With the addition of many more clinics, the doctors of Arctic Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy now proudly operating 29 full-time, fully staffed clinics throughout Alaska. See Locations.
With the addition of many more clinics, the doctors of Arctic Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy now proudly operating 29 full-time, fully staffed clinics throughout Alaska. See Locations.
Dr. Mel began his Chiropractic career in 1991 after graduating from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington Minnesota. Immediately after graduation he returned to his hometown in Western Nebraska, where for the next 18 years, he owned his first Chiropractic office. Wishing to be closer to city life and mountains, Dr Mel relocated to Denver. After practicing in Denver for several years, he decided it was time for a new experience or two. Since then he has been a Chiropractor on a cruise ship, practiced in Zagreb Croatia for 2 1/2 years, and now, recently has decided to settle down in Anchorage.
Dr. Mel believes the most rewarding part of being a Chiropractor, is when people who have been in pain, often for many years, come into the office and are excited because they feel so much better than they have in a long time.
When he is not in the office, Dr. Mel enjoys being outside and active. Running, snow skiing, and biking are a few of his favorite activities.
Dr. Sara Keating began her Physical Therapy Career in 2015 after graduating from Rutgers School of Health Related Professions in Newark, New Jersey. After graduation, she began working in New York City for Lenox Hill Hospital and Therapeutic Inspirations. From there, she started traveling! First stop was Hawaii for a physical therapy clinic focused on sports performance. Next stop was Denver, Colorado for more time in the mountains and physical therapy focused on orthopedic surgeries and functional mobility. She moved to Anchorage to be apart of Arctic Chiropractic in 2018! She enjoys climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing, and camping!
As a physical therapist, she focuses on dry needling, soft tissue mobilization, and functional mobility in order to decrease pain and promote mobility.
Jen is a Montanan, transplanted to Alaska a couple years ago due a job transfer to JBER for her husband. His job may have brought her here, but the adventures ahead will keep her here for many years to come!
With 20+ years in customer service, Jen has found her calling in the world of Chiropractic. Her passion is being a part of the team, assisting patients who may come in to our office with trouble walking, bending, or performing daily tasks. She loves to watch the patient progress to being able to lift or carry their child again, or be able to return to work pain free.
In her free time she is a homemaker at heart. She loves to cook, craft, and explore her new surroundings with her husband and their 2 dogs. She is always trying a new recipe or working on a project geared towards redoing her home is a funky quirky style that is all her own.
Briana aspires to bring joy, passion and healthy vibrant living to others through the healing power of therapeutic massage. She hopes that on the busiest of days, her massage can help others to enjoy the little things in life. Briana has skilled experience in Swedish, hot stone, trigger point, pregnancy, myofascial release, deep tissue, and cupping massage, while promising to provide a customized session to each individual. Briana loves massage and is especially grateful for the flexibility it brings. She loves to spend time with her family exploring the beauty of Alaska, and strives to create a homeostasis for her family and others she hopes to work with in the future.
As a child, Claudette’s family moved to Anchorage, Alaska from Long Beach, California when she was 2 years old and she has since remained a resident. In 2012 she graduated from Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy. In 2016 became a Certified Educator of Infant Massage. She truly believes in the healing power of touch whether it be through massage, other therapeutic modality, or a parent’s kiss to a child’s “boo-boo.” She is passionate about communicating the importance of touch & sharing her gifts to facilitate overall well being and better health for all ages in our community. She is skilled in the areas of Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Prenatal Massage, Infant Massage Education, Intuitiveness, Compassion, and Respect. Year round she enjoys quality time with her husband & 5 kiddos (including her 2 pups), laughing, dancing, & writing. In the summer she enjoys, camping, fishing, & cabin fun with friends and family.
Linda graduated from Alaska Career College in 2017, obtaining her LMT license after a year of hard work and determination. As a life long Alaskan, Linda enjoys hiking with her kids during the summer and sledding in the winter. Linda spends most of her spare time reading and crafting. As an LMT, she employs various therapeutic techniques including Swedish, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Trigger Point Therapy, and Orthopedic Massage. Linda has worked in the medical field since 2006 and enjoys helping others on their journey to a life of health and wellness.
Shannon has been a massage therapist since 1999. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Alaska in 2002. She traveled throughout South East Alaska, before settling in Anchorage. In 2005 she married the love of her life and began to make a name for herself as an LMT in Anchorage. Shannon is licensed in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, Reflexology, Therapeutic and Sports Massage, and often incorporating Advanced Myofascial techniques throughout her sessions. Shannon loves helping others, spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, and enjoying Alaska.
Stephanie has been a massage therapist since 2012 when she attended The Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy right here, in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska. She has been interested in massage since she received her estheticians license in 2007. Stephanie uses aspects of Chinese medicine and cupping techniques in her massage as well as flares of Thai massage. She is a seasoned Acro-Yogi in the community. Stephanie likes to be hands-on in patients’ treatment and is always happy to share her extensive knowledge to make it a more personal, individual experience. She has been through the first training course for Cranial sacral therapy which can help disperse headaches. When Stephanie is not in the clinic working her magic, you can find her up on the glaciers and exploring the last frontier on all kinds of scenic adventures, rock climbing trips, or hikes. Stephanie is a passionate healer and will be a wonderful addition to your treatment plan.
