Meet Our Team
Meet the Doctors
Chiropractor Christine Zapata D.C.
Dr. Christine Zapata is the founder of Emerald City Spinal Care. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Zapata was first introduced to chiropractic in high school after a series of concussions from sports injuries and a serious car accident left her with debilitating migraine headaches and back pain. It did not take long before she starting noticing a dramatic shift in her health.
Due to the profound difference chiropractic made in her own life, after completing her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, Dr. Zapata chose to pursue her Doctorate in Chiropractic at Life Chiropractic College West. Upon graduating in 2007, Dr. Zapata practiced in San Francisco for two years before moving to Seattle, where she has been practicing since 2009.
Dr. Zapata is passionate about helping people who suffer from chronic health issues regain their health, and works to empower them to maintain it. She is also committed to training and developing chiropractic doctors in order to serve more people in the community.
When Dr. Zapata is not in the office, you can find her playing the piano, hiking, camping and sailing. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and their dog and cat.
Chiropractor Baxter Smith D.C.
Dr. Baxter Smith is a 2017 graduate of Life University with his Doctorate of Chiropractic as well as his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Originally from Atlanta GA, Dr. Smith is excited to be practicing Blair Upper Cervical chiropractic in beautiful, (sometimes) sunny Seattle!
As a young athlete, Dr. Smith was introduced to chiropractic care and discovered that he recovered faster from sports injuries as a result of his care. Later, while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, he worked as a personal trainer and strength coach for his university’s tennis and basketball teams. These experiences, combined with a fascination of the form and function of the human body, led Dr. Smith to enroll in chiropractic school.
Dr. Smith looks to educate and empower his patients by demonstrating the importance of a strong and healthy nervous system. He’s passionate about working in a field that respects the power of the human body and works to strengthen the systems of the body so those in his community may better express true health.
We believe people of all ages deserve to live with more vitality and better health.
Our mission at Emerald City Spinal Care is to provide specialized chiropractic care and therapeutic massage to facilitate healing and the full expression of life. We are committed to empowering those in our community to take an active role in their own health.
Meet the Team
Ashley Kelloniemi – Office Manager
Ashley is an integral part of the Emerald City Spinal Care team. She’s been with us since 2014 and is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly. She enjoys working with a team that embraces a sense of family and genuinely cares about helping patients feel better.
Outside of work, Ashley loves to spend time hiking, paddle boarding and camping.
Stephanie Calkins – Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP)
Stephanie graduated from the Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts in 2014 and has been with us as an LMP since then. She takes great pride in seeing tangible results in the healing process with her massage patients. She is passionate about improving the health of her patients while reducing the pain and discomfort they feel. While not working, Stephanie enjoys watching the Mariners (go M’s!), rock climbing and working out. Her ultimate dream is to one day become a UFC champion.
Roman Antioquia - Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP)
Roman has been a massage practitioner since 2013, but his passion for helping others with the process of healing started many years ago when his father, a fisherman, was injured on the job and Roman would come home from school and work on him for hours. This experience not only led him to his passion for helping others feel better, but also gave him a strong connection to family and traditions.
Roman was born here in the great Pacific Northwest and is a proud member of the Tlingit tribe. In his free time, you may find Roman participating as a traditional grass dancer for his tribe (feel free to ask him for details!). He also loves to bead, cook and is raising 2 puppies with his partner of 6 years.
Candace - Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP)
Candace graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in 2011. She continued her education at SWIHA focusing on a variety of massage and energetic modalities as well as completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher certification. Candace specializes in therapeutic deep tissue and myofascial release and applies both techniques in each of her sessions to help alleviate pain and tension in her clients.
Outside of work, Candace enjoys studying yoga, hiking and hula hooping.
Jeff Thiel – Director of Business Operations
Jeff joined the Emerald City Spinal Care team in 2016. Prior to that, he spent almost 10 years working with small businesses helping them achieve growth and increased success. He is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help ensure everyone else on the team can do their job effectively and efficiently. His role encompasses marketing, analytics, managing finances and day to day operations.
Outside of work, you’ll likely find Jeff enjoying one of his many hobbies which include motorcycling, sailing, scuba diving, softball and camping.
|Monday||8:00am - 11:00am|
2:00pm - 6:00pm
|Tuesday||1:00pm - 5:00pm|
|Wednesday||8:00am - 11:00am|
2:00pm - 6:00pm
|Thursday||1:00pm - 5:00pm|
|Friday||8:00am - 11:00am|
2:00pm - 6:00pm
|Saturday||By Appointment Only|