DR. TODD THISTLE, DC, CCSP®
Dr. Thistle was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was raised in San Diego, California. He spent most of his childhood either in the ocean or on a sports field with the San Diego weather making it easy to be outside all the time. The active culture allowed Dr. Thistle to learn early on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
At the age of 18 and during his first year of undergraduate studies, Dr. Thistle became a certified Personal Trainer and that was his primary work experience, until he started Chiropractic school, 10 years later. Dr. Thistle has been a Personal Trainer in both public and private settings and spent two years working with the San Diego Padres Baseball Club and the club’s owner as a Personal Trainer and Rehabilitation Consultant.
Upon receiving his B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), Dr. Thistle was at a crossroads – teach English or pursue health and wellness. The possibilities offered by becoming a Chiropractor were powerful and he found himself at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, despite never having been to a Chiropractor himself. The chiropractic philosophy and approach to health aligned perfectly with Dr. Thistle’s own beliefs and so he took a leap of faith and has never looked back.
Since graduating from the University of Western States in 2007, the vast majority of Dr. Thistle’s post-graduate education has been focused on Sports Medicine and all aspects of assessing and treating athletes of various levels. Dr. Thistle earned his Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and has since also been certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) soft tissue therapy, as well as Functional Movement Systems (FMS). Dr. Thistle’s thirst for learning and improving as a physician has not been quenched and his latest accomplishment is certification by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) – the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.
In the athletic arena, Dr. Thistle has competed in many events throughout the years: multi-stage adventure races, mud races, road races and triathlons, including finishing the 2009 Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon. Dr. Thistle has embraced these events as a continual example of the triumph of the human spirit and is driven every day to create an inspiration in others that will motivate them to pursue and achieve more than they ever thought physically possible.
Dr. Thistle is a delighted husband to a tolerant wife and a proud father to 4 young boys. When away from the clinic, he can usually be found taking “man walks” with his boys through a forest, trying to make healthy (and edible) pancakes or reading the latest issue of Surfer magazine.
CHAZ SNEDICOR, LMT #13029
I completed my massage therapy training in 2006 in Oregon. Excited and ready to expand my field of practice to Oregon athletes and those in need of rehabilitative massage due to injury and chronic pain. I am exceptionally invested in each of my clients and carefully tailor their treatment plan around their specific needs.
I find my work very fulfilling and enjoy watching the transformation of my clients’ health and well-being as their injuries improve and they begin to live pain-free.
I specialize in Therapeutic Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Swedish Massage. Being a recreational athlete, I am able to perceive and respond to the needs of the body. I have been treating chronic pain and sports related injuries since 2007 in Chiropractic Offices. I am eager to work with athletes and their instructors to help them reach their top performance.
ALEXANDRA “SASHA” SCAMARONE, LAc
Alexandra “Sasha” Scamarone is a board-certified acupuncturist licensed in the state of Oregon. Sasha spent her early days in North Carolina, where she ran cross-country and track in high school and later took up yoga, biking and salsa dancing. Physical activity has always brought her great joy and she is passionate about helping people regain and optimize their function and health with acupuncture and other Chinese medicine therapies.
Sasha completed a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in 2012, graduating with Honors in Research. She has received post-graduate training in sports medicine acupuncture, combining Western orthopedic assessment with acupuncture in the treatment of sports injuries and musculoskeletal pain. Sasha has helped patients recover more quickly from surgery and auto and work-related injuries, as well as working with elite athletes to expedite injury recovery and optimize sports performance.
Sasha has been in professional clinical practice since 2013. She has worked in a variety of settings, including a one-year clinical rotation at the OHSU Richmond Family Medicine Clinic and a two-and-a-half-year post-graduate clinical internship, where she received mentorship from two senior acupuncturists from China. She has also treated patients at a busy integrative urgent care clinic and an integrative primary care clinic, working collaboratively with a chiropractor and primary care providers. She spent her first three years in private practice at a physical therapy clinic, working closely with the physical therapy team on patient care. She is a strong proponent of an integrative approach to healthcare.
Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Sasha had an eight-year career in language education. She completed a B.A. in Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Iowa. Sasha taught in universities in Mexico, France and the United States, as well as at a local-area Waldorf high school. She is fluent in Spanish and French.
Outside of work, you will find her spending time in nature, cooking or salsa dancing with her husband and son.
JILL MARONDE, M.S. HOLISTIC NUTRITION
My passion is helping children and adolescents with anxiety, mood and behavioral issues through food.
Have you ever found yourself scanning the aisles of your grocery store wondering, “why can’t it just be easy to eat well?” All I can say is, you’re not alone. And you’re in the right place.
I’m here to tell you that just about anyone can achieve optimal health and wellness–even your picky eight-year-old or stubborn teenager. And it doesn’t have to involve complex diets or restriction. In fact, it can be easy and enjoyable for the whole family.
Ready to inspire your kids to achieve their full potential?
RENE MENDEZ, CLINIC MANAGER
I am a native of the Portland area and I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer. I enjoy being outdoors and being active. Running, hiking, biking, and working out has always been a big part of my life. I have two beautiful daughters that are both in college. My favorite vacation spot is Sunriver where we have our annual family get-togethers. I have worked in the customer service industry for many years and helping people is my passion. I am excited to be apart of the team here at Thistle Chiropractic & Sports where I can once again have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
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