Backs on Burnside’s team approach to treatment integrates chiropractic care, massage therapy, exercise prescription, self-care education and wellness programs. All our therapies are designed to maximize the body’s healing powers to alleviate pain, speed recovery, relieve stress and prevent future injury. Our trained clinicians work together to understand your condition and provide personalized treatment.
Gail Karvonen, D.C
Managing Chiropractic Physician
Dr. Gail Karvonen has been a practicing chiropractor since 1986. She received her degree from Western States Chiropractic College and began teaching and practicing soon after graduating. Travels took her to Massachusetts and Connecticut for a short time but she returned to set up practice in Portland initially in a solo practice. Over time she combined her belief in the importance of soft tissue massage with chiropractic manipulation and built a practice that integrated the two. Today as owner of Backs on Burnside, she manages the chiropractic and massage components of the clinic. Dr Karvonen integrates her background in counseling, training in nutrition and kinesiotaping with her chiropractic skills to bring a therapeutic touch to conditions from repetitive stress injuries, auto accidents, work-related injuries, sports injuries and the “I don’t know how it happened” events.
When not at the office, Dr. Karvonen enjoys hiking and biking with her husband and twin daughters. She takes piano lessons when she can.
Megumi Nojima Moskowitz, D.C
Dr. Megumi Nojima Moskowitz completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, where she earned the Bachelor of Science degree in General Science with an emphasis in Human Anatomy. In 2002, she graduated from Western States Chiropractic College with a sum cum laude where she continued to work as an attending physician’s assistant in the Outpatient Clinic and a part-time faculty. Once joining Backs on Burnside (formally Backs on Broadway), Dr. Moskowitz has been dedicating herself to a private practice which incorporates soft tissue therapy, nutritional counseling, postural training and home exercises as an essential part of chiropractic treatment. Her goal is to support each patient reach an optimal wellness by taking an active role in performing stretching/strengthening exercises, making necessary lifestyle modifications, and encouraging them to seek various types of healthcare.
Dr. Moskowitz is a native of Tokyo, Japan, though now considers herself a Portlander. In her free time, she enjoys Pilates, camping, golfing, tennis, and walking/running with her husband Keith, their children Milo and Ena and a Miniature Schnauzer Luna; and of course, rooting for the Oregon Ducks.
Taura Lemmon, D.C
Dr. Taura Lemmon was planning on a career as a medical doctor when a car accident changed her point of view. While a pre-med student at Humboldt University in California, she suffered a five-car pile up that left her with severe whiplash, headache and back pain, leading her to chiropractic care. Since her father is a chiropractor who gave her regular adjustments as a child, back pain was a completely new experience. When managing her own pain and discovering that chiropractic care offers longer office visits and more empathy and consideration in the treatment process, she decided that that was the kind of care she was more interested in providing. She graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2008 and has been practicing with Backs on Burnside since April. Taura provides whole body wellness and care that focuses on nutrition, soft tissue, proper posture and exercise along with chiropractic adjustment.
A native of Yakima, Washingon, Taura has lived in Portland since 2004 and spends her spare time skiing, biking, gardening and swimming. Her husband Brook is a chiropractor as well.
Kelley Silon, D.C
Sarah Uy, D.C
Dr. Sarah Uy was born and raised in the Philippines, instilling in her a deep love for family. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University. While a varsity softball athlete in her college days, exposure to sports injuries led Dr. Uy to notice the limitations in rehabilitation services in Manila, which inspired her to pursue her Chiropractic degree. In 2018, Dr. Uy graduated summa cum laude from the Chiropractic College of University of Western States and interned at Backs on Burnside from April to June of the same year. Passionate about delivering quality patient care to help patients achieve optimum functionality and awareness, she is skilled at manual therapy, several physical modalities, rehabilitation and chiropractic adjustment techniques. She looks forwards to working alongside each patient as they journey towards better health.
In her spare time, Dr. Uy enjoys kickboxing, volleyball, softball, and Pilates. Her passions include travelling to new places and savoring novel cuisines.
Romy Schuller, LMT, CA
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Neuromuscular Exercises, Reiki Energy, Geriatric Massage
Romy enjoyed massage for 20 years before pursing her dream of being a massage therapist. Romy’s love for travel, her former profession managing international web sites, and her time spent living abroad have enabled her to sample massage around the world. Patients have described her massage technique as very flowing almost Tai Chi like, in its fluidity of movement. She uses gentle stretching in her sessions to help ‘unwind’ tension in the body. Romy helps her clients to reach a deep state of relaxation by applying a combination of massage, stretching and holding the body in stillness.
Emily Flansburgh, LMT, CA
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Specific Massage
Emily discovered massage therapy while playing collegiate soccer and earning her degree in Exercise Physiology. Emily is an avid outdoor enthusiast—you will often find her running on the trails or headed to the beach. As a massage therapist her work started with the running community here in Portland. Working with all levels of athletes, she has the experience to help her client’s use their bodies more efficiently. Emily will often incorporate deep tissue and trigger point work to relieve client’s muscle tension. She also uses therapeutic stretching and muscle energy techniques when they are needed. Her massage sessions can be very focused to address specific areas of tension, or they can provide an allover feeling of deep relaxation.