Sonya graduated, with honors, in 2009 from a school of massage therapy in Seattle WA. She has spent the last decade learning about spinal health, rehabilitation for chronic and acute pain, injury treatment, pre/post op therapeutic care; integration of corrective exercises / stretches with lifestyle and nutritional advice to help improve health in order to reduce pain. She is an Alaskan grown, Alaska native who thrives exploring and adventuring in this beautiful, northern country.
Taylor is originally from Soldotna, Alaska and recently moved to Anchorage to pursue Massage Therapy at Alaska Career College. She earned her LMT license in June of 2017 and is skilled in Orthopedic, Prenatal, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Sports massage. Taylor aims to customize each session while striving to make each massage the best one ever. When she is not working, Taylor is in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, exploring nature or hiking, or perfecting her photography skills.
Katie is an Alaska girl born and raised. Originally from Juneau and Ketchikan Alaska, she is no stranger to the long summer days and dark winters. She lives with her fiancé and their 2 four-legged fur babies, a Pitbull and a Black Lab Husky mix.
Katie is currently a student at Alaska Career College, working towards her goal of becoming a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant. In her spare time, you can find her outside taking photos of the world around her during hikes and hanging out around the water.
Lisa was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. She grew up hiking, camping, and kayaking with her family, along with playing organized sports including lacrosse and soccer. Lisa attended Ithaca College in upstate New York where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Health Studies in 2011, became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2012, and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Dr. Radley started her career in Washington, DC at National Rehabilitation Hospital in a mixed orthopedic and neurological outpatient clinic where she became a Certified Graston Technique Provider and certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars.
Dr. Radley’s passion for outdoor adventure, commitment to excellence through continuous learning, and desire to empower others to reach their highest potential through a holistic treatment approach enticed her to pursue travel physical therapy. This permitted Dr. Radley to explore and expand her skills in a variety of outpatient and skilled nursing facilities throughout New Hampshire. Dr. Radley’s final travel assignment brought her to Arctic Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy in Anchorage Alaska where she is excited to join an experienced multidisciplinary team of therapists to optimize health, wellness, and a pain-free life for all Alaskans. Please come to Arctic Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy to allow us to help you restore function and return to the activities you love in this beautiful state of Alaska.
Alexandria McIntyre was born and raised in West Point, New York. She became interested in the medical field at an early age after seeing her grandfather fighting cancer. She attended The University of North Carolina, receiving her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science Degree.
She did missionary work and research in Darling South Africa and Israel with her father. In 1981 she continued her education at Aston University receiving her PhD in Physics. In 2004 she completed work in a few large hospitals, and took an early retirement to go back to school. She speaks Spanish, Hebrew, Italian and some Greek.
Alexandria received her LMT certification in Napa Valley, California with Dr Klein in Healing Arts in 2004. Soon after she went to Phuket Thailand with Dr Klein to start a massage practice in his Phuket clinic for a year. Through her travels and missionary work she has experienced how alternative healing is the way to go.
Alexandria has a blend of western and eastern techniques. She feels that no two treatments are ever the same as each patient has their own unique plan of care based on the evaluation of a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist or Physician, and the patient’s presenting problems.
Alexandria is a licensed and insured massaged therapist who is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She incorporates several approaches in her Medical Massage Practitioner training, including, but not limited to hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, cupping, Thai massage, deep tissue , sports massage, advanced myofascial release, myoskeletal therapy, and Quantum Reflex Warm Stone massage Integration (QRI). She prides herself on helping patients eliminate pain and heal soft tissue injuries.
Alexandria remains committed to learning more. During her leisure time she enjoys biking, snow machining, sailing, hiking, wine tasting, and traveling, as well as spending time with her family (11 grandchildren) and friends.
Rudi has been practicing massage therapy since 2015. She strives in every massage session to share her calm, relaxed and centered energy in order to create a trusting and healing environment that provides the ultimate rejuvenating relaxation or deep tissue massage experience. She has achieved effective results with eliminating or greatly diminishing pain from neck and upper back tension, rotator cuff injury, low back and hip strain, Sciatica issues, Carpel Tunnel symptoms and other wrist/hand/leg/foot issues.
Rudi tailors each massage to meet the needs of her patient and assists them to increase their knowledge on how nutrition, posture, employment and other lifestyle choices can negatively impact one’s physical comfort as well as provides them with recommended literature and various stretches or exercises they can utilize for pain management.
Tomas III is from the Dominican Republic. He graduated from the Career Academy in Anchorage, AK in 2005 for massage therapy. He specializes in deep tissue massage, sports massage, Swedish massage and hot stone massage.
Ana is our Office Assistant at the Anchorage Midtown clinic. She was born and raised in Eastern Europe, Serbia, and moved to Alaska in 2016. Ana studied Psychology and Human Resource Management at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She graduated with a Master’s in Psychology in 2016. Ana enjoys being part of a friendly and knowledgeable team in Arctic clinic, she loves working with people, as well as hiking, kayaking and exploring the beautiful nature of Alaska.
Doctor Levi Baron grew up in various small-town communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio. No matter which Air Force Base his family was stationed at, he found places to enjoy his favorite pastimes of hunting and fishing. After graduating high school in West Alexandria Ohio, Dr. Baron went back to Minnesota to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Health and Medical Sciences and received a minor in Chemistry from MSUM. While at MSUM he was part of various clubs on campus including being the Vice President of the Pre-Health Professionals club. He also met his wife Nicole while pursuing the same major of study. While studying at MSUM he also fell in love with the human body as a whole, so much so that he changed his major from Pre-Dental to Pre-Chiropractic. After graduating he went to Minneapolis and began his Chiropractic education at Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU). While studying at NWHSU Dr. Baron truly came to appreciate how efficient and symbiotic the human body really is. After his 2nd year there he married Nicole and has enjoyed her support and encouragement throughout his professional career. For Dr. Baron’s final externship of Chiropractic school, he went to Rapid City, South Dakota. However, it has always been Dr. Baron’s dream to live and practice in Alaska. He spent a year practicing at the Wasilla Arctic Chiropractic Clinic and is excited to serve the people of Anchorage. Dr. Baron’s treasured moments are seeing people healed while recovering the functions and activities they had lost the ability to do.
