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:
Take a moment to “meet” our practitioners. As you can see, they are educated, well trained, compassionate healers.
Meet Michelle Hamilton, L. Ac, CMT
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.
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
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.