ABOUT US

Haley Parker L.Ac

Dr. Haley is a Virginia State Board Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, a New Mexico State Board Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Diplomat in Oriental Medicine certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is certified by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in clean needle technique.

Dr. Haley received her Master’s Degree in The Science of Oriental Medicine from the prestigious Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico graduating at the top of her class. As part of her clinical training, Dr. Haley practiced at an integrative medical setting at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital, where she specialized in arthritis, back pain, allergies, and diabetes. Dr. Haley’s other clinical expertise includes woman’s health from her time working at the Santa Fe Woman’s Center and the gynecology department of the Heilong Integrative University Hospital in Harbin, China. During her time in China, Dr. Haley also worked with the cancer and post-stroke patients, as well as other neurology patients.

Post-graduation, Dr. Haley started her own business and private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She worked extensively with patients suffering from psycho-emotional disorders, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Dr. Haley’s background as a Division 1, Varsity athlete contributed to her successful strategy working with student-athletes on sports-related psychologically, competitive performance, and nutritional aspects for their athletic training. Dr. Haley’s passion for athletics and physical fitness continued to serve her as she worked as the resident acupuncturist at the prominent El Gancho Racquet and Fitness Club in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She had success treating joint and back pain, tendonitis, and metabolic disorders aiding in weight-loss programs, prior to her working as the acupuncturist on Princess Cruise Lines for the last 5 years.

Her experience has given her the opportunity to treat patients all over the world and globally study health and wellness strategies. Dr. Haley feels extremely fortunate to be able to have changed the lives of her patients by relieving them of their health concerns within the short duration of just one cruise. Her method of treatment encouraged the body to jump-start its own natural healing processes for a better quality of life. Her patients’ conditions have ranged from pain conditions such as sciatic pain, back pain, joint injuries, and arthritis to terminal cancer pain, post-stroke paraplegia, weight-loss, digestive disorders, and facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Haley is thrilled to join the team here at the Chiropractic Family Health Centre while she is pursuing her specialty in sports medicine acupuncture and continuing her certification as a Natural Health Practitioner.

A complimentary consultation with Dr. Haley is available so you may discover how this effective, time-tested medicine can bring long-lasting relief from your health concerns.

Dr Curtis Margerum, DC

Dr. Curtis C. Margerum, D.C. was born in Mayville, ND. He grew up in Minnesota and was active in football, basketball, baseball and track in high school. He also participated in choir, band and drama. He went on to play baseball at both Moorhead State University and the University of North Dakota. From there he attended Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, MN graduating in 1990.

He has been in practice for the last 26 years in Alexandria, Virginia and loving every minute of it. He has helped countless number of patients through the years. He has skills in many chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Activator, Thompson Drop and Cox Flexion Distraction.

He recently joined the Palmercare Chiropractic group which serves Northern Virginia in eight different locations. He is constantly attending seminars and meetings to continue to better himself for the benefit of his patients. His main goal is to provide the chiropractic experience which is above and beyond the patients’ expectations.

Allen Kowarski DC P.T.

Dr. Allen Kowarski graduated with a degree in physical therapy from New York University in 1979. In 1984, Dr. Kowarski obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College where he also received a Clinical Instruction Award. He was certified in dry needling technique in 2011. He is an active member of the Virginia Chiropractic Association. He practiced in Fairfax for over 30 years and has treated over 12,000 patients. Dr. Kowarski joined the Palmercare team in Sterling in 2017. Dr. Kowarski is passionate about helping his patients get out of pain quickly, and putting them on a path to health and wellness.

Dr Vivian Malnikof, DC

Dr. Vivian Kim Malnikof, DC CACCP was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to the US when she was four years old. She grew up in Springfield, VA and was very active during her youth with field hockey, softball, and horseback riding. She studied biology at the University of Virginia, and she interned for a chiropractor who opened her eyes to the possibility of truly helping people without drugs and surgery. She worked as a teaching assistant in the cadaver lab at Palmer College of Chiropractic, helping other students learn gross and spinal anatomy, as well as organ histology and radiology. She met her husband, Corey, at school and have been in private practice together since 2005. They live in Ashburn and have two beautiful boys, Chase and Ashton. They have been expanding their Palmercare team to eight locations throughout the DC metropolitan area and plan on continuing to grow nationally. Dr. Vivian loves spending valuable time with family, working out and doing pilates, reading, and learning new techniques to implement into the clinics. The Palmercare team has been honored with recognitions by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce for community leadership, the Apollo Leadership Award, the Top Chiropractors of America for multiple years, Loudoun Woman Magazine, and the top 100 Amazing People of Loudoun County. She strives to be at the top of her game and pursues constant and never ending growth to help people heal from the inside out.

Specialty

Dr. Vivian uses a variety of Chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, Lumbar Flexion Distraction, SOT, activator, extremity, and is Pediatric and Webster (pregnancy) certified. She is also trained in osteopathic techniques including Visceral, Neural, and Craniosacral Therapy. She has a unique approach by combining chiropractic adjustments with these manual therapies to release organs, nerves, and supporting tissues of the brain and spinal cord. Visits with her also often include muscle testing, passive and active rehabilitation, and cold laser therapy. She believes in the body’s innate ability to heal, and that removing interference to the nervous system and unleashing human potential is the key to true health. She sees clients of all ages, including newborn infants, pregnant women, professional athletes, and people who have suffered concussions and traumas. She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, the American Chiropractic Association, and the International Association of Healthcare Providers.