Zachary has been a massage therapist since 2013 moving from Fargo, North Dakota to attend massage school in Phoenix Arizona. He specializes in medical based therapeutic massage as well as various modalities including Structural Therapy, Thai/shiatsu, Russian Sports, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reflexology, Myofacial Manipulation and Temple Lomi Lomi. Zachary and his two children Kieron (4) and Lucas (2) relocated to Alaska to be with family and work with Arctic Chiropractic. He loves the scenery and outdoor lifestyle out here, enjoy hiking, rock climbing, slack lining, basketball, and pretty much anything outside. He feels blessed to be able to help people gain relief from their symptoms and restrictions through effective and relaxing manipulation of soft tissues and ROM. He enjoys helping clients become more connected with their bodies so they can improve their quality of life and physical health.
Aloha ~ Savannah received her massage therapy certification at Kapi’olani Community College in Oahu where she has lived off and on for 7 years. She loves Alaska’s wilderness, Hawaii’s blue waters, and their family-like communities. She has had a knack for giving massages to family and friends since childhood. Massage therapy is a blessing in that it gives her a way to help people in a healthy and all-natural way. Her practice is to help our clients pursue their athletic goals, meet their needs in pain management, and promote homeostasis in the body. In addition to massage, she is a full-time student at UAA pursuing Physical Therapy Assisting to add to her therapy tool belt. Outside of massage and school, Savannah is always excited to pursue hiking trails, swim in the ocean, hit the ski slopes, and travel.
Christine was born in California and moved to Fairbanks, AK in 1997. She spent the next six years in Alaska, with the last year being in Ketchikan. She went on to graduate High School in Montana and then attended college at Eastern Oregon University.
In 2007, Alaska called her back to this beautiful state. She eventually moved to Anchorage in 2009 and shortly began her family after. She has two beautiful daughters who fill up most of her free time with arts and crafts, movies and just playing outside (especially in the summer). Christine loves taking care of her patients and seeing them lead happier and healthier lifestyles.
Larissa is a Native Alaskan and was born and raised on Kodiak Island. she left to attend college in Ft. Collins Colorado, then returned home to practice in Alaska. She is credentialed in Swedish, Hot Stone, pregnancy, geriatric, infant, Deep tissue, and PNF modalities. She has been working as a massage therapist for over 6 years, traveling to different areas of Alaska before making Anchorage her home. When she is not doing massage she enjoys spending time with her family, painting, biking, and playing guitar.
Chellene was born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska. She spent 2 of her high school years in the Philippines before graduating from Kodiak High School. She moved to Anchorage in 2014 where she lives with her beautiful daughter and went on to graduate from Alaska Career College in the Medical Insurance Coding and Billing program where she became class speaker in 2018. Throughout her life, she has enjoyed singing recitals, participated in dance and choir concerts, engaged in oceanic sciences teams and swimming competitions. She loves to spend her free time with her daughter, friends, and family. She is excited to be part of a great and friendly team and company where she can learn something new every day.
Yvonne has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 15 years. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics, aquatic therapy and womans’ health for 10 years, inpatient orthopedics, cardio, and neuro and rehab settings for 3 years. She taught anatomy and physiology for 6 years.
She is specializing in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging and will complete her Certification as a Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP) November 2017. She believes in a gentle approach to therapy that works with your body to treat movement disorders and muscle weakness while maximizing function and minimizing pain.
She completed her Doctoral Studies with a thesis titled, “Effect of increased intraabdominal pressure when heavy lifting with a head strap on the pelvic floor across the menstrual cycle.” This study was inspired by her time living and working in Nepal. Originally from Canada, she has lived and worked in California, Washington, Oregon, Nepal and Alaska.
Her pride and joy are her amazing husband, nine-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. Utqiagvik is a wonderfully unique place to call home. She looks forward to many more Arctic adventures and meeting your rehabilitation needs.
Dr. Elizabeth Reichert grew up in the middle of a cornfield—not literally, but that is what Iowa is known for. Small town girl at heart, she moved with her family to small town, Greene, NY. Sticking with this small town theme, she graduated with her Doctorate in Chiropractics in Seneca Falls—the home of the Women’s Rights movement. As an avid reader, she excelled in school and added on a Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Reichert is familiar with pain, having had a chronic headache for years. She has found that chiropractic helped with her pain and adamantly believes that pain is not a lifestyle—nobody deserves to live with aches and pains on a daily basis.
Dr. Garrett Hussion (“Dr. G”) is a native of Rochester, NY. He attended University at Buffalo where he earned a degree in Exercise Science. He continued his studies at New York Chiropractic College to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Dr. G is a self proclaimed “anatomy nerd” and spent two semesters as a teaching assistant in a human dissection lab, teaching future physical therapists, occupation therapists, medical students and chiropractors the intricacies of human anatomy. He believes that by understanding the human form, we can all become more aware of our bodies and, combined with manual therapy, experience improved wellness.
