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.
Tina Cameli, LMT, CA
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Specific Massage
Tina became interested in alternative health care while seeking chiropractic and massage treatment for a sports-related injury. The therapy helped her to stay active in the sport she loves, Ultimate Frisbee. Tina utilizes a variety of soft tissue techniques, depending on the clients’ needs and preferences. Her deeper muscle work is accomplished by using passive range of motion with medium to deep pressure. Tina encourages clients to make changes that will help them heal by incorporating stretches and paying attention to posture. She enjoys learning new techniques to incorporate into her work. Tina is highly interested in the mind body spirit connection and is happy to be helping others achieve health and well-being.
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
Deep Tissue, Energetic work, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Swedish, Trigger PointsBeth 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.”
Manda Buttitta, LMT, CA
Deep Tissue & Myofascial Release with influences from structural bodywork, Thai, Tui Na, Craniosacral therapy, and yogaManda has been a licensed massage therapist since spring 2015 and a yoga instructor since 2004. She believes finding ease in the body and breath helps to foster a sense of flow in all aspects of life, and loves massage therapy for its contributions to pain reduction, body awareness and connection.
Manda interests also include gardening, knitting, dancing, hiking, traveling around the world, bad puns, and community-created art.
Michele Stokes, LMT, CA
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Pregnancy, Trigger Point, Reflexology, and ReikiMichele 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.
Linda Dima, LMT, CA
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Specific Massage, Structural Integration and Cranial Sacral TherapyLinda utilizes a variety of modalities to bring about change in all her massage sessions depending on the clients’ individual needs. Often these sessions are aimed toward decreasing muscular tension and increasing range of motion. As a Certified Yoga Instructor some focus on stretching, movement and alignment is integrated as an important component to enhance balance, rejuvenate the nervous system and to instill deep relaxation.
Katrina Terlikosky, LMT, CA
Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Craniosacral, ThaiKatrina 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!