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.
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.
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.
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
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