Dr. G believes that each patient should be addressed individually and from a holistic perspective and implements several different techniques, including a combination of chiropractic adjustments, joint mobilization, stretches, soft tissue mobilization, and exercises to tailor each patients care accordingly.
Dr. G currently resided in Bethel, Alaska where he helps patients overcome pain and achieve their health and wellness goals. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and practicing Judo.
Dr Jamie Mcnabb was born and raised in the surrounding St. Louis Missouri area. She grew up on a small farm where one of her favorite activities was riding horses. After falling off of her horse, she was taken to the local chiropractor. It was after that first visit that Jamie knew she wanted to be a chiropractor. Dr Jamie attended East Central College and finished her education as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2008. Since moving to Delta Junction, Dr Jamie has been treating patients using Diversified, Thompson drop, And Activator techniques along with therapies including myofascial release, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc. There are also 2 massage therapists on staff.
Chiropractors use their hands to feel the joints of the spine and body to find areas that are not positioned correctly and are causing irritation to the surrounding tissues and nerves. When these areas, called “subluxations,” are found, the chiropractor will gently move or realign the joint manually, which is called an “adjustment.” Chiropractic care is safe for all ages including newborns.
Many people seek chiropractic care for pain relief but it can also be utilized for wellness, improving movement and function, and keeping your body functioning to its highest potential. Whether you have a new injury or have pain from an old one, suffer from headaches or digestive trouble, or have questions on proper posture, try chiropractic care. It really works!
Dr. Tapiwa Chiwawa
Graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg South Carolina, in September 2010 after having done my Pre-Chiropractic at Kilgore College in Kilgore Texas from which I graduated in 2006. The first 3 years of practice were in Las Cruces New Mexico, where I was also a Health columnist for the Las Cruces Bulletin. Since then till now, I have practiced in the State of Texas. I love to see people get well, living life as pain-free as possible and to the fullest. Writing is one of my pastimes when time permits, as well as traveling and learning about other cultures. I love the outdoors and look forward to serving this community, becoming a part of it, and learning about the Alaskan way of life!
KayLee became a massage therapist because she has always loved helping people heal. During training she found herself drawn to myofascial and orthopedic massage and completed courses those massage techniques, during her time working at a physical rehabilitation clinic. After graduation, she also became certified as a Prenatal Specialist. In her free time, she is an avid hiker and runner. Her clients often comment on how well she finds their tight spots and seems to intuitively know where they need work done.
Robyn was born and raised in Paradise, California and drove to Alaska in November 2017 to start a new life adventure here with family. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and being physically active.
“The best part about my job is being part of a team that really cares, and helps people achieve a pain-free life.”
Julie was born and raised in The Central Valley of California but has been in Alaska since 2013.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family, and soaking in as much sun as possible!
“I really enjoy being apart of such a welcoming team! There’s never a day where I don’t enjoy what I do! I love watching the relief our patients feel after a visit with us.”
Dr. Kevin Lewis is a Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada native. He studied Kinesiology; the study of human movement, at the University of the Fraser Valley. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University Of Western States. He continued studying and went on to receive his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine in 2011 from Western States University.
Dr. Kevin Lewis finds the Chiropractic profession deeply satisfying as it combines is lifelong involvement with sports and his equally involved participation in outdoor activities. A complete people person, Kevin has a strong interest in healing and enjoys working with his hands.
Kevin describes himself as an individual who has been intrigued with the combination of scientific information, personal interaction and problem solving elements. He loves how he gets to rely on these strengths each day of working in his exciting profession. In 2012, Kevin relocated to Fairbanks to practice alongside his brother Dr. Rob Lewis. This move additionally brought his family closer to his wifes relatives; enhancing their family.
Dr. Kevin Lewis enjoys providing care to patients of all age groups and backgrounds. He is committed to offering the most effective means of healing. He believes that an essential component to the healing process is correcting and searching for the source of the issue or presenting complaint. Rehabilitative exercises are prescribed along with therapeutic support in order to strengthen and protect the affected locations from places of further injury.
Dr. Kevin Lewis has successfully worked with patients suffering from acute neck, back or extremity stiffness and pain. He has much experience in treating a myriad of musculoskeletal issues and chronic headaches. Dr. Lewis has worked with numerous patients who have suffered from trauma due to automobile accidents and workplace injuries.
Dr. Kevin Lewis enjoys working with his talented colleagues at Arctic Chiropractic Fairbanks and also at Arctic Physical Therapy. It is an extremely rewarding experience to help patients achieve their health and wellness goals through rehabilitation. When he has a break from treating patients, Dr. Kevin Lewis likes to play the guitar and piano, enjoy time on the water boating and fishing and playing basketball.
Dr. Rob Lewis graduated in 2004 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from the Western States University. He is Board Certified with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, along with the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Dr. Rob has an extensive 9 years of experience maintaining a busy professional practice. He has earned a positive reputation in Fairbanks as being a distinguished health care professional and reputed Chiropractic Physician. Dr. Rob Lewis is committed to working with patients of all ages. He accurately diagnoses a variety of muscular conditions, skeletal issues and neurological problems. Dr. Lewis takes tremendous pride in helping residents enjoy the greatest degree of mobility possible while enabling his patients to feel their best.
Dr. Rob Lewis brings a holistic and diversified approach to chiropractic care. He enjoys customizing his patients treatment plans in order to meet every patients particular needs. He works with spinal adjustments, injury and pain elimination techniques, disc decompression, extremity adjustments, spinal traction and numerous self-care exercises. He incorporates functional evaluation, neuromuscular rehabilitation and postural awareness into his care.
