Meet the Team

Ryan Woods, Doctor of Chiropractic

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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.

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 fiancé Mikie or playing with Legos. Her latest Lego creation can be found at the Mast General Store in Valle Crusis!

Sammy George, Administrative Assistant

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Born and raised in Raleigh NC, Sammy recently moved to the High Country to be in a new environment. She graduated in 2017 from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Sammy has had over two years of experience in healthcare management and is hoping to use the experience to further her career in a similar field. Outside of working part time, her other career is running professionally. As a 2020 USA 1500m indoor finalist, her goals are to be able to compete in the 2021 Olympic trials and other USA level competitions. Outside of her busy schedule, she also enjoys swimming, hiking, outdoors, and trying new foods. 

Cara, Administrative Assistant

After growing up on the Gulf Coast, Cara moved to Boone to complete a Bachelor’s This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is CARA-BIO-719x1024.jpgdegree in Anthropology at App State. After traveling and working in Europe, she realized she loved the landscape and culture of the Blue Ridge too much to be away. When she isn’t at work, she can be found soaking in the High Country sunshine, doing yoga, caring for her many houseplants, or playing a variety of instruments. She also runs a small business preserving flowers and plants in resin!