We have compiled an outstanding team of doctors, massage therapists, and administrative staff to give you the best experience possible here at Pairmore & Young. With the combined efforts of our compassionate team, you will be encouraged to heal as quickly and painlessly as possible. Take a look below to find out more about our team members.
When people ask me why I became a chiropractor I tell them, "Gonstead Chiropractic saved my life!"
I had injured my lower back at work and my days and nights were filled with non-stop pain. I was unable to work and the pain seemed to become even worse. I was scared about my future and worried that I might become disabled from back pain like my uncle was. I was under chiropractic care but I wasn’t getting any better after months of care. I was then introduced to a Gonstead Chiropractor. Those procedures saved my life and made all the difference. I knew there were thousands of people who needed the rock solid, tried and true procedures that helped me so, I began the process of becoming a chiropractor; not just any chiropractor, but specifically a Gonstead trained chiropractor. I did just that.
I was in practice for about 10 years and had a large busy, practice when a slip and fall while hunting almost ended my career. It really wasn’t that big of a fall but I hit my head and it hurt my upper neck. Within 6 weeks of that fall, I had high blood pressure, a non-stop severe headache, dizziness, constant neck and mid back pain, and to top it off, lower back pain with a pain in my left knee that felt like an ice pick. Fortunately, a friend of mine from college spotted me across the room at an event, came up to me and said, "your atlas is out". I told him that I was being treated by some great chiropractors but that I was getting steadily worse. He introduced me to another doctor, and in a few days I drove the 3 hours to see this specialist, and he basically gave me my life back.
I remember that as I left his office after he adjusted my atlas, the adjustment had removed 80% of what I had walked in there with. For the first time in 6 months, I had no headache, no neck ache, my knee pain was gone, and that horrible knot I had in my mid back was absent. At that point I realized I had to learn this procedure; the Atlas Orthogonal Protocol of upper cervical chiropractic care. I did just that. I am now Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal procedure. Throughout the last 20 years, I have seen literally thousands of people regain their health with this method when nothing else would help. I assure you, everything has not been done until your atlas has been set properly. I look forward to seeing you soon.
I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005, as a Division I, All American pole vaulter. Early in my collegiate pole-vaulting career, I started having a nagging pain in my foot for no apparent reason. The pain became so bad that I was unable to run. My coach suggested that I go to a chiropractor, and after my first treatment—and much to my surprise– I had immediate relief! I was then able to continue training, which enabled me to compete in my final pole vaulting event in the NCAA, Division I track and field championships, where I placed second. I knew that I could not have done so without chiropractic assistance, and I was so impressed with the experience that I decided to go to Parker University to become a chiropractor myself. Consequently, I graduated from Parker in 2009, and came to Alaska to work both as an associate, and then independently, before I took some time off from my chiropractic work to have children.
While continuing to carry on the Gonstead and Atlas Orthogonal techniques of Pairmore & Young, I have a special interest in adding maternity and sports chiropractic to the mix, after having experienced numerous benefits personally. I plan to expand my chiropractic knowledge and techniques, while assisting people with their own pain relief and improving their quality of life.
Dr. Rizaldy Ortiz completed his undergraduate studies at California State Polytechnic University before receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Ortiz believes in a whole body approach to health, employing a comprehensive evaluation and treatment protocol to address each patient’s individual needs. Armed with the latest research and a deep understanding of the body, Dr. Ortiz utilizes muscle balancing through posture analysis, chiropractic adjustment, Graston Technique, and nutrition counseling to not only treat the pain, but to uncover the underlying cause of the problem. After all, true health can only be achieved when the root of the problem has been identified and removed.
Aside from science, his passion for helping others remains his top priority. Combining his education in science and his experience in reaching out to the community, he chose chiropractic as the best way to express both. While attending chiropractic school he was involved on a mission trips to Mexico, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Dr. Ortiz believes you never stop learning and spends much of his free time reading the latest research and news regarding health and wellness. When he is not working, he enjoys fishing, hiking, cycling and spending time with his wife and family.
