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Jeff graduated from the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, with an interest in Physical Sciences. He obtained his Massage Therapy license from the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage and uses different modalities including facial deep tissue, swedish relaxation, and cranial sacral therapies, along with other wholistic approaches to provide symptom relief. His ambition has always been to help others and facilitate their healing. Through his own emotional and spiritual growth, Jeff has developed a gift of intuition to assist him with his work of transformation. He has worked in Chronic Pain Management for over 10 years. Jeff studied Osteopathic Manual Practice at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and he is currently studying Osteodouce, a gentle form of Osteopathy performed remotely. He also studied Energy Kinesiology, which influenced him to learn the relationship of energy through the Chinese Medicine System and later become a Reiki Master, Polarity Therapist, and QiGong Practitioner. Jeff strives to help facilitate a healthier, happier you. His desire to learn and his passion to heal, allow him to continually grow and augment your healing.
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Dr. Melissa Manilla
Dr. Melissa Manilla focuses on finding the root cause of your illness through the beautiful synergy of chiropractic, functional medicine and acupuncture. She holds a doctorate of Chiropractic, Acupuncture certification, and Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition & Functional Medicine. Dr. Melissa focuses on achieving not adequate but optimal health in all patients through analyzing every aspect of a person-from internal to external; to emotional, physical and chemical. She strives to help every patient achieve the most healthy state that serves them and their higher good. She focuses on gut health, infertility, hormone imbalances, autoimmune disease, adrenal fatigue, chronic pain and chronic illness prevention.
Dr. Melissa Manilla’s passion for health and wellness started as a child, when she considered reading nutrition labels a fun task. Her lifelong love for nutrition and wellness began her academic career, as she studied Human Nutrition and Exercise Science at The Ohio State University. While in her undergraduate studies, her desire to become a physician led her to National University of Health Sciences where she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. While in the midst of her chiropractic coursework she realized she wanted to further study the world of nutrition and Functional Medicine. This led her to pursue a Master’s of Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine through University of Western States, of which she graduated with distinction. Throughout her schooling she also found a love for acupuncture, which led her to complete over 300 hours of acupuncture coursework and certifications. With acupuncture, she can treat both musculoskeletal and internal medicine conditions. Dr. Manilla is also trained in cupping therapy as an adjunct to her care.
Throughout chiropractic school, she completed various certifications and attended numerous seminars to enhance her clinical knowledge. She has attended almost every Apex Energetics Functional Medicine seminar focusing on endocrinology, thyroid conditions, neurological health, and blood work analysis. She has spent many hours at nutrition conferences, acupuncture seminars and functional medicine forums giving her a specialty of internal medicine. Her passions include autoimmune diseases, infertility, thyroid ailments, gut conditions, and clinical weight control.
She has also completed many musculoskeletal based seminars including McKenzie Method Seminars A-D. This specific training modality allows her to functionally move people out of pain quickly while utilizing their own musculoskeletal movements to heal themselves. She also has certifications in Fascial Distortion Model, a soft tissue modality, and Rocktape, a taping technique to optimize motion and healing. Along with these certifications, she has completed many hours of Motion Palpation Institute training allowing her to utilize manipulations as a primary treatment and return to function.
Dr. Melissa also has a deep love for travel in order to learn about other cultures; she has been to 23 countries and recently volunteered in South Africa and Peru working with childcare and healthcare respectively. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, especially outside in the sunshine or in the kitchen. She loves trying new things and meeting new people, and is always ready for any type of adventure.
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A little background information first - I’m a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer with 7+ years in the health and fitness industry. I am a food lover, nature admirer, kitty lover, and nutrition advocate for all. But most importantly, an RDN who is passionate about helping people build a healthy relationship with food, and themselves.
Continuing on with my history- Before I became an RDN, I trained at a variety of local gyms where I had the pleasure of learning from some of the best (and worst) in the industry. Being active in sports and recreational actives all my life, I developed a passion for helping people move and fuel their bodies to feel and perform their best. Though I’ve certainly had my own food struggles throughout my life, I’ve learned ways to overcome these obstacles from an intuitive, and compassionate place. Working in the health and fitness industry has exposed me to the devastating effects of chronic dieting and/or under-fueling, especially in athletes. As an RDN who has experienced the many negative effects of dieting, I have made it my mission to help you break free of diet rules by restoring trust back in your body, and food choices.
More about my education- While studying for my Bachelor of Health Science Degree at Cleveland State University, I worked as a trainer and group fitness instructor. After completing my undergraduate degree, I received a Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition from Kent State University, where I became involved in professional academics, community outreach, and research. During this time, I also published a Master’s Thesis called, ‘Knowledge, Perception, and Use of the Ketogenic Diet In College Students at a Midwestern University,’ where various metabolic processes are explored and FAD-diet health concerns are addressed. In conjunction with my own research, I worked in the microbiology department studying the effects of diet manipulation on rat metabolism (cool stuff, right?). You now have full permission to call me a nerd (and I’m totally cool with it). Soon after graduation, I completed my Dietetic Internship with Be Well Solutions where I developed a deeper love for individualized nutrition and wellness coaching. Soon after passing the Dietitian Licensure Exam, I followed my calling and opened my private practice.
