and overall holistic health. An avid hiker, Casey enjoys walking and trail running the hills of the Central Coast, skiing and waterskiing in her home town of Lake Tahoe, and dancing whenever she gets the chance. In addition, Casey frequently performs on the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre stage and the PCPA stage in Santa Maria and Solvang.
 
Learn more about Casey at www.caseycanino.com
 









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