Dr. Rion Marcus
Dr. Rion Marcus is a native of Albuquerque and a graduate of La Cueva High School and University of New Mexico where he earned a degree in biology. He pursued his dream of earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at University of Western States in Portland Oregon. Dr. Marcus uses many chiropractics techniques including the Palmer method and diversified. Apart from his practice, he is a member of EAGA and an active member in the “High IQ Society” Mensa International.
While at UWS, Dr. Marcus excelled in the treatment and rehabilitation of athletes and sports related injuries, in which he was a treating intern at the USA World Youth Track and Field Trials. He also had the privilege of treating the under-served communities throughout Portland with much needed chiropractic care.
Dr. Marcus has advanced training certificates in Active Release Technique® (A.R.T.) and Graston® soft tissue therapies. He also uses Kinesio® taping protocols. He has successfully treated elite distance runners, rock climbers, professional cyclists, Ironman triathletes, MMA and UFC fighters, and bull-riders in addition to “weekend warriors”.
His emphasis in chiropractic technique considers dynamic movement and functional evaluation to comprehensively address the underlying cause of disease, biomechanical dysfunction, and to improve overall physical ability and wellness. He utilizes several adjusting techniques that are safe and gentle for all considerations. Most people enjoy a dramatic improvement in the first few treatments. His youngest patient has been 2 days old and his eldest 98!!
Dr. Marcus is an avid outdoors-man, a family man, and loves the simple things in life. In his leisure time, he can be found hiking the Sandias, golfing, training his dogs, or scouting for his next outdoor adventure!
Dr. Alissa Albers
Chiropractic Physician & Atlas Orthogonal Specialist
Originally from South Dakota, Dr. Albers moved to Albuquerque in 1993. She attended La Cueva High School. In 2010, She graduated from the University of New Mexico and moved to Davenport, Iowa where she pursued chiropractic at Palmer College. While attending school, Dr. Albers specialized in infant adjustments, pregnancy and postpartum care for mothers, cranial sacral work and Atlas Orthogonal treatment.
What is Atlas Orthogonal technique?
Atlas Orthogonal is a gentle, low force, and effective chiropractic adjustment of the first bone of the neck (Atlas). This adjustment helps restore body balance and reactivates the body’s natural healing ability.
The upper portion of the spine and spinal cord is a direct continuation of the brain. It controls many of our essential functions and is vital to our health. Adjusting the atlas removes nerve pressure from the upper spine which allows the body to heal and recover without the need of drugs or surgery. Once corrected, the entire spine will realign and become more balanced.
Dr. Dominic Gutierrez
Dr. Dominic Gutierrez is a native of Albuquerque. He graduated from Saint Pius X High School then went on to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he earned a degree in Biology and Chemistry. Even though he comes from a family of dentists, he pursued his passion for chiropractic and attended Life University School of Chiropractic in Atlanta, Georgia.
While attending Life University, Dr. Gutierrez became certified in the Thompson technique and the Pierce Results System. He also went on a chiropractic mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where he served many underprivileged towns and villages.
As an Albuquerque native, he has a deep passion to give back and serve our community. He is very family-oriented, which is why caring for people of all ages is so important to him.
Dr. Gutierrez enjoys spending time with his family, going on hikes with his dog, golfing, and skiing. For these reasons, Albuquerque will always be home!
Dr. Amanda Smith
Chiropractic Sports Physician
Dr. Smith, originally from Pennsylvania, moved to Alabama to pursue her undergraduate degree in Biology/ Premed, Exercise Physiology minor. She competed in cross-country & track but had a multiple reoccurring stress fractures resulting in a mediocre college career. Having zero success with MDs, PTs, ATCs or Dietitians, she finally found Chiropractic. The whole body approach was successful. Since getting adjusted, she has competed in marathons & triathlons on the national level with 0 injuries!
Dr. Smith moved to Atlanta to pursue her Doctorate in Chiropractic & Masters of Sport Health Science. While there, she worked regularly with Life University & Kennesaw State University’s athletes. She has spent time at the Olympic Training Center & had the opportunity to work in the medical tent at USATF nationals & Olympic trials.
