February 2018 Member Highlight
Dr, Maya Gonzales, Evergreen Spine and Sport Medicine
Dr. Maya Gonzales received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, and Doctorate of Chiropractic from University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. She is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and a member of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. She is an Elite Provider with Active Release Techniques (ART) and a certified level three Kinesio-tape practitioner. Dr. Gonzales is a member of the Colorado Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), through which she promotes patients’ rights and chiropractic benefits on a national level. By lobbying in Washington D.C. with the ACA, she has helped pass legislation regarding chiropractic care for those in the armed forces serving active duty, and benefits for armed forces’ retirees, veterans and their dependents. She also helped in the passage of laws for the recognition of chiropractic health services for under served area.
After graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in June 2006, Dr. Gonzales opened a practice in Denver, Colorado. Almost two years later, after living and working in Denver, she was offered a position at Mt. View Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Bonney Lake, Washington. Mt. View Chiropractic and Wellness Center was an established practice with several practitioners including chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, and naturopathic medicine. Dr. Gonzales had the opportunity to become the Sports Medicine Chiropractor in the clinic and work with other first class practitioners.
Dr. Gonzales spent most of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Colorado at the age of 15, so it was an easy transition for her. From 2008 to 2014 Dr. Gonzales had the privilege of working in an amazing clinic, getting her hands on as many people as possible and constantly learning more about what can be done to help her patients. However, Dr. Gonzales and her family had always planned on returning to Colorado in order to be closer to family, and to return to the Rocky Mountains.
The active lifestyle of the Evergreen community and surrounding areas fits Dr. Gonzales’ philosophy of practice and the kinds of patients she really enjoys working with. Although she does not limit her practice solely to sports medicine, she applies her extensive expertise in sports medicine to every injury and condition she treats. This is true if a person is an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or an occasinal walker. Your goals could be to win a race, climb a mountain, lose weight, get some fresh air, or simply do the normal activities of daily living. Dr. Gonzales’ treatment plans are based on one of her most important goals: Help her patents do the things they love
without having to worry about musculoskeletal pain or imbalance. She treats her patients’ symptoms, finds the root of the problem, and teaches them to become independent and avoid re-injury. She works with her patients to get back to full and pain free activity as soon as possible, and she often finds her patients begin to pay more attention to their bodies and are able to identify problems and seek treatment in the early stages. It is an exciting process.