The experts at NeuraPerformance Brain Center have the experience, education, and passion necessary to transform your lifestyle whether you’re seeking a boost in athletic performance, an alternative Aspergers treatment, or relief from your chronic pain. Keep reading to get acquainted with our practitioners.


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Dr. Shawn Caldwell

Clinic Director

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As the official chiropractor for the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rockies
as well as a team member of the world-renowned Steadman
Hawkins Clinic, Dr. Shawn Caldwell has earned a nationally recognized reputation in chiropractic care.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Caldwell has been sought out by patients from every walk of life. He’s treated thousands of individuals, including young children, club and
school athletes, and adults of all ages, looking to manage and improve daily function and optimize their health. He has helped many of the world’s most well-known and respected amateur and professional athletes achieve their goals through proactive chiropractic treatment. Athletes and entertainers from every part of the world have reached out to Dr. Caldwell for his services during their travels through our state.

A Colorado native, he operates his flagship services at Caldwell Chiropractic in Wheatridge, Colorado. Dr. Caldwell expanded his practice as a founding partner of Denver Sports Recovery in 2013. Dr. Caldwell earned his doctor of chiropractic from Marietta-Georgia’s Life Chiropractic College, the largest chiropractic program in the world.

Married and the proud father of four children, he is an avid golfer and tennis player.


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Rachel Ragsdale, MA, LPC

Director Of Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback, And Counseling

Rachel Ragsdale is a licensed professional counselor and neurofeedback therapist. She holds her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University. Her clinical experience spans issues from anxiety, depression, and trauma, to peak performance and concussion recovery. She has experience working with clients of all ages and demographics.

Rachel conducts brain mapping and neurofeedback, identifying areas of the brain that are over or under functioning and using neurofeedback to change brain waves, ultimately changing peoples lives. She is passionate about walking alongside her clients to help them find freedom and life transformation through her work. She uses tailored approaches to address clients’ root issues in order to facilitate effective change and growth. She has helped countless clients create better functioning brains; restoring their hope and establishing a new, better way of living.

Rachel loves spending time with her dog and her family. She is an avid golfer, adrenaline junky, and she loves everything the outdoors has to offer!


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Dr. Jeff McWhorter

Dr. Jeffrey McWhorter is a Harrison Scholar from Miami University where he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Masters of Sports Rehabilitation from Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri. He specializes in ART, Class IV laser treatment and ARP therapy for the spine and extremities with his primary focus being the spine, shoulders, and knees. Dr. McWhorter is also the Director of Testing at NeuraPerformance, specializing in concussion prevention and baseline testing as well as cognitive rehabilitation. Dr. McWhorter strives to provide excellent beside manner and patient care and focuses on developing the best fitting and most effective treatment plans for all of his patients. In his spare time, Dr. McWhorter is an avid golfer who enjoys many of the beautiful courses Colorado has to offer. He is also a diehard Broncos fan. Go Broncos!


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Dr. Andrew Hall

Medical Director

Dr. Hall believes that wellness comes from within and centers his practice on empowering patients with the tools to proactively manage their ailments and take back control of their lives.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization

Dr. Hall completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Johns Hopkins University, and his fellowship in Pain at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He is currently double boarded in Rehabilitation and Pain Management. Dr. Hall received his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical Center- Houston and his Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition sciences from Texas A&M University.

As a new Coloradan, Dr. Hall has already fallen in love with the Colorado lifestyle. He enjoys any adventure that allows him to get outdoors and soak up the Colorado sun. When he is not in the operating room or at work at his practice, he particularly enjoys skiing, hiking, swimming, biking, and watching films.

Dr. Hall believes in a multifaceted, patient-centered care. He lives the wellness approach that he teaches to his patients. Dr. Hall is passionate about using his profession and skills to impart a lasting, positive impact on others. He strives to develop collaborative partnerships with his patients through effective communication and education, personalized goal setting and encouragement, and patient empowerment. He looks forward to you being a part of the Colorado Spine & Wellness Center family.

Affiliations & Certifications

  • Board Certified PM&R
  • Board Certified Pain
  • ABPMR
  • ASIPP
  • International Spine Interventional Society

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Carli Torr M.A, LPCC, BCN

Neurofeedback Specialist And Counselor

Carli Torr holds Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the state of Colorado and a registered National Certified Counselor. Her clinical experience spans from relational issues, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, and concussion recovery.

