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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.

 


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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.

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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.

                                       

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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. 

                             

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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.



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Bri Fradet, Physical Therapist Assistant

Motivated by her desire to help others live a well-rounded, mindful, and healthy life, Bri earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder before she decided to combine her passions – helping people and understanding how the human brain and body function – into her career in physical therapy. Eager to learn, make connections, and deepen her scope of interests, she joined the International Honor Society in Psychology and worked as a PT tech at two physical therapy clinics to gain experience and insight in rehabilitation and body movement. These experiences eventually lead her to pursue her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) at Pima Medical Institute in Denver. In this program, she was again fascinated by the field of neuroscience and completed her clinical rotations in neurological rehab settings—a Stroke Day Program and Long Term Acute Care Hospital—as well as an outpatient orthopedic setting. She graduated at the top of her class in 2017, and shortly after, Bri and her fiancé, Max (also in the field of physical therapy), relocated from Colorado to Washington, to live closer to her brother and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Outside of physical therapy, Bri is passionate about experiencing the outdoors and staying active—she especially enjoys exploring nature with Max and her two dogs through hiking, backpacking, camping, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, and has been an avid yogi for many years.


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Dr. Richelle Vawter, Naturopath

Northwest Wellness is excited to have Dr. Richelle Vawter join our team August 2019!  Dr. Vawter offers mind body medicine, cranio-sacral therapy, pain management, detoxification and help with sports performance.  For more information on services Dr. Vawters, please visit http://mynwwellness.com/nat/  


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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.

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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

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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

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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.

                                      

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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.

 

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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. 

 

                                 

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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.

 

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Makeeba Taylor, LMT

Are you tired of health care professionals dictating your health ? Book your massage today with me a 7 + years experience Massage Therapist. I believe the Mind, Body,Spirit holistically create us as a fully functioning Being . To maintain the Homeostatic Balance within the body requires awareness mental, emotional, and physical to keep the internal and external natural rhythms symbiotically functioning. I like to customize the Massage/ tools to fit the clients wellness needs in conjunction with the clients daily activities of living for proper self care techniques , I incorporate Aromatherapy ,cupping ,hot stones, Rom/ stretching to isolate isotonic muscles and soothe with hydrotherapy packs or your choice of muscle soothing therapy to bring overall comfort to end the massage .

Kimberly Connor, LMT

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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. 

 

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Tiffany Magee, LMT