Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy

Team Players: NWHSU Alumni Supporting Athletes

When you think of sports practice, what comes to mind? NWHSU alumni are supporting athletes in creative and exciting ways. From sideline care to functional mobility training, our alumni help athletes—in the broadest sense—train, compete, recover, and just live full, active lives.

Here, you can see a preview of some of the inspiring stories we shared in the Fall 2023 issue of CONNECT: NWHSU’s alumni and friends publication. Click through to read the full stories, or browse the entire issue.

Melissa MacDonald, DC ‘15 Integrative Sports Care Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Human Performance Center; Owner, Mobility Agility Chiropractic Performance

I like how every day is a little different, every sport is a little different. Even if you’re working football games, every game is a little different. I need the variety; I need the change.”


Ashley Krug ‘22, Massage Therapist, UMN and Independent

Massage therapy is so beneficial and is often an underutilized tool. Especially with how competitive collegiate athletics—and athletics in general—are becoming.”


Jason Landry, MAOM, LAc, ’09, Assistant Professor, NWHSU; Acupuncturist, Allina Health

I’m layering the traditional view of pain and underlying diagnosis with an understanding of structural changes and physiological changes that take place.”



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Sarah Engen, DCM ’21, Soigneur

Traditionally, this is a job for men. It’s cool being a female holding her ground in this work. As a former diversity scholar, I’ve leaned into working in women’s sport, and with a mixed (male and female) team.”

Read the Full Story in the Magazine 

Taylor Pederson, DC ’22, Founder, Adaptive Athletics

I want to show these families and individuals that they can do more than they think they can. Don’t let someone put you in a box. Go out and get after it.”

Read Dr. Pederson’s Expanded Story on the Blog


Jasmine Hanson, DC ’17, Partner, Pure Health Chiropractic; Team Chiropractor, University of Minnesota

It’s just really fun to be part of an interdisciplinary team. I learn from the doctors and trainers, and I hope they learn from me.”

Read Dr. Hanson’s Expanded Story on our Blog



Whitney Rudesill, DC ‘12, Owner, MoveWell Chiropractic

When I first started my clinic, I didn’t know anyone else practicing in a clinic like mine. Now there are docs in all sorts of settings, creating new opportunities for future chiropractors.”



Scott Mooring, DC ’02, Owner, Back in Balance Chiropractic; Team Chiropractor, University of Minnesota

Working as a team chiropractor can also involve working long days and unexpected challenges which is what makes all the experiences memorable. Being a sports chiropractor is the most exciting and rewarding field for me to be in!”

Now that you’ve seen how NWHSU alumni are supporting athletes, are you ready to join them? You could be the next sports chiropractor, acupuncturist, or massage therapist we feature. Connect with us to start planning your future today!