Sarah is a dedicated and passionate massage therapist. She graduated from the Cortiva Institute of Massage, in Seattle, WA, in 2013. Her massage style is traditional western massage, with a clinical approach to healing the body through touch. Sarah strives to provide quality bodywork focused on relieving pain, enhancing physical relaxation, and assisting in facilitating emotional restoration. She is eager to continue her professional growth in this industry for years to come. Her clients’ needs are always her top priority!
Karen was born and raised in the south, and had the opportunity to travel the world, and ultimately retire, with 25 years of military service. During that time, she discovered firsthand the healing properties of massage therapy. Karen graduated from the Northwest Academy of Healing Arts in Tacoma, Washington, and can’t imagine doing anything else! She does her best to provide her clients with outstanding care, tailored to their individual needs.
Mindi has been relieving pain since 2009. During that time, she has been dedicated to healing and wellness therapies that have helped people relieve the pain from injuries, stress, car accidents, and general body discomfort, as well as contributed to her client’s positive mental health through healing. Mindi integrates several specialties into her practice, but is particularly excited about the benefits of using the 3000 year old art of Oriental healing cups.
Sheree is a lifelong Alaskan, having been born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage. Initially, she received a journalism degree from UAF. After personally experiencing the healing power of massage, Sheree realized that she also possessed the healing power of touch, and went on to pursue her massage certification from the Heartwood Institute in Northern California over 15 years ago. She later graduated from the Barbara Brennan Scholl of Healing in energy medicine, with a 2 and 4 year advanced studies program. Sheree thrives in learning about the mind-body connection, and intends to continue deepening her healing work while assisting others with their own healing journey.
Lea is one of those rare people who was actually born and raised here in Anchorage, Alaska! She has always been passionate about helping others, particularly in the area of physical healing. This passion led her enter into, and eventually graduate from, the 950-hour intensive massage therapy program at Alaska Career College in 2014. Lea has been sharing her joy, passion, and specific healing techniques of massage with a wealth of clients ever since her graduation. She notes that she tends to initiate each individual massage with a relaxing Swedish flow, but then customizes the rest of the session to address her client’s specific needs.
While growing up in Hawaii, Ke’ala was encouraged by her mother to go to massage school because she had “good hands.” In 1999, Ke’ala graduated from the American Institute of Massage Therapy, and Windward Therapeutic Massage schools in Hawaii. She enjoys a great deal of satisfaction by impacting the quality of people’s lives through the touch of massage and bodywork.
Ke’ala aspires to reach out to young athletes and teach them about taking better care of their bodies. Ultimately, she would love to become a bodyworker for the Summer Olympics. By listening to each unique body and how they respond, and then using the modalities necessary to get the desired result, Ke’ala is able to improve lives daily, one patient at a time.
Warren grew up in Colorado, and came to Alaska in 1987 after becoming certified as a Myofascial Trigger point and Massage Therapist, from the Academy for Myotherapy and Physical Fitness.
After working in various areas of the medical field for the both the army and the civilian world, Warren wanted to have more of a positive impact on people’s quality of life. He considers himself a lifelong learner, and has acquired other degrees and certifications from the Columbia School of Broadcasting, the Academy of Health Sciences, and Metropolitan State College, which contribute to the knowledge and skill set that he exercises daily.
Warren demonstrates passion about the work he does, and expects to have a positive outcome with all of his patients, while continuing to “learn” and hone his techniques along the way.
From a young age, Natalie enjoyed both giving and receiving massages. With a little encouragement and inspiration from her Mum, she went on to study at the East West College of Healing Arts in Portland and graduated in 2014 as a certified massage therapist, eventually specializing in Ashiatsu.
Natalie also maintains her 200-hour yoga certification and finds that the two disciplines complement one another nicely. She plans to further her Ashiatsu training and add some craniosacral and myofascial training. Her ultimate dream is to visit India and further her yoga studies as well. She continues to strive for self-improvement.
