The People You Will See
Dr. Michael W. Chan, D.C.
Dr. Mike grew up in the Puget Sound. He graduated from Kentridge High School and attended the University of Washington. He then followed in the footsteps of his father, Austen Chan, PhD, DC, and attended Palmer Chiropractic College West, graduating in 1999. He has since been happily running his clinics.
In addition to his chiropractic practice, Dr. Mike has special training in auto crash reconstruction and injury biomechanics. This special training allows him to more effectively evaluate and treat those who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions. With this knowledge, he has also been able to train his associate doctors to look for and treat the same injuries.
A lifelong athlete, Dr. Mike enjoys helping his patients set and achieve goals to being the healthiest version of themselves.
When not working at the clinic or on his house, Dr. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their four boys.
Dr. Mark Rutherford, D.C.
I grew up in sunny California with my best friend since grade school, Dave. Both of us ended up becoming chiropractors so I guess you could say it's in my DNA! After graduating from college here in the PNW, my wife and I traveled back to South Carolina where I attended Sherman Chiropractic College. Not only is South Carolina a wonderful place with that "southern Hospitality," but a great place to play golf! I've been practicing chiropractic since graduation in 1987.
I am a longtime Tacoma resident. My wife and I raised six children not including my other son, Gatsby (pug)! I love taking care of everybody, infants, children and adults! I look forward to serving you and your families!
Caitlyn is a University Place native but left home to attain her three degrees in viola performance from the University of New Mexico and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Prior to the pandemic, she was playing frequently with the Indianapolis Symphony and then with Lincoln Center Stage. Caitlyn had been a Fircrest Spine Center patient in the past and was excited at the opportunity to learn more about chiropractic care and working in an office setting. She enjoys meeting and talking with patients and watching the transformations that take place in the clinic with their treatments. Outside of work and practicing, Caitlyn loves spending time with her family and especially her shiba, Nuggy.
Carolyne is originally from Wake Forest, North Carolina and recently moved to the area due to her husbands job. In her free time she loves hanging out with her dog and exploring different parts of Washington! She is planning on continuing her education at one of the many schools Washington offers for Radiology. In the meantime she is enjoying learning new exercises and what great chiropractic care consists of here at Fircrest Spine Center!
Hello I am Paloma! I went to school at Ashmead College School of Massage. I have been practicing for over 11 years now. Throughout the years I have worked at several Massage Envy clinics as well as several Chiropractic offices. I love to mix relaxation and treatment techniques so patients receive the best of both worlds. Since working at Fircrest Spine Center, I have really been able to fine-tune my neck work. I really enjoy working with patients that really want to find out where their pain is coming from and fixing the problem at its source!