Meet our Team
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
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.
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. April Sullivan, Naturopath
Dr. April Sullivan graduated from Bastyr University with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. She is licensed as a Naturopathic Physician in the State of Washington. Prior to graduating from Bastyr, she graduated from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, TN with her Bachelor's degree in medical technology. After working as a medical technologist for 6 years, she decided to pursue her true passion of becoming a doctor.
Dr. Sullivan specializes in pediatrics and family medicine and is passionate about helping families raise naturally happy and healthy children. Additionally, she has a special interest in helping adults that are sick and tired of being sick and tired. She helps those suffering from thyroid and autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Her clinical experience includes several internships at naturopathic pediatric clinics in the area, as well as clinical rotations at Seattle Children's Hospital and the West Seattle Teen Clinic.
She holds professional memberships with the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. When she is not seeing patients, she enjoys testing her cooking experiments on her son, trying her hand at urban farming, and getting out in the Seattle sunshine whenever possible.
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 now worked for Dr. Nichols since 2004. With an interest in natural healthcare, Sarah sees the benefits of chiropractic when patients leave feeling better and without pain. She enjoys training for running events, hiking outdoors, cooking and spending time with her two dogs.
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 Seth for the past 16 years and has one teenage daughter Hailee who is currently a sophomore at Auburn Riverside High School. 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 3 years.
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
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.