My name is Sheila Johnson and I am the Office Manager. I have worked for Drs. Lou and Laurie Briegel since 1997. My responsibilities include overseeing all areas, payroll, personnel, purchasing, payables, general accounting, management of Medicare billing, trouble shooting, patient financial consultant.
I am also a mother of 3 wonderful children, Joshua, Jordan and Morgan. Before I started working here I was a patient that knew very little about chiropractic. It took 6 months of my sister-in-law trying to tell me how chiropractic could help my neck and shoulder pain. I finally listened and made an appointment in April 1997. Dr. Laurie explained to me about the nervous system and when a bone is out of place, and is putting pressure on the nerve, the body is unable to function at it's full potential and eventually can cause pain.
I was amazed that after only a few weeks of chiropractic adjustments my pain had disappeared. At that point, I only understood chiropractic could help with pain. It wasn't until a few months later I also realized that I no longer experienced that occasional headache or heartburn that I would treat with over the counter drugs for temporary relief.
When I started my children under care I really didn't have the full understanding as to why children should be under chiropractic care. After I saw my oldest son's x-rays I was shocked to see he had partial scoliosis. About 1 ½ years prior to Joshua going under care he had been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) by my pediatrician in which he prescribed Ritalin. I hated the thought of him taking a mind altering drug, but I thought my pediatrician knew what was best. After Joshua started under care I soon learned that ADD can be caused by nerve interference and the communication to the brain is cut off. I immediately took Joshua off Ritalin and when he started school the next year, his teachers could not believe he had ever been diagnosed with ADD. Through chiropractic adjustments, Joshua's body healed itself. Chiropractic did what drugs could never do, which is to get to the cause of the problem.
My middle child, Jordan, had experienced several ear infections since he was 4 months old and he has had 2 sets of ear tubes. Jordan also experienced seasonal allergies. When Jordan's allergies would flare up he would experience flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat and fever. I thought this was something he was going to have to live with. My family had told me he had inherited these allergies.
But once again, only a few weeks of chiropractic adjustments and he stopped having ear infections and when spring came around he no longer had allergies. Jordan's x-rays showed interference (which is called subluxations) in his neck, which was the cause of his ear infections and allergies.
My youngest child, Morgan, I feel like she is the luckiest because she was able to benefit from chiropractic adjustments early. She was also beginning to show allergy symptoms, but since she is SUBLUXATION FREE her body is able to function to it's full potential. Chiropractic has literally changed my life and how I look at health. When any member of my family is not feeling well, I know we need an adjustment and the body will heal itself. We have never been healthier, or happier!
Greetings! I am thrilled to join the Wellness Chiropractic Center. I can be found in the Functional Movement center where I will happily be of service to you.
I was born and raised in the Northwest and I am now excited to call Georgia my home. During my time in Portland, Oregon I volunteered for local non-profits where I was fortunate to work with diverse populations including at-risk youth, displaced families and low-income communities. From there I became involved with the urban agriculture movement. My area of focus was serving people with mental illness and help to provide access to fresh healthy foods.
My educational background includes Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, Art, and Women Studies. I have traveled to 14 countries studying Cultural Anthropology. During this journey I lived among many different cultures and spent a significant amount of time with the Maori people of New Zealand. There I came to understand the wisdom of a culture that can adapt and change with the modern times we are living and yet preserve their culture.
These experiences set the foundation for my current pursuit in the field of Holistic Health. Currently, I am studying Functional Nutrition at the Institute for Health Professionals where I will become Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.
In my personal time I can be found writing, cooking or hiking with my two dogs. Personal hobbies of mine include yoga, meditation, reading, comedy, and music.
I look forward to working with the Cherokee County community!
Marina Mavromatidis, CA
Hey y'all! My name is Marina Mavromatidis, and I am a Greek-American born and raised in Georgia. I am a dual enrolled junior in high school. I am currently enrolled at Georgia Connections Academy and University of North Georgia. My career goal is to become an animal chiropractic, especially equine! I have been under chiropractic care my whole life from my mom, Dr. Dawn, who occasionally covers at the office. I am also proud to say I am vaccine free. Never have I ever and never will I ever be vaccinated. I have noticed that all my vaccinated friends are sick a lot more often than I am, and sometimes they are sick with the disease they were vaccinated for. Because of that, I am against vaccinating and just did a research paper about the cons of vaccines. All the things I found were terrifying, and I am so glad my mom made the choice to never vaccinate me or my brothers.
I have worked here since December 2014. I started off working as a CA handling office and patient needs. Currently, I am assisting Sheila with insurance, and I absolutely love it! I truly enjoy working with people who feel like family.
As you can see in my picture, I love horses, always have and always will! The horse in the picture is actually my own. His name is Nemo, and he is a 3 year old OTTB who stole my heart in April 2015. Horseback riding is indeed a sport, and I am an active equestrian since 2004. I mostly compete in jumping, but I do just about anything and everything with horses, including natural horsemanship. I also work at the barn I board Nemo at, Wild at Heart Ranch, and I have been working there since I was 14.
Besides horses, I have so many other hobbies. Photography has been a hobby of mine since I could hold a camera. My plan is to start this summer with photo shoots for people and animals. I am also a Greek dancer at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. I dance annually at the Marietta Greek Festival, and I also travel to other festivals to dance. Every year I compete in basketball at Winter Youth Rally with my church, and I have been doing basketball since first grade where I earned the nickname Lightning.
Sarah Forth, CA, RN, BSN
Greetings! My name is Sarah Forth and I am new to the WCC staff (November 2015). I have many roles here at Wellness Chiropractic Center. I administer new patient assessments, assist in the Functional Movement Center for our Wellness Partners, and ensure that their needs are being met through care coordination. I have a very diverse 11 year background in healthcare and I am more than excited to be working with such a dedicated and knowledgeable group of doctor's and staff.
My journey into alternative medicine began early, in college. As a psychology major, I took a psychoneuroimmunology class which demonstrated how intricately the brain, nervous system and immune system were related. This class sparked an interest in ways to treat the body holistically, which in turn, led to an interest in nutrition, chiropractic, and alternative medicine.
As I have always had a strong desire to help people, I decided to go back to school for a Nursing degree after the birth of my first daughter. Despite being trained through traditional western medicine, I continued to hold to my natural medicine inclinations. Once I understood how the body works, it just didn't make sense to treat symptoms with drug therapy. The best medicine is to get "out of the body's way" (or, to remove the interference, to quote Dr. Lou Briegel) and let the healing begin!
I am married to a wonderfully supportive husband, Andrew, and have two lovely daughters, Meleah (10), and Sidney (4). Through the use of natural medicine, including chiropractic care, I have been able to birth both of my daughters naturally, without complications, heal various aches and pains, and I am well on my way in healing from a significant mold exposure. My passions and hobbies include reading about healing diets, cooking, growing food, hiking, swimming, yoga, photography, refinishing old furniture, finding crafts to make on Pinterest, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends. I can't wait to meet you!!