Dr. Ian Nurse founded Wellness in Motion Boston with a strong background in the conservative care of soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve) injuries. He has successfully treated a range of patients–Olympic level runners; professional and recreational athletes; A-list movie stars; musicians; individuals dealing with work-related injuries; grandparents seeking more active/pain-free lives with their families.
As a marathon runner for the past fifteen years, Dr. Nurse has endured many overuse injuries of his own. Unwilling to accept the typical response: “If it hurts when you run, you should stop;” that he received when seeking relief from his various injuries, Dr. Nurse turned to chiropractic and Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.). Not only did his training and racing improve, but he also found his calling. Dr. Nurse thrives to help those whose lives and hobbies are limited by pain and discomfort.
Focusing on the critical relationship between human locomotion and the soft tissues that drive movement, Dr. Nurse addresses an injury by finding the root of the problem and not just treating the symptoms. As every injury has its own chronology and pattern, Dr. Nurse utilizes a patient’s history, as well as a thorough biomechanical and soft tissue assessment to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. While each injury’s treatment requires its own strategy, overall outcome goals are similar:
· Restore proper biomechanics and soft tissue function;
· Improve general range of motion of the involved joint;
· Increase power and strength of the involved tissues;
· Decrease frequency, duration and intensity of symptoms;
· Reduce the chance of re-occurrence.
Dr. Nurse is a fully certified Active Release Techniques provider with experience focused on the spine, lower extremity and upper extremity. He is also a certified provider of Graston Technique. Like A.R.T., Graston Technique safely and conservatively treats scar tissue and fascial adhesions through detection and effective break down of scar tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation.
An avid athlete, Dr. Nurse has run in hundreds of road races all over the world. He continues to train competitively in hopes of improving on his personal best marathon time. This commitment to training has given him a unique understanding of the mental and physical demands of endurance training. Aside from running, he enjoys photography (actually most of the photos on this web site are his), reading, cycling, hiking, soccer, lacrosse and experiencing the outdoors.
Dr. Nurse is currently the team chiropractor for the John Hancock Invited Elite Runners of the Boston Marathon. He graduated Cum Laude at both Western States Chiropractic College of Portland, Oregon and Colby College of Waterville, Maine.
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Growing up, Chandra had the unique experience of visiting a chiropractor who taught her to use strength and balance to improve form and function. She was able to carry these ideas into her collegiate athletic career, helping her Nordic Ski team clench the USCSA National title in 2007. While working towards her Athletic Training degree at the University of Maine she was able to develop her diagnostic and rehabilitation skills. She further developed her interest in preventative care on the sidelines of the University of Maine Football team and at the Aroostook Medical Center.
Chandra’s search for additional methods to encourage activity, maintain a healthy and pain-free lifestyle lead Chandra to New York Chiropractic College. While there she was able to focus on soft tissue techniques and conservative management of issues related to poor biomechanics. At NYCC she treated a variety of cases at the University of Buffalo student clinic and was selected for an exclusive internship at the VA hospital in Rochester, New York. She gained additional experience working as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Chiropractic Assistant at a Training Center in Buffalo.
Since returning to Boston, Chandra has worked alongside Dr. Thomas Michaud in a practice focused on maximizing athletic potential through integrating strength and flexibility. Chandra specializes in biomechanical evaluations of gait and running form, and corrections with orthotics and muscle re-education.
Chandra has been able to share her passion for the outdoors and staying active by coaching Junior teams in New England as well as the New Zealand Junior National Nordic Ski team. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, trail running and training for ski marathons. Chandra is currently attempting to teach herself Russian, with mixed results.
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A Rochester New York native, Dr. Bryan Kent is a 2016 graduate of New York Chiropractic College with highest honors. In addition to his doctor, Dr. Kent is a licensed Acupuncturist with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. While in school Dr. Kent spent over 200 hours obtaining advanced certificates and training in Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.), myofascial decompression therapy, traditional Chinese fire cupping, ConnectX Instrument Assisted Myofascial Therapy, Myofascial Taping by Rock Tape, and Advanced Joint Manipulation with the Motional Palpation Institute to name a few.
As a practitioner, Dr. Kent believes that every person is an athlete. Whether racing marathons or triathlon, performing heavy deadlifts and deep squats, cycling through your daily vinyasa, going for walk with the pooch or picking up your kids for a hug, you’re an athlete because you move! That movement is the fundamental function of life and vitality. Dr. Kent’s mission is to have you moving at your most optimal level and to get you back to doing what you love, better than before you were treated.
Dr. Kent has a long history with movement and sports. While in high school he excelled as a runner but also on stage dancing and performing. During college Dr. Kent was a three-season varsity athlete racing Cross Country, and Indoor and Outdoor track. On the track he specialized in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races with the occasional 1500 meter race if his coach was feeling extra spicy. After college Dr. Kent pursued a career as a professional triathlete racing for team USA triathlon at the amateur world Championships. After two years of hard training and racing, Dr. Kent ultimately missed his professional triathlon license narrowly and decided it was time to returned to his hometown to prepare for Chiropractic school.
While in California, Dr. Kent began using Crossfit as a way to get stronger for Triathlon. It wasn’t long before he was hooked and he has continued to develop a passion for body weight movement, kettle bells, olympic lifting, and of course good the old fashion Crossfit “WOD”. Dr. Kent views each day as an opportunity to move with increased proficiency regardless of what kind of movement that may be. Dr. Kent is currently preparing to return to racing triathlon and foot races after a 4 year “off season” during his professional education. He is looking forward to serving the communities he loves in Boston.
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Dr. Justine Paula holds her chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport, and prior to this received her bachelors in kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In addition, she has continued her education with various certifications including Active Release (ART) and Graston Techniques, as well as the Selective Functional Movement Screen. She also holds her strength and conditioning specialist certification.
Having a pull towards fitness and a career in healthcare, chiropractic always felt to be the right fit. Getting people out of pain and moving with more confidence has been a passion of hers throughout her career thus far serving the Greater Boston community. She enjoys working with patients of diverse backgrounds—from expectant mothers to retirees and everyone in between. She believes firmly that there is no one single cookie cutter approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints, and having a treatment plan catered towards your specific needs and body is especially important.
Justine does her best to practice what she preaches by staying active as much as possible. As a former fitness instructor, there is no exercise she will not try! Her personal favorites are spinning, lifting weights, and aerial arts [think Cirque du Soleil]. When not in the office or the gym, she enjoys attempting to bake and spending time with her friends and family.
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