Carli is Board Certified in Neurofeedback and conducts brain mapping and neuro-conditioning identifying areas of the brain that need strengthening and developing protocols that lead to self regulation and freedom from feeling “stuck”. She believes that no one should have to go through the trials of this life alone and is passionate about helping people of all ages and demographics through their healing journey.

Carli loves hiking, yoga, her puppies, and everything the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer!


Dr. Ben Wilks

My love for medicine was born when I spent a summer riding across country as a sophomore at CU Boulder. I spent 65 days on the seat of a bicycle covering 3600 miles from San Francisco to Washington DC to raise money and awareness for people with developmental disabilities. It was at that point that I decided to devote my life to a career in service to others.

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BS at University of Colorado Boulder
MS at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
MD at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids, MI
Residency in Emergency Medicine at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts in Springfield, MA
Currently employed as an Attending Emergency Physician at Longmont United Hospital and UCHealth

Fun facts:
Before med school I was a downhill mountain biking tour-guide on the World’s Most Dangerous Road outside of La Paz, Bolivia

Grew up on a farm in Snow Camp, NC raising goats. And yes, my goat trophies from the NC State Fair are my most prized possessions, well second to my dog Grace.

If I’m not working in the ER, you can usually find me on a hike with Grace (Irish Wolfhound)
Riding my road or mountain bike on the roads or trails outside of Boulder
Listening to live music with aspirations of learning to play the guitarron (Bass player in Mariachi band)


Gina Karnisovas, EdS., MA. LPC.

Gina has a Master Degree in Human Development with a specialization in sport psychology from Boston University. She has also earned a Master Degree in Mental Health and Counseling, an Education Specialist degree and completed an additional certificate program in sport psychology at Seton Hall University. Her experience with sport and performance psychology has helped her navigate life as much as it’s guided her in helping others. For nearly 20 years she’s been intimately involved in the world of sports both personally and professionally. She holds 2 Black Belts, one in Mixed Martial Arts and another in Tae Kwon Do. She is an avid runner and competes in occasional mixed distance events. She has worked in the field of neurofeedback for the last 3 years and strongly believes in the efficacy of training the brain to self-regulate. She has completed the basic certification course work and is working toward her board certification in neurofeedback through BCIA. Additionally, Gina is a licensed professional counselor. She has worked for more than 10 years counseling and coaching individuals of all ages, groups/families and performers and is adept at tailoring action plans to the unique needs of the client.


MIKEY BRACKETT, LPC, NCC

My name is Mikey Brackett and I am a psychotherapist and neurofeedback clinician I understand that the counseling process done well happens in a creative and collaborative space where your voice matters and is heard. And in neurofeedback is see the process as a teamwork approach where you can experience motivation, care, and training in a way that helps you move through the process with a sense of being understood and supported. In this I seek to offer intentional care to the people I work with and hope that each client will experience growth and healing. I hope that in therapy you will be encouraged, experience true support, and gain deeper insight into who you are and what’s going on.

My specialties include: trauma, abuse, recovery, relationship issues, spirituality, faith, anxiety, depression, nutrition, lifestyle, and identity issues. I also offers specialized interventions in pre-marriatal and marriage counseling, as well as in spiritual direction and soul care, which I really enjoy. I am also an ally of ransomed heart ministries.

In my work I offer a dynamic therapy experience that is deeply rooted in internal and relational processes. The therapy process thus explores issues of experiences and their affect – this is a team approach directed towards the pursuit of your goals and the reality of healing in relevant and applicable ways.


KIOMI VILLAR, B.A.

Kiomi holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she graduated Cum Laude. She is currently working towards her board certification in neurofeedback and volunteering her time to research.

Kiomi provides neurofeedback sessions to patients ranging in all ages, while also engaging in counseling and monitoring progress guided by individualized goal-setting. She loves to see the progress neurofeedback provides to patients overcoming anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, etc., and plans to continue a career in such an exciting and innovative field.

Having been raised in various countries, she understands that mental health is sometimes overlooked by different cultures and wishes to put an emphasis on self-care and self regulation. She also strongly believes that a healthy and efficient brain translates into a happy and productive lifestyle. One of her goals is to one day conduct research in neurofeedback in hopes of it becoming a more common practice.

In her spare time Kiomi likes to hang out with her dog, explore the outdoors, and experience Denver’s music scene.


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Dr. Kris Kessler

Originally from Longwood, Florida Dr. Kessler is a Board Certified Chiropractor with a Doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida. Dr. Kessler is a dedicated and versatile Chiropractic healthcare provider with extensive experience with prevention, care and rehabilitation of injury.

