All staff members are expected to practice what we preach. Learning the knowledge of what to do is easy, doing it is the hard part. Because of that, we have created a group of physical goals for our clinicians to meet. Our minimum baseline for patients is 1.25x bodyweight deadlift, 10 gymnastics pushups, and one chest to bar chin up from full hang. All staff must train past that to our Clinical Goal of 1.5x bodyweight deadlift, 20 gymnastics pushups, and 5 chest to bar chin-ups from full hang. Check out our profiles to see how we are doing in our quest. The movements, numbers, and standards will change over the years as we evolve and grow our system. The details are not important, what’s important is for you to know is that we are never asking you to do something we have not done ourselves.
Dr. Michael Quasney (Dr. Q) has been helping people for over 17 years. Initially, he worked in social services, specifically in therapeutic foster care, guiding foster children and teaching foster parents. After realizing a passion for movement, he became a personal trainer and quickly found that his patients were using his services to heal. An easy progression brought him to the University of Western States, graduating in 2015 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic.
He is now able to combine all aspects of healthcare into a singular focus while bringing empathy and community back to healthcare. Dr. Q has received multiple certifications around fitness and behavioral intervention. He loves grip strength training, handstands, squats, and barefoot running (yes, really barefoot and yes, even in the city and no, he has never had any problems) and trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at American Top Team Portland. He is also ranked in the top 1% in the world in Call of Duty Mobile.
Last Test: May 2021
Movement Paradigm Score: 43 / 49 (average of 4 evaluators)
Dr. Whitney Phillips graduated in 2015 from the University of Western States and brings a high level of excellence and enthusiasm to the practice of chiropractic. In addition to receiving her doctorate, she received her Master’s Degree in Sports Exercise and Sports Science, where she gained extensive experience working with athletes.
She participated in many sports growing up and was raised on her family ranch in southwest Washington, where most of her time was spent riding horses. At an early age, she was showing in open equitation classes and later moved on to compete in professional rodeo. This upbringing has instilled in her a deep appreciation for the joys that animals bring into our lives.
She is currently a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and is a Certified Animal Chiropractor through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Last Test: May 2021
Movement Paradigm Score: 42 / 49 (average of 4 evaluators)
All scores improved since last evaluation.
Alli Madsen was born and raised in Flint, MI. Growing up, she spent a lot of time outdoors – canoeing, kayaking, hiking and backpacking in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. As well as having a love for the outdoors, Alli grew up an avid soccer player, starting as a forward for several youth leagues and clubs. She also excelled in music and the arts, playing the trumpet in jazz band, marching band, pit orchestra, as well as singing as a soloist for the Flint Institute of Music.
In high school Alli discovered her true passion: darkroom photography. She became interested in exploring and pushing the idea of what photography is or can be. The darkroom became a new kind of language, a filter for expression and exploration. This early exploration has guided her artistic practice into adulthood, opening a dialogue to explore her own history and our shared histories.
It was in Grand Rapids, MI that Alli began her managerial career running a successful restaurant. Her experience in the restaurant also sparked an interest in the culinary arts, finding a similar joy in the kitchen as she found in the darkroom. Cooking and nutrition is still a passion Alli embraces today, always looking for new and creative ways to enjoy healthy cuisine.
In Grand Rapids, Alli started working with various community-based nonprofit arts organizations, facilitating workshops for kids and helping to curate large-scale events such as Art.Downtown, First Fridays, artists markets and workshops. Alli believes that community engagement, experiential education and inspiring programming can plant the seeds of artistic entrepreneurship and strengthen our communities.
Returning to her first love of photography Alli enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, earning her BFA in Photo + Film in 2018.
After graduating she moved to Portland to start a new adventure. Part of that adventure was an unexpected healing journey that brought her to Move Better. Having experienced, first hand, the benefits and healing power of the work being done at Move Better, she became a firm believer in their mission and its implementation. This inspired her to begin working with the Move Better Team to encourage Movement Based Medicine.
In her free time Alli likes to explore new places, eat delicious food, make art both in and out of the darkroom, as well as spend time with her partner and two kitties.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography + Film | Photography Concentration
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA
2018 – present Collection for Social Justice, Contributing Artist, Worldwide
2018 1708 Gallery, Administration and Preparator, Richmond, VA
2017 – 2018 2018 VCU Photo graduating class, Fundraising Chair, Richmond, VA
2017 Oakwood Arts + P35, Programs and Volunteer Coordinator, Richmond, VA
2017 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Events and Exhibitions volunteer, Richmond, VA
2012 – 2014 Avenue for the Arts, Artist Member + Programs Curator, Grand Rapids, MI
2012 – 2013 Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Events and Theatre volunteer, Grand Rapids, MI
2012 – 2013 (106) Gallery, Events and Exhibitions volunteer, Grand Rapids, MI
2004 – 2009 Art for Kids, Instructor, Flint, MI
Dr. Michael Houle grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and participated in most sports. Considering winters are 8 months in length, he grew up primarily playing ice hockey and downhill skiing. For the precious months of summer, he would be mountain biking and hiking. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University where he was also on the rowing team. Following his undergraduate degree, he officiated professional ice hockey for 5 years before returning to school for his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine from University of Western States. Outside of the office, he can be found mountain biking or Nordic skiing throughout the Cascades with his wife Sophia and their dog Sequoia.
Last Test: February 2022
Movement Paradigm Score: 43 / 49 (average of 4 evaluators)
Sophie is a PNW native who grew up exploring all that the West Coast has to offer. She attended Western Oregon University where she earned her B.S. in Exercise Science. During this time, she joined the Women’s Rugby team and learned to appreciate the impact that strength training can have on sport performance.
After graduation Sophie continued her exploration into sport performance through personal training and powerlifting. Her love of rehabilitation grew, which led her to enroll in the Doctorate of Chiropractic program at University of Western States, concurrently completing her Masters in Sports Medicine. Sophie especially loves helping folx tap into strength that they didn’t know they possessed, and correcting movement patterns to optimize efficiency while lifting.
Sophie currently coaches Powerlifting, and has completed several times at a national level. Her background includes a variety of sports ranging from: cross country, track, rugby, olympic lifting, kickball and CrossFit.
When not in the clinic, you’ll find Sophie exploring the local foot cart scene with her wife Loren, and their dog, Spike.
Zachary received his Doctorate of Chiropractic at University of Western States in September of 2023. He is originally from Vermont where he gained considerable experience in the culinary arts working as a cook and sous chef for multiple restaurants.
Learning a foundational understanding of how to cook gave him a deep appreciation for nutrition and health which would eventually lead him to study and graduate from Castleton University with a Bachelors of Exercise Science in 2018. He then moved to Portland Oregon and worked as a personal trainer/personal chef synergistically combining the power of exercise with proper nutrition and dietary habits to maximize his clients’ results. After experiencing nagging injuries that he could not heal from he decided to work at a chiropractic clinic as a rehabilitation specialist where he was mentored and taught how to maintain a strong, functioning, healthy, and pain-free body.
After experiencing the power of chiropractic care and intentional movement he was compelled to become a chiropractor so that he could help others receive the same self-empowerment and discovery that he did. Zach loves to workout hard and has a passion for Natural Bodybuilding and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.