Natalie grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, but is happy to be in Anchorage now. She loves listening to audiobooks, drinks chais, and eating "fancy" foods. Admittedly, she may seem a bit quirky, but she is good intended, and consistently aspires to be mindful towards others.
Emily became motivated to pursue massage therapy after an injury to the knuckles on her dominant hand were rehabilitated successfully using massage therapy techniques. She studied at the Hawaii Healing Arts College in Kailua, on Oahu, and graduated in 2015. Eventually, Emily would like to pursue a career specifically in rehabilitative healthcare. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a Chiropractic assistant, however, she has dabbled with other miscellaneous jobs as well.
Emily grew up in a military family, so moving frequently was common. She came to Alaska in 2005 and spent some time living in Wasilla and Homer, and eventually moved to Anchorage in 2016.
Her hobbies include hiking, painting, writing, yoga, and martial arts. Emily has been working towards her BA in Anthropology but is considering changing her major to something more "practical", like business.
Sheena has been with Pairmore & Young for 4 years now, and is our current office manager. She grew up in Anchorage, and received her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Hawaii. She believes that taking this job felt like a good way to use her degree, and the experience has been so positive that it has led her to start on her Master’s Degree in Business. Sheena hopes to one day become an athletic director for a Division II school, which was inspired from her own athletic experience.
Sheena does an outstanding job of keeping the clinic flowing smoothly, the products and paperwork up to date, and everyone on task. She very much enjoys getting to know the patients, and helping them out with the insurance and scheduling, the best she can. She emphasizes that Pairmore & Young: Synergy Chiropractic is not a run-of-the-mil chiropractic clinic. The doctors’ procedures are all science-based–where they treat the "person", NOT just the symptoms–and they are very thorough with the details of each individual. She believes that our patients are truly in good hands with our outstanding doctors!
Tagi Ripley is one of eight Chiropractic Assistants working here at Pairmore & Young. Tagi has lived in Anchorage for 18 months, worked at the clinic for one year, and enjoys her position very much. She came to Alaska at the insistence of a cousin who lives here, after receiving her BA in Kinesiology from the University of Hawaii, and working as a para-professional with autistic children.
Tagi is the warm and welcoming face and voice at the front desk for the clinic. Making people feel comfortable when they walk through the front door of the clinic is her primary goal. Additionally, Tagi checks patients in as they arrive, schedules future appointments, verifies insurance benefits, and assists with patient flow and various medical screenings. She notes that being a Chiropractic Assistant has been enlightening for her personally, and has observed the positive results of the doctor’s care on family members and patients alike. She aspires to become a chiropractor herself one day, and eventually take the knowledge and numerous benefits of Chiropractic care back to her home country of American Samoa.
Allysha came to Pairmore & Young as a patient with a history of seizures and migraines first, and then once she was feeling better, she welcomed the opportunity to work here as well. She was particularly attracted to the caring, professional environment, and being part of a "team" whose mission is to help other people feel better.
Being one of four valuable Chiropractic Assistants, Allysha has worked here for 3 years now. She grew up in Tok, Alaska, and studied nursing at UAA for three years before joining the Pairmore & Young team. She is primarily Dr. Young’s assistant, however, she assists the doctors and staff wherever she is needed, by sharing her smiling face and reassuring demeanor, doing screening exams, x-rays, patient notes, and appointment scheduling.
Allysha demonstrates every day that chiropractic care can have a huge impact on one’s life. She has not only experienced relief from seizures and the constant pain of migraines, but she has been able to distance herself from numerous medications with negative side effects. Allysha feels a sense of joy when coming to work now, and is grateful that she has her life back!
Sini, (pronounced Seenee), as she’s called, is a recent addition to the growing Pairmore & Young chiropractic assistant team. She is a quick learner and brings a level head and calming presence to the front desk staff. Her tasks include greeting our patients with a welcoming smile, providing phone and office support for scheduling, as well as answering the numerous inquiries about insurance and treatment procedures.
