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 Practitioner. 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. Megan Anderson, Chiropractor
Dr. Megan Anderson is committed to helping your body operate at its peak function. She guides your spine to its proper alignment, offering a natural alternative to surgery and medicine – one that lets your body heal from the inside out. Graduating with a double major in both Nutrition and Exercise Science from Bastyr University in 2002, Dr. Megan has a rich background in healthy living. She continued to pursue alternative ways to help others heal by completing her doctorate in 2008 at Life Chiropractic College West. Working closely with patients and families, she focuses on educating you throughout every step of your wellness plan. She loves traveling, yoga, hiking, trying new restaurants, and hunting for her favorite Washington winery. She is not afraid to try new things and has even put her chiropractic skills to work with animals.
Dr. Catyann Parker graduated from the University of Washington’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program as Class President. Her clinical background is in treating neurological and orthopedic conditions in clients ranging from 2 months to 90 years old. She has a passion for working with infants with torticollis and developmental delay. Her other professional interests include programming for pre and post-operative patients, helping athletes with sport-specific injuries, and promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Parker grew up in Federal Way, WA and is excited to be actively serving her home community. Having stayed in the Pacific Northwest throughout schooling, her and her husband Jack take full advantage of the water, mountains, and landscapes the area has to offer. She believes that fitness is a solid foundation for optimal health. Whatever your age, injury, or goals, Dr. Parker will help lead you down the path to recovery and optimal function.
Dr. Jeff Thomas, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Jeff Thomas is a licensed naturopathic doctor providing integrative medical approaches to a myriad of clinical presentations ranging from the most common to difficult and obstinate of cases. Dr. Thomas is also the medical educator and product development specialist for Deseret Biologicals. Throughout the year in addition to seeing patients and incorporating the latest nutritional innovation into product concepts. Dr. Thomas lectures across the country speaking to health practitioners on the latest trends in disease assessment and nutritional approaches.
Dr. Thomas received his Naturopathic doctoral degree from the prestigious Bastyr University, in Seattle WA in 2013. Prior to that he received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Tx, and his Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from St. Phillip’s College. During his clinical rotations Dr. Thomas worked with various providers including clinical dietitians, medical doctors, naturopathic oncologists, chiropractors, and naturopathic physicians.
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.
Matthew Pirkle, Physical Therapist Assistant
Matthew is a young physical therapist assistant excited to bring an extensive background of sports and strength training and conditioning to Northwest Wellness. He is a graduate of Olympic College's PTA program and has worked in both athletics and clinical settings with a wide variety of clients and patients. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys going hiking, kayaking, reading, exercising, and enjoying the company of his family.
Dr. Ariana Langdon, Naturopath
Dr. Langdon is an Integrative Primary Care Physician licensed in the state of Washington. She focuses on empowering patients by connecting with the mental/emotional plane to better inform the physical manifestations of pain and dis-ease. She adheres to conventional guidelines for quality care and uses complimentary therapies to understand the root cause of disease and to attain wellness. She believes we are all on our own unique journey and at times we require more guidance and support. She is delighted to provide this assistance and invites patients to participate in their healthcare with an open heart and a willingness to learn.
When Dr. Langdon is not seeing patients at Northwest Wellness she is working as a lead trainer and facilitator at 40 Years of Zen, an intensive neurofeedback center developed by Bulletproof CEO Dave Asprey. Through behavioral reconditioning, brain-mapping and trauma-focused release, emotional intelligence is augmented. This increases the brain’s capacity for excellence and has the potential to profoundly deepen one’s life course.
Dr. Langdon received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. During her pre-medical training she worked as an EMT in a Chicagoland Emergency Department for four years, which brought her a profound respect for the life-saving measures of conventional medicine. She holds advanced training and certification in western herbalism, craniosacral therapy, and IV therapy. She is ever grateful to her teachers Matthew Wood, RH, Faith Christensen, ND, Eric Jones, ND and her 3-year old son, Julien. She thanks her mentors Ibrahim Verghese, MD and Rich Frederickson, PhD for revealing the art and science of medicine.
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.
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 2002. Her and her family enjoy hiking with their two dogs, cooking, traveling and spending time with friends.
Angela Murphy, Chiropractic Assistant
We are excited to have Angela join our Northwest Wellness team. She has worked the administrative side of natural wellness for six years and enjoys greeting patients with a smile. Angela chose the Health & Wellness industry as she enjoys interacting with patients and connecting them with information in regards to natural wellness. Angela was born and raised in Washington and currently lives in Federal way with her two children. She loves exploring scenic drives, getting together with family, party planning, and crafting.
Beth Kirk, Billing Specialist
Beth has had experience in medical billing and healthcare for over twenty years. She enjoys working in natural healthcare and enjoys using her knowledge of medical terminology, insurance policies and extensive customer service experience, here at Northwest Wellness.
Jon Okami, Licensed Massage Therapist
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.
Tiffiny Thrash, Medical Assistant
Tiffiny Thrash is a Certified Medical Assistant since 2003 graduating from Seattle Vocational Institute. She grew up in the Central District of Seattle. She has worked in specialties including Interventional Radiology, OBGYN, Multiple Sclerosis and Neurology. Her passions are volunteering at the MS Center and spending time with family . Currently she is enrolled in the Registered Nursing program at Renton Technical College with the expectation to graduate June 2020.
Rebecca Steele, Medical/Chiropractic Assistant
Rebecca is a recent graduate of Highline College in Medical Assisting with several years of patient care experience as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. It has been a purposeful transition to work with practitioners specializing in holistic, whole body wellness. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the Pacific Northwest, and reading anything non-fiction--especially history and epidemiology.
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 her and helped push her to her greatest.
Catheryn Gale, License Massage Therapist
Cat was introduced to massage as a teen athlete. She recognized the benefits and noticed the advantages of massage on injury prevention and recovery. Cat attended National Holistic Institute in Southern California and became a Massage Therapist in 2011. She has received training in Thai massage, Cupping, and holds an endorsement to preform Intra-Oral Massage for TMJD treatment. Cat has been enjoying the PNW since 2016, when she relocated to be close to family. She enjoys the great outdoors, travel, and being a dog mom to her pup Taco.
Mark Miller, Licensed 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 2015.
Kim OConnor, LMT
I was born and raised in Western Washington, and I love it here. My family has been here for 3 generations. I've studied massage at Cortiva in Federal Way, as well as illustration at the Academy of Art University online. My mom was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was young, and in between her various treatments for pain, she would ask me to massage her neck so she could go to sleep. She is the reason I got into massage. We both figured, if I'm already doing it, and I'm good at it, why not make a career out of it! My favorite part about massage is the genuine thank you I get after working on someone. It makes me feel so good to know that I've helped someone get through their day, or week, by easing their pain or tension, even if it is temporary. I specialize in the neck area, fibromyalgia, passive stretching, and trigger point therapy.