Dr. Charlie has been doing body work since 2002. She started her journey in California training with a master in Thai Massage Therapy. She continued her massage education at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs. During this time, she completed 1,150 hours of training, received certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy (IANMT), nationally certified (NCBTMB), Spa treatments, Aromatherapy, Myofascial Release Technique, Hot Stone massage, Prenatal massage, Infant and Pediatric Massage, Sports Massage, Russian Massage, Corporate/Chair Massage, and Hospice/Elderly massage. Dr. Charlie practiced massage for several years before becoming an instructor and administrator at a local massage therapy school. She continued private practice while working at the school and during the time she was in school to finish her bachelor’s and doctorate.
Dr. Charlie received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic University in August of 2015. During her doctorate program, she also became certified in Meridian Therapy (Acupuncture) and attended weekend seminars for two years of a Prenatal and Pediatric program through ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). She currently holds a certification in Webster Technique (prenatal care adjustment). Dr. Charlie’s next step is working with the ICPA on a research project. In addition to these certification programs, she has taken classes or seminars on Diversified Manual Adjusting, Kinesiology Taping (RockTape and FAKTR), Thompson Technique, Activator, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Technique (FAKTR), Flexion and Distraction (Cox Technique and Leander Motion Assisted Adjusting Technique), Gonstead, and SOT (Sacro-Occipital Technique).
Dr. Charlie is native to Lawrence. She loves her hometown, but also enjoys traveling with her husband, Danny, to visit family and friends, see the sights, and attend various live productions (concerts, musicals, & plays). Her favorites are Cirque du Soleil and shows on Broadway. She likes to read, watch movies, listen to music, and paint (especially at Pinot’s Palette). Dr. Charlie derives great pleasure in cooking and loves to share her creations with any willing soul. She appreciates trying new foods and new restaurants. One favorite pastime is playing “Parking Spot Roulette” with her husband. When downtown is busy, they drive Mass St. until they come upon an open parking spot. They park and then walk to the nearest eatery to dine. She recommends trying this as you never know where you may end up for your meal!
Meet our Chiropractic Assistant Marie Giago! Marie is loving the “River City” since her and her daughter moved to Lawrence in 2015. Originally from South Dakota, Marie attended the University of Minnesota and South Dakota State University where she majored in American Indian Studies and U.S. History. During and after college, Marie worked in banking and rose to the role of Director of Mortgage Lending Operations. While she loved her time banking, she felt it was time to start a new chapter in her life and moved to Lawrence, Kansas. It was in this creative and passionate college town that Marie found her love for art, especially painting! Using her banking skills and enthusiasm for art, Marie became Pinot’s Palette’s manager for 2 years before joining River City Chiropractic.
Having suffered from several back injuries as an athlete and equestrian, Marie came to appreciate chiropractic care at a young age. During her active gymnastic years, she hurt her back several times and through the help of her local chiropractor was able to get back to competing much faster. One time back in South Dakota, Marie had pain in her lower back and went to see her Chiropractor. They immediately realized it was not a chiropractic problem and called the local clinic to rush her in to have her kidneys examined. An hour later Marie was admitted to the hospital with kidney infections and a temperature that rose to almost 105. “Not only did chiropractors save my back after injuries, they saved my life!” Marie couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Dr. Charlie’s chiropractic team with her holistic approach to health and healing.
In her free time, Marie enjoys spending time at the park or on walks with her daughter, Juneau, and their pup Tweety. Juneau and Marie also enjoy drawing, crafts, and spending time at the Lawrence Public Library. When they aren’t out and about around town, they also enjoy some quality couch and popcorn time binge watching Marvel Movies. Marie still enjoys painting and works with Pinot’s Palette on the weekends. Feel free to say hi to her the next time you are painting or are at River City Chiropractic!