Dr. Monica Rasmussen graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in February 2014. Along with having her bachelors of science and doctorate, she is also specialized and certified in Applied Kinesiology. She did her internship and worked for a short period of time in Holland, MI, until she received the great opportunity to begin a career in East Grand Rapids.
Dr. Rasmussen decided to make chiropractic her career after she, herself, experienced the benefits and healing power of adjustments. During her senior year of high school, she was a victim of chronic migraines that would would last for days at a time. Along with the hate for bright lights and loud noises, they also made her sick to her stomach. Many trips to multiple MDs were made- the only outcome ever being a new prescription and diagnosis. "Tension headaches" was one of the lesser thought out diagnoses, of which a muscle relaxant was prescribed. This particular doctor prescribed enough of this relaxant to put out a large man, yet it didn't even touch the throbbing migraines. Tired of the lack of results and unable to handle the pain that these intense headaches had been causing for months, she decided to go the chiropractic route. After ONE visit the migraines disappeared. ONE! Without any use of prescription or over the counter drugs.
The doctor that she visited is specialized in a technique called Applied Kinesiology that focuses on whole body healing. As soon as he began the examination, he asked if she had ever been in a serious accident because so many of the tests and evaluations were pointing in that direction. The only thing that Dr. Rasmussen could think of was getting kicked in the forehead with a soccer cleat the previous spring. Turns out that that spike in the forehead that allowed for 7 stitches shifted her cranial bones enough to decrease blood flow to one side of the brain. This was the cause of the throbbing nature of the relentless migraine. Performing cranial work and allowing for the skull bones to be realigned restored the normal function of the blood vessels to the brain. This is the day that changed her life- not only because it allowed for her to be pain free, but also because she fell in love with what would inevitably be her life- chiropractic.
Dr. Rasmussen has always known that she was going to be in a career that helps people. Her caring nature and healthy conscience help her to care for each and every patient to the greatest of her ability. She is extremely excited to be a part of the East GR community and cannot wait to begin changing peoples lives as much as what hers had been changed with the help of chiropractic care.
Dr. Phaedra Iafano grew up in Rockford, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University where she did her undergraduate work. She then attended Life University of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX in 2005. She also completed a post-doctorate Animal Chiropractic program in 2006 and is certified by the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association) to treat animals. Dr. Iafano now divides her time between working with people, dogs and horses. She enjoys working on all Chiropractic patients and over the years has become especially inspired and moved while providing care for women who are pregnant, newborns and children. Helping women through Chiropractic with such an important milestone in their lives both humbles and honors her. Dr. Iafano is very passionate about her work and how routine care can build the foundation for a better quality of life for people and animals. One of her goals as a Chiropractor is to give a voice to animals by educating patients on the importance of Chiropractic care not just for themselves but for their animals as well. She resides in Grand Rapids with her daughter Chiara Marisa. She loves spending time outside with her family, their dog Stretch and her horse Chief. Her healing oasis is of course any time spent at the barn with the horses.
Katie Lowell joined Gaslight Family Chiropractic in June of 2015. Graduating from Irene's Myomassology Institute in 2013, she is certified and licensed in Massage Therapy. Katie's practice is driven by a passion to help others be healthy and feel good about themselves. Having a compassionate heart and a desire to see others at there best in mind, body and spirit, Katie has found her calling. When not doing massage you can find Katie staying active whether it be at the gym or simply staying busy outside. Some of her hobbies include fishing, camping, and playing golf.
Emily graduated from The Soma Institute of Clinical Massage Therapy in 2012 and specializes in Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation and Therapeutic Bodywork. As a Bodyworker, Emily is in constant awe of our bodies and their ability to heal themselves. She considers it a great honor to foster the healing process in the people she works with, and appreciates the opportunity to bear daily witness to the mind-body connection. Emily believes deeply in the importance of self-care and the healing power of intentional touch in the midst of the hectic nature of modern living. Her goal is to help you return to and maintain a compassionate, pain-free life so that you can sink more deeply into your own embodied truth.
When not doing massage Emily enjoys running, hiking, gardening, foraging, cooking, and wearing out her enthusiastic pup, Mango.
In 2013, Nika Rapier completed the Medical Massage Therapy program at Blue Heron Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a medical background as a Certified Surgical Technologist and lifelong interest in how the human body functions and heals, she was inspired to pursue Massage Therapy as a holistic approach to health maintenance. Moderation and balance are what she strives to maintain in life and the key elements she encourages for others on the path to overall well-being, both physically and spiritually. Nika is constantly seeking innovative methods to enhance her skill base and remain an impactful factor in the individualized care she provides. Anything that involves taking in the beauty and wonder of nature, the galaxies, and the creatures with whom we share them, is an ideal way to spend her free moments.
Kari Bergman joined Gaslight Family Chiropractic in May 2015, excited to be a part of equipping people to live into their power, pursue more holistic lives and trust their bodies to inform them of what they truly need. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public & Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2010, she worked with a local nonprofit for 5 years. During that time, Kari pursued Life Coach training through CTI and is now practicing as a Professional Co-Active Coach in addition to her role as Practice Representative.
Kari has also been a patient of Gaslight Family Chiropractic since September 2014 and loves the individualized care and attention that Dr. Lindsay and Dr. Monica provide, seeking out the root cause of symptoms and treating her whole body instead of just managing her symptoms. She is looking forward to lending her administrative experience to supporting the practitioners and patients of Gaslight Family Chiropractic.
When she is not in the office, Kari enjoys being outside, camping, hiking, gardening, spending time with friends & family and eating good food. She always loves a good quote and is inspired by risk-taking and new beginnings.
“There can be no growth if we do not remain open and vulnerable to what is new and different.”
- John O’Donahue (To Bless the Space Between Us, 2008)
Most of you have seen or spoken with Miranda, but we figured it is time for a proper introduction :) She is the newest face at the front desk and is quickly becoming a rockstar at scheduling & patient care coordination. Miranda grew up in the UP - eh! and attended Northern Michigan University before moving down-state to manage an Ulta Beauty store. She now works at GFC & Otto & Grand Salon. On top of all of this she is freshly married and just purchased her first home! Simply put, Miranda is awesome. When you see her in the office or chat with her on the phone, please join us in making her feel extra welcome.