Founding Physician


Dr. Pauline Haugen DC – CHIROPRACTOR,

Dr. Pauline Haugen opened Higher Health Chiropractic Bellevue, WA, in 2009, after seven years of practice in Colorado. Dr. Haugen was a competitive figure skater until the age of 18 and then discovered she had a talent for running. Read more.


Contracted Partners


Dr. Deanna Mutzel, DC – Chiropractor

Dr. Deanna grew up in the small village of Elora, Ontario, where she began figure skating at the early age of 2. She competed in Figure Skating until the age of 18. At this time she discovered her new competitive passion, running. Dr. Deanna joined the Waterloo Huskie Striders and began training more seriously. Within a short period of time she excelled in the sport and was chosen to be a part of the Canadian Cross-Country and Track Team. She competed as an elite athlete at the World Junior and Senior Cross Country and Track Championships in Durham, England and Lisbon, Portugal- respectively in 1994 and 1995.

Dr. Deanna was recruited by the University of Michigan on a full athletic scholarship for Cross-Country and Track.  She won the Big Ten Cross-Country Championship as a freshman and was the first freshman in league history to claim Big Ten Athlete & Freshman Of The Year. Dr. Deanna was honored a three time collegiate Division 1 All-American (NCAA) in track and x-country.

Dr. Deanna uses a whole foods approach when educating patients about their health and their nutrition. She specializes in weight loss, pregnancy, and athletic performance.


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Dr . Caitlin Quraishi, or Dr. Q, is originally from Tampa, Florida. After finishing chiropractic college in Atlanta, Georgia, she moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to start new adventures. She has a passion for serving kids and families in her community.  When she is not doing community service, she spends time hiking with her boyfriend and fur baby, reading, doing puzzles and traveling. 


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Dr. Zahirra Kara

Dr. Zahirra Kara graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2003 and practiced in her in own clinic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for 10 years before moving to Washington State. Here her practice has mostly been to provide relief work for other chiropractors because this offers her flexibility to care for her twin daughters. Dr. Kara practices evidenced based chiropractic with a patient centredfocus. That means she employs treatments that are the most effective while keeping the patient’s needs and lifestyle in the forefront. Dr. Kara is a strong advocate of exercise and proper nutrition during recovery from injury or active illness phases, and especially as part of a healthy lifestyle. She is trained in Active Release Technique (ART®) and Graston techniques, commonly used to treat conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel and other repetitive strain injuries. She has also been trained and used low level laser therapy to treat a wide range of issues. Dr. Kara treats a full spectrum of conditions and people. She focuses on neuro musculo-skeletal problems that are both acute and chronic. In addition to treating sports injuries and chronic postural problems, Dr. Kara has worked with patients who have musculo-skeletal symptoms related to systemic conditions such as multiple sclerosis; fibromyalgia and cancer, to help them with increased mobility and improved quality of life.



Licensed Massage Practitioner

Kari’s holistic approach to health centers around touch. A graduate of Ashmead College, she has been a LMP for over ten years. Working in both the spa environment and along-side Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, and Naturopaths; helping clients to relieve pain and stress.  She has had the opportunity to work on many different bodies, from professional athletes, to severelyinjured, to expecting mommy's. Massage is her passion. She has used her talent of being a massage therapist to help many people live more comfortably throughout their daily lives. She instills the importance of the work that she does in each person that she touches. It is her goal to help people feel better mentally and physically, providing massage as a tool for preventative care and healing in the body.



Celine Hang  
Medical Assistant

Riann is a native of the PNW and loves down time at home, hiking, weightlifting and yoga. A graduate of Bastyr University with degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science, Celine is excited to join the Higher Health team and help us give more to our community.



Ashleigh Bertolini  
Chiropractic INtern

Ashleigh Bertolini grew up in St. Louis Missouri where she graduated from St. Charles Community College with an Associates of Applied Science and CNA certification. She then attended the University of Missouri St. Louis where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biology and CDA certification. Working throughout several fields of healthcare Ashleigh found her true passion in the field of Chiropractic. As a Logan University Chiropractic Intern she enjoys being an advocate for patients and those in her community to live active and healthy lifestyles. Her hobbies include working out, being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She is thrilled to move to the state of Washington and become part of the team at Higher Health Spine & Sport.



Office Staff

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Bailey Denman

Bailey has been doing medical billing for 13 years. She started my own medical billing business 3 years ago, when she had her first daughter, and loves the ability to have a career and raise her family at the same time. In her free time, she loves taking care of my family, of 2 young daughters and 2 dogs. She lives in Carnation, WA and she and her husband love camping, taking road trips in their motorhome, and attending Seahawks games. She tries to be outdoors when we can, but she also loves snuggling up and watching movies with her girls. She has called the PNW home for almost 30 years, and wouldn't trade a moment!


Morgyn Mills
Patient Coordinator

Morgyn grew up in the micro-weather-climate that is Issaquah, where she dealt with rain, wind, sun, and snow all in the span of a day. At the age of two, she started ballet lessons. Once she turned seven, she started competitive Irish step dancing. Aches and pain are an unfortunate side effect of the dancing she enjoyed, so she spent some time finding a good chiropractor to work on healing. In the end, Morgyn happily settled with treatment from Higher Health. Being a patient under Pauline and her top notch crew for the last few years, Morgyn decided to join the team in an effort to deliver the same quality of care she continues to receive to this day.

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Emily Charette heads up design for Higher Health from her studio in St. Augustine, Florida. Specializing in wellness-oriented consumer brands, We Are Charette produces award-winning design that opens a visual dialog between clients and their audiences.


Kristin ChamberS

Kristin manages marketing campaigns for Higher Health by heading digital advertising strategy, weekly blog content, and newsletters. Kristin specializes in marketing health-based brands and enjoys promoting fitness and wellness.   

When Kristin is not sweating in spin class or in the yoga studio, she enjoys exploring healthy new recipes, red wine, acro-yoga and spending time with her French bulldog Louie. 


Madison Gould, Marketing

With a background in marketing and nutrition, Madison has made it her goal to only help promote products and services she believes serve a real value to the community. She believes in community over competition and that we rise by lifting others. Madison is also the marketing manager for Jujubeet, a local company serving organic, healthy food and drinks. 

"I really care about quality. Quality food, quality health care, and quality people. I like to eat healthy foods so I share that with others. I work from my computer and have suffered from back and neck pain so I came to Higher Health. I was a patient first and thought 'hey, this really has the potential to help more people' so I decided I wanted to help get the word out about that too."


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