The whole team!
Dr. Samuel Spillman attained his chiropractic degree in 2008 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. His undergraduate study was spent at Miami University of Ohio where he earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Philosophy and International Studies in 2001.
Dr. Spillman’s introduction to chiropractic indirectly resulted from a serious back injury he obtained while practicing the martial arts he had studied from a young age. Prior to his chiropractic career, Dr. Spillman immersed himself in Japanese culture and martial arts, which not only influenced his undergraduate course of study, but led him to Japan following college.During his time in Japan he studied aikido, karate, judo and other martial arts while also participating in and observing tournaments. It was at this time he obtained the injury through which he was introduced to chiropractic treatment. This led to a change of career and a return to the United States to complete his pre-med requirements before enrolling in Western States Chiropractic College.
Dr. Spillman retains the principles of rigor and discipline from his background in martial arts, which in turn influence his appreciation of the complex machine that is the human body. His experience leads him to be especially interested in sports medicine and the treatment of acute injuries although his practice also emphasizes whole-body wellness and the prevention of injuries through appropriate exercise and healthy diet. An avid fitness proponent, Dr. Spillman competes regularly in obstacle course races like the Tough Mudder and Rugged Maniac and continues his training in the martial arts with Brazilian JiuJitsu.
An avid learner, Dr. Spillman takes frequent seminars and continuing education courses. Along with traditional chiropractic and physiotherapy techniques, Dr. Spillman specializes in soft tissue and muscular injury and therapy exercises. He is fully certified in both the Graston Technique and Active Release Techniques. Dr. Spillman has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute as a level 3 medical provider, and SFMA.He moved to Charlottesville to begin practicing; he chose it, simply, because he thinks it’s a great place to live. Dr. Spillman enjoys treating sports injuries of all types along with TMJD.
Dr. Sarah-Ann Eng graduated with Honors and Distinction from the University of Western Ontario, in Canada, with a bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. She then went on to attend New York Chiropractic College where she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 2008. Dr. Eng is a Certified Kinesiologist, a Certified Graston Technique Practitioner and a Certified Active Release Technique Practitioner.
Dr. Eng has had the privilege of treating patients at the Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester, NY and veterans at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in upstate New York. Dr. Eng has also enjoyed the experience of doing house calls to chronically ill patients who were unable to leave their homes. She has had successful experiences treating many people from children to the elderly in Exton, Pennsylvania and Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Dr. Eng is thrilled to work at Balanced Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. She enjoys treating people of all ages and conditions. She loves to live an active lifestyle, loves the outdoors, plays all types of sports (yoga and snowboarding) and loves to spend time at home with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. Dr. Eng is currently home on maternity leave.
Dr. Megan Jackson
Dr. Megan Jackson has been a licensed chiropractor since 2007 after graduating Cum Laude from Life University in Georgia. She started her career as a practicing doctor and director of Brain Balance Centers of Atlanta. After moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, she became a partner at Connections Chiropractic Center and Achievement & Therapy Center, again working as both a practitioner and director for 9 years. During this time she enjoyed treating and working with children with special needs. Her post-graduate education includes training from the prestigious Carrick Institute (www.carrickinstitute.com), Autism Certification at JMU, as well as the Loomis Institute for Enzyme Nutrition (www.loomisinstitute.com). She is also a certified provider of the Interactive Metronome ( www.interactivemetronome.com).
Dr. Jackson’s treatment approach incorporates a thorough evaluation, gentle chiropractic manipulation, manual soft tissue therapies, and corrective therapeutic exercises. She enjoys working with patients of all ages.
She enjoys treating people of all ages and conditions. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her four children, teaching dance, working out, reading, spending time with friends and always trying to live a healthy lifestyle. She can be reached at [email protected]
Janet Rodriguez, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy ,
Fatima Medical science College. Manila, Philipines, 1998.
Janet recently married and relocated to Charlottesville to be with her husband. She has worked in Maryland, Northern VA and Washington DC. She has worked in various settings: Hospital based acute rehab, skilled nursing and home health. She has focused her skills working in out-patient physical therapy practice. Janet’s skills include: muscle energy techniques, Mckenzie technique, Core strengthening, Maitland, the Paris Approach, Kinesio-taping , sports massage, dry needling, orthopedic rehab, and post surgical rehab head to toe. She has 16 years of Physical Therapy continuing education and experience. She has just completed her doctorate of physical therapy degree and is now able to see patients through open access. Janet is an avid hiker and skier and is looking forward to exploring the area’s outdoor offerings. Last winter she skied Whistler and loved it.
Janet has been an excellent addition to our practice. She is currently accepting new patients.
Dr. Bryan Esherick
Bryan, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, completed his undergraduate degree at IUP in Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in biology with a focus on pre-Physical Therapy coursework in 2013. Soon after graduating he attended Lynchburg College where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016. When he is not in the clinic he enjoys mountain biking, playing hockey, walking his two dogs, and rooting for all Pittsburgh sports teams.
Bryan’s clinical philosophy is to put the patient in control of their own recovery and incorporating concepts from the biopsychosocial model of treatment. By placing the patient in control of recovery, it prevents them from becoming over-reliant on the therapist leading to quicker results. You can expect the initial sessions to incorporate appropriate manual therapy (joint mobilization, manipulations, and soft tissue release) to correct impairments found at the evaluation and to reduce pain. As you progress you can expect active goals specific exercises to become the cornerstone to your recovery. By progressing away from manual therapy and towards more active treatment, the patient assumes a greater responsibility for their rehabilitation and thus will likely achieve a better outcome.
Dong Ha, Massage Therapist
Dong Ha is not your average massage therapist. He brings over twenty years’ experience as a physical therapist to his practice. Dong has worked with an Olympic medalist marathon runner and members of a professional women’s basketball team In addition to treating sports injuries, he has provided education to independent sports clubs and athletic coaches on injury prevention and proper body maintenance. Dong has also worked in hospitals, supporting rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery. In hospital and sports team settings, he has experience treating knee and joint problems.
Dong combines both modern American and traditional Eastern techniques in massage therapy, including the use of acupressure and attention to the body’s meridians. He facilitates pain relief and control and is skilled in therapeutic exercise, taping (spiral, kinesio, and sports), therapeutic massage, relaxation massage, and sports massage. Dong utilizes therapeutic massage to help patients recover from sports injury. He also assists with loosening muscles from tightness and alleviating exercise discomfort.
Dong Ha is certified by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and graduated from the VA School of Massage in 2015. He graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy from the physical therapy program of Dongnam Health University in 1985.
Rosemary recently joined our clinic as Practice Manager and she eagerly awaits answering questions you may have regarding your care here. Rosemary is a transplant from D.C. with the wealth of her experience centered in business management for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, life-science fields, philanthropic and education arenas. In her downtime, Rosemary enjoys spending time with her family traveling, gardening, kayaking and cooking. She can be reached at [email protected]
Angie is our receptionist, always ready to greet you with a warm smile. When she’s not at work she manages a busy family with four kids, dogs, cats and a husband. She also has a rich life in the church and enjoys training in brazilian jiu-jitsu. She can be reached at [email protected]