Founding Physician

 
 
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Dr. Pauline Haugen DC – CHIROPRACTOR,
& BASI PILATES INSTRUCTOR

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

 
 
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Dr. Deanna Mutzel, DC – Chiropractor
specializing IN FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION

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
CHIROPRACTOR

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
CHIROPRACTOR

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.

 

 
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Michelle Lucena
LMT + REHAB SPECIALIST

Michelle worked in Healthcare/Medical sector for over 20 years before going back to school and becoming successful owner/sole proprietor of MELT Massage LLC. Graduating top of class w/4.1 gpa, she gave her 1st official massage same day license arrived and has been serving Military and Civilian clients alike since July 31, 2013. 

Specialties include Deep Tissue and Injury Treatment with clinical/educational interest in Massage Therapy to alleviate symptoms of PTSD/Trauma. The Body has character and propensity to retain trauma, grief; Michelle believes Licensed Therapeutic Massage is the only non-narcotic Nirvana that balances mind/body simultaneously and offers tangible relief in as little as 1 session.

Some fun facts about Michelle: she swam competitively in her youth, setting records in her age divison for both 50/100 Freestyle and Backstroke. Michelle loves anything Sun and Water, as well as living in the great Pacific NW. A true Seattleite, she was born and raised in WA State and supports our Seattle Seahawks since 1976 - Go HAWKS!! Michelle is thrilled to join the Higher Health Team and looks forward to meeting every client, exceeding all service needs.

 

 
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KARI HANSON, LMP
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.

 

 
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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.

 

 
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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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SHALEI KAINA

Shalei has worked with chiropractors for over 7 years starting as a front desk receptionist.  She occasionally filled in to help the billing department and later became their full-time biller.  While still working, she wanted to further her education and went on to receive a certificate for Medical Billing and Coding in 2015 from Everest College.  On her free time, Shalei is busy shuttling her children to their extra-curricular activities.

 
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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

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. 

 
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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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