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Belltown Spine & Wellness Services

Belltown Spine & Wellness is an integrated health and wellness center that has helped thousands of people regain their health and vitality in the greater Seattle area. Services are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals.  

Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness, created the signature 4-step program that is specifically designed to help patients recover from chronic neck and back pain conditions along with using the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.

Corrective Chiropractic Care

Belltown Spine & Wellness practices the state-of-the-art Corrective Biophysics Technique using Mirror Image exercise, adjusting and postural traction to correct the spine, and posture deviations back towards normal alignment and balance. Founder, Dr. Scott Mindel's 4-step Method has helped his patients restore overall health for over two decades in Seattle.

Massage Therapy

Belltown Spine & Wellness offers different types of massage to best suit individual client needs and preferences, including deep tissue, Swedish, and Manual Ligament Therapy, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Healing Touch, trigger point therapy, reflexology, craniosacral, intra-oral, and pre-natal massage.

Naturopathic Medicine & Acupuncture

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness do one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and chiropractors target the root cause of an issue as opposed to simply reducing or managing symptoms.

Weightloss & wellness

Belltown Weightloss & Wellness is a physician supervised 4-phase weight loss and complete lifestyle program. Your coach will help you lose weight, reach your ideal weight goal, and educate you on exactly what to eat to maintain your new weight and improved health to help you keep off the weight and continue living a healthier life.
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Our Seattle Chiropractors & Doctor

Dr. Scott Mindel

Dr. Scott Mindel

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Gion Monn

Dr. Gion Monn

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Julie Sutton

Dr. Julie Sutton

Naturopathic Doctor / Licensed Acupuncturist
Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Doctor of Chiropractic

Celeste Kelly | Photo Courtesy the Institute for Justice

Celeste Kelly had been practicing as an equine massage therapist for a decade when she received notification in the fall of

2012 that she was being investigated by the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board. An anonymous email tip led the board to file a complaint against Kelly, claiming she was providing veterinary services without being a licensed veterinarian.

Kelly, who owns and operates her practice Hands to Wholeness in Tucson, Arizona, said she tried to comply, filling out the questionnaire the board had sent to her; however, she was soon faced with a cease-and-desist letter from the board. She then reached out to the Institute for Justice, having recalled a similar case it had won for an animal massage therapist in Maryland in 2008.

“Massage therapists for humans are not required to be medical doctors,” Kelly said. “It is ludicrous for massage therapists for animals to be required to be veterinarians.”

Institute for Justice attorney Diana Simpson, lead counsel on the case, said they are still very early in the legal process. A lawsuit was filed in March; in July, Judge David Udall of the Maricopa Superior Court of Arizona denied the veterinary board’s motion to dismiss. Now, Simpson said, the case is in the discovery stage, which could take around nine months. After both sides have presented their facts and arguments, the court will then make a decision, she said, adding that, regardless of the outcome, appeals could then stem from the verdict.

Initially, Simpson reached out to other animal massage therapists throughout the state, which is when Grace Granatelli, who has been practicing canine massage for 10 years, and Stacey Kollman, who has been practicing equine massage for almost 15 years, became involved. Granatelli had been issued her own cease-and-desist letter in September 2013. Kollman has no previous complaints.

“For me, it’s just an issue of really being able to openly practice something I am educated to do and certified to do and not have to fly under the radar,” Kollman said.

According to the original complaint filed by the Institute for Justice, “This civil rights lawsuit seeks to vindicate the constitutional right of plaintiffs Celeste Kelly, Grace Granatelli and Stacey Kollman to earn an honest living in the occupation of their choice, free from arbitrary, excessive and unreasonable government regulations.”

If the court decides in favor of Kelly, Granatelli and Kollman, the hope is that “this will open up the avenue for all animal massage therapists to be able to massage animals without fear of the vet board [in their respective states],” Simpson said, noting that each state is different and what is successful in one will not necessarily be successful in another.

Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board Executive Director Victoria Whitmore declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying she does not have the authority to speak on behalf of the board. Whitmore emailed the following statement, which is the board’s comment regarding the lawsuit: “Protecting the health and safety of the general public and animals in our state in accordance with Arizona statutes is the Board’s primary role. The Board considers each case and circumstance individually, with our mission in mind. Because of the pending nature of the lawsuit, we are unable to comment further at this time.”

Emily Roland is the digital editor for MASSAGE Magazine.

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