Dr. Shelly (Rachelle) King
Since she was a little girl, Tewksbury native Dr. Shelly King was fascinated by the human body. She spent many hours engrossed in the book “Your Body and How It Works” and decided at a young age that she wanted a career in the medical field. Since she also loved animals, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.
As a pre-med major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dr. King considered many career paths, from veterinary medicine to acupuncture. She briefly considered medical school, but soon realized that she was uncomfortable with both surgery and prescribing medications. She decided she wanted to help people in a more natural way and get to the root of the problem instead of masking the symptoms with drugs.
In 2002, fate interceded and Dr. King began to experience lower back pain due to sitting on unsupportive high stools at the lab where she was working. Her parents had experienced good results with their chiropractor so she decided to give it a try. Within a few treatments her pain was gone! Impressed by how the chiropractor was able to diagnose and treat her problem with little more than his hands, she began to consider chiropractic as a career. After lots of research and soul-searching, she decided to go for it. After graduating from WPI in 2003 with high honors, she enrolled at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. She and her boyfriend (now husband) packed their van and embarked on a four year adventure in Oregon. In 2008 she graduated as valedictorian of her class with a D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic). They then packed their van again and headed home to MA in order to get married, start a family, and open a practice.
For two years, Dr. King worked as an associate chiropractor for Dr. Doug Maguire at Fairway Chiropractic in Tewksbury, the same doctor who had inspired her to pursue a chiropractic career. Shortly after giving birth to her first son in 2010, she opened the doors to King Chiropractic in Chelmsford.
Dr. King considers herself blessed to have a job that she truly enjoys. She loves meeting new patients and taking the time to get to know them as a whole person, not just a symptom. Her mission is to teach people about their bodies and how to take care of them. She lives in Merrimack, NH with her husband Jeff, two young sons Collin and Jameson, a lab/border collie mix named Lola, and an orange tabby named Gumball.
To make an appointment with Dr. King, please call 978-710-5163.
Elizabeth Fei-Drayton, LAc
Lizzy is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is also a certified Medical Qigong Practitioner through Qigong Master and Zen Priest, Suzanne Friedman.
At a young age, Lizzy loved science and health, and she knew she wanted to practice medicine. She searched for a system of medicine that would define health as not only the absence of disease, but one that promoted optimal performance and quality of life. Oriental Medicine, she found, resonates profoundly with this philosophy.
In undergrad at Brandeis University, Waltham, she studied Health: Science, Society, and Policy and East Asian Studies, graduating Cum Laude. During this time she also studied under the talented Tamie Taniguchi Bilazzo in Lexington.
She continued pursuing her passion at Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California, where she obtained her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and Graduated Summa Cum Laude. While there, she was the first ever recipient of the Gold Level Dr. Goto Honorary Scholarship Award “in recognition of her academic excellence, outstanding clinical care, and representation of the AIMC Berkeley community ideals.”
In addition, She interned at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco where she specialized in menstrual health, fertility, prenatal, and postpartum care.
Since then, Lizzy returned to Massachusetts and started Healthwise Acupuncture, Housecalls and also practiced in five clinics in Boston. She now lives in Chelmsford with her growing family and enjoys living life to the fullest in good health.
To make an acupuncture appointment, please call Lizzy at 978-822-0888.
Sue Brunelle, LMT
Susan has been practicing as a massage therapist for over 15 years in the Chelmsford area after completing her training at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA. She has also taken continuing education classes in deep-tissue massage and hot stone massage. She originally became a massage therapist because she wanted to have a job in which people think seeing you is the best part of their day. Over the years she has developed a great love of the human body and what it does for us.
Susan’s favorite thing about being a massage therapist is customizing each massage to suit a person’s problems and preferences. She has a wide variety of skills, including Swedish relaxation massage for the highly stressed, fast-paced individual; deep tissue and trigger point work for occupational strains and overuse injuries; and sports massage and stretching for athletes. She also provides on-site corporate chair massages to many of the local companies in the Westford area.
To make an appointment with Sue, please call 978-835-0113.
Kathleen Veth, Assistant
Although she moved to Chelmsford in 1974, Kathleen is still considered a blow-in, but with a lengthy career in journalism and a passion for making new connections, she is definitely an active townie. With her upbeat personality and entertaining stories, Kathleen will make you feel welcome at King Chiropractic. She is also our favorite Essential Oil enthusiast. You may get a whiff of some of them while you are in our waiting room. Feel free to ask Kathleen for details or attend one of her Essential Oils 101 workshops held right here in the office.
Susan Brothers, Assistant
Susan brings a wealth of experience to King Chiropractic from her years working at Village Radiology and MGH Imaging. She is also our resident Reiki Master/Teacher and Access Bars Practitioner. If you have questions about energy healing, please feel free to ask Susan.
Kate Reardon Hutchens, Assistant
Kate brings an eclectic skillset to King Chiropractic. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Kate spent 12 years working with children, families, and organizations in various capacities in Massachusetts. Prior to earning her Masters in Social Work, Kate worked as an Administrative Assistant at UMass Lowell. After taking a 7 year parenting hiatus, she is delighted to join the King Chiropractic team. In her spare time, Kate and her spouse enjoy spending family time with their twin sons. This often includes swimming, outdoor activities, dear friends, and dance parties.
Barbara Hayes, Assistant
Barbara has worked in healthcare for 44 years and has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years. She obtained her ADN from NECC in 1990 and a BSN from Salem State in 1996. After a long career of staff nursing at Saints Memorial Medical Center (now LGH), Barbara went on to teach nursing at the Greater Lowell Technical School for the past 12 years, retiring in the summer of 2019. Her professionalism and cheerful demeanor make her a great addition to the King Chiropractic team.