Chiropractors in Erie
About Dr. Sam (Chiropractor, Functional Medicine Practitioner)
Dr. Samantha Boldt grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended undergrad at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She then moved down to Marietta, Georgia and received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University. Dr. Sam's interests and passions lie in the total wellness of the human body. Her other passions luckily coincide very well with the Colorado lifestyle. On weekends, you can almost always find her skiing if there is snow. Otherwise, hiking with her cat, rafting, and biking are all activities she can enjoy in warmer weather!
I was lucky enough to know at the age of 16 that I wanted to be a chiropractor. The age of 16 was also the second time I had been to see a chiropractor. The first time was six years sooner when I dove into two feet of water onto my head, which caused lots of neck pain and stiffness for the year to come. Pretty soon after the accident, I was taken to a chiropractor, and rather than letting them adjust me, I screamed (a lot) and refused to be touched.
Looking back, I wish I had understood then the importance of having a properly aligned spine…..and how much less painful life is when everything is where it’s supposed to be! Even though I did eventually get to a chiropractor by the age of 16, a lot of the damage had already been done. I was having trouble breathing and a lot of tightness on the right side of my upper back and neck. Within 4 visits, the new chiropractor I was seeing was able to get me adjusted and feeling 90% better. I was able to breathe again, play the sports I wanted to play, and concentrate more in school. While that area is still a weak spot for me, I get adjusted once every 2-4 weeks to keep everything in place. I go in before things get out of place so that I (almost) never have the symptoms I started with in the first place.
I love helping other people feel the same relief that I did. Freedom from pain is a gift that is hard to match. While we may not get everybody feeling 100%, there are very few people we can’t help improve in some way. Increasing range of motion, decreasing pain levels, and decreasing the amount of numbness and tingling are just a few of the common results we have. If you’re nervous about starting chiropractic care for the first time, we begin very gently, and move forward only at a pace that you are comfortable with!
My own story is one of the reasons I encourage parents to bring their children in as well. How often do we look back on high school sports injuries or some stupid fall we had as a child and wonder if that was the start of our chronic neck pain, low back pain, knee pain, etc? The sooner we can fix a problem, the less likely that problem will affect us for the rest of our life. Luckily, most kids are not like me as a child, and love coming in to get adjusted. It’s amazing how many times smaller children will come in for their first adjustment, or to watch their parents get adjusted, and then go home to play chiropractor!
About Dr. Josh (Chiropractor)
Dr. Joshua Luitjohan was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, a suburb of the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. He graduated in 2013 from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science, cum laude, double minoring in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry. He then enrolled in Logan University’s College of Chiropractic program. Dr. Josh married his wife, Courtney, in 2017 and graduated that same year with his doctorate in chiropractic. They then moved to Boulder County following graduate school to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the Rockies.
He has specialized training in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Acupuncture, McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, as well as Functional Analysis of Blood & Brain Chemistry. Dr. Josh is also certified by the Colorado Chiropractic Association to provide Preparticipation Physical Examinations required for involvement in school athletics.
Dr. Josh can be seen outside of the office spending time with his wife and Great Dane, Roscoe, getting lost in the beauty of nature. They enjoy hiking, skiing, camping as well as a number of sports like soccer, basketball, and golf. Movement is the key to life and he and his wife Courtney try to embrace that lifestyle.
About Dr. Megan (Chiropractor)
Dr. Megan Epps graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s of science
in psychology. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Chiropractic from University of
Western States in Portland, OR. She chose to become a chiropractor because of her passion to
help others in the healthcare field and is grateful to compliment other branches of medicine with
the noninvasive approach that chiropractic has to offer.
Dr. Epps has worked with many different demographics, including endurance athletes,
pregnant and postpartum mothers, kids, and families. She enjoys working with each patient to
find the best balance of home care and in-office treatment, including adjusting and soft tissue
work. Mobility and daily function are at the center of her treatment approach and she finds that
empowering a high level of self-awareness is very helpful in getting the best results. Physiologic
self-awareness is a skill she tries to remind herself of when encountering her own health hurtles
and understands how challenging it can be.
As a mother and wife, her most precious time is that spent with her family. She and her
family enjoy hiking, swimming, and laughing together! Giving time through volunteer work has
been a large part of her history and has greatly influenced her enthusiasm to help others in the
healthcare field. Dr. Epps has lived in Colorado most of her life and is happy to be raising her
family in this wonderful state.
About Lauren (Acupuncturist)
I graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After working for four years in the engineering world, I decided to reconnect with my childhood dream of being involved with the process of helping families grow. That connection was made possible by studying Chinese medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. I completed my Master of Science in Acupuncture in 2014 and have been working directly with patients since 2012. My clinical experience includes Japanese style acupuncture, interning at the Golden West Senior Living Center, and many Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics. I also completed my DONA postpartum doula training in the fall of 2013.
When I'm not practicing acupuncture, I love to be outside with my family. We live in Boulder and try to take advantage of all the amazing access to outdoor play that's available. I enjoy running, hiking, cooking, lazy bike rides, and oddly enough - organizing spaces! I look forward to learning more about all of my patients and what makes them thrive as well!
I have experienced first-hand the benefits of acupuncture, and used it exclusively to help grow my own family and heal on-going thyroid issues. My time in school taught me more than just point location and how to insert acupuncture needles. It taught me how to trust my body and believe in the idea that we have the power to heal from within. I hope to share my passion for this medicine and lifestyle with all my patients, and encourage them to learn all they can about their own path. It was not an easy choice to leave my engineering career behind – as it has been a part of my family’s heritage for almost 100 years. It was, however, the best decision I have ever made. It helped me simplify my life and connect with nature to become more grounded and content.
Nicky (Integrative Bodywork)
Nicky Bienstock has been a healing professional her entire adult life. As a yoga teacher, Reiki Master, somatic therapist, and bodyworker, Nicky combines her diverse skill set to lead people to a greater sense of balance and ease. She is educated in a range of bodywork modalities, ranging from energy work and cranial sacral to deep tissue, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy. Whether working through a recent injury or coping with chronic pain, Nicky's emphasis on breathwork and integration will help bring you home to your body.
As a result of this diverse background, her work can best be described as integrative bodywork. This is to say that she takes a holistic approach. She will make sure that you are breathing properly and effectively. She also will make sure that you have tools and skills to employ on your own time to aid in your recovery, as functional movement is an essential component of her approach, and of your healing. She focuses more on deep tissue bodywork, and getting to the root of your troubles. Your emotional world is also important to her, especially when it may be contributing to your pain and injuries.