Meet the Team

Our Team at Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center

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Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center provides the highest quality, professional and compassionate chiropractic care to ensure that you and your family are in good health.

Our team at Elk Ridge Chiropractic & Wellness Center ensures that our expertise unlocks your body's natural healing process for a better lifestyle through chiropractic care. Check out our highly-trained team of professional doctors and staff below.
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Meet the Team

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Dr. Natasha Ruegsegger

Dr. Natasha Ruegsegger


In 2015, Natasha moved to Bend with her husband and two sweet therapy certified dogs.

She enjoys a variety of outdoor sports like running, climbing, boating and being out in nature. She is a native Oregonian, having grown up in the small town of Monmouth.

During her schooling at the University of Western States, she had pursued extensive postgraduate studies in Activator Methods and is certified as an Advanced Proficiency Rated Doctor.

Dr. Kristin Costanzo

Dr. David Juratovac


Dr. Juratovac began his chiropractic journey when, at the age of 14, he went to a chiropractic office for the first time. As the son of a massage therapist, Dr. J grew up being taught the importance of muscle health, spinal movement, and how an active lifestyle paired with smart nutrition can impact your entire life. This seed carried him through high school when he first thought of becoming a chiropractor, but it wasn’t until a job shadow in a chiropractic clinic that made him realize helping people was what he was meant to do.

Even though there is a chiropractic school close by in Portland, Dr. J decided to head to Minnesota for his education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology at St. John’s University in 2013, and continued his formal education with a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2016. Dr. J is committed to the philosophies of chiropractic that first inspired him when he was younger. In 2017 he completed post-graduate education as a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (C.C.W.P) in order to help patients better understand that his main focus is preventative care and wellness, not just for now but a lifetime. This post-graduate education gave Dr. J a new view of lifestyle, and helps him provide his patients the tools and custom treatments to achieve that goal.

Beyond his formal education, Dr. J has completed multiple continuing education courses to remain current and to serve his patients in the best possible way. He is a yearly attendant of ChiroFest to discover more about the art and sciences of the chiropractic profession. Dr. J is proficient with therapeutic taping methods, instrument-assisted soft tissue therapies, and orthopedic work. While his passion is with wellness and prevention, he has vast experience with auto- and work-related injuries, acute pain, and sports injuries. He has recently discovered a love for pediatric chiropractic care so that infants to teenagers can get the foundation their bodies need to live a long and healthy life.

Dr. Justin Smitherman

Dr. Justin Smitherman


Dr. Smitherman is a Pacific Northwest native and member of the Vancouver community. He is a CrossFit athlete at Fort Vancouver Crossfit, attends New Heights church in Vancouver, and is joining the Freemasons Kenton lodge.

Dr. Smitherman is committed to helping other business owners as a member of Business Networking International (BNI) Legacy Leaders chapter. He believes strongly that of all of the things we can do, “the greatest of these is love” when it comes to how we treat ourselves and others (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Dr. Smitherman is here to help people in their health and does not discriminate based on age, gender, gender identity, culture, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or language.

Ashlyn Foster

Ashlyn Foster

Office Manager

As an Oregon native, Ashlyn came to us from Eastern Oregon in 2018 along with her husband Eric and three dogs. While getting to know the area that they have come to love, their family has grown with the addition of their new baby. Ashlyn enjoys many outdoor activites such as camping, rafting, hiking and more.

With a strong history in customer service, Ashlyn has happily found herself in our clinic where she is very excited to establish a settled life and grow along with the office and see where it takes her during her time in Central Oregon.

To reach Ashlyn, you can call 541-388-3588 or email elkridgebilling@gmail.com

Megan Charmichael

Abigail Morse

Front Desk Receptionist

Abigail grew up in Bend and has a history in customer service, management and human resurces. Having studied at the University of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England, as well as The Master's University in Santa Clarita, California, Abigail studied mythology and literature and eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She has since become an avid writer, blogger and social media manager as an independent contractor.

Currently, Abigail writes for Cascade Business News in partnership with Elk Ridge Chiropractic, writing bi-weekly articles on healthcare while managing the Elk Ridge blog. Meanwhile, she spends her time outside of work traveling the world, writing novels and screenplays, and managing her clothing business, Eso Niko Designs.

Abigail is also working to earn her TEFL Certification and is teaching herself Japanese in order to become an English teacher in Japan.

Cherie Brown​​​​​​​

Monica Stefanac

Chiropractic Assistant

With a background in human movement studies, Monica is always on the go. She spends much of her time exploring the great outdoors with her adventure pup, Henry. Monica regularly looks for ways to step out of her comfort zone while staying grounded through yoga. She believes that life’s greatest learning experiences come from travel and exploration. Intuitive and devoted, Monica is committed to contributing to others’ inner development and growth.

Justin Hodai

Dasja Marcato

LMT

Dasja has been in the Central Oregon area for almost four years, coming to us from Nevada and before that, Michigan. She lives here with her husband Tim, one year old son Matrim and almost three year old son Timothy Shane. She attended the Nevada School of Massage Therapy in 2013 and graduated in 2014. Since then, she has been constantly learning new modalities and has enjoyed using her knowledge to help people to the best of her abilities. Dasja hopes to continue helping people by using her experience as a massage therapist, and soon to be personal trainer which will provide a better understanding of the body, muscles and nutrition. Outside of her professional goals, Dasja and her family have plans to continue exlporing the beautiful state of Oregon during their time here.

Mona Rowden​​​​​​​

Mona Rowden​​​​​​​

LMT

Mona has been in Service oriented careers for over 20 years. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Personal Trainer. After a series of life changing events, though born and raised in Texas, she decided to move to what she calls, “Her Souls home on Earth”, Oregon! “I came here in 2015 and absolutely fell in love with the Oregon landscapes, especially the water falls. I could not get it out of my mind, every time I thought about it or looked at pictures I was immediately more peaceful.” She’s never looked back. Her career focus now is her healing modalities of massage.

Kelsie Adamo

Kelsi Adamo

LMT

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