Michelle Obispo, PT, DPT, OCS
Michelle Obispo is a physical therapist at the Perlman Physical Therapy and Hand Clinic and is also certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She joined UC San Diego Health System Rehabilitation Services in March 2012 and is passionate about orthopedics and empowering patients to regain function and return to the activities they enjoy.
Michelle is also a credentialed clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and teaches students in physical therapy graduate programs. As a clinical instructor, she emphasizes using evidence-based practices in developing effective techniques for patient recovery.
Michelle earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and completed her clinical work at several outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinics in Los Angeles and San Diego, including USC Physical Therapy Associates and Sharp Rees-Stealy. Michelle also worked in a skilled nursing and rehab facility, assisting patients with dementia, cardiac pathologies, cancer, joint replacements and lower extremity amputations.
While earning her undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Michelle volunteered at the Preschool Early Motor and Development Clinic. She was also the project coordinator for the CSULB Kinesiology Movement Lab and published research in the
International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training.
Michelle has been an active member of the APTA since 2008. She is currently a district representative for the California Physical Therapy Association and has served as the Legislative/Political Advocacy Chair for the organization.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys kayaking, ballroom dancing, playing the piano, traveling, cooking and trying new restaurants. She sings for One Voice Choir, a local performance choir that is involved in community outreach. Michelle also enjoys participating in and serving as a medical volunteer for charity walks, such as Relay for Life, Omega Wave Triathlon Series, Rock & Roll Marathon Series and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Doctoral degree in physical therapy – University of Southern California
Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certificate in gerontology – California State University, Long Beach