And here we are! Now that you know more about my history, it’s time to talk about what I can do for you today.
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Sandra Sanford is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified Yoga Instructor with a Master in Education from John Carroll University. As an eating disorder survivor and health and fitness enthusiast she encourages, educates, and empowers those who struggle with disordered eating to cultivate a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies by learning to become more attuned to the body’s natural hunger and satiety signals. Sandra knows all too well the devastation that disordered eating can have not only on the individual, but their family and friends. She struggled with her body image, destructive habits, and shame for decades before discovering Intuitive Eating. After putting the principles into practice for herself and finding freedom and healing she knew she had to share what she had learned to help others. As a wife, mother to four daughters and now a grandmother she wants everyone in her life to love, nurture and gently move the bodies they are in. Body positivity and acceptance is a passion of Sandra’s; one that she would love to help you work towards.
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Dr. Christina Schmidt
Chiropractic was everything that Dr. Christina Schmidt never knew she needed.
Although she was always drawn to the intricacies of the human body and helping others, the realm of chiropractic was never on her radar until she experienced it for herself. As an undergraduate student at Life University in Marietta, GA, she found herself having access to chiropractic care for the first time - and utilizing it consistently ultimately changed the trajectory of her life.
Prior to transferring to Life University, Dr. Schmidt attended Notre Dame College in South Euclid as a dual-sport athlete, competing in soccer and rugby. Having wrestled in high school, prominent people in her life began to suggest she transfer to Life University and join the college’s first women’s wrestling team. After some deliberation and intuitive guidance, she decided to make the leap and moved to Georgia to start her new adventure!
As a student-athlete at Life, she started getting chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis, and noticed many changes in her body’s ability to function. She began recovering faster from both physical activity and illness. Her athletic performance improved, and she was able to achieve two All-American finishes at the U.S. Senior Open in freestyle wrestling. Having always previously struggled with immune function, frequently experiencing recurrent ear infections, strep throat, bronchitis from childhood and into her early twenties, she noticed that she was rarely getting sick. She started realizing that there was something more to chiropractic than just helping with neck pain, low back pain or headaches. It was through this, and many other experiences that she discovered she was meant to be a chiropractor - to facilitate transformation in the lives of others through chiropractic, as many amazing chiropractors did for her.
Dr. Schmidt earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (2017) and Doctor of Chiropractic degree (2020) from Life University. While in chiropractic college, she spent three seasons as the graduate assistant wrestling coach in Life’s women’s wrestling program. Since graduation, she has completed extensive education in pediatric and prenatal chiropractic care through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and is certified in Webster technique through the ICPA as well. She utilizes a variety of high and low force chiropractic adjustment techniques to address the unique needs of each person that she cares for. Dr. Schmidt is passionate about helping others discover their body’s innate ability to heal, function and thrive by optimizing the health of the nervous system through chiropractic!
Outside of the office, Dr. Schmidt enjoys assisting various youth wrestling programs with goals of expanding opportunities for kids. She has recently teamed up with Beat the Streets - Cleveland, a local chapter of the national non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide mentorship and youth development through wrestling for Cleveland’s student-athletes. She also enjoys spending time onoutdoor adventures with her husband and four dogs.
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Tony comes to Inspired Chiropractic & Wellness as an Active Rehab Specialist with a lengthy background and training in the field. He educates his patients with flexibility, balance and strengthening exercises, as well as provides a hands-on approach to stretching, where he assists your body achieve its most efficient alignment and movement, thus providing both physical rehabilitation and preventative maintenance.
In addition to the education he’s received to become an Active Rehab Specialist, he’s also learned Thai Massage, Clinical Hypnotism and Reiki along the way. He’s been a Personal Trainer, Self Defense and Group Exercise Instructor and currently holds a world record for the fastest marathon of someone with 2 artificial hips (actually, 3 hip replacements). If anyone knows how to come back from adversity when armed with the proper education and dedication, it’s Tony. He looks forward to assisting you in your orthopedic, wellness and performance needs!
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Stephanie Williams (Chiropractic Intern)
Stephanie Williams is a chiropractic intern who is finishing her training to be a Doctor of Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida. She is graduating in December of this year, and she is so excited to spend her remaining clinical hours at Inspired.
She was born and raised in Eastlake, OH and happy to be close to home while deciding her next career steps. She attended Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin high school and the University of Pittsburgh with a full athletic volleyball scholarship and had the awsome opportunity to play volleyball in Switzerland. She finished undergrad with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Sports have always been a huge focus in Stephanie’s life and with her mother being a physical therapist through the Cleveland Clinic, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the health sciences. After deciding between a few career options, she fell in love with the possibilities that the chiropractic profession offers. You can specialize within a specific domain and pursue what you are passionate about, through the delivery of manipulations/adjustments, active and passive rehabilitation, muscle work and so much more. She is extremely passionate about helping others live long, healthy, quality lives. She aims to get to know her patients, figure out what functional limitations they have and achieve their goals together through her care.
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