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Chiropractors

  • Dr.
    Bradley Eyford
    Doctor of Chiropractic

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    Dr. Bradley Eyford was born and raised in Vancouver BC, Canada. He Graduated from the University of Victoria, in Victoria BC with his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology in 1998. Soon thereafter, he moved to Portland OR for his post-graduate education at Western States Chiropractic College.

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  • Dr.
    Dena Long
    Doctor of Chiropractic

    Dr. Dena Long has joined our team to provide continual care for our patients when Dr. Eyford is out of the office.

    Dr. Dena Long attended the University of California Santa Barbara, where she was a dance major for 3 years. She then changed direction to become a chiropractor and attended the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Chiropractic in 1992. She practiced in California for 3 years and then moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she has been practicing for the last 22 years.

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  • Dr.
    Heather Spalding
    Doctor of Chiropractic

    Dr. Spalding graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis where she is from. She graduated with an emphasis of sports medicine and nutrition. In her young budding career, she has worked with many of the elite athletes in Strikeforce, UFC, Bellator, TNA Impact Wrestling, NFL, NHL, USA Track and MLB before moving to Seattle in 2014.

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Acupuncturists

  • Kalin Garcia
    Licensed Acupuncturist - Board Certified Chinese Herbalist

    Kalin was born and raised in western Washington. Prior to joining The Health Connection, she attended Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Here she gained hands on experience with acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other modalities and earned a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Following her schooling she worked on cruise ships for a year and then on land for another seven years practicing acupuncture. Kalin enjoys helping her patients with their health through acupuncture, and Chinese herbal treatments. She specializes in pain management along with women’s health. In her free time, Kalin enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

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  • Lisa O'Flaherty
    Licensed Acupuncturist - Board certified by the NCCAOM and licensed by the State of Washington.

    Lisa is a native of Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College prior to receiving her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. She was drawn to Chinese Medicine after suffering from what is now called chronic migraine. She experienced undesirable side effects from western medications prescribed by her medical doctor and went in search of something else. This is when she discovered Chinese Medicine and she loved how she was treated as an individual, not a condition. Her training in Chinese Medicine has given her the tools to plan a treatment geared toward each persons’ condition, constitution, and goals while guiding each person towards lasting health while discovering the innate healing the body is capable of. While she enjoys the variety of treating many health issues, she specializes in pain, and migraine.

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  • Veronica Cheverez
    Licensed Acupuncturist

    Veronica is a Pacific Northwest native.  She is both a classically and modernly trained Practitioner.  She really enjoys practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine because it is so very rewarding to witness the improvements in her patient’s health and wellbeing. Prior to becoming a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, she completed her Bachelor’s in Biology and worked in Marine Biology research.  Once having her own experience with Acupuncture for chronic migraines, and the help in healing it provided, she decided her new path was Eastern Medicine. Currently she is furthering her education in the field by working on obtaining her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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Massage Therapists

  • Laura
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Laura was born and raised in University Place and now resides in North Tacoma with her husband and two daughters. Laura graduated from Body Mechanics of Myotherapy in 2006 and has been focusing on injury treatment since. She enjoys helping people overcome pain and seeing the benefits of massage.

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  • Vanessa
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Vanessa grew up in both Fredricksburg, VA and Federal Way, WA, and now lives with her husband and daughter in downtown Puyallup, WA. Vanessa decided to pursue a career in massage after experiencing first hand the healing benefits of chiropractic and massage after a car accident. She graduated Everest College in 2011, and specializes in treatment and sports massage.

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  • Alice
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Alice grew up in Fircrest, WA and Summers in Grand Rapids, MN, road-tripping the surrounding states with her family. In 2005, putting a desk-bound job and some severe health struggles behind her, she enrolled in Ashmead College for Massage, graduating in 2006. With more than 20 years of experience in art, design, and technical occupations and 10 years in massage, she has a uniquely creative perspective with an ability to think dimensionally and outside the box. Alice believes that health requires a commitment to our own well-being on every level; emotional, spiritual, and physical. She loves her occupation as a Massage Therapist and Reiki Master/Teacher and enjoys helping others on their journey toward wellness.

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  • Michael
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Mike is a former custodian who has been drawn to the healing arts for most of his life. He became intrigued early on by the connection between the mind and the body in regard to health and well-being. After developing neck and shoulder pain from many years of working as a custodian, Mike received a long overdue reminder about the value of massage treatment. Deciding it was time for a career that was more in line with his healing inclinations, Mike enrolled at the American Institute of Clinical Massage (AICM) to begin his training. He discovered both a talent and passion for massage, and knew he had finally found his calling. After graduating from AICM in September of 2015, Mike left Spokane for Western Washington to be with the love of his life. He now resides in University Place with his wife and a multitude of four legged children.

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  • Sharese "Rese"
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Licensed and working full time as a treatment oriented therapist since 2006, Rese has evolved into a versatile and whole health approach therapist. Her treatment techniques vary per client, and per session dependent upon the symptom as well as the source. Importance on evolution of treatment is a key factor, gradually including all aspects of a healthy life style for maximization of function, quality of life and minimizing dysfunction. Rese strives to educate each patient as to how better help themselves and prevent the reoccurrence of chronic complaints, empowering the patient to be an active participant in his or her health. This is also accompanied by home care exercises and body mechanic recommendations that are adaptable to the client’s life style and can be easily and feasibly implemented as necessary.

