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Dr. Eric R. Carlsen

Dr. Eric R. Carlsen

Dr. Eric Carlsen is a summa cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic where he was a Presidential Scholar. At Palmer College, he was appointed to the prestigious Vogt Leadership Society and the International Chiropractic Honor Society. Dr. Carlsen received numerous scholarships and awards while at Palmer College. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

In 1996, Dr. Carlsen moved to the Richmond area to complete his internship. After receiving his doctor of chiropractic degree in 1997, he practiced in an interdisciplinary office in Henrico County for five years. He then accepted a position at a multi-doctor practice in Northern Virginia in 2001. In 2003, Dr. Carlsen moved back to Central Virginia to start Family Chiropractic Center of Richmond in Manakin-Sabot to offer chiropractic and wellness services to the Greater Richmond Community. In addition to chiropractic practice, Dr. Carlsen has served as an Extension Faculty Member for Palmer College of Chiropractic, has taught Anatomy & Physiology to allied healthcare students in Richmond, and has been a Certified Instructor of Back Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for the American Red Cross. Dr. Carlsen is a member of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals where he delivers educational workshops and lectures, at no charge, on health-related topics throughout the Greater Richmond community.

An accomplished and compassionate doctor, Dr. Carlsen is devoted to helping patients attain optimum health through the many benefits of comprehensive chiropractic care. He has a special interest in chiropractic family practice. Dr. Carlsen enjoys caring for all members of the family, from infants and adolescents to adults and our senior population. He continues his education by attending post-graduate seminars and conferences addressing a wide variety of topics involving the practice of chiropractic, health, wellness, and nutrition.

Dr. Carlsen is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine and is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the Virginia Chiropractic Association, the Richmond Chiropractic Society, and the Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chiropractic Association, representing the Central Virginia District, where he was named District Director of the Year in 2006. Dr. Carlsen serves on the School Health Advisory Board for Goochland County Public Schools, is a member of the YMCA Healthy Living Committee, and served on the Board of Directors for the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of the Greater Richmond American Red Cross Leadership Development Council, the Goochland Leadership Enterprise, the Henrico Citizens Police Academy, the Goochland Sheriff's Academy and is a current member of the Rotary Club of Goochland where he serves as the President of the Goochland Rotary Foundation. In 2016, Dr. Carlsen was named Goochland's Greatest Chiropractor.

When not helping others, Dr. Carlsen enjoys spending time with his family.  He and his wife have three children, an elementary-aged son and pre-school aged boy-girl twins.

Dr. Kevin W. Ruff

Susan Halquist

Dr. Kevin Ruff is a cum laude graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City campus.  While there, he served as president of the Mentor Club and student council events coordinator.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma.

In January of 2000, Dr. Ruff moved to the small town of Laverne in the Oklahoma panhandle.  While in this office, Dr. Ruff served as the team doctor for the Laverne Tigers football team, the president of the Laverne Area Chamber of Commerce, and the organizer of numerous community service projects.  His office was a multigenerational full service family practice.  Dr. Ruff’s office served as a training center for other doctors of chiropractic who were seeking a more professional way of practicing.  He taught seminars in Dallas and Atlanta, and enjoyed sharing his knowledge for good health with the general public as well.  Dr. Ruff practiced in this small town for 12 years.  Following a dream to live on the east coast, Dr. Ruff and his family moved to Richmond in 2012.

Dr. Ruff is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine.  He believes that true health goes much deeper than just the lack of disease or infirmary.  A healthy spine is the first step toward optimizing one’s potential.  His youngest patients were adjusted just hours after birth, and his oldest to date will soon celebrate her 98th birthday.  He has a special interest in finding healthcare solutions for those who have chronically suffered as well as those who wish to maintain the good health they already enjoy.

Dr. Ruff is originally from West Texas, and is truly enjoying the four season climate of Richmond.  Most of his spare time is spent with his lovely wife, Caryn, and their three children.  Dr. Ruff enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting and softball in his spare time. 


