Meet the Team

Ryan Woods, Doctor of Chiropractic

The Bear 2008, Grandfather Mountain

Dr. Ryan Woods moved to Boone in 1984 and has called it home ever since. Ryan fell in love with the mountains and the outdoors which provide ample trails for running and hills for skiing. At Watauga High School Ryan excelled in cross country and was a member of the 1996 4A State Championship team. From there he took his studies and running legs to NC State University where he majored in Zoology. Ryan walked-on to the Cross Country team which was nationally ranked. After some early struggles Ryan’s running made a huge break through in 2000 under the guidance of a skilled chiropractor. By graduation Ryan earned the distinction of All American and Atlantic Coast Conference Champion. He also became obsessed with optimal living. After graduation Ryan chose a career in chiropractic because of the profession’s ability to optimize performance and prevent injury in his personal running career. Ryan attended Palmer Chiropractic College in Florida where he studied as many techniques as he could learn. Today he continues to set an example of healthy living and still strives for optimal performance whenever he laces up his running shoes.  Ryan utilizes the Palmer package of adjusting focusing on Diversified technique and the Activator protocols with a focus on the soft tissue with Active Release Technique and Graston Technique.

Amanda LoPiccolo, Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr LoPiccoloDr. Amanda LoPiccolo relocated to the High Country from the Triangle Area of North Carolina. She specializes in spinal manipulations using Diversified technique and muscle trigger point therapy. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2007, graduating summa cum laude and salutatorian in her class at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York. Amanda also graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 2004 with minors in health, nutrition and coaching. She was a high school state champion runner in New York and went on to capture 7 All-American honors in cross country and track & field at Ithaca College. She was inducted into the Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Post-collegiately, she is a 5 time USATF qualifier in events ranging from the 1,500m to 5,000m. For Amanda, running is a family affair, as her husband, Matt, is also a collegiate All-American and a current assistant coach at Zap Fitness in Blowing Rock. Amanda lives in Boone with her husband, two young sons Owen and Eli, and dogs Nike, Barley, and Tracker.


Ryan Phipps, Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist

Ryan Phipps has lived in the High Country all his life, graduated from the Asheville Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2010, and pursued a functional approach to bodywork.  He was mentored by Eli Peltz of Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies where he gained invaluable training in Myofascial Release and Manual Therapy techniques, and continues his education towards functional and orthopedic massage.  Ryan joined the team at Marathon Chiropractic Clinic in 2017 and has greatly enjoyed working with the wonderful community of health conscious people. With a focus in Myofascial Release, trigger point therapy and stretches he works with structure, function, range of motion and acute and chronic injuries.   In his free time Ryan likes to backpack, hike with his dog Charlie, play the acoustic guitar, draw, and work with clay.

Mallory Poteat, Office Manager

As a native of Watauga County, Mallory has never been able to part with her hometown. After graduating from Appalachian State University in 2010 with a Bachelors in Healthcare Management, her career has turned into a passion for helping provide the best care possible to the people of the High Country. With seven years experience in healthcare, Mallory spends most of her days dealing with insurance and billing. She shares the same goals as Ryan and Amanda, to always strive to put the patient first. In a world where Healthcare has turned into a chaotic government business, she has found that working in a small office brings the benefit of finally focusing on patient care above all else. In her spare time she can be found hiking with her boyfriend Mikie or playing with Legos. Her latest Lego creation can be found at the Mast General Store in Valle Crusis!

Stephanie deKeyzer, Administrative Assistant

Stephanie deKeyzer moved to Boone in 2007 after she fell in love with the high country on a visit with family. A year later she met a boy, and six years later she married him. They welcomed their baby girl Ellis in June 2015 and welcomed baby boy Quinn in 2017. Stephanie has her Bachelors in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Psychology. In her free time (which is sparse these days), she enjoys painting, going to concerts and spending time with her friends and family, including her fur babies (two dogs, two cats and five miniature goats).

Taylor Drummonds, Administrative Assistant

Heather West, Administrative Assistant

Heather and her husband Davey moved to the High Country from the Triangle in early 2019 and she joined the Marathon team that summer. Heather has 4 years of healthcare experience with a Bachelors of Science in Pre-Medical Biology from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC where her and her husband met. Heather has also been (slowly, but surely) working on her Masters of Divinity in Counseling and hopes one day to be an author of sorts. In her spare time she loves to play with her Australian Shepherd pup Barry, read, explore her new town, and introduce people to her fair trade side business!