Dr. Zen Matsuda, Chiropractor, G.C.S.S. Diplomate, Founder

Dr. Zen Matsuda was born in the Twin Cities, MN and after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science he continued his study in Doctorate of Chiropractic at the Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, MN. Spending many hours of seminars, internships, and practice, he learned how to analyze the spine biomechanically and specific correction of the spine using the Gonstead System. Using the unique name given by his father,  Dr. Zen fuses Eastern and Western concepts of healing and his patients appreciate the dedication of his work in inspiring healing mentally/physically from within. Dr. Zen has finished more then 300 Hours in Gonstead Seminars and Gonstead Methodology Institute. He is a member and a Diplomate of the Gonstead Clinical Study Society.

YuLian Yang, Licensed Acupuncturist

YuLian earned her Master's degree from American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) in Minnesota, and completed her internship training in 2013. She is currently enrolled into a Doctoral program in the AAAOM to study both traditional Chinese medicine and modern Western medicine. 

Alexie Melchior, Neurosomatic Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist

While suffering from chronic pain with no known source, Alexie went searching for a methodology that could finally relieve her pain.  It was in this search that she discovered Neurosomatic Therapy, a structurally integrative approach to pain relief. Alexie was very intrigued by the success she achieved with this different way of approaching pain.  In 2013, after graduating from the University of Florida she enrolled in the Center for Neurosomatic Studies, training directly under Paul St. John and his fellow scholars. Having completed this extensive 1278 hour program, Alexie now specializes in pain management as a Certified Neurosomatic Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist.  Alexie recently relocated to Minneapolis and is looking forward to helping others find relief from pain.

Book with Alexie Online at: https://equilibriumllc.intakeq.com/booking

Fernanda Matsuda, DTR, Director of Operations, Co-founder

Fernanda is the co-founder and director of operations at Zen Healing Center. She attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinic and is dedicated to improve the business process as she listens to patients' needs.

Besides running the clinic, Fernanda is a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) who is working towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. 

Fernanda enjoys volunteering, cooking, working out, and spending time with her family and friends. Fernanda believes that integrated health care is the key for longevity and wellness.

Joan Birkeland, Front Desk Coordinator

Joan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Dance and Exercise Physiology. Her passion for physical fitness has continued throughout her entire adult life because she understands the biological and life-enhancing benefits of regular aerobic exercise, flexibility, and strength training.

Joan has chosen to work in the Chiropractic field because she is a true believer in a Holistic approach to health and wellness through consistent chiropractic care, and has been receiving regular adjustments since 1987.

Her hobbies include; golf, bicycling, long brisk walks around area lakes, she is an avid reader, and takes any opportunity to spend time with her four adult children and five grandchildren.

Hilary Larsen, Chiropractic Assistant

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