We are pleased to welcome Orange County native Michelle Festa, DPT, to our Costa Mesa office. Michelle became interested in physical therapy by following and integrating her two passions of both physiology and exercise. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, in San Marcos, CA. and earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She has hands-on experience with treating a wide array of diagnoses in many different stages of care from her clinical internships. Her clinical internship experiences consist of working in an inpatient hospital, a skilled nursing facility, as well as an outpatient orthopedic facility.
“Michelle is a wonderful addition to our growing Costa Mesa office,” said Michael McKindley. “She is a very talented and skilled physical therapist who will provide the personalized care and treatment that is a hallmark of our clinic.”
Michelle is eager to apply her up-to-date research-based knowledge and make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of her patients. She believes in analyzing the entire kinetic chain, as the body is a closely linked system of interdependent segments. She acknowledges that each segment is capable of producing both dysfunction and wellness in associated regions along the kinetic chain. With this approach, she emphasizes movement that is biomechanically correct, resulting in minimized risk for re-injury.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Progressive PT and Rehabilitation team and to help people reach their utmost physical potential in order to get back to the activities they love!” said Michelle.
In addition, she has over a decade of experience riding horses and instructing biomechanically correct horseback riding that benefits both horse and rider in order for them, as a team, to reach their utmost potential.
Michelle enjoys staying active by riding horses, running, hiking, and mountain biking.