Natasha Ruegsegger, DC
In 2015, Natasha moved to Bend with her husband and two sweet therapy certified dogs. She is a native Oregonian, having grown up in the small town of Monmouth; since moving her family has grown. She has 2 gorgeous young girls, Jayden and Kinsley, a son AJ, and her crazy zoo. She is a lover of animals and their family is blessed with 3 dogs (Kona, Keara and Winchester), 2 cats, 3 ducks, 2 geese, 3 rabbits and a fish. During her schooling at the University of Western States, she had pursued extensive postgraduate studies in Activator Methods and is certified as an Advanced Proficiency Rated Doctor. She also specializes in cranial manipulation, neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment, and manual therapy. On her off time she truly enjoys everything that Oregon has to offer: hunting, camping, boating, and being outdoors. You will often find Dr. Natasha traveling with her family, sipping wine with friends at Evoke, and being at her lake property in the summer.
Dylan Konkle, DC
Dr. Dylan hails from the great state of Wisconsin. Though cheese and beer may be all he ever says about his state: he does really enjoy the camping and nature back home. He is excited to be a part of Central Oregon as the hiking and nature is abundant here, and he has already recorded over 2500 miles and 500,000 feet of elevation gain on the trails. He is an avid hunter and is excited to learn about Oregon’s hunting community throughout the years of living here. He has really taken advantage of joining Dr. Natasha and her family on their hunting trips and is ready for next season! Dr. Dylan graduated in the middle of the pandemic in the summer of 2020 from University of Western States. He feels blessed that he was able to successfully finish schooling before things changed. He loves dogs, and after losing his best friend Bandit, he is excited to find his next pup this coming summer. He specializes in Activator method, diversified adjustment technique, and has an extensive knowledge of pre and post-partum care for the neuromuscular system.
Justin Smitherman, DC
Dr. Smitherman is a Pacific Northwest native and member of the Vancouver community. He is a CrossFit athlete at Fort Vancouver Crossfit, attends New Heights church in Vancouver, and is joining the Freemasons Kenton lodge.
Dr. Smitherman is committed to helping other business owners as a member of Business Networking International (BNI) Legacy Leaders chapter. He believes strongly that of all of the things we can do, “the greatest of these is love” when it comes to how we treat ourselves and others (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Dr. Smitherman is here to help people in their health and does not discriminate based on age, gender, gender identity, culture, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or language.
Deborah Kalista, CA
Deborah is born and raised in the Pacific Northwest; she has lived most of her life here in Central Oregon. You will never find someone so reliable and willing to help you as much as Miss Kalista. Her role here at Elk Ridge is constantly changing as she really understands patient care, accounts, and employee management. If you ever have a concern, Deb is your gal. She loves international travel and one day wishes to spread her wings to Norway and Iceland. In her spare time away from the clinic, Deb runs a successful animal care business and enjoys spending time with all of her furry friends.
Alison joins us with an extensive background in Human Resources in the medical field. She graduated from COCC with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. When not at the clinic she can be found spending time with her kids, family and friends – doing anything outdoors like looking for waterfalls, camping, hiking and fishing.
Michele Gottschalk, LMT, CA
Michele is another Alaskan born and raised employee here at Elk Ridge Chiropractic. She moved to Bend in 2021 with her boyfriend, two cats and two dogs. She immediately felt at home working at the clinic with all the amazing employees that work there. She enjoys a good joke and kind people. She loves to do everything she possibly can to help patients achieve a higher quality of life through massage. Her main massage techniques at present are Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, and muscle energy techniques.
Kelsi Adamo, LMT, CA
Kelsi is Native born Central Oregonian, who lives with her husband and young cat. On her off hours she loves sketching and creating her own “manga” characters. She is a beloved member here at Elk Ridge Chiropractic and specializes in pregnancy, aroma touch, swedish, and trigger point massage therapy techniques.
Navina McGee, CA
Navina is Native Alaskan born and raised. She moved to Bend where she met the love of her life and lives with two cats and two dogs. She is truly the star of the show when it comes to patient care and will have you rolling on the floor laughing in minutes. She loves meeting new people and has no shortage of confidence. As the lead chiropractic assistant, she is considered “Queen of the Laser” here at the clinic and be sure to ask her any question you may have about it.