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Meet the Team

Meet the Vita Chiropractic Team!

Dr. Zach and Meagan Nelson first had the idea to open Vita Chiropractic while Dr. Zach was in Chiropractic School at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, KS. When Dr. Zach and Meagan first moved to the area, they immediately fell in love with the Kansas City metro, and there was no doubt that it would end up being the home for Vita. Dr. Zach and Meagan have spent the last couple of years gaining experience and knowledge in preparation for Vita Chiropractic, and are thrilled to finally be able to provide care and serve the community!

Dr. Zach Nelson
Neurologically Based Chiropractor

Dr. Zach was born and raised in Manhattan, KS. Growing up he was very active in sports, playing baseball, basketball, and football. He later went on to play college basketball at Cowley County Community College and then Friends University in Wichita, KS. His first experience with chiropractors started in middle school for frequent headaches, low back pain, and bouts of shortness of breath and asthma.

Later, when Dr. Zach was in college he had debilitating low back pain and sciatic nerve pain which prevented him from doing any form of practice or workouts. He was told that it should go away on its own if he stopped working out and took ibuprofen. Unfortunately, it did not go away, so he decided to see a chiropractor. Under care, his low back pain, and sciatic nerve pain resolved which allowed him to participate in workouts, and practices again, and his team went on to have the best season recorded in school history!

These visits peaked his interest in the profession, but he still was never explained how the adjustment affected his body. It wasn’t until Dr. Zach was in Pre-Physician Assistant undergrad program at Wichita State that a chiropractor came to speak about the importance of spinal health, the intimate relationship it holds with the nervous system and how that pertains to health and wellness. After that class Dr. Zach immediately called his family, told them that he wanted to become a Chiropractor. Later, Dr. Zach graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College, where he also won the Clinical Excellence award for the care he provided in the Outpatient Center.

Dr. Zach specializes in Neurologically-based Chiropractic care. He holds Advance Certified Proficient in Torque Release Technique credential; which is a gentle, specific, results-driven technique. He also holds Webster Technique certification, which is specific for pregnant women. He is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and specializes in providing care for pediatric patients!

Dr. Zach is thrilled to open his own practice and have the ability to provide life-changing care and information to the community. He believes it is a huge disservice to anyone who does not know why they should get adjusted, or how it affects the body. He is very passionate about Chiropractic care and loves serving his community.

Meagan Nelson
Office Manager

Meagan was born in Jacksonville, Fl and was raised in Wichita, KS. She and her family moved to Kansas once her dad retired from the Navy. Growing up she was very active in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and water sports. She later on went to play soccer in college at Tabor College and Friends University, which is where she met Dr. Zach!

In undergrad Meagan studied biology and learned about anatomy, physiology and the human body. When Dr. Zach first started attending classes in chiropractic school, it really peaked her interest because she always loved learning about human anatomy, physiology, and brain health in school. Growing up active and healthy, Meagan never had any prior experience with chiropractic and thought it was only for those who experienced headaches, neck pain, or back pain. After learning more about the benefits of chiropractic care while Dr. Zach was in school, she learned that she needed to start care in order for her to be optimally healthy.

When Dr. Zach mentioned the idea of opening a chiropractic office, Meagan was eager to get started on it! She is beyond excited to share the benefits of Chiropractic care and bring family-centered, neurologically-based chiropractic care to the surrounding Merriam, KS communities through Vita Chiropractic.

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Cassie
Chiropractic Assistant

Cassie was born and raised in Lenexa, KS. She and her 3 younger brothers grew up playing many different sports. She has played soccer since kindergarten and had the opportunity to play one year at JCCC. Other sports she was involved in into high school were basketball, tennis, cross country, and track. 

In middle school and high school, Cassie always enjoyed her science classes. The performance, complexity and beauty of how God designed the body to function so intricately always amazed her. Furthermore, her enjoyment of playing sports and pursuing a lifestyle that was active and healthy eventually led her to pursue a degree in Kinesiology. She first attended JCCC in Overland Park, KS for her first two years and transferred to The Masters University in Santa Clarita, CA for her last two years graduating with her Bachelors in Kinesiology. 

Cassie had no experience with chiropractic care before joining the Vita team. She thought chiropractic was only for those who experienced neck or back pain and go in on a “when needed” basis to get “cracked”. The thought of that scared her so she never went. Playing soccer for 15+ years and kicking with her dominant foot for that long led to a shift in her hips and a curve in her low back. This led to a lot of low back pain and digestive issues for many years. 

Learning that neurologically-based care focuses specifically on the nervous system, her whole perspective on chiropractic care changed and realizes that everyone needs it to help restore healing potential to their body. Because of this type of approach to health, she is now able to stand and sit for longer periods of time without feeling restless, continual low back pain and her digestion is much better! 

Cassie’s desire at Vita is to first meet others where they’re at and then help them along their healing journey to reach all their health goals. Seeing them achieve these goals and share with others about their commitment to health and wellness is the real reward and brings her so much joy. She is excited for the hope and healing that is to come at Vita serving those in the Kansas City area! 