Dr. Lisa A. Griffith


Dr. Lisa Griffith is a Board Licensed Chiropractic Physician. She graduated Cum Laude from Logan College of Chiropractic in 2011, and completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo in 2008. Dr. Griffith has completed advanced courses in Pediatrics and is certified in care for pregnant women using the Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Griffith has also completed post-graduate training in Acupuncture.

Dr. Griffith is excited to be able to help the Richmond and Goochland communities, helping to save more lives through health education and dedicated service. She is extremely passionate about health and helping her patients reach their ultimate health potential. As an avid weightlifter, CrossFit athlete and runner, Dr. Griffith understands the way an athlete’s body needs to be treated which helps her patients stay active and injury free.

As a native Western New Yorker, Dr. Lisa much prefers the climate in Richmond and loves that she lives close to her nephew and extended family. She has a very energetic boxer pup, Kiko, and a lovable black lab, Porter, who love exploring the river and amazing trails Richmond has to offer.



Susan Halquist, Insurance & Billing

Susan Halquist

Susan has been with Family Chiropractic Center of Richmond since August of 2004. She has over 21 years of medical billing experience and currently works in our Accounts Receivable and Insurance Billing Department.  Prior to coming to our office she worked part time for Family Practice Specialists of Richmond located on the south side.

Susan moved to Richmond several years ago from Fredericksburg to be closer to her children and their families.  While living in Fredericksburg she worked at Mary Washington Hospital in the Patient Accounts and Billing Department. 

She loves spending time with her six grandchildren and being able to attend their school activities and sporting events whenever possible.  She is actively involved with the J R Tucker High School Bands and has served on the Board for the Band Boosters for the last three years.  She also enjoys being involved in church service projects and activities in the community.

Being a part of our chiropractic team she states, “Having the opportunity to interact with patients and getting to them and their families is very rewarding as well as being able to witness first hand as their health and mobility improve with chiropractic care.”

Heather Koehler, Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)

Heather Koehler

Heather has worked in a therapeutic and chiropractic setting since 2000 and has been with our office since 2003. She has enjoyed all aspects of patient interaction working as a Chiropractic Assistant. Now, as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist as of 2004 and a Professional Member of the American Massage Therapy Association, she practices relaxation, rehabilitation, sports and therapeutic massage.  Her massages focus on positively affecting muscles and circulation while allowing clients to regain joint mobility following injury.

She has helped clients rehabilitate through falls, dislocations, broken bones, and automobile accidents working along with Doctors, Physical Therapists and Pain Management Specialists. She enjoys working in a positive therapeutic setting.

Danielle Sanders, Office Manager

Susan Halquist

Danielle moved to Richmond from Michigan in 2011.  She has years of chiropractic experience working in offices in both Michigan and Virginia.  Danielle truly enjoys helping patients get better. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and being outdoors.  She is happy to be part of a great team of doctors, staff, and patients at Family Chiropractic Center!

Gayle L. Smith, Certified Massage Therapist (CMT)


Gayle L. Smith studied massage therapy at one of the top up and coming programs in the country, The University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies Massage Therapy Program. She completed her massage therapy certification, is an active member of the American Bodywork and Massage Professionals and is licensed to practice massage by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She has been a lifelong advocate for regular body maintenance through tennis, yoga, strength training, and massage. 

Gayle specializes in sports, relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point, prenatal, and therapeutic massage. She is also able to use massage to treat clients with specific diagnosed conditions, such as, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tension headaches.  Her main focus is to positively affect the soft tissue in a way that is beneficial and therapeutic for the client.  Massage therapy is a wonderful counterpart to chiropractic work and receiving both will bring a variety of benefits to your overall health and wellness.  

Before starting a career in massage therapy Gayle traveled, worked, and taught English abroad in countries such as, Ukraine, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, and Morocco.  She also is an avid tennis player here in Richmond.  She also played tennis at the collegiate level at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.  Gayle is enrolled in Faith Landmark Bible Institute in year two of a three year program.


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