Minesh S. Patel, D.C.
Dr. Minesh S. Patel is a Co-Founder of Ariya Family Chiropractic Center. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2003 from Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding College of the profession. He also possesses a Bachelors of Science Degree. His undergraduate work was done at Rutgers University. While at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Patel received two of the highest awards a Palmer College graduate can obtain – The Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award for his excellence in the philosophy of Chiropractic, and Clinical Excellence Award which is nominated by supervising doctors.
Dr. Patel was also part of a humanitarian clinic abroad trip to Nepal where he and a group of students served underprivileged people by providing the best in Chiropractic and basic medical care.
“My mission is to give every individual that steps through my doors the best care that Chiropractic has to offer. I am always 100% honest and forthcoming about my patients’ health conditions and the steps that they need to take towards their health goals. I want my patients to not only get well, but to stay well.”
Dr. Patel & his wife, Dr. Saggar, are also the proud parents of two beautiful little girls, Laila and Kaya.
Nisha Saggar-Patel, D.C., C.C.P.
Dr. Nisha Saggar is a Co-Founder of Ariya Family Chiropractic Center and wife of Dr. Patel. Prior to obtaining her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic, she did her undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. While at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Saggar excelled in her work with women’s health issues as well as Pediatrics, attending numerous seminars and continuing on to post-graduate work, receiving a Certificate in Chiropractic Pediatrics and Obstetrics.
Dr. Saggar was also part of a humanitarian mission abroad trip to Nepal where she and a group of students served underprivileged people by providing the best in Chiropractic and basic medical care.
Out in professional practice Dr. Saggar has earned the trust of many of her patients, who entrust her with the care of not only their spine but their childrens’ as well. Her youngest patient has been three days old. Dr. Saggar has taken care of numerous expecting mothers, from the first months of gestation to minutes before delivery.
“I am able to give a unique approach to patient care, offering a broad range of gentle techniques for those who prefer it. My patients become like family and I provide them the highest quality of care.”
Dr. Saggar and her husband, Dr. Patel, are also the proud parents of two beautiful little girls, Laila and Kaya.
Shannon Breeding, D.C.
Dr. Breeding joined the Ariya team in 2012. He completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Dr. Breeding is from Christiansburg, VA. He was first introduced to Chiropractic in 2004 when he injured his lower back. After receiving Chiropractic care for his back pain, he was so impressed that he decided that it was time for a career change.
He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, the Fountainhead of Chiropractic in 2008. While at Palmer, Dr. Breeding received extensive training in spinal biomechanics and in the treatment of sports injuries involving the extremities (knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists) and worked as an intern with Dr. Mitch Mally. In 2008, he was selected to participate in the Palmer Clinic Abroad Program, providing Chiropractic and humanitarian care to the people of the Island nation of Fiji.
“I love to teach and educate people about the benefits of Chiropractic, because it has greatly improved my own health and energy. I especially enjoy working with people who have sports injuries. So come prepared to laugh and ready to learn.”
Dr. Breeding won Style Weekly’s Best of Richmond Reader’s Choice Best Chiropractor for 2013!
Casey Wille, D.C.
Dr. Wille joined the Ariya team in 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies at Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Dr. Wille is from Fredericksburg, VA where she was first introduced to chiropractic care during high school, in which she was treated for sports- related injuries. She became so intrigued with chiropractic care, and was amazed at the results of her care, that she decided to pursue a career in Chiropractic.
She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, Georgia, in 2012; she graduated Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, she returned to the Richmond area to start her Chiropractic career.
“I want to help as many people as I can, to live a healthier lifestyle through Chiropractic care, no matter what issues they present with.” Dr. Wille attends to patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. She also has experience in pregnancy care and Webster’s breech positioning technique.
In her free time, Dr. Wille likes spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, and cooking. Dr. Wille and her husband have a beautiful baby girl, named Bryce.
Stephanie Young, C.M.T.
Stephanie has been a part of the Ariya team since 2007. She originally interned at our office where she demonstrated an excellent knowledge base, clinical skills and technique, and was asked to stay on without hesitation.
Stephanie has always been interested in natural, non-surgical ways to benefit patients and has a true passion for holistic healing.
She grew up in Blackstone, VA, is married to her high school sweetheart, and has two beautiful children, Samuel and Kaela.
Gail Barnett, C.M.T.
Gail is a school counselor and has made it her life’s duty to help our children. She has also accomplished the feat of becoming a certified massage therapist and provides the majority of her services on Saturday.
Gail also enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, and the arts. She is also an avid reader and traveler.
Tracey Whitehead, C.M.T.
Tracey graduated from Fortis College in 2016 and immediately joined the Ariya team. She has always been intrigued by anatomy and physiology and has years of experience in the medical field. Tracey believes that through massage therapy she not only contributes to her patients’ physical health, but their emotional, mental and spiritual health as well. Tracey resides in Prince George with her two children, Ciera and Wyatt.
Lorri Dotson, A.C.C.A.
Lorri has been an integral part of Ariya since 2004, near the very beginning. She is the Office Manager and Insurance Specialist and has worked in the Chiropractic field for over 30 years. To have longevity in any field requires a great love for what one does, and that would be the case for Lorri.
She has experienced firsthand the powerful health benefits that Chiropractic care can provide and continues to be excited to be in a profession that yields such a profound effect on patient’s well being and quality of life.
Lorri did her undergraduate studies at Wright State University in Ohio, obtained an Advanced Certificate for Chiropractic Assistants through Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2004 and has recently completed her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management. Originally from Ohio, Lorri and her husband have three wonderful children.
Katy Waguespack, C.A.
Katy has been a part of the Ariya team since 2010. Her primary responsibility involves direct one-on-one patient care, providing passive physical therapy. Her nurturing, caring approach provides comfort to patients and puts them at ease as they begin and continue their care.
Since joining our team, Katy has personally received excellent health benefits from Chiropractic care and wishes that she had discovered Chiropractic much sooner in life. She had suffered from chronic migraine headaches since adolescence and since being under care, has found that her migraines have vanished!
Katy is married to her high school sweetheart and is a mother to three wonderful little boys, Andru , Maddux, and Phentin. She enjoys playing and watching sports, especially basketball and football.
Stephanie Shockley, C.A.
Stephanie joined Ariya Chiropractic in 2016 as a front desk Chiropractic Assistant. Her joyful personality and smile, ensures that each patient has a pleasant and positive experience at Ariya. Stephanie comes to Ariya with two years of previous chiropractic assistant experience in Las Vegas as well as in Virginia. “I feel truly blessed to see how much patients’ lives improve and how much healthier they become as a result of chiropractic care.” In her free time, Stephanie enjoys being with friends and family, the outdoors, running and boating.
Kira Puffenbarger, C.A.
Kira is one of the smiling faces that will be greeting you at the front desk, when you enter the office. Originally from Northern Virginia, Kira came to Richmond to attend VCU and loved Richmond so much she stayed. She has a BA in English. She has always worked in customer service and prides herself on being helpful and caring for all people she encounters. Kira has always been interested in and practices natural living and holistic healing. When her first daughter had five ear infections back to back she searched for options other than surgery, which is how she found chiropractic, at Ariya. Her daughter’s ear infections stopped as soon as she started chiropractic. With her daughter having such great results, Kira began receiving chiropractic care during her second pregnancy and experienced barely any pain and had a drastically shorter labor than her first pregnancy. Chiropractic has helped her and her family to be healthier. Kira is excited to help others discover chiropractic and reap the benefits of healthy living.
Kira married her high school sweetheart and together they have two amazing daughters. In her free time she loves to read, cook, bake, and play outside with her family.