Meet our Team
Dr. Lorri Nichols, Founder/Chiropractor
Dr. Lorri Nichols is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Sherman Chiropractic College. She is Board Certified in Applied Spinal Biomechanics, Board Eligible as a Diplomate Spinal Rehabilitation and is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practioner. In private practice since 1984, Dr. Nichols founded Northwest Chiropractic Center in 1989. She has served two terms to the Washington Department of Health Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission and President of the Washington State Chiropractic Association in 2011 and 2012. She has been awarded Top Chiropractor in the US 2006, Chiropractor of the Year 2011, Best of Federal Way 2013, WSCA Special Service Award 2009 and 2013 and WSCA Volunteer of the Year 2013. She is currently clinic director of Northwest Wellness and integrated, patient center health care facility.
Dr. Jolene Harlow, Chiropractor
Dr. Jolene Harlow is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, graduating as Valedictorian of her class. She is also a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP). Dr. Harlow joined Northwest Wellness in 2008, returning to the Puget Sound area where she grew up. She was drawn to chiropractic because, “it was different from every other approach that I had seen”. She describes herself as a tool to helping patients take an active role in their health. Dr. Harlow was awarded the WSCA Volunteer of the Year in 2015 for her leadership and commitment in chiropractic.
Dr. Harlow maintains an active lifestyle by running, hiking, and playing on a local softball team. She also enjoys volunteering her time in the children’s classroom at her church.
Dr. Connor Naccarato
Dr. Connor Naccarato graduated at the top of his class in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at University of St. Augustine For Health Sciences in San Diego, CA. He has also earned his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). These two specializations have helped him develop a treatment style that integrates a hands-on manual therapy approach, with functional exercise and resistance training. Dr. Naccarato joined the team at Northwest Wellness in 2017 to help develop the physical therapy department. He utilizes an eclectic approach in his own treatment philosophy and is excited to be a part of such a holistic practice. He enjoys helping people get rid of their pain and get back to living a healthy, active lifestyle. His clinical background is in treating musculoskeletal injuries, post-operative conditions, and sports injuries. He enjoys working with a variety of different patients, but specializes in the treatment of overhead athletes, runners, and chronic low back pain. Whatever aches and pains might be holding you back, Dr. Naccarato will help you take an active role in your recovery and get back to doing the things you love.
Dr. Naccarato was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. After finishing Physical Therapy school in San Diego, he and his wife Rosemary returned back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Together, they enjoy living an active lifestyle and take advantage of everything this region has to offer. Dr. Naccarato enjoys running, cycling, soccer, football, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. He believes that fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and loves to help people get back to doing the things they love.
Dr. Jeff Thomas
Throughout the last 10 years, Dr. Thomas has been a witness to the remarkable ability to use food not only as a source of nourishment, but as medicine as well. Through evidence-based scientific approaches, he will serve as your guide and confidant as together you, address the issues that obstruct your path to health and wellness.
"Ultimately, it is my hope with each and every encounter you will be equipped, and enabled to successfully overcome whatever obstacle we may face together as we make daily strides towards achieving optimum health and wellness."
Dr. Safiya McCarter
Dr. Safiya McCarter is a Naturopathic Physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Washington. Her clinical interests include pediatrics and women’s health (preventative and screening examinations, contraception and menstrual disorders). Her clinical approach incorporates psychological and emotional health and forming a partnership with her patients.
Dr. McCarter received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2010 and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree in 2015 from Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. Her undergraduate education was completed at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Mathematics.
Dr. McCarter currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and holds professional membership in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Kay Kim, Acupuncturist
Dr. Kay Kim is a Washington State licensed Acupuncturist/East Asian Medicine Practitioner and has a wide range of experience in health and pain management. While serving in the US Army, Dr. Kim had to undergo back surgery and credits Eastern medicine and Acupuncture for his quick recovery and healing process.