Dr Meesagh Shaheedian, DC

Dr. Meesagh Shaheedian DC, MS is a proud native of Northern Virginia growing up in the Reston/Herndon area. At a young age he was fascinated with the well-being of the human body and was a very active athlete playing football, basketball, and soccer.

Dr. Meesagh graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor degree in Biology pursuing a profession in the pharmaceutical and medical field. However, after astonishing experiences as Dr. Corey’s patient, he decided that Chiropractic healing was his true calling.

He eventually went to Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, OR and received a Masters in Sports and Exercise Science and of course, his Doctorate in Chiropractic. Dr. Meesagh also had the privilege of bringing chiropractic care to local high schools, colleges, professional athletes, coaches, and other members of the Portland, Oregon community. While at Western States, Dr. Meesagh was highly involved in multi-technique adjusting labs learning and teaching many Chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Thompson, Toggle, Activator, Gonstead, Cox Flexion Distraction, and SOT.

Dr. Meesagh joined the Palmercare family in January 2014 with the goal to help others reach their optimal health potential so they can live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Dr Joseph Tshamala, DC

My name is Dr. Joseph Tshamala. I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. My family and I migrated to the United States in search of a better life as war had broken out in my country. My father practiced medicine as a Physician’s assistant in the DRC and from a young age I knew I wanted to do something within the medical field as I shared the same passion with my father which was to help people. I struggled in my earlier years selecting a course of study as the medical profession is broad with with so many specialties to choose from. I was introduced to Chiropractic in my junior year at the University of Southern Maine. Dr. Vance Mitchell, who remains my mentor to this day, was invited to speak at one of my undergraduate courses. He shared his passion of the Chiropractic Profession with the class. I immediately was interested as I had never heard of the profession. Shortly after his presentation, I introduced myself and as he noted, I was eager to learn more. He invited me to visit his practice located in Portland, Maine where I spent a little more than 6 months shadowing. I started Chiropractic College in the winter of 2014 and graduated from New York Chiropractic college in the summer of 2017. While in school, My good friend Dr. Larry Peshkin introduced me to his family practice in Rochester New York were I helped out occasionally with CA duties. I was immediately hired as an Associate Chiropractor shortly after graduating. I practiced at Irondequcit Chiropractic Center from 2018 to 2020. I enjoyed creating Chiro-up condition reports and educating patients on their conditions, and of course chiropractic manipulations to aid in restoring the body’s innate ability to heal. I worked with pediatrics, geriatrics, pregnancies, and athletes. After the death of my father in 2019, my beautiful wife and handsome 18 month old son decide to move to Northern Virginia for a fresh start and to be closer to family and friends. I was immediately hired by Palmercare Chiropractic Center following a two hour FaceTime call with Dr. Corey Malnikof and Casey Holm who was in the background. Following the call, Dr. Malnikof Flew me down to meet and shadow 5 of the 13 Palmercare clinics at the time. I immediately loved the culture, philosophy and growth! I hope to grow with Palmercare and help patients reach their optimal health potential so they can live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Dr Heather Lucas, DC

Dr. Heather biography will be available soon.

Dr Brandon Burgess, DC

I decided to go to Chiropractic school some time after graduating from VCU with a BS of Psychology. I have always been inspired by the human mind. The innate force in all of us that makes us who we are. I did not know exactly what I wanted to do after graduation, I just knew that temping in Washington D.C. was not my calling. I moved to Dallas and started at Parker University after checking out a few schools and discovering the massive impact that Chiropractic has on people's lives. I decided that I would be able to study a wide variety of techniques and have a great foundation from which to build. After graduating I moved back home to Virginia to be closer to my family. I was fortunate enough to join Palmercare where we have a large network of clinics staffed by great doctors who I can learn from. I am excited to be able to serve my community and love that I get to practice in my hometown. My passions include yoga, rock climbing, and falconry.

Emily Hatt L.Ac ACUPUNCTURIST

As a licensed acupuncturist in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Emily has been providing acupuncture and Chinese Herbology services to the greater Washington D.C. area for over a decade.

Emily earned her Masters of Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2002. She then achieved her national certification in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Continuing education coursework includes certification in Kinesio Tape techniques which enable Emily to provide both athletes and non-athletes musculoskeletal healing and support.

Emily offers a whole person approach to wellness. This includes diet, supplements, and treatment for many issues, including allergies, infertility, pain management, digestive disorders, and insomnia. Patients can expect a professional technique and a results oriented treatment plan in their quest for optimum health.

Emily’s past affiliations has enabled her to provide acupuncture services to MLS’s D.C United, the NFL’s Washington Redskins, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the MLB’s Washington Nationals.
Besides being top ranking in her field, in 2006 Emily was nominated for Small Business of the Year by the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC). Emily has also served as the DRCC Membership Committee Chair(2007-2008).

Monica Muyu Zhou L.Ac

Monica is originally from China, where she started this passion at a very young age. She has been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years and has been practicing in the US for 15 years now. As some of you may know, there are many schools of Acupuncture and Monica has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the 5 elements of Acupuncture, and is also experienced in Japanese acupuncture. She is extremely passionate about Acupuncture and says, “For me it’s not just a job, it’s my favorite hobby because you can treat and help so many different things- like weight loss, digestive problems, snow shoveling back pain, allergies, depression, and many issues.”

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