Meet The Doctors

  • Murray Smith
    DC
    Doctor of Chiropractic

    I was born and raised in Port Angeles so I have legitimate webbed toes and speak fluent rain.  Most of my formative years were outdoors playing sports, hiking, fishing or hunting.  My first experience with chiropractic came while playing basketball in high school.  I 'tweaked' my low back landing funny during a rebound.  By the next day I could hardly stand up and at practice that afternoon I wasn't any better.  That night after practice Dr. Irvine, my basketball coach and a chiropractor, adjusted me and by the following day I was 100%.  Oh, to be 18 again!  During junior college I would occasionally 'tweak' my back and Dr. Irvine would get me upright in no time.  That's was the extent of my chiropractic experience.

    Between my sophomore and junior year of college, while studying pre-med, I was working near the Hoh river building logging road when I suffered a significant injury to my low back and was taken to the hospital in Port Angeles where an emergency physician, my family doctor and an orthopedist were summoned to examine me.  No one could tell me what I had done to my back but sent me home with muscle relaxers and some strong pain meds.  After lying in the middle of my mother's living room floor for 2 weeks without improvement, crawling to and from the bathroom, I finally called Dr. Irvine.  After the first adjustment I couldn't stand up straight but could walk on my own.  What a relief that was.  Within a few weeks I could run again.  This chiropractic thing was cool.

    That back injury substantially cut short my summer income and I was unable to stay at WSU to finish my pre-med studies.  I returned to Port Angeles and worked full-time for a commuter airline and continued college part time at nights for the next 4 years working towards a degree in business administration and learning to fly.  And married Cheryl.  Pretty good life but something was missing and after talking with Dr. Irvine one day it struck me that chiropractic was calling me.  My darling wife was less called but humored me.  I finished my organic chemistry that summer at Portland State and was enrolled at Western States Chiropractic College in September of 1981.  I graduated in 1985, practiced with another chiropractor for almost a year then struck out on my own and have been in the Olympia/Tumwater area ever since.  Cheryl and I have a small farm and she teaches people how to ride and have more fun with their horses.  My daughter, Kelsy, lives in a 1901 house that was part of the original homestead on our property and graduated from Western Washington University in 2009.  I continue to love the outdoors and have an affliction my family and staff call 'Fish-a-holism.'

    Over the years I've taken hundreds of hours of continuing education classes.  I've completed the 3 year diplomate program in chiropractic orthopedics, the first year of a masters in clinical nutrition, dozens of hours in physical rehabilitation and too many others to list.  I can hardly wait for the next class as I continue to love learning about the amazing human body.  Hardly a day goes by that I don't have a 'wow!' over the way the body functions and is able to heal itself.

    Over the years I've come to appreciate that my patients want quick relief from their pain and don't want to make any more trips to the office than necessary.  My first priority is to determine what's wrong and find a way to get their pain under control.  I do my best to explain to my patients what is wrong.  Next is to engage them in a program to stabilize their condition so it is less likely to show its ugly self in the future.  Along the way I love to teach nutrition, wellness and prevention.  In the process of the healing I may recommend massage, acupuncture or physical therapy in addition to a home exercise program.  When additional information or treatment outside the clinic is needed I have a network of other physicians, imaging centers and therapists I've worked with for an integrative answer to the solutions.  I will work with the primary care provider to assist in my patient's recovery.  I will also ask my patients to be an active participant in their care and not become a victim of the healthcare monster.

    Those who read my newsletters and most of the material on this website will see it's not real polished.  I was not an English major so forgive me for my boo boos but the majority has come directly from me. 

  • Brent Manley
    DC
    Doctor of Chiropractic

    My background provided me with the opportunity of learning and expanding my appreciation of different beliefs and cultures. I was born and raised in northern California and spent the other half of my childhood living in Kenya. When I was 14, and playing rugby with friends, I injured my ribs and that was my first experience as a chiropractic patient. I felt so much relief, following my treatment, just being able to breathe better again without pain.

    Returning to the US at 17, I finished high school and started college, working towards a degree in architecture. While I enjoyed architecture, I realized that I needed to be doing something more fulfilling. Something that would allow me to work with my hands and help people at the same time.

    In my 20’s, I was able to spend some time observing my grandfather working in his chiropractic office. From just a few sessions, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology from Portland State University and my doctorate in chiropractic from Life West Chiropractic College. I have spent the past 25 years living in the Northwest and I love being outdoors, hiking, camping and photography.

    Over the years that I have spent in practice, I have combined a few different techniques to provide the best adjustment. The most common techniques I use are Gonstead, Receptor-Tonus (Nimmo) and Diversified. Having had experience working in the construction trades in the past I have a unique perspective as to the physical challenges experienced.

    As a chiropractor, I am dedicated to working with patients to help them improve their personal vitality by reducing pain and increasing their function so that they can live life to the fullest.