Committed to helping people feel their very best, Dr. Rob Lewis provides exceptional care to his patients. He is dedicated to helping patients eliminate back pain, work-related injuries, chronic headaches, automobile incidents and debilitating neck pain.
Dr. Rob Lewis is an avid believer that chiropractic care should ideally extend past the office. He takes time to listen to his patients in order to learn about their specific habits and lifestyles. Dr. Rob Lewis offers numerous creative strategies for clients to utilize at work and at home. Recommendations include: core strengthening exercises, relaxation techniques and certain stretches to help people achieve greater mobility and stay healthier. Those who maintain better physical and mental health are capable of healing potentially much faster than others.
Dr. Lewis enjoys living an active lifestyle. He can often be found playing basketball, running or completing gym workouts.
In 2011, Jesa graduated from Seattle, Washington’s Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy. She studied a wide variety of therapeutic massage including: Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Prenatal Massage, Sports Massage and Myofascial Release. Jesa enjoys working with people who are proactive in attaining their health and wellness goals. Her technique includes applying elongating movements to stretch and relax muscles and connective tissue. One of her specialties is isolating trigger points and dissolving them. Jesa embraces living a holistic and balanced lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, running, photography, yoga, cooking, and watching documentaries on environmental and health issues. She enjoys researching natural healthcare options for both prevention and treatment.
Elizabeth is a true Alaskan, having been born and raised here. She has a lifelong attraction for natural healing and alternative medicine. Elizabeth took an introductory class for massage therapy in 1999. During that course, she met Tarika Lee, the Founder of the School of Integrating Shiatsu Alaska. Within a short period of time later, she began attending SISA. Here, she learned how to integrate specific breathing techniques with Kata massage. She additionally studied correct body mechanics to tailor to particular body types.
Elizabeth specializes in the Lea Method. This training relies on a specific blend of eastern and western techniques to meld both wisdom and technology together. This kind of healing has a strong emphasis on creating a personal experience unique to each person’s healing journey.
Elizabeth graduated in 2001 from the School of Integrating Shiatsu. She has continued to take a variety of classes to further her education over the years. Areas of study include: Aromatherapy, Advanced Myofascial Training, Chinese Medicine, Raw Food Preparation, Prenatal Massage and numerous classes.
For over twelve years, Elizabeth worked as a therapist. She enjoys working on patients of all ages. Elizabeth is committed to continuing her learning on an annual basis. She believes that one of the best ways to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle is to receive therapy on a regular basis.
Elizabeth enjoys juicing, gardening, biking, reading, yoga, and hiking. She stays active in all forms of martial arts. Spending quality time with family and friends is on the top of her list.
Dr. James Chavis is originally from Miami, Florida. His family relocated frequently before finally settling down in Fairbanks, Alaska. This is one of his favorite cities. After attending the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, he was enrolled in full time resident instruction in pre-chiropractic studies including: biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physiology, humanities, psychology, social sciences and kinesiology during his undergraduate studies.
In 2012, Dr. Chavis graduated from the University Of Western States in Portland, Oregon. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Biology along with a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Dr. Chavis returned to Alaska upon graduation; this time settling down in Juneau.
Having never visited Juneau prior to moving there, Dr. Chavis and his wife were mesmerized by its beauty. They fell in love with the pristine mountains, the charming town, the friendly folks and the Gastineau channel. The Chavis’ consider themselves to be extremely fortunate to do what they love here in Alaska. Within a few months of moving to Juneau, they were ecstatic to welcome their first child, a baby boy.
Dr. Chavis believes is providing treatment to patients of all ages. He is extremely passionate about helping people achieve wellness in all faucets of their lives. He feels that wellness is the end result of committing to choose healthy options in order to maintain a fulfilling and healthy life. Dr. Chavis has seen the correlation between the patients who best respond to Chiropractic care seem to be the ones who are dedicated to taking control of their overall health.
Dr. Chavis enjoys learning about each and every patient. He takes their lifestyles into account, along with their medical history and their habits. He uses this information to develop a customized treatment plan to help them heal their symptoms and manage their pain. The goal is that patients can maintain a pain-free life.
He relies on a variety of techniques including: Myofascial release, spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, adhesion breaking, extremity adjustments, and self-care exercises among other things. Dr. Chavis enjoys helping patients recover from chronic headaches, numbness, neck pain, car accidents, back pain, work-related injuries, old sports injuries and more.
When he has a break from treating patients, Dr. Chavis enjoys playing outside with his newborn son Jack, exercising at the gym, and hiking.
Dr. Steven Rupp hails from the Midwestern farmland of Iowa where he was raised on his family’s crop farm. He attended the University of Northern Iowa, achieving his undergraduate bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing school for Massage Therapy in his second year. After working as a Licensed Massage Therapist for two years, Dr. Rupp continued his pursuit of Chiropractic in Minneapolis MN at Northwestern Health Sciences University. While at university Dr. Rupp pursued many fields of specialty from geriatrics and balance correction to specific conditions like Jaw pain (TMJD), neck and low back pain, and headache/migraines.
After graduation, Dr. Rupp moved to Winnipeg Manitoba Canada where he worked in a team at one of the largest natural healthcare clinics in Manitoba. During this time, Dr. Rupp came to further appreciate and see the excellent results in patient outcomes that came from being a member of a group practice.
