Meet Our Team At Friendship Heights Chiropractic
Friendship Heights Chiropractic has been serving the Washington DC community for over 28 years. Dr. Thomas Connelly is a leader in the Chiropractic Profession having served on the Chiropractic Association of as president and vice president many times over the years. In 2007 the association voted him “Chiropractor of the Year” for his dedication to the Chiropractic Profession. He has treated patients of all ages over his career and seen their health restored. Dr. Andrew Hancock, Dr. Tricia Richart, and Dr. Michael Kebede are dedicated to the health and well being of our patients. We are here to serve. Friendship Heights Chiropractic is not just a back pain clinic. Although we certainly help many people obtain relief from their back pain, it’s not the only thing we do. In fact many patients who initially come into our office complaining of back pain or neck pain, are happy to find that other symptoms they have been suffering from are relieved as well. A thorough consultation and examination is the first step to discovering what we can do for you.
Take the time to read each doctor’s statement and read a few patient testimonials. You’ll be glad you did!
Chiropractor Thomas Connelly D.C.
Dr. Connelly is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Life Chiropractic College and has been serving the Washington D.C. community through Chiropractic care for over 25 years. After graduating from Franciscan University with a B.A. in history and a minor in education, Dr. Connelly went on to teach high school anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, video and animation during his 12 year career in secondary schools. Using his experience as a teacher, Dr. Connelly has written articles and lectured on health issues such as ergonomics, backpack safety and exercise. He frequently attends high school and college career days where he inspires young adults to consider the rewards of serving others through Chiropractic.
Additionally, Dr. Connelly has served as President of the District of Columbia Chiropractic Association and is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association. He is also a Certified Exercise Rehabilitation Doctor. In 2007, Dr. Connelly was given the “Outstanding Chiropractor of the Year” award by the District of Columbia Chiropractic Association for his work in the community and his commitment to the Chiropractic profession.
Dr. Connelly and his wife, Kathy, have three wonderful children that have grown up with Friendship Heights Chiropractic’s patients as part of their family.
My Chiropractic Story
While I have always loved to bowl, before 1969 I could never have anticipated the surprising effect that this simple sport would have on the rest of my life. While out bowling with college friends, trying to relax and maybe throw a few strikes and spares, I somehow threw the ball a little too enthusiastically, twisting my lower back. One instant I was carefree and relaxed and in the next, I was suddenly feeling the most intense pain of my life.
I immediately crumbled to the floor and was unable to get up and walk. Even on the floor, I could not find a position of relief. My friends had to physically carry me out of the bowling alley and to the college nurse, who recommended that they take me to a chiropractor.
At this point in my life, I had no idea what a chiropractor was. When we arrived at his office, he helped my friends to carry me from the car to his office because I couldn’t walk and was in agony with the pain. After taking X-rays and performing an examination, the chiropractor explained to me that an out of place spinal bone had pinched my nerve, causing the pain that I was feeling. “I’m going to adjust your spine,” he told me.
Naturally, I was concerned about the process. I had never even heard of a chiropractor and now one was about to adjust me. The pain left me no alternatives. To my delight, immediately after the initial adjustment, I was able to stand and shuffle along without assistance. It was a great contrast from just a few minutes before when I sat supported by my friends, my face twisted with pain. I was treated daily for the next two weeks and even though I was still in serious discomfort, my ability to function normally was starting to return.
After combining chiropractic care with a home exercise program regularly over the next three months, I was finally back to 100%.
The experience of that painful episode is always in the back of my mind when caring for my patients. I can truly relate to the pain and loss of function associated with a spinal misalignment. I also know firsthand the power of chiropractic care to make an incredible difference in your health and in your life.
Chiropractor Andrew Hancock D.C.
Washington DC Chiropractor Andrew Hancock, graduated second in his class from New York Chiropractic College. He obtained specialized training in Flexion Distraction techniques, soft tissue therapy and physical therapy. While in school, he was a teaching assistant in the anatomy department and was giving primary lectures to fellow students by the time he graduated.
Prior to graduation, he was awarded a certification in Applied Kinesiology, which employs nutrition and acupressure techniques in conjunction with Chiropractic adjustments to aid in the healing process of the human body.
