About Us

Located in downtown Bel Air, MD, VIP PT is part of the Spartan Sports & Wellness facility. The location offers the isolation and focus of a specialized PT facility while allowing for access to the space and equipment needed to enhance the recovery experience.

Our Story

I started VIP PT in 2017 because I see the need in the marketplace for one on one personalized physical therapy programs. Whether manual therapy or specialized therapy such as dry needling is required, VIP PT is focused on assessing your individualized needs to get you back in the game.

Our Mission & Vision

It is my goal to change the lives of my patients and the community by providing sound and evidence informed medical advice and solutions to help people to return to an active and healthy lifestyle without unnecessary and harmful interventions. A patient centered approach to pain management, return to function, return to sport, and improving quality of life through the use of highly skilled and individualized physical therapy interventions without the constructs of what we have come to know as the standard of western medicine that is dictated by large insurance companies, over populated facilities, and over worked healthcare providers. I strive to provide the community with the resources and the tools to build a healthier, stronger, and properly educated population that gets injured less, exercises more, and excels in competition.


A Team Of Professionals

Michael Smith, PT, DPT, MTC, CMTPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy/Founder/CEO

Doctor of Physical Therapy with over 7 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, chronic neurological conditions (high function post CVA, MS, PD and muscular dystrophy), sports injuries and post-surgical rehab, spinal pathology, and vestibular rehab.

I graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a Bachelors’ Degree in Exercise Science. In 2012 I graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Allied Health Sciences with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. A year later I received my Manual Therapy Certification which requires clinical expertise in evaluating, treating, and understanding a very broad spectrum of orthopedic conditions.

My qualifications also include compiling several hundreds of hours of continuing education in the field of manual therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, and sports physical therapy to strengthen myself as a professional, remain current in an ever evolving industry, further enhance the patient experience, and to fulfill my role as a great resource to my community. In 2018

I received my certification for Trigger Point Dry Needling from Myopain Seminars and was certified in Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Therapy by Owens Recovery Science. I have made it my personal and professional goal to assist in my community, patients, and athletes in making informed medical decisions to avoid being a victim a very flawed medical system. 

Nicholas Farmer

Coach Nick

Coach Nicholas Farmer (Coach Nick) joined the Spartan team in June of 2017 after graduating from Western Kentucky University. Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree where he had the privilege of working with the twotime bowl champion Hilltopper football program under coach Brohm and his staff for two years as a student coach and intern for the strength and conditioning staff. In his senior year also helped train the twotime conferenceusa champion Track & Field team. He is now a NSPA certified personal trainer and has helped over 100 athletes and adults is his time with Spartan and VIP PT. CoachNick also serves as a part of John Carroll’s varsity football staff working with Quarterbacks and defensive backs.

“A lot of coaches like to tell people what to do but never tell them how, I like to think I’m a teacher just not with the usual school subjects. It’s not only about sports and fitness it’s about life.”Nicholas Farmer

"Mike is the best of the best I recommend him for everyone and anyone!! Mike is a very relatable and personal person with a great sense of humor, and I promise will always have you leaving feeling better and with a smile on your face."

E. Brooke

"Mike is absolutely amazing! Can’t recommend him enough!"

A. Crouse-Ackerman

"When my son needed specialized attention to ensure he could return from a groin injury in the middle of soccer season, VIP PT went above and beyond."

L Bruck