Michael Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised in Gooding, Idaho on a small dairy farm. He spent two years in Costa Rica, where he learned Spanish, before attending the College of Southern Idaho and obtaining an Associate’s of Science. He achieved his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science at Idaho State University. Michael then continued on to The University of New Mexico School of Medicine to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Michael gained an interest in physical therapy after sustaining many high school injuries during football and wrestling, one of which being a spinal fracture. This injury would not be diagnosed until later in life, after Michael began investigating his own symptoms during graduate studies. After years of rehabilitation Michael became a firm believer that with early physical therapy prevention he could have avoided all of his low back challenges. This old injury gave Michael first-hand experience of the power of physical therapy while allowing him to develop a unique level of empathy for empowering his patients in their own journey to rehabilitation.
Michael, his wife, Lacey, and children Micah and Bryleigh love spending their time on the Snake River water-skiing and wake-boarding during the summers. And when the snow flies they enjoy snowboarding, snow-skiing, and snow-biking on the beautiful slopes of scenic Idaho.