Sini was inspired to work here because of the uplifting and warm atmosphere that has been created for both the staff and patients alike.
Sini has lived in Anchorage for 20 years, where she graduated from West High in 2009, and is currently attending UAA. She is a business management major, and plans to go into event coordinating. Sini lived abroad for 3 years, and traveled through Europe, Asia, and South America. She plans to continue exploring different countries and cultures when the opportunity arises.
Rachel was introduced to Anchorage 3 years ago when she and her mother moved here from Chicago to be closer to family members. She is the youngest of 3 siblings. Within 2 years of her arrival, she graduated from Grace Christian School in 2015, and has taken some classes from UAA. Rachel is still determining her career direction, and plans to continue on with school once that decision is made.
In the meantime, when a chiropractic assistant position opened up at Pairmore & Young, a friend who thinks highly of the doctors and staff, recommended to Rachel that she apply. As a result of her hiring, Rachel’s warm smile, and energetic and fun personality has been a welcome addition to the front office staff.
Rachel affectionately looks after her 12 year-old dog, "Popeye", and spends her free time reading, dancing, watching surgical videos. She also enjoys the craft of knitting--because of the calmness it brings to her soul.
Britany spent her youth growing up in California, but ended up moving to Alaska in 1998, where she graduated from Bartlett High in 2005. Besides working for Pairmore & Young as a new CA, Britany is currently a phlebotomist for APD, a CPR instructor, and working to complete EMT training. She is always trying to expand her skill base. Her goal is to eventually go back to school to become a registered nurse.
As a chiropractic assistant, Britany offers a welcoming smile and a calming presence, and is quite comfortable working on the computer, or dealing with the public. Her work duties include scribing or taking notes for the doctors, front desk duties to support and navigate patients through the clinic, and being a contributing and motivated team member overall.
Britany is a very caring, warm hearted individual, and enjoys cooking, being active, having family gatherings, and do-it-yourself projects. She takes pride and strives for excellence in whatever she engages in.
Mirelda and her family made the long trek to Alaska from Mexico when she was 6 years old. She graduated from Nine Star in 2014, and has been assisting various businesses with customer service, data entry, payroll, and answering phones ever since. Mirelda came to Pairmore & Young because she was interested in exploring the medical field, and working with patients. She currently works closely with our patients by checking them in and out, she verifies insurance, assists with therapies, and does other duties as assigned--all with a warm, welcoming smile and a pleasant, soft voice.
Expressing happiness and seeing the good in people plays an important role in Mirelda’s life. She enjoys spending her free time laughing and engaging in outdoor activities with her son. Eventually, Mirelda hopes to continue her education towards an administration degree, as she strives for a secure and positive future for her young family.
Michayila graduated from the University of Alaska in 2003, after with a Bachelor's degree in Human Services, and an Associate's degree in Youth/Disabilities. She grew up in Anchorage but returned in 2015 after living in Colorado, New York, and Texas for the past 12 years.
Michayila joined Pairmore and Young as a clinical chiropractic assistant with a passion for radiology and medical/chiropractic care. Her experience as a medical receptionist, a nursing student, and handling insurance verification and medical records brings a wealth of knowledge to our growing staff. She enjoys getting to know patients, and helping them feel better, and has future aspirations to continue her education and research into the area of radiology and would eventually like to work with athletes in the world of sports medicine.
In her spare time, Michayila keeps busy both indoors and out by enjoying tap dancing, running, traveling, photography, and baking.
Janna is the Communications Director here at Pairmore & Young Synergy Chiropractic, and has experience owning, operating, and promoting her own business for 15+ years--in addition to having an extensive photography background. Janna is outgoing and engaging, and concentrates on sharing the many benefits of chiropractic and specifically the Atlas Orthogonal technique with medical professionals and the general public alike. She also oversees the extensive marketing and promotion direction for the clinic and looks forward to helping people discover how Pairmore & Young: Synergy Chiropractic can optimize one’s personal health and wellbeing, and give quality of life.