Dr. Michael Lenarz
Dr. Michael Lenarz earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 1987 and has been in practice for over 30 years. He specializes in Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic, a technique designed to balance the spine and promote health with precise and gentle adjusting. Dr. Lenarz completed the Blair Chiropractic Primary and Advanced Trainer Certification in 2007, and is Certified at the Advanced Instructor Level by the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Society.
Dr. Lenarz is the founder of the Seattle Upper Cervical Research Institute, and Health First Chiropractic, with four offices throughout Washington State. Dr. Lenarz serves on the Board of Directors of the Blair Upper Cervical Society, is a member of the Washington State Chiropractic Association, Sherman College of Chiropractic Alumni Association, and Sherman College Board of Regents. He is past Chairman of Sherman College of Board of Trustees. He also authored The Chiropractic Way, (Bantam Books, 2003), the first introductory book about chiropractic, produced by a major publisher in the history of the profession.
Dr. Michael Lenarz practices at Health First Chiropractic, in Seattle, and in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
For more information on Dr. Michael you can go to drmichaellenarz.com.
Dr. Aixa Santos
Originally from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Dr. Aixa Santos graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 2015 having earned the degree of a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then furthered her education by earning her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic, in Spartanburg, SC. During that time Dr. Santos participated in Blair Chiropractic Technique seminars and conference. After graduation she decided to move to Seattle to work with Dr. Michael Lenarz as an associate doctor.
Dr. Santos came to Health First to make a difference in the world by changing people lives, and restoring and maintaining optimal health. She embraces the understanding that by removing misalignments to the spine, we remove obstacles to healing, and allow the body to heal itself.
Massage by Nicole Tilson, LMT
We live in our bodies 24/7, and experience the world through our bodies, yet rarely do we have the chance to simply relax and experience our
bodies through compassionate touch. As a client of Dr. Lenarz, I understand that receiving bodywork, much like dealing with chronic pain, can be be an emotional time for some, as the body goes through many changes that impact daily life. I invite you to enjoy a session with me to find comfort, relief, escape, or a chance to simply notice your body. My goal for every session is always to meet my clients where they are, to listen intently.
I attended Discovery Point School of Massage in 2018 and simultaneously studied LomiLomi-inspired massage, and later studied Thai massage at the TMC School of Thailand. A typical massage from me generally includes long, relaxing, heel-to-head strokes, broad heavy pressure, and intuitive muscle-specific work. I also can incorporate Thai stretches, myofascial work, passive movement, neuromuscular techniques, and gentle oscillation of joints and muscles.
I am constantly learning from my clients and I encourage you to guide me toward the techniques that will be most effective for you. I strive to make each massage as unique as the individual I’m working with, and I sincerely look forward to working with you!
Manual Ligament Therapy by Stephen Wadsworth, MLT
Stephen began his massage career in 2000 in California, where he received his first license. In order to treat soft tissue issues and pain more
effectively and to help his clients heal, he went back to school in 2001 to study myofascial techniques, Structural Integration and trigger point therapies. Stephen graduated from the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in 2003.
Stephen’s past and present clientele includes professional and Olympic swimmers and divers, professional football players, golfers, dancers and aerialists, extreme marathon runners, hockey players, stay-at-home dads, active moms, martial artists, dog walkers, yoga practitioners, and lots of desk-job workers.
In 2008 Stephen met Arik Gohl, the creator of Manual Ligament Therapy (MLT), at an MLT demonstration in Washington. He immediately saw the positive change this ground-breaking technique made in his clients and became a student of Arik. Since then Stephen has worked closely with Arik and the MLT community to further develop and promote Manual Ligament Therapy across the country. He is now a Master instructor of Manual Ligament Therapy (MMLT) and teaches throughout the country.
Stephen enjoys playing ice hockey, a passion that started when he was 3 yrs old