Dr. Samuel Spillman, DC
Staff Chiropractor Charlottesville, Owner and Voted 2021 Best of C-VILLE Chiropractor
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 sustained a back injury and chiropractic care kept him from surgery. 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 and has a special interest in pain science and chronic pain.
Active Release Technique
Titleist Performance Institute Medical level 1,2, and 3
Selective Functional Movement Assessment 1 and 2
Dr. Bryan Esherick PT, DPT, CSCS
Staff Physical Therapist Charlottesville and Runner-up for 2021 Best of C-VILLE Physical Therapist
Bryan, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, completed his undergraduate degree at IUP in Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in biology and minor in nutrition 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 dog, 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.
Certified Strength and Conditions Specialist
Blood Flow Restriction Certified
Titleist Performance Institute Medical Level 1 and 2
Selective Functional Movement Assessment 1
Dr. Sarahfina Marieanna Wipf, DC
Dr. Sarahfina Wipf is a compassionate integrative health care provider who values patient-centered, evidence-based care that emphasizes whole-body health. She has a passion for treating performers and has experience working with a variety of patients, from veterans at the VA hospitals of Western New York, to pregnancy care and perinatal rehab following pregnancy.
She values her patients and looks forward to creating personalized treatment plans with each one. Dr. Wipf is originally from Palmyra, NY, and completed her undergraduate degrees at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biology with a Chemistry Minor, and a BA in Dance. Dr. Wipf went on to attend the Northeast College of Health Sciences where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic. While in school, Dr. Wipf was very involved in leadership, diversity inclusion, and patient advocacy. She encourages all of her patients to take control of their own health, and enjoys talking through strategies and fighting for her patients through improvements in healthcare policy.
Dr. Wipf was introduced to chiropractic at a young age and continued receiving care throughout college for repetitive stress injuries from dancing. She knew she wanted to be a chiropractor after noticing that while chiropractors were ever-present on the sidelines of her soccer tournaments, they were never at her dance or orchestra performances. This motivated her to become a chiropractor and not only help others, but to fill this niche and work with performers
both on and off the stage. Dr. Wipf believes that every patient should be treated with the exceptional care we give elite athletes. Every patient is a performer in their own way, whether the performance is making it through the workday without pain or competing on a national stage.
As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Dr. Wipf believes you can always add more tools to your toolbox, and loves researching and attending seminars. She holds advanced certifications in Sports Science and Human Performance, Whole Foods Nutrition, Lower Extremity Movement Analysis/Stabilizing Orthotics and is professionally trained in an intensive trigger point therapy called NimmoCare.
In her free time, Dr. Wipf enjoys hiking, sports, gaming, camping, and reading. You are most
likely to find her spending time in the kitchen making up new recipes and cooking old favorites.
Dr. Kaitlyn Frening
Dr. Frening grew up in Gainesville, FL and attended the University of Central Florida where she completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science. While attending UCF, Dr. Frening discovered how amazing chiropractic care could be after she was in a car accident. She then moved to Port Orange, FL to pursue a higher understanding of chiropractic healthcare at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where she earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 2020, finishing her board certification in the same year.
While in chiropractic school Dr. Frening attended a broad range of seminars, honing her skills in clinical practice and chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Frening has mastered these skills in order to implement them among a variety of patients.
Dr. Frening is passionate about empowering her patients to continue their active lifestyles. She hopes to instill, in everyone around her, a sense of courage and confidence to continue exercising, moving and prioritizing healthy habits. As a chiropractor, Dr. Frening strives to help her patients get better and enjoy the activities that they love. The narrative Dr. Frening provides people for treatment and exercise always promotes resilience. Dr. Frening’s goal is to be an educator; teaching that living pain free is possible without avoiding the activities you enjoy. Dr. Frening inspires those in pain to have full control of their life and health, liberated from reliance on passive treatments and emphasizing self-care. Dr. Frening aspires to enhance the importance of independence and movement confidence.
Outside the office Dr. Frening enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs. Dr. Frening enjoys hiking, yoga, running and finding different ways to positively impact her community.
Dominique Cocuzza, CPT
Dominique is a Full-Time Fitness Coach who helps people access their strength in body, mind & spirit. A full-time working boy mom of 2, she became a state and Nat’l Record breaker in her 40s. Dominique combines posture, mobility, balance and resistance training to meet her client’s needs and goals. Dominique helps people to exceed what they thought was possible with her expertise and positivity.
Yerodin Samuels, LMT
Massage Therapist Charlottesville
My first therapeutic massage I gave to my mother in 1996 to help relieve back pain that was a result of a surgery she had. In 2008 I attended the Virginia School of Massage, and I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. I use a combination of massage techniques to help clients with pain management, and restoring range of motion. I primary do deep tissue work, but I will customize the experience to suit our clients needs.
Rosemary, Practice Manager
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.
Lynn, Front Desk Coordinator
Lynn is a Virginia native and ventured out to Colorado for 27 years to explore and gain a wealth of patient care experience. She enjoys hiking, walking her dog Bodie and trying out the local culinary scene. She particularly enjoys sushi and tacos (not together) Lynn is thankful to be here at Balanced, where we focus on the wellness and preventative side of strength and care.