I am a chiropractor, mom, wife, and daughter. I graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University and opened Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center in 2009. My passion for family care, pregnancy and pediatrics and working with kids started when I was young. I grew up in an in-home daycare, and have been around kids for what feels like my entire life. I didn’t decide to specialize in pediatrics and prenatal care until my trip to New Zealand in 2007. While I was there, I studied and worked with children and pregnant moms that often had significant health challenges and saw them get healthy through chiropractic care. That experience led me back to Minnesota to continue my education and specialization in pediatrics, prenatal, and family care. I received my pediatric specialization training (CACCP) through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (www.icpa4kids.org) and continually expand my knowledge every year on how to help babies/children and pregnant moms.

After my husband Jay and I got married, we moved to Vadnais Heights and moved Family First Chiropractic and Wellness Center to White Bear Lake in January of 2014. We are blessed with three amazing kids; Alivia, Audrey, and Reid. We also have our beloved Goldendoodle named Ginger.

When I’m not at the office, I love being with my family, spending time outside, yoga, running, traveling, and a good cup of coffee!

Credentials and Training:
-Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
-Certified in Webster Technique, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (a specialized technique for pregnant moms)
-Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner (training involving using Spinning Babies techniques to help pregnant moms)
-Baby Bare Training (training involving childhood movement and brain development)
-Various specific adjusting techniques: MC2, TRT (tonal and low force/gentle techniques), Advanced Muscle Palpation, SOT, CranioSacral work, and Thompson Technique.

Member of:
-International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
-Paleo Physicians Network
-Spinning Babies Aware Practitioners

Dr. Ellie Kuenzi

Image of Dr. EllieI am originally from Northeast Wisconsin and now appreciate living in Minnesota! I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa after spending my undergrad years in Illinois. Immediately following graduation I returned to practice in Wisconsin before I found my way across the state to join the team at Family First Chiropractic.

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to empower people upon their health journey; however, I did not know what that was going to look like. I followed my gut to Chiropractic school and truly discovered my calling when I recognized how I could provide care in a holistic manner. My intuition was strengthened when I experienced serving families and kiddos overseas in Costa Rica and Haiti. After returning from the mission trips; my passion and zest for serving young kiddos was ignited. I began diving into training specific to pediatric, prenatal and family care. I love learning and always desire to better myself so I can best serve my community by providing quality care!

I played multiple sports growing up; however, tennis has always been my sport of choice! It has been a staple in my life from a young age all the way through my collegiate athlete days. Occasionally you’ll still find me competing on the court; however, now I’m just as likely to be coaching the sport!

I am a major dog lover and will quickly befriend any doggos around!
My favorite color is purple or anything with glitter that will shine.
I love anything warm and cozy such as fuzzy socks, soft blankets, and relaxing candles.

Credentials and Training:
-Certified in Webster Technique, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (a specialized technique for pregnant women)
-In progress: Perinatal Certification, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
-In progress: Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
-Various specific training techniques: MC2, MLS, SOT, McKenzie Method, Bio-Geometric Integration, Network Spinal, Syntropy, NIMMO-Receptor Tonus, Gonstead, Knee Chest Upper Cervical, and Thompson Technique

Member of:
-International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
-International Chiropractors Association
-Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin

Kristine Wendt

Office Manager & Director of amazing experiences

I am a native of Stillwater and spent a lot of time in the surrounding Twin Cities while I was growing up – arts, culture, sports, family time, education (Bethel University!)  and … all the lakes! 🙂

I ‘fell’ in love with Georgia which resulted in living in Georgia for about 12 years (Not as many lakes, the grass isn’t as fresh, but OH IS IT LOVELY in the South!). I had so many adventures in Georgia. I learned and grew so much. As a result of compelling life circumstances, I became fiercely awakened to the potential of our bodies and the encompassing components of being well. I learned to find upgrades in my own daily choices and I learned to love what being well might live like and look like, as a sustainable lifestyle. Since that initial growing season, I have loved functional medicine and the holistic approach to supporting and empowering our bodies to thrive.

I have spent many years serving (with some shenanigans too) families (in a variety of ways – education, discipleship, social justice, global exploration, and functional medicine!) to live whole, well, and together.  I love the power and potential of a family unit (Hey YOU! I believe in you!). It is a cherished gift that I get to spend time serving families and supporting vibrant living through Family First.

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