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Chiropractic Physicians

Bruce Chaser, DC

Bruce completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Buffalo, where he earned bachelor degrees in psychology and sociology. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland in 1984 and one year later became an associate at Ancina Chiropractic Clinic on SE Hawthorne Boulevard at 34th. He subsequently purchased the practice and continued there until he took ownership of the former Harry's Mother building on SE Hawthorne near 39th and remodeled it to create Hawthorne Wellness Center in the fall of 2005. The new name and expanded focus highlight his dedication to providing integrated, holistic healthcare and movement for optimal wellbeing.

To balance his private practice, Bruce serves as chairman of the board of directors of The CHP Group (Complementary Healthcare Plans), a Portland-based complementary and alternative healthcare insurance company for which he also serves as an associate medical director. He also serves on the board of directors of the Portland Actors Conservatory, the premiere school for professional actor training in the Pacific Northwest.

Bruce draws on more than 27 years of experience and continued enthusiasm when caring for his patients, who include athletes, musicians, actors, gardeners, and various weekend warriors. Patients seek his care for acute and chronic conditions that often arise from overuse/repetitive stress injuries or muscular weakness/deconditioning. He also treats people who have been injured on the job or involved in auto, bicycle, or other accidents.

Bruce enjoys creating a partnership with his patients, encouraging them to share in taking responsibility for attaining and maintaining optimal health. He advises patients on exercises and lifestyle changes as appropriate and releases them from care once they reach maximum improvement. His most successful treatments involve patients he rarely sees—because they take his advice to heart.

He appreciates working with the other practitioners at Hawthorne Wellness Center when interdisciplinary treatment plans are called for. Over the years, he has also developed an extensive network of health care providers outside the Wellness Center, making and receiving referrals when appropriate.

Bruce is a 24-year resident of southeast Portland's Richmond neighborhood, where he is actively involved in the community. He had served on the board of directors of the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association for more than 20 years. Bruce enjoys bicycling, playing guitar, hiking, and working out. His wife, Cinnamon, owns Presents of Mind, a gift shop on Hawthorne at 37th, and they have two daughters.

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Scott Haines, DC

Scott brings a wealth of life experience to his practice, having worked in technical and IT environments and overseas prior to moving to Portland. Originally from the East coast, Scott holds AAS and BFA degrees from RIT in Rochester, New York, and a Master's in project management from George Washington University. Scott attained his DC degree from Western States Chiropractic College here in Portland, where he has also served as part-time faculty in the clinical sciences department.

Scott has extensive post-graduate education in the pathophysiology and mechanics of auto accident-related injury, diagnosis, and treatment, with an emphasis on low-back and neck biomechanics and the mechanisms of “whiplash injury.” Scott had the honor of training and working with the preeminent temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw specialist in Portland, Dr. Arthur Parker, DMD. While not technically an internship, this year of post-graduate study focused on the TMJ region and surrounding tissues, with a particular concentration in how both neck and head structures play a part in TMJ pain and vice versa. This led Scott to both an appreciation of the complexity of the TMJ region and the development of a high level of skill in addressing issues.

Scott sees patients with a wide variety of presentations, from acute injuries stemming from automobile accidents and sports activities to chronic pain and discomfort related to overuse injuries, postural issues, and muscle imbalances. Scott has a special appreciation of those injuries experienced while working in an office environment, including carpal tunnel-related symptoms and “wry neck” and upper back pain from long hours at a computer. Having worked in office settings himself, Scott understands how pervasive these symptoms can be.

Scott’s experience in Dr. Parker’s office provided excellent tools and techniques for treating TMJ- or jaw-related disorders, and a large number of Scott’s patients are TMJ patients. Scott currently sees all TMJ patients at Hawthorne Wellness Center, providing diagnostic examination and manual therapy. He maintains a close relationship with Dr. Parker, referring patients for TMJ-specific splint therapy fitment and second opinions as needed.

Scott takes the time to understand the underlying causes of a patient's condition and makes sure the patient understands the details, in plain language, before treatment. Using a variety of tools such as Craniosacral Therapy, Graston Technique, other low-force procedures and diversified adjustments, he creates a plan aimed at addressing those causes, bringing the patient to a state of wellness and preventing repeat episodes.

Scott leverages the services of Hawthorne Wellness Center's other practitioners as appropriate to help address patient issues, including soft tissue injury, nutritional needs, and further diagnosis of systemic disorders. As with most wellness models, the patient also takes a key role in a successful outcome. In addition to in-office adjustments, Scott emphasizes the importance of addressing the triggers to the patient's symptoms and helps put together a rehabilitation plan that often includes nutritional, stretching, and strengthening components. Scott has an active yoga practice and may also include various aspects of yoga in a patient's rehabilitation.

Scott enjoys most outdoor activities including cross-country skiing, hiking, and camping, but can most often be found rock or ice climbing somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Scott also enjoys riding his motorcycle, weight training, and several types of movement arts.

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Phillip Snell, DC

A cum laude graduate of Western States Chiropractic College (now University of Western States) in Portland, Phillip also received extensive post-graduate training in the diagnosis, treatment, and case management of automobile-related spine trauma. His practice is focused on sports medicine, using functional assessment and rehab prescription, and supported by cutting-edge myofascial techniques like Graston Technique and Stecco Fascial Manipulation. He also has served as part-time faculty at University of Western States in their manual therapy department and Sports Medicine Masters degree program.

Phillip keeps up to date with emerging scientific literature to improve his clinical practice, a process known as evidence-based practice. He also travels extensively each year, teaching these methods to other doctors—and continuing to add to his own toolbox as he in turn learns from the best researchers and teachers in the world. Using a biomechanics mindset, Phillip enjoys the detective work that gets to the bottom of stubborn, painful conditions. He then turns his attention to teaching patients how to use corrective exercises to manage their own conditions. His focus on finding the key movement patterns that need correction led him to launch MyRehabExercise.com in 2011. Health care professionals around the world use the website to help teach their own patients functional rehab methods.

As a long-time athlete, Phillip has a special appreciation of the needs of athletes as they age and the conditions that keep them from being as active as they would like. Patients can expect not only chiropractic adjustments, but also treatment to address the surrounding muscle and fascial tissues, followed up with thorough rehabilitation exercises. Treatments are tailored to each patient's needs, with special attention to educating the patient in how to reduce future injuries.

Phillip enjoys wintertime snowboarding and during the warmer months can be found in his garden or hiking and running the beautiful trails in the Portland area with his wife and son. For more information, see his blog at MyRehabExercise.com as well as patient feedback at Yelp.com.

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