Meet The Team!
Dr. rion Marcus
Dr. Rion Marcus is an Albuquerque native and a graduate of UNM where he earned a degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at University of Western States in Portland OR. He uses many chiropractics techniques including the Palmer method and diversified.
Dr. Marcus has advanced training certificates in Active Release Technique® and Graston® soft tissue therapies, and uses Kinesio® taping protocols. He has treated elite distance runners, rock climbers, professional cyclists, Ironman triathletes, MMA and UFC fighters, and bull-riders in addition to “weekend warriors”.
His chiropractic technique considers movement and functional evaluation to 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!
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. 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. 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. Amanda Smith
Chiropractic Sports Physician
Dr. Smith, originally from Pennsylvania, attended the University of Alabama where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology/ Premed, with a minor in Exercise Physiology. While competing in cross-country & track, she had recurring stress fractures. Finding relief via Chiropractic adjustments, in the wake of failed medical treatment & PT led to her decision to complete her Doctorate in this field.
While earning her doctorate in Chiropractic and masters in Sport Health Science at Life University in Georgia, Dr Smith not only treated college athletes locally, but she also spent time at the Olympic Training Center, USATF Nationals and the Olympic Trials. She thrives on helping athletes achieve their goals.
Dr. Smith has worked extensively with medical doctors and physical therapists, as well as with runners, cyclists and swimmers. She is proficient in creating training plans, rehab exercises, bike fitting, gait analysis, cupping, and orthotics.
She has post doctoral credentials such as CCEP, CSCS & CCSP. These qualify her as a sports physician, extremity expert and strength & conditioning specialist. She is also certified in Active Release Technique, Graston, and Dry Needling.
In her spare time Dr Smith is biking, swimming, running, skiing & racing with friends.
Melissa’s interest in holistic health began when she discovered and started practicing yoga. After completing a registered yoga teacher training, she began teaching yoga regularly and experienced first hand how important it is to tend to our bodies as well as our minds. To further her education and scope of practice, she studied to become a licensed massage therapist and trained at NMCC to perform laser therapy. In her leisure time, you can find her hiking, cooking, painting, and spending quality time with her loved ones.
Jed was born in Texas, where he lived until he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia at the age of 8. When he turned 16, he moved back to the states to attend a boarding school in Tennessee. After high school he attended University of Texas and earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. He went on to complete certifications in Massage Therapy-2010, Aquatic Therapy-2011, and Micro Current Point Stimulation Acupuncture-2012 in Florida. He is passionate about utilizing all the tools, techniques and knowledge he has gained over the years to help patients get better and stay that way.
Jed is an avid traveler and has visited over 30 countries in his life. He loves surfing, climbing, and long distant hiking. He has hiked over 5,000 miles through his years of travel and adventures.
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.
Erin is a California native born in the Sierra Nevada’s. She moved to Santa Fe, NM at the age of six and spent majority of her childhood there. After moving to Roswell, NM at 16, she earned her high school diploma from Goddard High School.
In 1999 she enrolled at New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics to study Massage Therapy. After graduating, she went on to become Nationally Certified and Licensed with the state of New Mexico. She began to practice along side her father in his Doctor of Oriental Medicine practice. During this time her mother who was the office manager for the practice became terminally ill. Erin stepped in to that role and ran his very busy and successful practice full time for 7 years until she relocated to Albuquerque in 2016.
Erin joined the NMCC family in June 2016 as Clinic Director. Erin’s role is handling everyday clinic operations, co-ordination/supervision of staff, dealing with all aspects of insurance billing and collecting as well as addressing any patient concerns or complaints.
Erin is a busy mom of two boys. She loves the outdoors, camping and going to concerts. She is very passionate about topics relating to natural/alternative therapies and treatments. She dreams of someday fulling her dream to study Midwifery and help women receive the knowledge, treatment, respect and options they deserve during pregnancy and birth.
Kasey, a New Mexico native, has a background in healthcare, both in and out of state. She studied Emergency Medicine for a time at CNM, has worked in hospitals, was a Veterinarian Technician, and now she is here with us at NMCC!
Since joining our practice Kasey has learned firsthand about the importance of chiropractic care, especially after her atlas was adjusted by Dr. Albers.
Outside of work Kasey enjoys being outdoors with her partner and their two dogs. She also loves to horseback ride and spend time on their ranch.
Practice Representative & Marketing Coordinator
Ashley Turner is a freelance artist specializing in photography and hand lettering. With endless creativity and an eye for design, she helps us maintain our social media platforms, designs marketing materials, and interacts with the community to inform them about the many treatments we offer here at NM Chiro Center.
Raised in Southern California, Ashley graduated from Glendora High School in 2004. Shortly after, her family moved to Las Cruces, NM where 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.
After moving to Albuquerque in 2013, Ashley had the opportunity to expand her love and knowledge of hand lettering by creating chalkboard menu signage for Marble Brewery, which she still continues to update. After traveling to Boulder, CO for a one-on-one pointed pen calligraphy workshop with one of her favorite artists, she immersed herself in the world of hand lettering. Fast forward a few years and now she teaches calligraphy + hand lettering workshops of her own and continues to create freelance lettered signage.
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.