Following a previous career in the theatre in New York City which included working for the New York Shakespeare Festival Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Dr. Hancock came to Chiropractic. In his own words, “I was working out 5 nights a week at a very competitive kung fu school in Chinatown, while working as a stagehand during the day. A friend of mine was seeing a chiropractor and noticed that I was still having problems with my back from a 10 year old injury. I took my friend’s advice and went to see his chiropractor. Within 6 weeks of intensive care, I went from experiencing back pain 7 days a week to once in three weeks and my kung fu got better. My hands and feet were faster and my hips more flexible. My life changing experience because of chiropractic care motivated me to want to become a Chiropractor and help others like myself”.
While in the city of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Hancock was competitively selected to serve our veterans at the Buffalo/Niagara Veterans Administration Hospital in one of the first chiropractic departments in the VA system. Dr. Hancock regards serving our Veterans as one of the greatest honors he has experienced.
Dr. Hancock’s outside interests include the performing arts, the martial arts and world mythology.
Chiropractor Tricia Richart D.C.
Dr.Tricia Richart was born and raised in a small mining town in Northern Nevada. Dr. Richart earned both a Bachelors Degree of Science in Health and Wellness and a Bachelors of Science in Anatomy at Parker University in Dallas Texas where she also received her Doctor of Chiropractic.
While in Dallas, Dr. Richart was selected to participate in a selective community based program at a Chiropractic Clinic in Hurst, TX where she was exposed to treating a wide variety of conditions in a fast paced clinic.
Dr. Richart is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and continues to further her studies to provide care for pregnant and pediatric patients. As a Webster Certified Chiropractor, Dr. Richart understand the importance of a properly aligned spine and pelvis for both baby and mom. Spinal and pelvic adjustments help prevent delayed labor, difficult laboring, and encourages proper fetal positioning. To learn more about the Webster Technique, click on the "Our Services" tab. Dr. Richart also has a passion for working with athletes. Dr. Richart is certified and trained in RockTape FMT Series 1 and 2, Therapeutic Massage, Soft Tissue Release, Physiotherapy, and Graston Basic technique. Her current post graduate education is in the study of Applied Kinesiology and ICPA studies.
She has a genuine passion for the Chiropractic professional and for serving the health needs of others. In her spare time Dr. Richart loves to read, listen to music, explore the DC metro area and spend time with her 3 dogs. Dr. Richart looks forward to serving the Washington DC Community through quality Chiropractic Care.
Dr. Richart is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and continues to further her studies to provide care for pregnant and pediatric patients. As a Webster Certified Chiropractor, Dr. Richart understand the importance of a properly aligned spine and pelvis for both baby and mom. Spinal and pelvic adjustments help prevent delayed labor, difficult laboring, and encourages proper fetal positioning. To learn more about the Webster Technique, click on the “Our Services” tab. Dr. Richart also has a passion for working with athletes. Dr. Richart is certified and trained in RockTape FMT Series 1 and 2, Therapeutic Massage, Soft Tissue Release, Physiotherapy, and Graston Basic technique. Her current post graduate education is in the study of Applied Kinesiology and ICPA studies.
She has a genuine passion for the Chiropractic professional and for serving the health needs of others.
In her spare time Dr. Richart loves to read, listen to music, explore the DC metro area and spend time with her husband, a teacher in the District of Columbia. Dr. Richart looks forward to serving the Washington DC Community through quality Chiropractic Care.
Chiropractor Michael Kebede D.C.
Dr. Michael T. Kebede was born and raised in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Greatly influenced by his parents (both are in the medical field), Dr. Kebede earned his Bachelor of Science (pre-med) from the University of Tampa and his Masters of Science from Kingston University in London. Prior to earning his Doctor of Chiropractic Cum Laude degree from Life University in Atlanta, Dr. Kebede was a professional soccer player.
It was during his playing career that Dr. Kebede was first introduced to the benefits of Chiropractic care by one of his team mates. His successful recovery from his sports injuries and a greater performance on the field convinced Dr. Kebede to dedicate his life to becoming a Chiropractor and serving others.
Here is how he describes his philosophy for care as a Chiropractor:
“I am committed to achieving the optimal health and well being of my patients. I use the whole person approach, which means I’m looking for the underlying causes of their problem and introducing the best treatment and lifestyle adjustments that will help them reach their highest level of wellness.”
