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.

Matt Campbell,  Doctor of Chiropractic 

Dr. Matt Campbell is a graduate of Life University’s College of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA. He has completed a number of extracurricular programs and certifications that are specific to the sports medicine world including full body certification in Active Release Technique, Dry needling, FAKTR fascial manipulation, Rocktape and the McKenzie method for the lumbar spine. Throughout practice he also became involved in specific treatment of pregnant women and children. Dr. Matt is a Webster certified chiropractor specializing in the treatment of women in the peri-natal period. He blends his knowledge of soft tissue manipulation with Webster to bring a well-rounded approach to the treatment of pregnant women. Matt has always been very active and involved in sports from a young age. He played soccer competitively since he was able to kick a ball and has been a part of a number of high-level teams in North Carolina. It was here that he found chiropractic after sustaining an on-field injury to his back when he was a teenager. His interest in athletics led him to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University where he was a part of a handful of research studies within the department. During his time in the North Carolina mountains, he found his passions for rock climbing and trail running which have become his current athletic pursuits. Dr. Matt has practiced in multiple sports medicine clinics in the southeast and has worked with a plethora of high-level athletes in disciplines ranging from Rugby to running to swimming and everything in between. He was a team chiropractor for the national championship winning Life University Rugby Team and worked with a number of Olympic swimmers during his time in Knoxville. Matt believes in a multi-faceted approach to care that involves a thorough functional assessment centered on the patient’s ability to move. Matt’s Philosophy is that we are nothing without movement. Through assessing movement, we can determine how to address current conditions and predict future dysfunction and disease. He utilizes the most current and well-researched modalities to complement the chiropractic adjustment and ensure that the patient gets back to their highest functioning state as quickly as

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.

Marissa Melton, Certified Chiropractic Assistant 

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Marissa Melton has been in the chiropractic world for 3 years. She previously ran a busy office in
Harrisburg, NC.  In September 2021 she got married and joined her new husband in Boone. Marissa is excited to join the team at Marathon Chiropractic to provide excellent patient care and compassion to the residents of the High Country area. She has two daughters in college, Channah at Chapel Hill and Aliyah at NC State. In her free time, she and her husband Jeff like to hike and find out of the way food spots.

Chelsea Stone, Office Assistant

Chelsea is originally from Concord, NC, and graduated from Appalachian State. After a few years back on flat land after college, she returned to the High Country, which she now calls home. Chelsea has over two years of experience working in medical offices, and enjoys making sense of the great big confusing world of insurance. She loves to connect with others, and looks forward to serving all of Marathon’s patients. When she’s not at work, Chelsea can usually be found hanging out with her dog (Kerolina), or drinking a coffee on the porch in the mid morning sun.