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  • Nicole
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Originally from Texas, Nicole moved to Washington in 2006 to be closer to family; especially her 17 nieces and nephews.  Nicole enjoys reading murder mysteries and historical novels, cooking soul food and learning as much as she can about massage therapy.  You will often find Nicole singing throughout the hallways of The Health Connection as she is preparing for her day or coming back from a break.  She has many years in the healthcare industry, starting her career as a CNA and medical assistant before transitioning into the massage therapy field as she discovered her passion for caring for others.  Nicole looks forward to assisting each of her patients in reaching their healthcare goals.

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  • Gene
    Licensed Massage Therapist

    Gene began his journey in massage when he was looking for alternatives in dealing with his service related injuries when conventional approaches were no longer working. A single father and retired U.S. Army soldier, Gene graduated from Everest College in January of 2012 in the top of his class. A firm believer in the inseperable connection between body/mind, Gene is a proponent of massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress. He also strongly believes in massage as a viable modality for enhancing over all health and well being.

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Office Staff

  • Casey
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Casey was born and raised in the Key Peninsula area of Gig Harbor, WA. She currently resides in Tacoma raising her 4 children alongside her husband. Her strong work ethic fuels her passion for life as she endeavors to make everyone's day better and bright. In her spare time she enjoys baking, hosting parties and traveling.

  • Kimberly
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Kimberly was born and raised in Federal Way, Washington. Being a native of the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys the outdoors and activities such as bonfires, camping, fishing, and hiking. Kimberly also enjoys sports and is a huge Seahawks fan. She has extensive customer service experience and really enjoys helping people. New to the medical field, Kimberly is enthusiastic about using her experience and motivation to help people and become a great addition to The Health Connection team!

  • Colleen
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Colleen is a PNW native, raised in Gig Harbor; she is now living with her husband John and son Trentin in Tacoma, WA. A long time soccer fan, Colleen is a season ticket holder with the Seattle Sounders, Tacoma Stars and don’t be surprised to find her at a South Sound Shock match as well. After working in medical billing and customer service for many years, coming to The Health Connection was an easy transition. She is dedicated to helping people achieve their wellness goals.

  • Wendy
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Wendy was born and raised in Graham WA and currently resides in Orting with her 2 children (and 3 furry ones). She has a passion for holistic living and loves reading and continuing her education in nutrition and health coaching. When she's not at The Health Connection, you will find her at the gym (reaching a new personal best!), in her kitchen (whipping up something healthy and DEELISH!) or finding a new trail to explore (hugging a tree!). After years in the chiropractic and wellness field, her journey has brought her to The Health Connection where she has been a fantastic addition to the team!

  • Audrey
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Audrey has been living in Washington for 21 years and considers this home even though most of her family still lives in Southern California. She enjoys being out doors and traveling as well as volunteering her time benefiting the community. She has been a chiropractic assistant for 3 years and loves being in a field where she is constantly educated and challenged. She is proud to be part of the THC team!

  • Shelene
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Shelene is proud to be a true Washingtonian.  Born and raised in Federal Way, she now resides in beautiful University Place.  She brings with her seven years of Chiropractic clinic experience and a passion for holistic and spiritual healing.  When she is not in the office you will find her spending time with her teenage sons, continuing to educate herself on alternative care, cooking/baking or cheering on her favorite sports teams.

  • Kam
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Kam was born and raised in the PNW, near Auburn. He rowed for Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and earned his degree in Kinesiology.
    In his free time he loves coaching rowing and helping people through healthy living. As a true PNW native he also loves being outside, camping, hiking, swimming, running and traveling.
    He is very excited to be with the positive staff at THC and continue to help people put their best selves forward. He's 'got your back!'

  • Savanna
    Chiropractic Assistant

    Savanna grew up in both Killeen,Texas and Tacoma, WA and now resides in downtown Puyallup with her husband. When she is not working, she enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with friends and family. She is passionate about sports, especially soccer, she grew up playing locally for the Fircrest Soccer club. Savanna has worked in customer service for 8 years and is excited to use her prior experience to become a great addition to the Health Connection Team!

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Chiropractic & Decompression Office Hours

Mon, Wed, Fri:

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tue, Thu:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Massage Office Hours

Mon - Fri:

8:30 - 7:00 By Appointment

Sat:

8:30 - 1:30 By Appointment

Sunday:

Closed

Acupuncture Office Hours

Mon - Fri:

9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Sat:

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

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Testimonials

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Thank you!
    Thank you Dr. Eyford for adjusting my neck and back... I don't know what I would have done if you weren't there friday as i was in so much pain. I felt so so much better afterwards. You really saved me! The Health Connection team is fantastic!!"
    Juliette L.
  • "The Best in Tacoma
    I would highly recommend The Health Connection!! I am seen for massage & acupuncture which is unbelievable. I am always greeted very professionly by the front desk staff. The environment once you enter the office is very calm, organized and relaxing. I have had these therapies else where but nothing even comes close to Health Connection!!
    Definitely deserving of a TEN STAR!! Thank you for having a place to go that is so above the rest!!!"
    Victoria T.
  • "Acupuncture
    Very pleased with Janelle and front desk staff. Thanks for the friendliness and competence."
    Samantha E.
  • "Massage Therapy
    I was very pleased with my first visit. Everyone seemed friendly and my appointment was on time. I will be returning to the Health Connection again in the near future."
    Jeannette C.

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