I am Dr. Allison Scholes, chiropractor at Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Federal Way. I have been practicing in the Federal Way/Des Moines area since 2011. Prior to that I worked as a fitness instructor and aquatics coordinator at CoxHealth--The Meyer Center in Missouri where I grew up. There, I worked with individuals to improve their physical health either through post-rehabilitation programs or general fitness. While working there I had begun to develop neck and back issues. My usual solution was to try and 'exercise it out'. Finally, I realized that I needed more than that and was referred to a chiropractor. The results were incredible--my energy level skyrocketed, the musculoskeletal issues were gone, and my body was working more efficiently overall. Wanting to add to my career, I began to pursue chiropractic.
I graduated in 2011 from the University of Western States in Portland, OR. I also obtained a bachelors degree in health and wellness from Missouri State University in 2003.
While the primary focus of my practice is on determining the cause of neuromusculoskeletal problems, I also look to improve the overall quality of life of the patient. Taking a 'whole-person' approach, I understand that there are many facets to being well; and that health is an on-going journey, not a race to the finish. My passion is family practice including and especially children; and welcome those with accident/work-related injuries. Integration is key in today's health system, and I work closely with other health professionals to ensure that my patients get the most comprehensive care available.
In my down-time, I enjoy hiking, camping, cooking, walking my dogs, volunteering in my community and spending time with my husband, Tyson and daughter, Emma. I am inspired by nature and it's ability to adapt and achieve balance; I try to incorporate this concept in my practice.
I am Dr. Emma Swartling, associate chiropractor at Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness Center. I hold the degree Doctor of Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West. My inspiration to pursue a career in chiropractic began following my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I studied the human body and experience through anthropology and biology. As an undergraduate student, I worked at the front desk in two chiropractic offices, where I was able to witness people's lives change from pain and ill-health to healing and well-being. On top of that, I am from a family of chiropractors (two uncles, one aunt, and one cousin) that have helped to shape my passion for health and wellness.
My mission is to help the people of this community to make healthier lifestyle choices for a clearer and more connected world. As well as, to teach people that everyone has the ability to achieve their fullest potential and access their innate healing power. I am passionate about working with pregnant mommies, babies, and children to help create a healthier future. To live in wellness can help keep illness away!
I was born and raised in Olympia, WA and am excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest here at Thrive! I love to cook fun and elaborate dishes, hike and explore the beautiful outdoors, let books take me to new worlds, travel to experience different cultures, and spend time with family and our Australian Shepherds.
Katherine "Katie" Hardin
I am Katherine 'Katie' Hardin, licensed massage therapist, I have grown up with chiropractic care as part of my active lifestyle for both wellness and trauma care after car accidents and sports injuries. Witnessing the benefits of massage and physical therapy for my disabled brother set me on a path of getting trained and certified in massage therapy in 1999. Since then I have worked with many chiropractors, and have seen first-hand the benefits of chiropractic and massage as a team. Additionally, I was certified in chiropractic x-ray tech and learned the importance of a thorough exam and knowing the story behind the injury. Identifying the cause of the problem, not only gives us an understanding of how to prevent re-occurrence, but also helps me to focus in on which muscles and joints are playing a role in the root cause.
My focus is on unwinding muscle pain and tension using a compilation of techniques that I have been trained in over the last 15 years of practice These include Table Thai, Lomi Lomi, Myofacial Release, Passive Positional Release / Stretching, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Lymphatic Drainage and Reiki. As a proud mother of two young children I enjoyed learning infant massage and while pregnant with my youngest I trained to become a Certified Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage Therapist
I love anatomy, physiology and kinesiology and am fascinated how the body works in harmony to move and function. This is why, as a certified yoga instructor, I enjoy sharing yoga poses with patients for prevention and self care of injuries, as well as the importance of breathing to release stress and toxins.
I'm also a firm believer that wellness comes from a full circle including nutrition and I am always researching what is best to feed me and my family. Outside of my wellness career I try to live my motto of “Be the Change You want to see in the world” so I serve on my church board, in Oct 2013 traveled to Haiti for humanitarian relief and home-school my 6 year old son. I live for snuggling my children, practicing yoga, meditating or hiking in the splendor of nature and making people laugh. Spreading world peace one massage at a time.