An Arizona transplant, Michael Rutar grew up in central Minnesota where he enjoyed hockey, golf, and days on the lake. Michael attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Biology. After graduating he pursued a career in Occupational Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.
During his Capstone research project, he partnered with a playground development company, O’brien and Sons and Landscape Structures, where he researched the therapeutic relationship between Inclusive playgrounds and developmental disabilities. Through this project he developed a passion for working with children with physical and developmental disabilities.
After graduation, Michael moved to Utah where he worked for the local VA branch working with medically fragile veterans who had a variety of impairments from amputations to strokes. In 2020 he moved to Arizona where he began working as a school occupational therapist at Lexington Life Academy. In August of 2021, he began working as the Director of Therapy at Lexington Therapy Services.