Meet Our Team

Meet the Doctors

Chiropractor Christine Zapata, D.C.

Chiropractor Seattle WA Dr 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 started 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 Van Pham, D.C.

Chiropractor Seattle WA Van PhamDr. Van was born and raised in San Diego, California. Having always been very interested in the human body and helping others, she knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career where she could put those two passions into practice.

As a child, Dr. Van suffered several head injuries from playground and car accidents, which left her with chronic pain, anxiety, and the inability to concentrate. After receiving specific upper cervical care, she felt the life-changing impact it had on her health and realized it was her calling to be a chiropractor.

Once she finished her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, she decided to pursue her Doctorate in Chiropractic at Life West Chiropractic College West and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2020.

Dr. Van is passionate about helping career driven women and pregnant mamas navigate their chronic health issues and empowering them to thrive in life.

Outside the chiropractic office, Dr. Van enjoys hiking, working out, modern calligraphy, trying out new recipes, and jamming out on her guitar.


Chiropractor Luke Choi, D.C.

Chiropractor Seattle WA Luke ChoiDr. Luke is a So Cal native and is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West. From an early age, Dr. Luke felt the pull to help people solve and cope with the problems stemming from daily life.

While in school, he took a job working at a chiropractic office, and it was there that he first discovered the impact that chiropractic care could have on people’s lives, including his own. It was this experience that led him to dedicate himself to becoming a chiropractor.

Dr. Luke is especially interested in working with people in marginalized groups and communities who are looking to empower themselves and others to overcome obstacles and regain their health. Helping people get better is what drives him to become the very best he can be within the chiropractic profession.

Outside of the office, Dr. Luke’s hobbies include dance, trying out new recipes, photography, and hunting for the BEST fried chicken sandwich in Seattle (so if you have a favorite, let him know!)

Meet the Doctors

Chiropractor Christine Zapata, D.C.

Chiropractor Seattle WA Dr 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 started 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 Van Pham, D.C.

Chiropractor Seattle WA Van PhamDr. Van was born and raised in San Diego, California. Having always been very interested in the human body and helping others, she knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career where she could put those two passions into practice.

As a child, Dr. Van suffered several head injuries from playground and car accidents, which left her with chronic pain, anxiety, and the inability to concentrate. After receiving specific upper cervical care, she felt the life-changing impact it had on her health and realized it was her calling to be a chiropractor.

Once she finished her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, she decided to pursue her Doctorate in Chiropractic at Life West Chiropractic College West and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2020.

Dr. Van is passionate about helping career driven women and pregnant mamas navigate their chronic health issues and empowering them to thrive in life.

Outside the chiropractic office, Dr. Van enjoys hiking, working out, modern calligraphy, trying out new recipes, and jamming out on her guitar.


Chiropractor Luke Choi, D.C.

Chiropractor Seattle WA Dr LukeDr. Luke is a So Cal native and is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West. From an early age, Dr. Luke felt the pull to help people solve and cope with the problems stemming from daily life.

While in school, he took a job working at a chiropractic office, and it was there that he first discovered the impact that chiropractic care could have on people’s lives, including his own. It was this experience that led him to dedicate himself to becoming a chiropractor.

Dr. Luke is especially interested in working with people in marginalized groups and communities who are looking to empower themselves and others to overcome obstacles and regain their health. Helping people get better is what drives him to become the very best he can be within the chiropractic profession.

Outside of the office, Dr. Luke’s hobbies include dance, trying out new recipes, photography, and hunting for the BEST fried chicken sandwich in Seattle (so if you have a favorite, let him know!)


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

Tara Moore - Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP)

Chiropractic Seattle WA Tara Licensed Massage PractitionerTara graduated from the National Holistic Institute in 2012 and moved to Seattle in 2016 (she loves it here!). She is passionate about making a positive impact in people’s lives through massage, whether that be by helping patients to reduce pain and stress or working with them to increase range of motion and athletic performance. She has experience with many different specialties, including deep tissue, prenatal, and sports massage! In her free time, Tara enjoys reading, computer gaming and meditation.

 


Emilee Putsche - Licensed Massage Therapist

Chiropractic Seattle WA Emilee Putsche Massage TherapistEmilee is a graduate of the Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts and also has a BA in contemporary dance. This unique education and background give her an intuitive understanding of the human body that helps inform and guide her massage.

Emilee enjoys working with a wide variety of people, but especially those who lead active lives or suffer from chronic pain. She is passionate about helping clients become more educated on their own bodies so that they can experience a reduction in stress and long-term relief from pain.

In her free time, Emilee enjoys dance, rock climbing, spending time with her friends & boyfriend, and the occasional wine tasting.


Emma Smith - Licensed Massage Therapist

Chiropractic Seattle WA Emma Licensed Massage TherapistEmma is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute and has been practicing massage since 2018. She became a LMT so that she could merge her skills as an EMT with her passion for helping people and making a positive impact on their lives. An athlete herself, Emma loves working with other athletes, as well as post injury clients. In her free time, Emma loves hiking, camping, racing her mountain bike, working out, snowboarding and cooking.

 

 


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.


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!

OFFICE HOURS


Monday
8:00am - 11:00am
2:00pm - 6:00pm


Tuesday
Massage By Appointment


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

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