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Dr. Shara Posner DC MS CACCP

ci_shara.jpgDr. Shara Posner entered the University of Maryland as a College Park Scholar and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Kinesiology is the study of human bodies in motion. While pursuing this degree she interned with a local chiropractor in Virginia and found her true calling. She was accepted at the University of Bridgeport, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Doctorate of Chiropractic. Dr. Posner's interest in total body wellness led her to obtain her Masters of Science in Nutrition concurrently with her chiropractic degree. The techniques she utilizes include: Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Cox Flexion/Distraction, Kinesiotaping, Webster, Logan, and Graston. Dr. Posner was voted by her patients as The Best of Alexandria for 2007. She was also the recipient of Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Chiropractor of 2013.  She has now been serving patients in the Alexandria area for over 10 years.  Dr. Posner enjoys working with any patients who’s goal is better health including, chronic low back pain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, sports injuries, pregnant mothers and children. Dr. Shara is a member of the international Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Shara is certified in the Webster Technique and she is also Certified from the Academy of Family Practice and Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. Dr. Shara enjoys working with all ages and ailments but, as a mother of two, has a soft spot for pediatrics. Dr. Shara is an active member of the Unified Chiropractic Association of Virginia. Dr. Shara Posner gives various lectures on health minded topics in the office and around town.

Dr. Shawnte Hudgins DC

Dr. Hudgins realized that she wanted to help others achieve a more balanced life in a holistic way.  Eventually, she made the decision to leave her hometown to attend chiropractic school so that she could better equip herself to do what it is that she felt compelled to do.  Upon graduation from the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic in 2010, Dr. Hudgins made the decision to practice in Northern Virginia to be more accessible to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.  Here Dr. Hudgins uses chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patient's lives, whether they are having problems with back pain or neck pain, or just want to start feeling better when they wake up in the morning.  Dr. Hudgins takes a "whole person" approach in chiropractic care, which means looking for the underlying causes of disease, discomfort, and pain, as opposed to just treating the symptoms. Many seemingly unrelated symptoms often arise from imbalances in the spinal column, and Dr. Hudgins will be able to determine the root of the pain and create a personalized chiropractic and wellness plan to suit each patient's individual needs. Under the supervision and care of our caring and skilled chiropractor, patients report higher functioning in all areas of their lives. A member of the international Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Dr. Shawnte is certified in the Webster Technique and is working toward a certification in Pediatrics and Maternal health through the ICPA.

Joanie Stewart L AC, DOM

ci_joanie.pngJoanie Stewart, Acupuncture Physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Joanie most recently worked at the prestigious St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, Center for WellBeing in Savannah, GA. Before that Joanie was in private practice in Sarasota, FL, where she graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine. She has worked in both Eastern and Western medicine for more than 20 years, as a medical writer for CBS/Medscape (now WebMD), editorial director at the former Lifetime Medical Television, and as a Yoga therapist and instructor. She is also trained in Cranio Sacral Therapy, Body Talk Access, and acupuncture for facial rejuvenation. She is Board Treasurer of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia 2012-14.Learn more about Joanie here (www.joaniestewart.com).

Crystal Craighead LMT

ci_crystal.jpgCrystal Craighead is a 2002 graduate of the nationally recognized Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC. As a Certified (licensed) Massage Therapist, Crystal promotes the delivery of the "client centered" approach to her bodywork and she is recognized for her abilities to work with sensitivity, compassion, and skill. Ms. Craighead is trained in the therapeutic benefits of Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue Therapeutic, Pre-Natal/Post Partum and Couples Instructional massages. These modalities can support your well-being by alleviating discomfort, improving range of motion and flexibility, relaxing tired, achy and overworked muscles as well as encouraging the release of endorphins – your body’s natural pain-killer. Crystal is also a 2012 graduate of the Infant Massage USA program for Certified Infant Massage Instructors. Infant Massage USA’s curriculum was created and is endorsed by founder Vimala McClure. The advantages of Infant Massage include: promoting sensory awareness, regulating sleep patterns as well as nurturing the bonding and attachment between infant and parent. Infant Massage has been shared with babies, parents and educators for almost 40 years in over 50 countries around the world. Please see the Back to Health website for upcoming class dates.

Joy Palmer LMT

Joy recently joined the Back to Health family as a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She received her bodywork training in Virginia Beach, VA and has been practicing massage professionally for over six years. While she has received training in various modalities, Joy specializes in deep tissue therapy. She takes great pride in giving clients a therapeutic massage that fits their needs and comfort level.

Andrew Jelacic LMT

As a certified massage therapist since 2006, I have had a career that has been both challenging and greatly rewarding. I've had the opportunity to work with patients and clients with everything from surgical rehabilitation to diagnosed neurological diseases, fibromyalgia, pregnancy massage, cancer, migraines, and TMJ. I have a strong working knowledge of trigger point, Swedish and deep tissue modalities, along with PSIS and active release stretching. Clients I've worked with have reported great results and a benefit to their personal healing journey. My years of customer service has provided me with a great basis in listening to what my patients needs call for and establishing a working plan to meet their immediate and long term goals. I'm passionate about my profession and feel that I would be an asset to your personal health team.

Susannah Kolstad PCD(DONA), Birth Educator

SusanaSusannah attended the University or Rochester where she obtained a degree in Biology and spent much of her time studying women studies and reproductive issues.  After having her first son, she became driven to learn to support families through the difficult first weeks and month after their baby arrives.  When she became pregnant with her second son, she learned about postpartum doulas and realized this was her true calling.  She began to study and certify through DONA International.  In addition, she recently became a certified Mother Roaster through the Sacred Postpartum and Sacred Living movements.  Through these two programs, Susannah provides support to ensure that everyone is well fed, rested and supported as they enter this time as new parents thereby removing some of the burden from your family. This allows new parents to focus on the important task of bonding with your new baby. In addition, Susannah teaches classes for expectant parents including breastfeeding and pumping basics, baby care basics, postpartum planing, and a combined comprehensive one day class.  More information can be found at www.oasisfamilyservices.com

Dominique Johnson MPH, HBCE, Hypnobirth Educator

DominiqueDominique Johnson is a happily married mother of two beautiful HypnoBirth babies. She believes every family deserves a beautiful birthing experience. After the birth of her first daughter, Dominique felt the desire to empower families to make informed choices throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Dominique became a Gold Seal Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner in the Mongan Method after the birth of her second daughter, solidifying her call to support and empower families. In addition, Dominique earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and holds two Master degrees, one in Toxicology from North Carolina State University and one in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dominique’s goal is to aid and support others during pregnancy and she is excited to be helping families achieve calm, gentle births. You can find more information about Dominique and her classes at Beautiful Birth Choices, www.beautifulbirthchoices.com.

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Chiropractic Office Hours

Monday7am - 12pm3:30pm - 6pm
Tuesday7am - 12pm3pm - 7:15pm
Wednesday7am - 12pm3:30pm - 6pm
Thursday7am - 12pm3pm - 7:15pm
Friday7am - 12pm
Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm 7am - 12pm Closed Closed
3:30pm - 6pm 3pm - 7:15pm 3:30pm - 6pm 3pm - 7:15pm Closed Closed


Massage Therapy Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am 9am 9am 9am 9am 9am 10am
8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 7pm 4pm


Acupuncture Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9am 9am 9am 9am 9am 9am Closed
6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 2pm Closed


..I am extremely grateful for the outstanding care that I receive from Dr. Shara, and I highly recommend the Back to Health Center to anyone who is interested in improving their health through high quality care.

Pam V
Alexandria, VA

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