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Dr. Matthew N. Smith, DC, CES

Dr. Smith received his Doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class with Magna Cum Laude Honors. In addition to his education at Palmer West in traditional chiropractic methods, his specialties include Active Release Technique (Full Body Certified), Functional Range Conditioning (FR, FRC), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Postural Restoration Institute, Functional Movement Screening (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Fascial Movement Taping (RockTape L2). He is a Corrective Exercise Specialist through The National Academy of Sports Medicine, highly trained in detailed biomechanical analysis and functional rehab exercise prescription.

 

 

Dr. Smith has been fortunate to have worked in renowned sports therapy clinics in Austin, Tx and San Jose, Ca providing care for elite athletes from the PGA, NBA, NFL, Professional Triathletes, Olympic Level Swimmers, Professional Tennis, Division 1 NCAA, Military and Law Enforcement Professionals. He has also been an attending physician at elite level sporting events including The CrossFit Games, The Ironman World Championships, and The North Face Endurance Challenge.

 

He has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years teaching movement and performance strategies to athletes of all ages, levels, and activities. Dr. Smith is currently the on-site chiropractor for a major tech company in Downtown Palo Alto, CA and in the past, has provided his services as part of the on-site health and wellness teams at Google, Brocade, and Intuit Software. 

 

Dr. Smith is an avid athlete who has competed his entire life in many different sports including football, baseball, CrossFit, Rock Climbing, and Trail Running. He believes that competing, training, and learning new skills as an athlete has helped him grow tremendously in the mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of his life. This is why he is deeply passionate about helping his patients experience the same personal growth through lives defined by movement, exploration, and success.

Annelies Wentzel, DC

Dr. Annelies Wentzel received her Doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA, where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors. She sees neuromusculoskeletal health as an intricate balance between muscle strength, joint mobility, and overall stability; and will address all three as needed when she treats her patients. To accomplish this, she will use her advanced chiropractic and manual therapy techniques combined with functional rehabilitation. Some of these techniques and certifications include:

-          Active Release Technique (Spine Certified)

-          Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

-          Clinical Neurodynamics

-          Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

-          Smart Tools (IASTM Certification).

Dr. Annelies is originally from a picturesque city – Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada - and these roots bring a relaxed, small city atmosphere into the busy Silicon Valley rat race and into her treatments. During these treatments, her objective is to take the time to listen to her patients and address the root cause of their complaint. Her treatment goal is to allow her patients to move more and move better. When someone is moving better, they feel better and the end result is a successfully accomplished task or role fulfilled. These tasks and roles can be a simple daily routine, or a high-level athletic pursuit. 

Being a lifelong athlete, she always prioritizes sport and exercise while exploring and appreciating the outdoors. She has played on provincial ice hockey teams in Canada and was a collegiate cross-country runner. Since her more competitive team sport days, she has trained and raced in multiple half-marathons and sprint triathlons. Hiking, snow skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and horseback riding are other activities she loves to do. Dr. Annelies hopes to instill these passions in others, while helping them be their best and move at their best.  

Graeme Mallace, LMT, CSCS, RKC

Graeme is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and holds other certifications in Kettlebells (RKC, Certified Instructor), Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit. Graeme has worked as a strength and conditioning coach in the health and fitness industry for over 6 years. Throughout his time as a coach, Graeme has worked with a wide variety of athletes from all different backgrounds including law enforcement, military, elite crossfitters, "techies", stay-at-home moms and dads, and kids. Graeme joined the team at EA after having trained many EA patients in fitness while they were undergoing rehabilitation. He has served as our key to bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance.

A lifelong athlete, Graeme grew up playing soccer and continued to play on club teams through high school. He went to Sonoma State University where he joined the crew team and was a collegiate rower for 4 years. He has a passion for rehabilitation work and helping individuals safely return to their chosen sport or endeavor.

Nicole Popovich, BS-K, NASM

Nicole graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and holds a personal training certification through NASM.  Her love of fitness and coaching stems from 18 years of competitive and professional figure skating at both the national and international levels.  A Pennsylvania native, she followed her dreams of skating in professional ice shows and ended up in the Bay Area touring with Broadway on Ice!  Nicole believes that what we have learned from our sport and fitness journeys helps shape us into the people we are today, and loves to be able to share that with others. 

Zac Elliott, CPT - NASM

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