Dr. Kay specializes in pain management such as plantar fasciitis, neck, shoulder, lower back, knee pain as well as migraine headache and allergies. He also has experience in facial rejuvenation.
Britt Hunt, Physical Therapist Assistant
Britt graduated with honors from Green River College with a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at University of Colorado where she found an affection for skiing, hiking and mountain living. A Seattle native, Britt returned home and continues to celebrate the active Northwest lifestyle. While pursuing a new PTA career, Britt worked as a Pure Barre instructor within the Seattle community; encouraging clients’ improved core strength, flexibility, and supporting overall healthy transformations. She is passionate about the healing properties of fitness and pain-free movement. Britt enjoys playing on her co-ed soccer team, running with her husband and golden retriever, Willie Nelson, and cheering on the Seahawks. She is excited to share her interest in exercise, therapeutic modalities and is committed to her patients’ rehabilitation.
Sarah Wilcox, Director of Operations
Sarah is originally from Seattle, WA and is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She has worked for Northwest Wellness since 2004. She first experienced chiropractic, physical therapy and massage as a patient herself in 1999 after a car accident. After recovering from her injuries, she was a believer in holistic health. She enjoys training for running events, hiking outdoors, cooking and spending time with her two dogs and boyfriend.
Mindy Elliott, Chiropractic Assistant
Mindy was born and raised in California, but moved to Washington in 1997. She has been in the medical field since the mid 1990’s when she became a National Certified Surgical Technologist. She has been married to her high school sweetheart and has one teenage daughter. Mindy enjoys camping with her family, watching football with her husband, getting lost in a good book, and shopping with her daughter.
Dawn Swalander, Billing Specialist
Jon Okami, LMP
Jon’s educational background includes his massage certificate from the Brenneke School of Massage in 1997 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Washington in 2011. Jon also has been instructing massage for over 16 years, which he continues to do at a local massage school. He brings a wealth of experience and techniques as a therapist/educator to each patient session to provide a massage that caters to a patient’s needs.
When not practicing or teaching massage, Jon enjoys: opportunities to avoid getting lost when hiking/backpacking; managing the forces of nature (weeds!) in the home garden; creating delicious meals (when not burning it); and/or getting motivated to finally get that garage project done.
Jessica Llamas, Chiropractic Assistant
Jessica was raised in Federal Way and graduated in 2014, while being raised in a Mexican American household. She loves getting to meet and interact with anyone who crosses her path. Jessica always aspires to look at the bright side of things, no matter what. She is looking to strive in the medical field to build herself a bright future in order to give thanks to those who supported and helped push her to her greatest.
Jennifer Roldan, Massage Therapist
Jennifer studied massage at Carrington College in Spokane and has been practicing primarily in the clinical setting. Her focus with massage is treatment work with a therapeutic touch. She wishes to continue her education with an emphasis in prenatal care and obtaining a national license in massage. She is Northwest Wellness only REGENCE provider and is contracted with most insurances. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, gardening, and going on scenic bike rides.
Michele 'MJ' Peterson, Massage Therapist
M.J. received her degree in Massage Studies in 2005 and has been practicing Medical Massage since 2006. While we did lose her for a few years while she and her now retired Army husband moved around, we are very happy to have her once again as a part of our team. She specializes in injury treatments; from work and auto accidents to numerous pathologies. She thoroughly enjoys helping her patients and concentrates on individualizing her treatments according to each patient's personal needs and comfort level. She is the proud mother of two boisterous boys and enjoys educating them on the great outdoors.
Mark Miller, Massage Therapist
Mark graduated from Northwest School of Massage in December of 2003
and has been practicing since May of 2006. He specializes in deep
tissue massage techniques. This includes treatments for the neck, from
whiplash or chronic injuries, as well as low back/hip pain and injuries. He likes to take an integrated and personal approach to healing depending on the needs of his clients. Mark is active in his church, enjoys camping and other activities outdoors, reading, and spending time with his wife since getting married in the summer of