Karen Atkinson, LMT Massage Therapist
Karen, or 'Gert' as she is more affectionately known by her clients, is a Licensed Massage Therapist who has been in practice for over 17 years. Karen attended Montana State University in 1994 and graduated from Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College in 2000. Karen specializes in deep tissue, therapeutic and rehabilitation massage. This includes sports & pregnancy massage as well as reflexology. We are very lucky to have Karen as part of our team! Karen is a native of Montana but has been residing in Arizona for the past 24 years. When Karen is not busy with her massage clients, she loves skiing, golfing, softball, racquetball, swimming, running and competing! She recently completed a 50K trail running race!
Maria Taravella, Billing and Insurance Specialist
Maria is originally from Harrington Park, New Jersey. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant Institutional Management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon graduation, she worked for Marriott Hotels which ultimately brought her to Scottsdale, Arizona. Maria and her husband Lou have a daughter who is a dance major at The University of Arizona. Maria and her family have been patients of Grayhawk Family Chiropractic for many years and she is happy to be part of the team.
Geri Mandel, Receptionist
A native of Nebraska, Geri moved to Arizona 9 years ago with her husband and 2 boys, who are 22 and 15. Some of Geri's favorite past times are hiking, traveling, reading, shopping, Barre3, Crossfit and spending time with family and friends.
Amy Ricks, Front Desk & Patient Care Coordinator
Amy is our newest receptionist and Patient Care Coordinator. Have any questions or concerns about our office or your treatment? Amy is the one to ask! Amy spent 50 years in Chicago prior to moving to Arizona 3 years ago.
"I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (Go Illini!) and worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for many years. My specialty in behavioral health has always been working with adolescents and their families. I am also a certified yoga instructor and has taught young student athletes and older adults ways to begin a yoga practice. Thirty years ago, I met a social worker in a teen center in Chicago and we decided on forever. In our free time we enjoy hiking anywhere off the beaten path and traveling to Texas to visit our twins who attend TCU (Go Frogs!)”
Karen Manser, Chiropractic Assistant
Karen is the newest addition to the Grayhawk Chiro team in 2020 and will be assisting with our CorthoX strength program. Karen grew up in Eastern WA State. Karen’s career was in law enforcement where she spent 29 years in the Seattle area and finally retired in 2016. Karen loves to be active and has been involved in several sports throughout her life. However when she was 38 she ruptured a disc in her lower back, which made her become even more passionate about fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Karen has been a patient of Dr. Frank and has been doing the CorthoX workouts herself for the past year with tremendous progress. Karen has trained directly under the founders of the CorthoX method in Phoenix, and we are excited for her to bring her knowledge to our patients! Karen is a certified Chiropractic Assistant and is currently working towards completion of her personal training certification as well.