Dr. Kessler attended undergrad at the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Science. While at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Kessler was a scholarship punter and active member of the Football team where he garnished a bowl ring with a win in the 2007 Music City Bowl Championship. It was at Kentucky Dr. Kessler learned the importance of whole body health and wellness.

Dr. Kessler utilizes adjusting techniques such as Diversified, Gonstead, Thompson, SOT, Egoscue Method and specializes in extremity adjusting. Soft tissue techniques include Active Release Technique (ART), Myofascial Release (MFR), Peripheral Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). In addition to Chiropractic care, Dr. Kessler serves as a Neurological Specialist with an emphasis on cognitive function and concussion impact testing.

When not at work Dr. Kessler enjoys Golf, Fishing, Camping and Kayaking.
Dr. Kessler is a devout Christian and member of the fellowship of Christian athletes.


Tyler

Tyler was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. Becoming an all-state running back and track athlete, Tyler went on to play football at the University of Northern Iowa. As a captain, leading tackler at UNI, he obtained his BA in business with a minor in Economics. Using his business degree he worked in the front office of the Chicago White Sox for five years and two with the Denver Nuggets. Aggregating his sports experiences Tyler then pursued his passion of using sports to further enrich the lives of young people in helping launch the Colorado Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance. After five years with the PCA, Tyler expanded his passion launching his own endeavor Elevate Educate Rejuvenate to raise athletes leadership skills through athletics.

Having encountered concussions and overcoming a spinal fracture in college, Tyler’s passion to help young athletes has combined into helping NeauraPerformance expand it’s impact.


Jack Vermeil

Director

I graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD after playing four years of lacrosse and earning a Business Management Degree. My interest in concussions stemmed from my own concussion that I suffered while playing lacrosse. From there I sought a job with Dynavision International and worked as a sales rep for 2.5 years. After going through my own concussion rehab and working for Dynavision, I realized that there was a lot of work to be done in this area of healthcare.

With experience in sales and marketing, I focus on reaching as many coaches, parents, and athletes as possible and educating them. I will also focus on growing the business in other areas of concussion management. Sports are a phenomenal teaching tool for the journey of life, and I would hate to see participation decline because people don’t believe there is anywhere to go for proper care.

Originally from West Chester, PA, I moved to Denver to pursue a life outdoors. I especially enjoy fly fishing and snowboarding, but also like golf, hiking, camping, hunting, football and enjoying a cold beer.


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Tamara Barton

Managing Partner

After attending Boise State University, Tamara effectively built and operated three successful sales and marketing businesses in California, Arizona, Idaho and Colorado. In 2016, while running a healthcare diagnostic business that specializes in health optimization, Tamara made the decision to move herself and her boys across the country to Wilmington, North Carolina. This gave her the freedom to spend more quality time with her two boys while raising them as a single mom.

Through an immediate family need she became aware of the benefits of “neurofeedback” and its practical application. Her passion and first hand account of the benefits, led her to get extensive training in the field and create the North Carolina Neuraperformance Group.

In Tamara’s leisure time she is dedicated to feeling fit in mind, body and soul and enjoys all of the water activities in the Wilmington area with her family and friends.


Dr. Graham Clements

Dr. Clements grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S in Human Biology. Graham then went on to get his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Logan University. While attending school at Logan University in St. Louis, he gained extensive knowledge working with the University of Missouri team athletes, along with Lindenwood University, and Missouri Baptist athletic programs. During this time he was also able to work with paraplegic athletes of the US Olympic wheel chair rugby team.

Dr. Clements is currently working towards becoming a Board Certified in Chiropractic Neurologist, as wells as achieving a Master’s in Neuroscience. Chiropractic Neurology is a new and growing field that focuses on a comprehensive approach to treating complex neurological dysfunction based off current research in the field of Neurology. The customized treatments are specific to each individuals needs to help their nervous system function at peak performance.

Dr. Clements grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S in Human Biology. Graham then went on to get his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Logan University. While attending school at Logan University in St. Louis, he gained extensive knowledge working with the University of Missouri team athletes, along with Lindenwood University, and Missouri Baptist athletic programs. During this time he was also able to work with paraplegic athletes of the US Olympic wheel chair rugby team.

Dr. Clements is currently working towards becoming a Board Certified in Chiropractic Neurologist, as wells as achieving a Master’s in Neuroscience. Chiropractic Neurology is a new and growing field that focuses on a comprehensive approach to treating complex neurological dysfunction based off current research in the field of Neurology. The customized treatments are specific to each individuals needs to help their nervous system function at peak performance.