Meet Our Team
Chiropractor Daniel Johns D.C., F.I.A.M.A, Cert. D.N.
Dr. Daniel Johns uses chiropractic care to improve the health and wellness in all areas of patient's lives, whether they are having problems with pain, fatigue, or just want to start feeling better when they wake up in the morning. Dr. Daniel Johns developed his passion for helping people achieve their optimal performance and health through chiropractic care. A graduate of National University of Health Sciences in Chicago he has attended numerous hours of continuing education to further his knowledge and expertise in areas such as rehabilitation, dry needling, nutrition, diagnostics, pre-natal and pediatric care. Dr. Johns had two practices in Miami which he sold, to move up to Annapolis with his wife. He has had the privilege of treating many professional athletes ranging from Olympic medalists, to NFL players, to professional tennis players and CrossFitters.
Dr. Johns is very involved with all patient treatments and utilizes many different techniques to create an individualized approach to treating each patients complaints. Every patient is a unique individual, as is their diagnosis, which means there are no pre-determined treatment protocols and patients are involved in all treatment decisions.
Dr. Johns founded Elevate Life to address the lack of whole person care that is pervasive in today's healthcare. His goal is to not only get people better and allow people to get more out of their life, but to provide a clinic where patients can feel at home and completely taken care of. At Elevate Life all patients are treated like a whole person and not a file number or diagnosis. The staff at Elevate Life will always go above and beyond to make each and every visit unforgettable and as pleasant as possible.
Physical Therapist Leslie Johns D.P.T., Clinic Manager
Dr. Leslie is passionate about physical therapy and injury prevention. She received a BS from Slippery Rock University, PA in Exercise Science and achieved Doctor of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. Leslie has always had a passion for treating adolescent athletes with special interest in dancers and cheerleaders. Dr. Leslie completed a neurology residency with George Washington University and Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in 2017. She has specialized training for all neurological disorders including vestibular therapy, concussion management, stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury.
Dr. Leslie also has a passion for teaching and has taught DPT students at George Washington University. She is also the clinic manager here at Elevate Life where she oversees the clinical care of all patients. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband (yes, it’s Dr. Johns) and their son. They love spending time outdoors, playing sand volleyball and hiking.
Chiropractor Nicholas DiMichele D.C., Cert. D.N.
Dr. Nicholas DiMichele is a Chiropractor who is passionate about helping the community get out of pain and back into action utilizing chiropractic care, soft tissue techniques, strength training, and conditioning. He is a southern Maryland native and a graduate of Salisbury University with a BS in Exercise Science. Dr. Nick received a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, GA. Specializing in the musculoskeletal system, Dr. Nick has furthered his education by becoming certified in Active Release Technique, Dry Needling Therapy, and Chiropractic Biophysics Basic. He has studied Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Graston Technique, and The Prague School of Athletic Development. Dr. Nick’s goal is to help his patients reach their full potential by getting out of pain, maintaining their health, and performing at their best. Dr. Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. He is also the head coach of Rocky Gorge Rugby Club.
Krystal Gordon - Office Manager
Krystal is the office manager here at Elevate Life, where she provides a high level of customer service and takes care of all insurance needs. Krystal has extensive knowledge of insurance as she has worked in Chiropractic offices for a number of years, and can provide insight into your benefits and help to answer any questions you might have.
Krystal's primary goal is to make sure that each patient that comes into Elevate Life gets the best care possible, and leaves with a smile on their face! You can find Krystal at the front desk, where she will assist you and your family in scheduling appointments, and answer any questions you may have regarding your care. Krystal's smile and sense of humor will quickly make everyone feel welcomed to the office. Krystal is a newlywed, and with two small children her free time is filled with chasing her two young boys around. When you come in you can't miss her, she is the one with the big smile just waiting to help!
Tara Grimes - Patient Concierge
Tara was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. In early 2017, she relocated to Annapolis, Maryland to accept a position at her friend's new business, a dog daycare. While caring for dogs was rewarding, she thought something was missing as her passion has always been healthcare.
Tara brings 9+ years of medical experience to Elevate Life, ranging from direct patient care, to taking care of scheduling needs at the front desk. She is proud to have assisted both in the exam room as well as on the clerical side of a clinic.
Tara is new to the Chiropractic world and is excited to learn all about this aspect of the medical field! In her spare time you can find her checking out the sights of beautiful Annapolis, with her dog, Henry, always by her side.
Jessica Holland LMT - Chiropractic Assistant
Jess has known since she was young that massage therapy was the path for her. She is passionate about learning and is continually expanding her knowledge and skills in both Eastern and Western techniques. Before earning her massage therapy through the state of Maryland, she graduated from UMBC with a degree in Psychology. Through knowledge of both body and mind she is able to integrate the two into every session to maximize therapeutic value. Jess brings a powerful touch and energy to her massage work. She believes in taking a holistic and integrative approach to health and thus uses a combination of modalities, including deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point, myofascial release, and sports massage to customize every session to fit the needs of each patient. She is committed to helping people achieve their total wellness goals, often encouraging them to incorporate chiropractic, acupuncture, and/or other physical therapies with the massage work.
Cara Jamison LMT - Chiropractic Assistant
Cara was born in raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She spent four years in Philadelphia, where she received her BS in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Biomedical Engineering. After working briefly as a medical technology researcher, she realized she was more passionate about hands-on health care.
She is certified in pre and post-natal massage and has completed Claire Miller’s “Nurturing the Mother” seminar. Cara loves working with new and expecting mothers, and is continually learning about pregnancy and labor massage. Cara utilizes several modalities including deep tissue, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and trigger point work to help patients with pain, hypertonic muscles, and range of motion limitations.
She is pursuing a graduate degree in nursing with the hope of increasing her scope of practice and ability to help patients reach their goals.
Aleks Gertz LMT - CA in Training
Aleks has been a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist since 2011 and fully believes in the health benefits of massage. She has seen firsthand the way massage therapy changes lives. It is said that you are not a ‘true massage therapist’ until you have worked on over 1,000 different people. Aleks proudly has practiced on well over 1,000 people and she can say first hand that the health benefits of Therapeutic Massage are deeply relieving. Aleks specializes in working with clients who have chronic stress and tension due to workout routine, stress from the workplace, imbalance in the body, and adhesions in the muscles. She has helped many people through deep tissue work that has relieved their back pain and stress from those stubborn muscles, which just won’t seem to relax. Aleks has seen people with anxiety and depression from emotional stress make a profound change and achieve clarity and calmness in their daily routines. Aleks utilizes Swedish Massage, deep tissue, sports massage, prenatal massage, and Myofascial release. She is currently working on her Chiropractic Assistant Certification and believes Massage and Chiropractic care go hand and hand. Aleks always says that the greatest wealth is health! She firmly believes that Massage Therapy can lead a person to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle.
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