Growing up on a farm, Dr. Rupp learned first-hand the value that chiropractic had to meet the demand of physical work by witnessing firsthand the stresses of farm life, from seeing it help with back pain to headaches to overall health and wellness. As he learned more, Dr. Rupp realized how much chiropractors could do to take care of people without the use of drugs and surgery.
Outside of the office, Dr. Rupp enjoys spending time outside, hiking, running, taking care of his many plants, and exploring all the great trails in and around Juneau.
Dr. Rupp is extremely excited to be joining the community of Juneau, the wonderful team at Arctic Chiropractic, and cannot wait to help people not only live pain-free but reach their individual health goals.
Dr. William Voges was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up splitting time between St. Louis and Starkville, Mississippi. Growing up, he was an avid athlete, playing everything from soccer to football, to baseball. For his undergraduate degree, William went to Mississippi State University, where he was a resident advisor, played for the Men’s club soccer team, and was the Student Director of Operations and for the women’s soccer team. He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology-Clinical Exercise Physiology. Following graduation, he worked as a physical therapy technician for a year, before entering the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Logan University.
At Logan, William took additional courses outside the curriculum to increase the number of tools in his tool bag, honing in on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stimulation (DNS) rehabilitation, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and the McKenzie Protocol as personal favorites. William is excited to join the Juneau community and is looking forward to bringing another set of tools to the wonderful staff at Arctic Chiropractic to continue to help the people of Juneau develop and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
William graduated in December of 2018 and is extremely excited to be in Juneau with his wife Laurel and dog Samus. In his free time, he sometimes enjoys staying in to play the occasional video game, but primarily likes to be outdoors, enjoying everything from hiking to playing soccer to fishing. William believes maintaining an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to maintain health, and lives his life accordingly.
Dr. Darrick Waugh was born in Santa Rosa, California. He relocated to Klamath Falls, Oregon at a young age. Growing up, Darrick was a competitive runner and swimmer, which is how he initially became interested in Physical Therapy. Upon graduating high school, Darrick attended Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) on a running scholarship. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in pre medical Biology in 2011. After graduating from OIT, Darrick attended Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014.
Following graduation, Darrick and his then-fiancé Mary moved to Alaska where he worked as an outpatient physical therapist for Arctic Chiropractic Bethel for two years. He and Mary were married soon after leaving Bethel. They moved to Juneau in 2016 after visiting previously and being stunned by the breathtaking beauty of the area.
Darrick believes Physical Therapy is an excellent tool to help his patients take control of their health, diminish pain, and return to a higher level of activity. He believes there is an optimal way for everyone to move and that it is important to learn and utilize these movement patterns in combination with other behaviors such as nutrition and exercise to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle. He is committed to providing patients the knowledge on how to treat, and ideally prevent, pain and injury to keep from slowing them down with the ultimate goal of regaining maximal health and wellness. Darrick enjoys focusing on orthopedics, utilizing various manual and movement therapies with patients of all ages and backgrounds.
In his free time, he enjoys reading, hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and biking. He also enjoys traveling the country pursuing cutting edge continuing education to advance his skills and knowledge as a therapist to bring the very best to his patients. When he’s not at work or home you can probably find him on the trails accompanied by his two village mutts Belle and Diesel or at the Island Pub with his beautiful wife indulging in their delicious pizza.
Dr. Lindsay Sullivan was raised moving all over the country. She was born on the West coast and eventually settling in the East coast and growing up in Tampa, Florida. Her interest in physical therapy arose at a young age when she herself was in need of physical therapy due to multiple sports injuries. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, with a specialization in Exercise Science from the University of Florida in 2014. After graduating, Lindsay promptly moved across the country to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017.
Following graduation, Lindsay decided to continue to embrace her vagabond upbringing and became a traveling physical therapist. She began working in a variety of different practice settings in different states, ultimately bringing her to Juneau. This friendly and beautiful town has won her over and she is excited to settle down and join the community.
Traveling has provided Lindsay with a unique opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients and quickly gain invaluable experience in the field. Lindsay is a strong advocate for physical therapy as a steadfast tool to aid and empower patients in overcoming their pain and sustain their overall health through physical function. Lindsay understands the impact that pain can have on overall well-being and emphasizes a holistic treatment approach to optimize long-term management. She is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her patients to reach their personal goals and return to their healthy, happy, and pain-free lifestyles.
In her free time, Lindsay is usually practicing what she preaches and enjoys staying physically active, taking advantage of the beautiful Alaskan outdoors. She particularly enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga, boxing, and snowboarding. Her biggest passion continues to be traveling and she finds great joy in using her clinical skills to aid the developing world on various international medical teams.
I did not begin my professional career as a chiropractor. Instead, I followed the majority of my family into the medical field and became a Registered Nurse specializing in pediatric oncology. Although I initially found this to be a rewarding career, I soon became disheartened. I was continuing to pump sick children full of medications, only to watch them become sicker. After several years, I had had enough and began to search for a way that I could better help these children. I discovered Chiropractic while researching careers in alternative health. I already knew the body had amazing healing powers, and a career teaching others how their body functions and heals was exactly what I had been looking for. I immediately applied at New York Chiropractic College and was enrolled less than a month later.
Following my graduation in 2007, I moved to Alaska where I spent just over 2 years working for Arctic Chiropractic in several communities throughout the state. Although I enjoyed working in Alaska, I missed my family, which led to my return to the east coast. In May of 2012, I returned to Alaska, this time to Dutch Harbor to once again join the Arctic Chiropractic team.
