Dr. Lorri Nichols, Founder/Chiropractor

Dr. Nichols discovered the benefits of chiropractic first-hand after suffering an injury in college. Through chiropractic care she experienced relief from pain and a shortened recovery time. When describing her desire to enter the profession she states "When  I discovered the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic, I knew I found a profession where I could truly help sick and injured people regain their health". 

Dr. Jolene Harlow, Chiropractor

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After shadowing several healthcare professions as a college student Dr. Harlow developed an interest in chiropractic by seeing how it benefited patients. She states, “…it was different from every other approach that I had seen”.  Dr. Harlow is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP). She describes herself as a tool to helping patients take an active role in their health.

Dr. Harlow is happy to return to the Puget Sound area and maintains an active lifestyle through running, biking, and various local sports teams.  

David Saelens, Director of Physical Therapy

David Saelens, MPT, brings 20 years of clinical experience to Northwest Wellness Center as its first Director of Physical Therapy. A graduate of the University of St. Augustine, David studied under Dr. Stanley Paris and built on a foundation of manual skills designed to alleviate pain, improve fluid movement and regain strength and endurance. He was certified in manual therapy in Colorado before moving to Washington in 2014, and specializes in shoulder and knee injuries, and rehab following surgical repair and joint replacement. He has worked closely with neck and back surgeons at Steadman Hawkins in Vail and contributed to research that advanced the treatment of back and neck pain and dysfunction. David has taught Anatomy & Physiology at college levels, been a guest health-reporter on television and radio, and arms every patient with knowledge about how their bodies age and heal. Northwest Wellness Center’s whole body approach to healthcare now includes a full complement of Physical Therapy services and modalities in a state-of-the-art gym. 

Dr. Jeff Thomas, Naturopath

 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 we 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. McCarter will be joining the Northwest Wellness Team in June!  She is credentialed with most insurances and will see patients Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Friday afternoon.  Please call 253-927-0660 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.


Dr. Safiya McCarter is a Naturopathic Physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Washington. er 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 East 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.

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.


Tammy Riles,  Patient Account Coordinator

Tammy, originally from Reno, NV, has been in the medical field as a Finance/Billing Specialist for 4 years. As well as over 5 years in the corporate finance industry and owning her own business.  She has her Medical Assistant and Billing Degree,  with the goal of finishing her Medical Degree from UW. Tammy has a passion for fitness and bodybuilding and has been in the bodybuilding world for the last several years.


Kayla Wohlers, Massage Therapist

As a humanist and humanitarian; working with people has always been a passion of mine. I use massage as a way to create change not only in the body, but in the way we tend to view self care all together. I utilize a mixture of Swedish relaxation, structural and clinical deep tissue techniques to focus on the specific needs and concerns of each individual; customizing and mindfully making treatment plans to meet all goals. Preventative care and mindfulness are an essential part of a pain free life and I strive to achieve that to its fullest extent.

Evelyn Cotter, Massage Therapist

I have been practicing massage since 2006.  I am continually amazed by the adaptive and self healing powers of the human body.  I enjoy learning new modalities and helping clients get back to wellness and balance.  I specialize in whiplash treatment, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, cupping and TMJ therapy.  I have also trained in MS and fibromyalgia massage along with Reiki for bodies that respond better to a gentler treatment.  I listen to the client and their body for optimal results and comfort.

In my free time I enjoy beach combing, scuba diving and visiting zoos and aquariums across the continent.  My husband and I are NW natives who share a home with a giant cat and a dwarf hamster.

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

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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


Lionel Orji, Clinical Exercise Specialist

Lionel received a degree in Clinical Physiology with minors in Nutrition and Athletic Training from Central Washington University in 2011. Has been working in the fitness industry since 2009 as a personal trainer with extensive in vitamin and mineral supplements. In his free time Lionel likes to watch Netflix, rent Redbox movies, compete in power-lifting and bodybuilding, and hopes to become a pro in the next year. He has a passion for helping people become physically active despite their physical limitations.