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 a small town called 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. Kristin Costanzo


Dr. Kristin grew up in Denver, CO. Attending Life West Chiropractic in the Bay Area; graduating in Sept. 2017. Kristin is also currently working towards her chiropractic pediatric certification. She is also Webster certified; a specific technique to balance the pelvis in pregnant women.

Kristin has lived in Central Oregon in 2017, where she is grown to love hiking, especially with her dog, Cooper.

Kristin has been studying activator methods since graduating and is a Proficiency Rated Doctor.

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 dog, Tessa. While getting to know the area that they have come to love, their family has grown with the addition of their new baby.

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

Justin Hodai

LMT

Justin grew up living and traveling all over the world. He landed in Bend, OR in 1992 and immediately felt he had found a place to put down roots. Justin loves the outdoors and martial arts. With any active lifestyle; be it a hobby, occupation, sport, or competition; injury pans strain can keep us from reaching the next level or doing what we enjoy. Justin’s path to massage therapy came though his own experiences over the years, being frustrated by pain and injury that would not heal. He found healing through physical therapy and specifically, massage which led to significant shift in his life and career.

Justin graduated from Sage school of massage in 2013 and has been practicing in Bend since then. His specialty is deep tissue massage and myofascial release with emphasis on injury and chronic pain recovery. In his spare time Justin and his wife enjoy camping, disc golf and hanging out at home with their dog, Button, and their two cats, Balder & Pickle.

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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Megan Charmichael

Megan Carmichael

Acupuncturist​​​​​​​

Megan is a valuable part of our group, offering a variety of techniques including basic acupuncture, gua sha, cupping and more. She has been a license Acupuncturist for 5 years and is continuous expanding her education in the field of medicine.

Family comes first in Megan's life. Her husband and her daughters are the focus of every adventure she embarks on. She loves to travel, cook and try new hot spots around town.

Megan is our off-site acupuncturist; to book an appointment with Megan, ask Abigail at the front desk.

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