  • Emberly Slavin
    LAc, EAMP
    Licensed Acupuncturist

    Having the privilege of growing up in the beautiful state of Washington , I indulged myself in outdoor activities and team sports as an adolescent. I was only 12 when I acquired a debilitating sports injury that lead me to the discovery of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. With the help of Traditional Chinese Medicine I was able to continue my rigorous athletic routine pain free. A few years later, I whimsically decided to be a teachers aid in our schools Life Skills class. Little did I know the students surrounding me would spark the greatest passion of my life, the passion to help others. I found that in moment of their greatest struggles, I had the utmost patience and understanding that encouraged them to be their best selves. At this point, the realization of wanting to help others on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels was profound. The life changing experiences I had with those students combined with the healing benefits I received from Chinese Medicine lead me to purse a career as an East Asian Medical Practitioner. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we embrace the concept of the body and mind being connected as an integrated whole. If there arises an imbalance between them, we feel pain, discomfort, and emotional distress among other symptoms of disharmony. Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture and a variety of other treatment techniques to harmonize these imbalances. All of which have been proven effective based off of thousands of years of methodical observation, trial and error, and basic instinct. My primary goal in treatment is to stimulate the body's natural self-healing abilities, which improve quality of life and help patients reach their maximum level of health. I look forward to working with you to attain and sustain the level of health you seek - mind, body, and spirit. 

    Education & Experience:

      1. BA with an emphasis in Health Science from The Evergreen State College
      2. Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University 
      3. Intern Acupuncturist at Bastyr Center for Natural Health
      4. Intern Acupuncturist at the following off-site shifts: Providence Mount Saint Vincent, & Neighborcare Health (at Columbia City)
      5. Externship in Shanghai, China at Shuguan & Longua Hospitals including departments of Tramatology, Internal Medicine, & Gynecology 

    • Melanie Bennett B.S. LMP
      Licensed Massage Therapist

      Melanie graduated from The Evergreen State College and then attended Seattle Massage School in Fife, Washington and began practicing in 1993. She has worked here at Eastside Chiropractic since 1995 and is a provider for most insurance companies. Melanie believes that massage is beneficial for people of all ages, either to address a specific condition of injury or to promote relaxation for better overall health and wellness. She uses a range of techniques that includes Swedish Massage, deep tissue, myofascial, neuromuscular and trigger point work intra-orally for jaw related problems. Away from work Melanie enjoys gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family. 

    • Eric Gorski B.S. LMP
      Licensed Massage Therapist

      Originally from Lacey, WA, Eric is graduate of Saint Martins College and Ashmead School of Massage. He specializes in injury treatment and recovery and love to work with athletes - helping them maximize their potential in whatever sport or activity they participate in. He's worked with golfers, bicyclists, runners, hikers, backpackers, and a few triathletes along the way. Eric's technique is a marriage of traditional massage styles, integrating stretching, heat, ice, and focused pressure that your body can use to facilitate healing. Eric also has experience with pregnancy massage and can offer you seated massage as well. 

      In his 'spare time' Eric loves to golf, backpack, fly fish, build models, read history, travel, cook, and have a laugh with his good friends and family. He has been married for 8 years to a beautiful girl from Montana. They have 3 crazy cats. 

    • Lindsay Tirko B.S. LMP
      Licensed Massage Therapist

      Lindsay Tirko is a native Washingtonian and was born and raised in Tumwater.  She earned her Certificate - Massage Therapy from Bodymechanics School of Massage in Olympia.  Lindsay has over 17 years of experience as massage therapist here at Eastside Chiropractic Services.  Her bodywork specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Injury Rehab massage.  Lindsay works with patients of all ages and physical abilities.  She enjoys working closely with other healthcare professionals helping patients recover from injuries, reduce chronic pain, and increase their quality of life. When not doing bodywork, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family.

    • Misti Knoll B.S. LMP
      Licensed Massage Therapist

      Bio Coming Soon!

    • Shelly Anderson B.S. LMP
      Licensed Massage Therapist

      Bio Coming Soon!

    • Michael Jensen B.S. Exercise Physiologist
      Corrective Exercise

      Mike Jensen is a Thurston County native. Born and raised in Tenino, Jensen grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. Jensen was an athlete at Tenino High School, participating in track and football throughout his four years. Upon graduation, he attended Central Washington University where he increased his interest, and involvement, in sports as part of the CWU track team as a thrower. His training for the field led him to earn a degree in Exercise Science. Jensen’s degree included an internship at the CWU health center where he experienced, and instructed others on, the benefits of exercise as medicine including assistance with weight loss and functional movement. After graduation Jensen began putting his sports and exercise science background to good use at Tenino High School as the head track coach as well as assisting with the football team. Jensen has worked at Eastside Chiropractic since 2015 as a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. At the Tumwater office Jensen works alongside Dr. Smith to help people create home stretching and exercises programs.