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Watkins Family Chiropractic

Dr. Josh Watkins

Savage, MN Chiropractor

Dr. Josh Watkins grew up outside of Duluth, Minnesota. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 2001. He practiced chiropractic medicine for one year in Hastings before opening Watkins Family Chiropractic in Prior Lake, Minnesota.  The practice has since expanded and is now located in Savage, Minnesota.

Dr. Watkins and Catherine live in Prior Lake with their three children.  In his free time, Dr. Watkins enjoys spending time with his family and coaching their youth sports.

Degrees Held

  • Doctorate of Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Biology

Education

  • Northwestern College of Chiropractic
    Bloomington, MN
  • University of St. Thomas
    St. Paul, MN

Honors and Achievements

  • Best Chiropractors Award (2015, 2016) – Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  • Associate Clinical Faculty – Northwestern Health Sciences University (2007– Present)
  • Northwestern College of Chiropractic
    Magna Cum Laude
  • University of St. Thomas (1998)
    Recipient of 3 of the 7 awards given by the science department at the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony
  • Proctor High School, MN
    Valedictorian
  • A featured speaker at Chiropractic Advance Services winter and fall seminars
    Bloomington (2005)

Dr. Lindsey Hurlbut

Savage, MN Chiropractor

Dr. Lindsey grew up on a small cattle farm outside of Brandon, Minnesota. She is the youngest of four, with two older sisters and a brother. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Minnesota State University of Moorhead, MN. She graduated with her doctorate in chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington in November 2013. She loves helping others and working with her hands!

Currently, Dr. Lindsey lives with her husband, Dan, in Shakopee with their two Alaskan huskies, Gemini and Jack. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and doing anything that gets her outside. In the summer she likes gardening, biking, boating, and fishing. And in the winter she enjoys snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Degrees Held

  • Doctorate of Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology

Education

  • Northwestern College of Chiropractic
    Bloomington, MN
  • Minnesota State University
    Moorhead, MN

Honors and Achievements

  • Best Chiropractors Award (2016) – Minnesota Monthly Magazine
  • Northwestern College of Chiropractic
    Chiropractic Dean’s List (2012, 2013)
  • University of Minnesota
    Summa Cum Laude
  • Recipient of Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship (2007)
  • Brandon High School, MN
    Honors Graduate

 

Tara Henson, LMT

Massage Therapist

A native of Colorado, Tara moved to Minnesota 9 years ago. She earned her degree at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Associates of Applied Sciences and her certification in massage therapy, at the highest level possible. She has been a massage therapist for 4 years.

Tara believes healing starts from within and it is crucial to obtain a natural balance in the body, for the body to perform at its highest level. She uses massage therapy to assist the body in regaining its natural balance by combining multiple techniques to gain optimal results. She is trained in Swedish massage, rehabilitative massage, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy, hot stones, reflexology, oncology, and reiki.

Tara and her husband live in Burnsville with their two daughters. She raises chickens for eggs and as pets, gardens, enjoys painting, creating whatever it may be that day with her kids, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Lauren Drilling, L.Ac

Acupuncturist

Lauren earned her Masters of Acupuncture, and Masters of Oriental Herbal Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University, after graduating from St. Catherine University with a B.A. in Social Medicine. She has worked in private practice for 3 years and in this time she has provided care for NFL & NBA players, women, men, and children. Lauren has provided acupuncture services at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis in the following units: orthopedic surgery, high risk pregnancy, and mental health/ addiction. She provides acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine, nutrition counseling, and yoga for her patients

Lauren is extremely close with her family and enjoys spending time outside. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her dogs. In addition to acupuncture Lauren and her family run the Prior Lake Farmers Market.

 

Mary Elmer

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Scott, for over 15 years. We’ve shared so many great things in life, but the best 2 things are our twin daughters Emily and Molly. These extraordinary girls (now 14 years old!) where born in China and joined our family when they were just 10 months old. They keep us young, on the go, and on our toes! We are truly blessed.

After growing up in a small town in southern Minnesota, I graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato and lived there for 17 years. We moved to Savage in 2000 and quickly discovered what a great community we live in. When I get some free time to myself (when I’m not spending time with my family) I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, gardening, volunteering at school and playing volleyball.

 

Patti Streff

I have lived in Savage for 25 years. I grew up on a farm in Echo, MN and graduated with a class of 39. I feel very fortunate to have experienced both the charm of the country life and the excitement of a larger city.

I have been married for 25 great years to my husband Keith and we have 3 wonderful children, Alex 23, Johannah 20 and Anthony 16. They are my greatest joy!

In my free time I enjoy cooking, scrapbooking, quilting , being outdoors and most of all spending time with my family.

 

Nikole HeikesNikole-3

I grew up on a beef farm near New Prague Minnesota. The oldest of seven children, I have one younger sister and five younger brothers. I also have two of the cutest nephews in the world, who have me completely wrapped around their little fingers.

I live near Elko MN. I enjoy growing my portrait and wedding photography business, and anything that gets me outside, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Breanna Hemstrom

I lived in Savage for most of my childhood, and found it to be a wonderful place to live. I now reside in Farmington. I have been married to my loving husband, Jake, for almost 5 years. We were so excited to have our son, Wesley, in August 2014. He is our pride and joy, an almost constant source of laughter, and a true blessing. We couldn’t love him more.

In my free time I enjoy trips to the zoo with Wesley, family walks with our dog Bear, girl’s night with my friends, and lots of time with our wonderful families.

 

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Providing Superior Health and Balance Through Chiropractic Treatment in Savage, MN