Dr. Smith has work experience at MD & PTs office as well as running & cycling shops. She is knowledgeable in training plans, rehab exercises, bike fitting, gait analysis, cupping & orthotics.
She is currently certified in Active Release Technique & Graston while pursuing advanced certifications in strength, conditioning (CSCS), extremity adjusting (CCEP) & sports chiropractic (CCSP).
In her spare time she’s swimming, biking, running or having a beer with friends.
Erin joined NMCC in mid-2016 as clinic director Erin’s role is handing everyday clinic operations, coordination/supervision of staff, billing out all our services, coordinating our worker’s compensation, auto-injury and veteran’s care.
Erin in a California Native but moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico at age 6. Erin loves camping and other outdoor activities and is a busy wife and mom to two sons. She is passionate about topics relating to natural/alternative therapies and midwifery.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Melissa graduated form Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute, where she furthered her education of somatic therapies she has been cultivating as a long-time practitioner and teacher of Yoga. She is a Certified and registered Yoga instructor. She utilizes various bodywork modalities, including Myofascial Release and Trigger Point release, in a customized 30 or 60 min session.
Melissa is passionate about Holistic health and wellness. She devotes much of her personal time to studying and practicing massage and bodywork modalities, yoga and meditation. In her leisure time, you can find her hiking, cooking, painting and spending quality time with her loved ones.
Hilda was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She came to Albuquerque in 1997 with her 2 children. In 2009, she graduated from Apollo College with her bilingual medical assisting degree.
She has worked in a variety of clinical settings from assisted living to physical therapy and now chiropractic. Her career working in chiropractic offices began as a patient, and seeing how much chiropractic has changed her life, decided to stick with the profession. Her focus is quality patient care and attention to detail.
Outside of the office, she enjoys meeting new people and developing relationships. She also enjoys napping, reading, and taking walks. She’s a movie and music buff too!! But above all else, she loves her time spent with family.
Administrative Assistant & CBD Specialist
Chastity was born in Indiana but relocated to New Mexico in 1995. She has 18 years of customer service experience under her belt. Prior to NMCC, Chastity worked for a fountain company and a university here in Albuquerque. She loves people and truly enjoys seeing our patients feel better after their continued care here at NMCC!
Since joining NMCC in 2017, she has expanded her role in the office to educate and promote CBD products and how they impact the body’s ability to heal and manage pain. She is you go-to specialist for anything CBD-related.
Chastity is a wife and mother of five. She and her husband enjoy riding motorcycles with their friends in their free time here in the New Mexican desert.
Felisha, an Albuquerque native, graduated from Public Academy of Performing Arts. She then attended CNM and earned an Associates Degree in Business Management. Following CNM she attended PIMA Medical Institute and earned her Medical Assistant Degree there.
Felisha has worked in various medical centers. She’s done everything from medical assisting to working in the mental health field. Felisha was ready to change things up so she began looking into Chiropractic.
Since joining New Mexico Chiropractic Center, Felisha has come to love and appreciate Chiropractic. After suffering a car accident in 2015, it has transformed her, helped her heal, and has provided relief from her lingering pain.
Outside of work, Felisha enjoys hanging out with her two children. You can find Felisha spending time with her family, going to the gym, or attending the movies in her free time.
Practice Representative & Marketing Coordinator
Ashley Turner is a freelance artist specializing in photography and hand lettering. Raised in Southern California, she graduated from Glendora High School. Shortly after, her family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico and it was there that she earned an Associates Degree in Art from NMSU. With a background in amateur concert photography she decided to pursue Wedding and Portrait Photography and has been photographing professionally since 2010. Following her move to Albuquerque in 2013, Ashley soon had the opportunity to expand her love and knowledge of hand lettering and began creating chalkboard signage for Marble Brewery, which she continues to do to this day. After taking a pointed pen calligraphy workshop and immersing herself in the world of hand lettering, she now teaches her own calligraphy workshops and continues to take on freelance lettered signage opportunities.
With an eye for design and a knack for creativity, she helps us maintain our social media platforms, designs marketing material, and interacts with the community to inform them about the many treatments we offer here at NM Chiro Center.