Dr. Laura Homacki, originally from Kutztown Pennsylvania, started her career at DeSales University where she majored in Biology. Upon completion of her degree she went on to obtain her diploma and license in massage therapy from Cortiva Institute in Pennsylvania. After working as a Chiropractic Assistant for a year she decided to pursue her Doctorate in Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Homacki also earned her Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition while attending New York Chiropractic College, as she is a firm believer in treating the whole patient and not just their pain.
Dr. Homacki started her journey in alternate medicine after spending 12 years as a Healthcare Specialist with the PA Army National Guard. It was here that she treated various injuries; and thought that more had to be done to prevent injuries and help soldiers recover after an injury, other than push medications. It was her time deployed and summers with various units that inspired her to do better for her fellow soldiers and pursue a career in chiropractic.
Dr. Homacki enjoys learning all about her patients and what they do for a job here in Dutch Harbor as well as their leisure time activities. She believes in treating the whole patient through chiropractic, myofascial release, trigger point therapy (NIMMO certified), and nutrition. She creates individualized treatment plans geared towards the patient’s goals and helps them achieve their goals through self-care exercises, chiropractic, and massage therapy.
In her free time Dr. Homacki enjoys spending time outside exploring the beautiful islands of Unalaska and Dutch Harbor with her two dogs.
Dr. Lewis Pagel provides chiropractic services in Kotzebue, Alaska. At Arctic Chiropractic Kotzebue, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives. All of our doctors are committed to bringing you better health and a better way of life. Call us today to book an appointment.
“I’m passionate about serving people and having a positive impact on their lives. Being a doctor of chiropractic is definitely my life’s call. If I am able to help improve someone’s life, I have fulfilled that call.” – Dr. Eric Ortman
A little about me –
Originally from Emmetsburg, Iowa located in the northwest corner of Iowa.
Grew up playing football, wrestling and running track/pole vaulting in addition to theatre and chorus through high school.
Served four years in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist/AFOSI team member
Operation Just Cause and Persian Gulf War veteran
Served 11 years as a civilian police officer
Completed three full and two half marathons
Competed in numerous powerlifting and bench press competitions
Dr. Corey Modrell was born and raised in Northwest Iowa. He owned and operated his own chiropractic office in Montrose, Colorado for 7 years before moving to Palmer in September of 2013 to join the team at Arctic Chiropractic. Dr. Modrell also taught Anatomy and Physiology and Human Biology for Colorado Mesa University while in Colorado. He was named Colorado’s Rising Star Chiropractor of the Year in 2010. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and currently the team chiropractor for the Palmer High School wrestling team.
Dr. Dwayne Engelbrecht provides chiropractic services in Palmer, Alaska. At Arctic Chiropractic Palmer, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives. All of our doctors are committed to bringing you better health and a better way of life. Call us today to book an appointment
Dr. Jeffrey Reinhardt was raised in the lush fruit farming region of southwest Michigan along the shores of Lake Michigan. His family continues to work the same farm that has been in their family since the 1840’s.
Dr. Reinhardt attended Western Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Geology. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1982. His post-graduate education includes extensive study in the field of orthopedics, clinical and functional nutrition, whiplash and brain injury traumatology, car crash re-construction, as well as oxygen and ozone therapy. He has served as an Associate Clinical Instructor, teaching post-graduate continuing education to other physicians in his area of specialty, Instrument Assisted treatment of the spine.
Dr. Reinhardt’s passion for the past 30+ years has been assisting patients of all ages eliminate their pain, improve their health and live the active lives they prefer. He has developed strong working relationships with excellent medical specialists from across the country. These relationships provide the patients who seek his advice, the options of receiving the very best specialized medical care available. His number one goal in practice is to help you get well and live a more enjoyable, pain free and vibrant life.
Dr. Reinhardt and his wife, Patrice have been happily married since 1990. They have two adult sons, Jacob and Dylan. When not in the office they can be found assisting at their church and out enjoying the wonderful adventures that are only available to those who have the privilege of living in Southeast Alaska. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Sitka and live in a place where other people pay to go on vacation.
Born in Oklahoma and grew up in a small town playing all of the sports available, ultimately graduating from high school with honors and accepting athletic and academic scholarships to the University of Central Oklahoma. Played baseball at UCO, and graduated with honors in 1981 with a BS in Biology Education. Began post-graduate studies in Zoology with an emphasis in Genetics and pursued Masters and Ph.D. training at the University of Oklahoma while teaching science at a local high school. Received honors from the University of Oklahoma for both teaching and research, as well as nationally recognized teaching awards at the high school level.
After 6 years of teaching and doing original research, Bill made a major change in his career choice and attended Physical Therapy school at the University of Oklahoma. While there he received specialty training in sports medicine, which included a rotation at the University of Virginia and the opportunity to work with the Dallas Cowboys, National Finals Rodeo, and the Oklahoma Sooners. Upon graduation in 1989 Bill continued his training while treating patients in a variety of settings, including the creation of an accredited industrial rehabilitation program, high school and college sports medicine programs, and numerous presentations to help clients maximize their work and play in a safe and healthy way.
Bill moved to Alaska in 1992 and has worked in numerous practice settings ranging from hospitals to private practice. He has provided sports medicine coverage for events throughout Alaska, at the local, regional and state level. He is well known throughout the state of Alaska and happily provides his services at every level when asked.