Dr. Kebede has advanced training in cold laser, nutrition and Chiropractic adjusting protocols.
Dr. Mike (as our patients call him) and his lovely wife Enku have four beautiful children ages 4-13.
Angelica Coronado - Office Manager
Angelica has been with Friendship Heights Chiropractic for over 17 years. As the office manager, she is familiar with all aspects of our office. She is friendly and courteous and gets to know every patient. You will always find her helpful in making your visit to our office a pleasant experience.
Her organizational skills are unsurpassed and she makes everyone’s experience stress free.
Monica - Massage Therapist
Monica has been a massage therapist at Friendship Heights Chiropractic for over 17 years. She graduated from Potomac Massage Training Institute in August 1998. Additionally she taught at PMTI for over two years. Monica is certified in Neuromuscular therapy ( trigger points ). She as studied Pre-Natal massage as well as Orthopedic Massage. Monica recently completed her degree as a Health Coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Monica’s therapeutic massage work experiences includes: working in Chiropractic Offices, Nursing Homes and Hospice. She works with a vast array of people including children, elderly, MS patients, Vietnam Vets and Cancer patients. Monica firmly believes that combination of Chiropractic care and massage works effectively together.
“As a cancer survivor who received daily massage, I believe that was one of many things that helped get me through that health crisis. It inspired me to go to school and give back that which I received.” Your in excellent hands with Monica as your massage therapist!
Yemi - Massage Therapist
Yemi Tigabe L.M.T. Yemi, a graduate of the National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) in Falls Church, Va specializes in techniques such as Therapeutic Massage with concentrations in Neuromuscular Therapy, Prenatal, Lymphatic drainage, Geriatric Massage Therapies, Sports Massage, Muscle Performance Therapies, and Condition-Specific Massage.
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Active Isolated Stretching
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Hot Stone Massage
Massage is an excellent compliment to your chiropractic care and the doctors make sure that they communicate your needs to the massage therapists.
You'll be in excellent hands with Yemi !
MaryJane - Certified Nutrition Specialist, MS, CNS, LDN
MaryJane Bembenek, MS, CNS, LDN is a Certified Nutrition Specialist by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists and a Licensed Nutritionist by the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and by the District of Columbia Department of Health. Maryland University of Integrative Health (formally the Tai Sophia Institute) is where she earned her Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health.
Formerly a successful diagnostic and life science technical sales professional, her graduate studies reawakened her passion for understanding medicine, nutrition, whole foods, cooking, health, and yoga while contributing to the well-being of others. MaryJane is courageous, honest, analytical, and compassionate, a perceptive listener dedicated to accessing the needs of others and providing integrative, holistic, and nourishing solutions to enhance health and wellness outcomes. Believing that food matters and nutrition therapy can affect the path of chronic diseases, including recovery, she is inspired to cultivate sustainable transformation in others.
In addition to a private practice based in Mount Airy, Mary Jane is a Clinical Nutritionist at wellness centers in the tri-state area, and conducts nutrition presentations for MedStar's corporate and Federal government clients.
When not working, Mary Jane is a CrossFit enthusiast, devoted Iyengar yoga practitioner, and knitter. She is often in the kitchen cooking delicious, nourishing meals with her partner Mike and their Bichon named Reishi. Constantly striving to be present to enjoy life and balance work and play.
We have the best staff in town! Angelica, Sara and Shainna are here to help you! They will greet you with a smile, and make your experience at Friendship Heights Chiropractic pleasant and comfortable. Sara is our insurance verification and authorization specialist and has been with FHC for over 4 years. Angelica, our office manager, can help you navigate any issues with your insurance coverage and make sure that you have a pleasant experience here. Shainna is our front desk receptionist will be greeting you when you arrive to help you get checked in.
|Monday||8:00am - 6:45pm|
|Tuesday||8:00am - 6:45pm|
|Wednesday||8:00am - 6:45pm|
|Thursday||8:00am - 6:45pm|
|Friday||8:00am - 3:00pm|
|Saturday||8:00am - 12:00pm|
Friendship Heights Chiropractic
5100 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest #251
Washington, DC 20016