Meet Our Team

Meet the Doctors

Chiropractor Christine Zapata, D.C.

Chiropractor in Seattle WA Christine ZapataDr. 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.

Chiropractor Seattle WA Baxter SmithDr. 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.

Our Mission

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

Chiropractic in Seattle WA Ashley Kelloniemi Office ManagerAshley 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.




Rosel Hermita - Patient Concierge

Chiropractic Seattle WA RoselRosel is currently a student at Seattle University, pursuing a degree in Science & Kinesiology. She also works as a personal trainer at Seattle U’s fitness & recreation center

In the office, Rosel is responsible for managing patient flow, assisting to doctors, and providing a world class experience for our patients!

In her free time, Rosel enjoys surfing, hiking, bouldering, lifting and watching movies.


Stephanie Calkins – Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP)

Chiropractic Seattle WA Stephanie Calkins Licensed Massage PractitionerStephanie 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.


Candace - Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP)

Chiropractic Seattle WA Candace Licensed Massage PractitionerCandace 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.


Taylor McDonough – Licensed Massage Therapist (LMP)

Chiropractic in Seattle WA Taylor McDonoughLicensed Massage TherapistTaylor is a graduate of The Discovery Point School of Massage, and prior to becoming an LMP, he spent 3 years as a fitness and movement trainer. Taylor has a long-standing passion for helping people understand their potential to live pain free, functional lives through the work that he does. He is focused on empowering clients to stay healthy by promoting healthy habits in their treatment and through on-going self-care.

In his free time, Taylor enjoys making art, reading, playing darts and spending time with his dog.

Jeff Thiel – Director of Business Operations

Chiropractic in Seattle WA Jeff Thiel Director of Business OperationsJeff 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.

Delcine Hackley - Community Outreach Assistant

Chiropractic Seattle WA DelcineDelcine is a Communications & Media Major at Seattle University, with a specialization in Communication Studies.

As our Community Outreach Assistant, Delcine is an integral part of the ECSC Team. She is responsible for creating partnerships with local businesses and facilitating community outreach events all around Seattle.

In her free time, Delcine enjoys attending local grassroots community events, singing and parading the streets of Capitol Hill with friends.

For more information about Emerald City Spinal Care or to get started on your journey to better health today, contact our chiropractic team in Seattle WA. We look forward to working with you!


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8:00am - 11:00am
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Emerald City Spinal Care
1222 East Madison Street Suite D
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 204-8255