Dr. Jeffrey Lavell, DC

Dr. Jeffrey Lavell, DC holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic (now re-named Northwestern Health Sciences University) in Bloomington, Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, where he majored in Biology and received a minor in Chemistry. He also holds a Bachelors’s degree from Northwestern in Human Biology.

After completing his internship in St. Paul, Dr. Lavell, DC established Specific Family Chiropractic in Maplewood in June of 1998. In the spring of 2001, he opened his satellite office in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota to meet the growing demands of his patient base. In 2004, Spinal Decompression Of Minnesota was started with an aim to help those with chronic back pain that were facing surgery and could not be helped with other conservative methods.

Dr. Lavell, DC has extensive training in human nutrition and has completed over 400 post-doctorate hours in the study of this topic. For many years dating back to his undergraduate studies, he helped work with bodybuilders to help them get in shape for their shows and events. He also has well over 300 hours of postgraduate study which has been performed in human biomechanics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and is considered an expert in the area, with a focused emphasis on the non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation of lumbar disc herniations. He has developed a unique multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal injuries by combining the expertise of varied professionals including; personal trainers, massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors.

Because of his extensive experience, Dr. Lavell has been blessed to teach functional nutrition since 2010. He has been able to travel the country teaching other healthcare providers including chiropractors, nutritionists, medical doctors, homeopaths, naturopaths and more. Such locations include Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis, Orlando, Daytona Beach, San Jose, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells, Davenport, Atlanta and more. This has given him a great opportunity to advance his skills and keep current with all the modern research. He has also presented to national audiences via webinar format on such topics as optimal brain health and sports nutrition. He is considered a leading national expert on the topic of functional nutrition.

Currently, Dr. Lavell, DC serves as a team chiropractor for The Minnesota Menagerie Women’s Rugby Team as well as many athletes from the University of Minnesota Men’s Rugby Team. He also has lectured to various organizations and companies on such topics as “Workplace Safety & Ergonomics”, “Carpal Tunnel Injuries, Treatment, & Prevention”, and “Prevention and Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniations”. Companies include Xcel Energy, Cargill, and Healtheast Bethesda Hospital.

He also has been granted Associate Clinical Faculty status for Northwestern Health Sciences University and provides for internships to students looking to complete their education in a successful clinical setting. To date, he has personally mentored over 40 students as they have successfully made their way to doctor status. In addition, he has been able to mentor students on functional nutrition and has been invited to speak on campus since 2010 at least six times per year on the topic.

Additionally, Dr. Lavell, DC strongly promotes a holistic approach to healthcare, which includes proper diet, rest and exercise programs specifically designed to meet individual needs.

Hobbies include Fishing, skiing, weightlifting, scuba diving, home aquariums, football, travel, and movies. He is married with two children.


Dr. Chad Young, DC

Bio coming soon.


Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, DC

Dr. Jeffrey McDonald earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree at Bemidji State University, where he majored in Exercise Science and received a minor in Psychology. Dr. McDonald completed internships in Maple Grove and Ramsey, Minnesota before joining the team of Specific Family Chiropractic in the fall of 2019.

Dr. McDonald’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, fitness, sports (especially the Vikings and Timberwolves), and spending time with his family. Dr. McDonald is married to his beautiful wife Ashley and they have two amazing children, Tristan and Maverick.
Dr. McDonald is committed to helping patients improve their lives and overall health through the use of chiropractic care.


Rachel Johnson, Licensed Acupuncturist

Rachel Johnson is a Licensed Acupuncturist by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and is board certified in Acupuncture by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She graduated with honors from the Master’s program of Acupuncture at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN in 2016. During her time at NWHSU she interned at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in both the inpatient and outpatient units treating traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and spinal cord injuries. She also volunteered at The Salvation Army Harbor Lights Clinic and the Bloomington Natural Care Center where she treated patients for a wide variety of issues.

“I fell in love with Traditional Chinese Medicine while in college because of the way it combined both medicine and art. My passion for nature as well as helping others made TCM an ideal career choice. Outside of the clinic I love to spend time cooking and baking, being active outdoors, crafting, and singing.”