Eva Strickland, LMT, CA
Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Thai Massage
Eva has always had a love for movement, art, and dance, and became a certified Yoga teacher in 2005. She has enjoyed being a licensed massage therapist since graduating from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2008. Eva has spent most of that time working alongside Doctors and Chiropractors on injury rehabilitation in a clinical setting. Her style is infused with many deep tissue techniques, involving increased relaxation, stretching, myofascial release and the breath, with a balance of science and intuition. She is constantly amazed by the power humans have to heal and regenerate.
Beth Lopez, LMT, CA
Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, 2013
Deep Tissue, Energetic work, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Swedish, Trigger Points
Beth came to Portland via New Haven, CT after graduating from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in December 2013. In her time in the field of massage therapy she has had an array of experience which includes tutoring and being a teaching assistant at CCMT, and working in a multi-disciplinary wellness center.
She sees every client as an individual and enjoys working on concentrated areas where pain is felt due to overuse or injury using various modalities to create a custom session specific to her clients’ needs. This can include trigger point therapy, energetic healing, myofascial release, sports massage, as well as other techniques to assist in lengthening the muscles. Beth helps clients troubleshoot what might be causing pain and discomfort in their body and discusses ways to make small adjustments that create greater results.
When not in the treatment room, you can find her knitting, sharing bits of knowledge recently learned from a podcast, playing table top games, or hiking around this lovely state saying, “Oh wow…this is gorgeous.”
Katrina Terlikosky, LMT, CA
East West College of the Healing Arts, 2006
Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Craniosacral, Thai
Katrina has been a licensed therapist in Portland for 10 years. She believes that each person’s body has the innate intelligence to move towards health and wholeness and sees her role as a guide in that process. The devotion of her practice lies in supporting this goal. She integrates multiple styles into her sessions where she can tailor them to the client’s specific needs.
She has a cat named Wittle, loves the ocean and likes to explore the outdoors as long as she can stay warm while doing so!
Michele Stokes, LMT, CA
East-West College of the Healing Arts, 1995
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Pregnancy, Trigger Point, Reflexology, and Reiki
Michele has a B.A. in Dance and English. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Esthetician and Fitness Instructor.
She has been a Massage Therapist for over 20 years and has worked in a number of capacities, including Wellness clinics, Spas, Chiropractic offices, Health clubs, private practice, and on-site chair massage.
To Michele, the most important aspect of therapeutic treatment is listening to and observing clients in order to anticipate individual needs and sensitivities. She also incorporates comfort and warmth into each massage treatment.
Haley Greenstein LMT
Haley is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Skidmore College in upstate New York, and received her yoga teaching certification from YogaWorks in NYC.
Her practice blends Swedish, myofascial, deep tissue, structural, stretching, and craniosacral techniques, and she works both intuitively and with a detailed knowledge of the body. Sessions are tailored to address the unique needs of each client, with the intention of bringing balance, awareness, and ease.
Shannon Dooley LMT
East West College of the Healing Arts, 2017
Originally from upstate NY, Shannon moved to Portland in 2007. After time spent in the community mental health field, she became interested in massage therapy as another approach to helping people in their healing process. Shannon is fascinated by how being present and more at ease in our bodies effects the way we move through the world. Her massage style includes; Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Structural Integration, Tui Na, Craniosacral therapy and combines techniques from the different modalities she’s studied for therapeutic, client centered treatments.
Shannon enjoys all things creative, performing, reading, and her little dog, too.
Michelle Caldwell, LMT, CA
Massage Therapist, Chiropractic Assistant
East West College of the Healing Arts, 2010
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Acupressure, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Reiki, Myofascial Release
Michelle Caldwell was originally inspired to pursue massage therapy for its basis in an intimate understanding of the human form and anatomical movement after studying life drawing. Taking an interest in figure drawing and painting while simultaneously observing and appreciating the effectiveness of holistic medicine, she has developed a working understanding of muscular structures and how the condition of such structures plays a crucial role in holistic health. Michelle has earned a degree in Fine Art from Portland State University since beginning her career as a licensed massage therapist and has traveled extensively while maintaining her massage practice before returning home to Portland.
Holiday Sloan, LMT
As a former wildlife biologist recovering from a field injury, Holiday Sloan discovered the amazing benefits of alternative modalities of healing. She became intrigued by the power of touch in aiding the body’s innate ability to heal. Therefore she switched careers in 2004 and attended East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland. Holiday employs bodywork techniques that effectively target the painful or tense areas of the body with a combination of trigger point therapy, deep tissue, myofascial release and Structural Relief Therapy based on her client’s needs. She loves to problem solve difficult injuries and continue to perfect her skills through research and advanced bodywork classes. Although, her massage clients are her best instructors! Her favorite aspect of the job is aiding her clients on how to prevent or improve their health issues themselves. Her love of the outdoors includes hiking, backpacking, yoga, organic gardening, and any activity involving animals.