Meet the Treatment Team!
The treatment team at Sylvan Chiropractic Clinic and Wellness Center is comprised of a highly talented and skilled group of providers. Our mission is to treat each patient as a unique individual, providing you with the best treatments in complimentary healthcare to work towards one goal: to maximize your body’s potential for performance and longevity.
We invite you to follow the links below to learn more about the backgrounds, treatment philosophies, and professional experience that each of our providers brings to the clinic’s treatment team. If you have further questions, please contact the clinic at any time.
Seth Alley, DC, CCSP, CKTP
Recognized Among Portland Monthly’s 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Top Doctors
I originally hail from the Lone Star State, having been born and raised in Austin. Spending time on the numerous rivers and lakes in Central Texas, I formed a strong appreciation for nature and the connection between a healthy, sporting lifestyle and improved function of the body. This connection plays a pivotal role in my chiropractic practice, as I encourage patients to seek better health through conscious choices in diet and activity that will enhance the body’s performance and longevity.
Graduating from Davidson College in 1999 with High Honors degrees in Spanish and Pre-Medical Studies, I moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to seek outdoor adventures on a grand scale. Between hiking, snowboarding, kayaking, and fly fishing, I divided my professional time between my business as an on-call medical translator for Hispanic patients in the valley, and my volunteering with the Teton County EMS team as a medic.
In 2002, I decided to further my career in healthcare by attending Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. Having been successfully treated by a chiropractic physician after a severe wakeboarding injury while in college, I had been spared surgical and narcotic treatments in favor of natural, conservative healing methods. This experience was a turning point for me, as I realized that my goal in life was to one day be able to provide the same life-altering, life-saving treatments for my patients. For me, there is no higher calling than to allow a patient the opportunity to regain his or her mobility and return to the activities of a healthy lifestyle, pain-free and trained to prevent similar injuries in the future.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian from Western States in 2006, receiving the prestigious Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding patient care in the school’s clinic setting. I have performed internships in Portland, Oregon; Beverly Hills, California; Austin, Texas; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Preferring the relaxed and natural setting of Portland, I returned to the Rose City in 2007 to establish my private practice at Sylvan Chiropractic Clinic and Wellness Center.
Leah Bowder, LMT
Recognized Among Portland Monthly’s 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Top Doctors and Nurses
Leah Bowder, LMT (license 12252), joined the treatment team at the Sylvan Chiropractic Clinic and Wellness Center in the winter of 2012, offering massage therapy treatment to help patients achieve relaxation and improve their muscle and joint function.
Leah has been in private practice for many years in the Portland and Beaverton areas. She holds degrees in both Business Administration from PSU and Massage Therapy from the Oregon School of Massage. Leah is highly involved in the American Massage Therapy Association, and firmly believes that massage therapy is a wonderful way to get healthier, stay healthy, or just make those daily aches and pains more tolerable.
Leah offers treatment styles including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, trigger point therapy, and medical massage. She also accepts many of the same insurance plans that the clinic accepts such as CIGNA, United Health Care, Health Net, Aetna, Blue Cross, Kaiser, and others. In addition, Leah also treats patients who have been involved in either motor vehicle accidents or injuries involving a workers’ compensation claim.
To learn more about Leah and her services, visit her website at www.leahlmt.com. You may also contact her directly at 503.348.1574 to schedule an appointment, or contact the clinic.
Chris Brindley, LMT
Chris Brindley, LMT (license 15666), graduated from the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage in 2006 and has been in practice for thirteen years. He approaches massage therapy with a mindset of combining rehabilitation with clinical treatment for correcting injuries. His treatments styles include Active Release Technique (ART), Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, Sports Massage and Swedish Massage.
Chris strives to make a direct change in the muscle tissue, listening with his hands to find the right depth, pressure, tension, friction. This allows him to feel a melting, twitching or change in the body’s soft tissues. Listening for this response in the tissue tells him how deep to go on each individual, or in different areas on the same body, allowing him to work with the patient’s nervous system, not against it.
Chris previously worked at the Bo Jackson Wellness Center at Nike World Headquarters. He has also treated at numerous Nike Track and Field events over the last seven years, as well as at World Surf League competition.
As Chris is fond of observing, the health and wellness field is not an exact science; it is an ongoing process and the answers we discover usually lead to more in-depth questions. Physiotherapy of any kind is a great career for one with a curious mind, such as his.
Alexia Sloan, L.Ac.
Recognized Among Portland Monthly’s 2018 and 2016 Top Doctors and Nurses
Alexia Sloan, L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist). Alexia has spent her lifetime studying the human body. During the six seasons she spent working as a professional ski instructor, she honed her skills in body movement analysis and balance integration. Then she studied Massage Therapy at The Oregon School of Massage and at Lane Community College and received her Oregon massage license in 1995.
Alexia spent the next 15 years incorporating many different massage and healing modalities into her own special technique. In 2002 she received a Bachelors degree in Communication, Education and Health from The Evergreen State College. At The Barefoot Sage she trained massage therapists in reflexology, foot massage, and essential oil treatments.
Alexia received her Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008, with a focus on Tuina bodywork. After graduation Alexia continued her education in China, training under a well-known gynecological herbalist Dr. Wu, and under Dr. Wong, an acupuncturist specializing in weight loss. Alexia incorporates her vast experience in bodywork with acupuncture and Chinese medicine for a unique healing experience. Alexia can be contacted directly at 503.784.7081 to learn more about her services or to schedule a treatment session.