In 1999 Bill provided was part of the medical team providing care to athletes competing at the World Taekwondo Championships in Edmonton, Canada. As a practicing martial artist and instructor, Bill went on to become an integral part of the sports medicine coverage at national and international taekwondo competitions and travels routinely with the US national teams to events all over the world.
Bill came to Arctic Chiropractic in July of 2018 and is excited about the opportunity to bring his extensive training in orthopedics and manual therapy to patients in Sitka. He has completed over 500 hours of post-graduate training and is certified in a number of different approaches to the care of patients at all levels of performance. He describes his certification in dry needling as one of the most effective treatment modalities available to physical therapists today but continues to stress the importance of education and physical activity in his treatment programs designed to help clients at all levels return to their normal lifestyle.
Dr. Ben Pontius provides chiropractic services in Soldotna, Alaska. At Arctic Chiropractic Soldotna, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives. All of our doctors are committed to bringing you better health and a better way of life. Call us today to book an appointment.
Dr. Garett Williams provides chiropractic services in Valdez, Alaska. At Arctic Chiropractic Valdez, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your wellness objectives. All of our doctors are committed to bringing you better health and a better way of life. Call us today to book an appointment.
Linda Ricketts is from Missouri where she and her husband live on a farm. She has a daughter and 3 grandchildren. In her early career, she spent time working at a small hospital. After her daughter went to college she spent time working in the American Virgin Islands and summers in Alaska. She’s enjoyed working as a traveler in Juneau, Ketchikan, Kotzebue and Barrow, AK. She has experience in outpatient, home health and nursing homes. She’s excited to return to Valdez, Ak and work as a Physical Therapist.
Dr. Scott Folsom was born and raised in Amarillo, TX. He was a competitive gymnast in his youth and won 2 national titles in trampoline and double mini-trampoline. He is an Eagle Scout and speaks the Czech language fluently, having served a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Czech Republic. Dr. Folsom married the love of his life, Katie, in 2006, and since then they have been blessed with 5 wonderful children–Eliott, Max, Julia, Luke, and Elizabeth. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, drawing, and practicing Tai Ji Quan. Dr. Folsom received a BS in Anatomy and a BS in Health and Wellness, as well as his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX. While at Parker, he developed a fascination with the ability of the human body to heal itself. He is constantly refining his knowledge and techniques to provide the most advanced and effective care possible. He is a level 3 certified medical professional with the
Titleist Performance Institute and a certified Kinesiotape practitioner. He specializes in correcting functional movement and utilizes both SFMA and FCS screenings to identify and correct functional movement issues in his patients. Dr. Folsom also is a practitioner of fascial manipulation and combines this with his wealth of other knowledge to achieve optimal results for his patients. Following his education at Parker, Dr. Folsom worked at a high volume pain relief chiropractic clinic in Amarillo for two years before making the decision in 2013 to move to Alaska and join the Arctic Chiropractic team. Dr. Folsom loves to not only help people get out of pain quickly but also fix the underlying causes of pain and restore optimal function so people can get back to doing what they love to do, without pain. He is eager to be a part of your road to recovery.
Camilla graduated from the Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy in 2017, she integrates her skills of Swedish massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, and Fascial Manipulation points to provide maximum relief for each individual. Camilla is a born and raised Alaskan, she enjoys fishing, hunting, and hiking the wide outdoors of Alaska year-round. She loves where she lives and thrives off of helping fellow Alaskans get back to their full potential of movement and health for their own adventures.
Alyssia was born and raised in Alaska. She grew up in Wasilla and graduated from Colony High School. In her free time, she loves to enjoy the outdoors with her husband and dog, Willow. She is excited to be part of a great team that is dedicated to helping patients achieve a pain-free life.
Katrina is a born and raised Alaskan who enjoys spending time with her husband and son outside of work; going on family adventures and creating art are their favorite hobbies. She is the Office Manager and Chiropractic Assistant. Katrina coordinates patients care, manages treatment plans and patient flow throughout the day, and oversees the day to day operations of the clinic.
Chris moved to Alaska in 2016 with his wife Sabrina. He has been with Arctic Chiropractic West for a little over a year now, as an Exercise Specialist. Prior to moving here, Chris was a lifelong California Resident. Chris was a tri-athlete in high school and played football for Cal Berkley for one year. Chris has education in kinesiology, theology, and business received from multiple universities. Chris is on track to attend Parker College in Dallas, fall of 2021 to become a DC. Chris has two beautiful children; Lillian, age 3 and Adonis, 8 months. The whole family enjoys being outside in the summers and being out on the boat.
Robin is a mostly lifelong Alaskan who was raised in Fairbanks. In 2009 she married her husband, Austin, and military life took them on a journey around the states. Upon his separation from the military, they moved back to Wasilla with their two children, Serenity and Stetson. Robin is passionate about self-care and helping others, she attributes many of these values to her family, as well as a love of sports from a young age. She loves spending time outdoors and with her family. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, soccer, snowboarding, traveling and curling up with a good book.
Rebecca arrived in Alaska November of 2007 with her husband. They immediately fell in love with the amazing state. She enjoys working, crafting and spending time with her family. Rebecca graduated from Massage school in 2004 and has worked at Arctic Chiropractic since 2011. Her specialty is Fascial Manipulation and combines many techniques tailored to each client’s individual needs.
Katie is all about living her best life. Katie finds assisting patients in pain relief, muscle recovery, stress reduction, and healing through manual therapy both rewarding and exciting. She loves helping folks live their best life too!