Meet Our Team at Living Well Chiropractic & Massage
Chiropractor Brian Kovara D.C.
My name is Dr. Brian Kovara and I was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. I was introduced to chiropractic care at age 20, (1994), following a severe injury to my lower back. After my father referred me to a chiropractor who had helped him, I was able to move from being barely-able-to-walk to resuming my active lifestyle as an athlete. It was then that I knew I wanted be a doctor of chiropractic. I enrolled at Northwestern College of Chiropractic and graduated in November 2000 when I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Biology as well as my Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
After graduation, I spent about a decade practicing in Illinois and Wisconsin. I have had a great fondness for the Pacific Northwest since I was a child, so I feel blessed to finally be able to call this area my home and to improve the quality of lives in Kitsap County. I continue to take post graduate courses in sports medicine, spinal decompression, pediatrics and nutrition. My focus is on improving or restoring others to their fundamental vitality. I have a particular fondness for working with families, not just adults.
Being a father of three, I have a passion for keeping my children living well so they receive regular chiropractic adjustments. Of course being married to my brilliant and beautiful wife April makes everything in life better. We both embrace family time and being active in this community.
My other interests include being active in sports, biking and reading.
Office Manager, April Blanchard Kovara
My name is April Blanchard Kovara and I was raised in Illinois and have lived in Texas, California, Wisconsin and Washington. I am so blessed to be working each and everyday with my husband Brian to provide quality care to our community here on Bainbridge Island. It is a joy to get to know each of our patients and see them through their care. My favorite aspect of living in the Pacific Northwest is having access to so much natural beauty: mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean and every activity you can think of. I also don’t mind those rainier days that make it easy to cozy up with our kids and be lazy in front of the fire or a good movie.
Massage Therapist, Brigette Milne, LMP
My name is Brigette Milne and I grew up on Bainbridge Island and have lived here all my life. I acquired my training from The Massage School at the Cortiva Institute in Seattle, Washington. I’ve been working with Living Well since 2012. I’m trained in diverse methods: Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular and Sports Rehab Massage. I am so happy that I can stay here on the island and help local families take care of themselves and feel better in their bodies. When I’m not working at Living Well, I’m hiking with friends and family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Valerie Teeter has been passionate about the health and wellness field since she was 5 years old. From a very early age her heart for helping people was evident. Valerie was known for her quick medical sense and her calm nature in times of emergency. As she grew up, she knew she wanted to do something in the medical field and dreamed of being the physician for the Seattle Seahawks, of course! After graduating high school in California, Valerie returned to her home state of Washington and graduated with honors in medical assistant program. With a family background in the armed forces, Valerie also had the desire to serve her country and joined the US Air Force in 1997. As a health care administrator, during her tour of duty she served in various offices such as; medical records, unity clerk, vital statistics and emergency room administration before being honorably discharged in 2003/ After the Air Force, Valerie served again at a local naval base, working in recreation and security until she married in 2007.
Valerie’s passion for the medical field never ceased and in 2012 she returned to school and earned her degree as a licensed massage therapist. In 2013, she moved to California where she served as a stay at home mom to her 2 children, Siler & Saige and pursued being an entrepreneur in the health and wellness industry. Upon returning to Washington and the workforce, Valerie joined the Living Well team in April 2017.
Valerie aspires to re-license as a massage therapist here in Washington in therapeutic massage and energy work, such as Reiki. Her desire to continue in the health and wellness field is fueled by her own struggles with fibromyalgia and her yearning to health others. She believes in a wholistic approach to health for her family making sure all have regular spinal checks and proper nutrition.
Massage Therapist, Mackenzie Rivers, LMP
From a young age I found my feet carrying me down a path that was riddled with solutions to questions I hadn’t thought to ask concerning the world around me. I saw how fulfilling and needed healing was throughout not just my own life but those around me. I then spent what has now been a good chunk of my existence, fueled by passion for ever growing knowledge, working to expand my understanding and continual growth as a medical professional. Due to the very nature of massage and the ability to effectively and competently create change in what burdens people, I find that this very aspect is what gives me the drive and confidence to continue in such a profession and grow.
Becoming a licensed massage therapist was brought about during my studying of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During my studies, I learned about how completely connected all systems of the body are and how massage can ease, and in many cases, correct many muscular issues while bringing people mental peace. Over the course of my travels which have come to include various areas on nearly all continents I have come to learn, more so, how important it is to be healthy in the trinity of mind, body, and spirit. Learning of therapeutic massage and the many varied types and applications of massage has brought me to a more medical side of massage where I provide care for those with few to many dysfunctions. I am blessed to work in a field where I can bring positive change to people’s lives.
|Monday||9:00am - 1:00pm|
3:00pm - 6:00pm
|Tuesday||2:00pm - 6:00pm|
|Wednesday||9:00am - 1:00pm|
3:00pm - 6:00pm
|Friday||9:00am - 1:00pm|
3:00pm - 6:00pm
|Saturday||9:00am - 11:00am|
2nd & 4th Saturdays