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Cheyenne
Community Outreach Coordinator

Raised in Louisburg, KS – Home of the best cider donuts and Lost Trails Root Beer! Cheyenne graduated from The Creative Circus, an advertising school in Atlanta, specializing in Graphic Design and Art Direction.

Cheyenne grew up traveling for competitive sports, she was what you’d call healthy and active. Just 10 weeks from graduating college she spent hours in the hospital and Doctors offices. No one could give her a diagnosis. It took an ER visit with what felt like a heart attack to search for answers. After being prescribed an antidepressant without proper consultation, she found a holistic doctor who confirmed her instinct – it wasn’t depression causing her anxiety and chest pains! She was suffering from severe vitamin deficiencies. With clean eating and exercise she experienced significant healing.

Though Cheyenne continued in advertising pitching and executing ideas for companies like Google and Red Bull, her passion for holistic health grew. After 10 years in the industry she took a leap of faith to pursue biodynamic farming. She was introduced to Vita Chiropractic through the Lenexa Farmers market. Cheyenne was a patient for 2 months before joining the team! Through our neurologically based care she has been able to continue her healing journey in unexpected ways – with freedom from anxiety, sharp shooting headaches, and severe rib and shoulder pain. She loves sharing her passion for nutrition, clean living, and proper spinal health. Her love for creativity can now be found throughout Vita Chiropractic!

Merriam Chiropractic Assistant

Jenn
Chiropractic Assistant

Jenn was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She grew up in Overland Park, only recently relocating to the Merriam area, She played many sports growing up, starting with soccer at a very early age. She grew to love softball, track, and volleyball as well. Throughout her early schooling, Jenn always gravitated toward science classes. She has always been fascinated with the brain and spinal cord and the body’s ability to be a body, to heal itself, to learn. As soon as she learned the word ‘neuroscience’ she was hooked.

Jenn has always had a love for all things neurological. She studied Psychology and Physics of Medicine in college with hopes of pursuing neuroscience research. After deciding she couldn’t sit in a lab all day, she took an interesting route to Vita Chiropractic. Out of college, she worked as a missionary, leading retreats for many people from children to adults. When her time there ended, she spent some time working as an Administrative Assistant in a church, loving the family feel of a small, intentional community. It wasn’t quite right, and she changed paths and worked as a daycare teacher, getting to love the babies in the Infant Room. Jenn has had headaches and upper back tension throughout her life, noticing that she carries her stress in her shoulders!

During her time at the daycare, she started developing bad headaches that would last for days at a time. Through a Facebook Ad, she discovered Vita Chiropractic and within a couple weeks of being a patient, her headaches were almost non-existent. Jenn was a patient for about 4 months before joining the Vita Team as a Chiropractic Assistant. Vita is the ultimate mesh of all the things she has loved throughout life, neuroscience, family feel, encouraging and hopeful community, administrative tasks, babies, children, and adults!

Sarah
Chiropractic Assistant

Sarah was born in Des Moines, Iowa and raised in Wisconsin, but has lived in many other places, including Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Boston. She has always been very active, playing sports through high school and enjoying activities like hiking and running. She recently relocated to Kansas City, MO, where she was quickly introduced to Vita Chiropractic. 

Sarah studied English and Spanish at the University of Minnesota. During her undergrad, she became very involved in campus ministry and decided to work as a missionary after graduation. After four years of intense ministry work, her body and mental health had taken quite the hit, and she found herself on a journey of healing and self-discovery. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in May of 2019, and when given only one harsh pharmaceutical option for treatment from her doctor, she zealously began the search for alternative options. 

This exploration led her to discover her passion for health and healing, especially the integration of body, mind, and spirit. She is pursuing her Master’s in Psychology from Divine Mercy University and is so excited to bring her gifts and experiences to the Vita team! She has just begun chiropractic care for the first time for herself, and she is thrilled to begin the healing journey alongside all of the Vita practice members!

Arlo
Assistant People lover, office mascot

Arlo is easily the most popular member of the Vita team. He is an English bulldog and loves coming to work each day. Arlo enjoys laying in the hallway and adjusting rooms and watching his dad, Dr. Zach, adjust our practice members. If you are lucky, he may enter your adjusting room and give you a kiss on your hand while you relax before your adjustment.

You can find Arlo sunbathing in the reception room, sleeping in the back office, or playing down the hallway. If Arlo brings you a toy to play, you should consider yourself one of the lucky chosen ones! A few of his favorite things include snacks, stuffed toys, and scratches (he is NOT afraid to show you where his favorite spots are).

Make sure to say hi to Arlo whenever you come in for your adjustments or evaluations and he is sure to make your day!

Easton
Smallest chiropractor in training

Easton is a chiro baby and is Meagan and Dr. Zach’s son. Easton received his first gentle & specific pediatric adjustment from his dad within his first 24 hours of life! His mom, Meagan, was adjusted using both Torque Release Technique and the Webster Technique before and during her whole pregnancy which led to the smooth arrival of Easton. 

Easton made his way into the world quickly and smoothly at home with the assistance of our midwives and dad. A few of his favorite things include: His mom and dad, his swing, and his 3 dogs.