Michael began working at Mountain Physical Therapy in June 2009, after graduating from South College of Asheville in their Physical Therapist Assistant program. Previously he has been a licensed massage therapist in North Carolina, and a youth educator. His undergraduate degree in biology from Iowa State University, 1993, has served him well in his new chosen field.

Clinical Interests: Integrating exercise and movement training into a patient’s plan to maximize levels or recovery; osteoporosis exercise prescription; balance and fall prevention; ergonomic consulting services; back education and spinal stabilization training. Michael is certified in the Functional Movement Screen and offers screening services. He enjoys interacting with his patients, especially with the process of helping them learn effective tools to reduce pain and increase their wellness and function, always with a genuine word of encouragement.

Personal Interests: Michael enjoys family and friends, hiking, camping, playing guitar, and singing with friends.

“Shawn and Michael were both focused on me getting better. I appreciated the encouragement, humor and not letting me be a slacker.”

Jane Rastle

“I wake in gratitude for the excellent job Michael has done in healing both back and Achilles pain. His explanations of exercises are both clear and knowledgeable. He has such an excellent work ethic and his way of explaining things is always positive and enhances my being in compliance with suggestions he makes. I highly recommend the work of Michael and Amira.”


George LeRoy

“This practice rocks and has helped me so much through recovery. Shawn and Michael are the BOMB!”

Lauren Zaloshinsky

“Thank you Shawn and Michael for all of your help with my shoulder. It is healing up well thanks to the exercises and stretches you suggested. Your explanations of the mechanisms and physiology of the injury also helped me understand how to adjust my posture and form.  I really appreciate your insights and quick diagnosis of the problem – and so does my 7 yr. old son, who is happy that Dad can (carefully) throw a baseball with him again. Thanks guys.”

Will Harlan