DR. AJ GARIS
Dr. AJ Garis is a native Oregonian raised in the small town of Aurora. He was introduced to the miracles of chiropractic at the age of 12 following a go-karting accident.
Dr. AJ earned his first Bachelor of Science in Geology, at Oregon State University. For a time he pursued a rewarding career in Geology before being called back to chiropractic.
Dr. AJ earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the University of Western States in Portland. Concurrently he earned his second Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Throughout his studies, he maintained Dean’s List and received additional training and certifications in; Webster Technique for peri and postnatal care, and Graston Technique to reduce scar tissue and mysofascial adhesions. As a student-focused on outreach, he founded “The Art of Chiropractic” club to help students practice their skills. In 2014 he organized a humanitarian trip to Peru, where 15 students provided chiropractic care to the impoverished people in the remote villages.
Through Dr. AJ’s professional education and personal experiences with his daughters, he elected to focus his skills and passion toward pediatrics and families.
“When we adjust children, it often is not due to pain or injury; it serves to stimulate their nervous system and remove interferences, which helps them function at their highest abilities.”
This concept is not restricted to children, which is why Dr. AJ’s passion is to check children and families for spinal subluxations. Thus allowing the entire family to function at their highest abilities. He emphasizes and educates his patients on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise, nutrition, and chiropractic care. This proactive approach helps individuals and families achieve and maintain their optimal healthcare goals.
In addition to taking care of his patients, Dr. AJ enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and their 3 daughters: Eliza, Lucy, and Olive. As a family, they enjoy experiencing the great outdoors, which is what led them to relocate to Bend in 2016.
Dr. Sigrid Lakanen
Dr. Sigrid Lakanen graduated from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1992 and practiced in Minnesota and Vermont before moving to Oregon with her family. She completed her internship in a maternal/pediatric clinic that focused on chiropractic care during pregnancy and for infants and children. She later completed the post-doctoral certification for chiropractic sports physicians, giving her greater expertise in treating athletes and their unique sports injuries. Her interest in sports has come from her own experience as a former national level alpine ski racer. Dr. Sigrid is also certified in advanced non-surgical scoliosis management through exercise and bracing. Dr. Sigrid’s experience with patient care comes from owning and operating her own clinics for 25 years, prior to moving to Bend.
Dr. Sigrid provides gentle and effective spinal manipulation to patients of all ages. She uses a biomechanical approach to spinal alignment, which includes the use of heel lifts, orthotics, and postural and ergonomic corrections, if needed. She also encourages patients’ participation in their healing by prescribing exercises and stretches to incorporate into their wellness routine.
Dr. Sigrid and her husband are excited to be members of the Bend community, where they can enjoy the outdoors through mountain biking, hiking, and skiing.
BECKY SNEAD, LMT
In 2010, Becky graduated with honors as a massage therapist and health educator from the National Holistic Institute in San Jose, CA. Blending modalities such as myofascial release, force line and trigger point therapy, Becky helps clients eliminate acute and chronic pain. She tailors her bodywork to each individual client, incorporating stretches and exercises into her sessions. Massage therapy addresses the 650 muscles of the body and, in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and proper nutrition, helps keep the body in proper alignment, balance and function.
Becky is a current member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and board-certified (BCTMB) through The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Prior to becoming a licensed massage therapist, Becky worked as a campaign manager for Team In Training, the largest fundraising and endurance training program of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Through Team In Training, this former collegiate gymnast and collegiate coach became an endurance athlete and inspired bodyworker. Becky has completed numerous half marathons, marathons, 100-mile bike rides, half ironman triathlons, and 2 Ironman triathlons.
Becky, her husband Ryan, and their children Olivia and Owen enjoy living a healthy Central Oregon lifestyle. You can usually find the family at one of the many city parks, near a lake or river, on a bike, running, or enjoying a meal at any one of their favorite local establishments.
Bryan Cloud, LMT
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