Our Staff

Helping You Feel Better and Live Healthier

Michlynn Heide

Dr. Michlynn Heide

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Michlynn Heide, Ripple Health Clinic’s local chiropractor, grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Biology along with her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in April 2009. Dr. Michlynn has extensive experience in treating a variety of spinal conditions, along with advanced training treating soft tissue injuries and headaches to improve overall health and wellness. She is passionate about working with an integrative wellness team to provide comprehensive treatment for her patients through chiropractic as well as physical therapy and more. Her mission is to create a healthy community by educating and empowering as many people as possible to experience optimal, pain free health. Dr. Michlynn and her husband, Dale, love spending time with their daughters and dogs, exploring farmers markets and enjoying the great outdoors.

Dr. Michlynn is not accepting new patients at this time. 

Benjamin Hartman

Dr. Benjamin Hartman

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Benjamin, Ripple Health Clinic’s local chiropractor, grew up in Delano, Minnesota. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for his outstanding work. Prior to beginning his chiropractic studies, Dr. Benjamin graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biomedical sciences with a minor in chemistry at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Dr. Benjamin loves helping people experience optimal health through chiropractic care. With his athletic background, especially in hockey and baseball, he can help athletes of all levels with injuries and with their overall performance. Dr. Benjamin and his wife, Heather, live in St. Michael with their sons, James and Oliver. He loves the outdoors, playing sports and coaching hockey.

Dr. Laura Hjort

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Laura has been a chiropractor for over 20 years. She owned a successful practice in Foley, MN for 10 years before moving to Elk River and filling in for other chiropractors for the past 9 years. She has extensive post-graduate work in rehabilitation, applied kinesiology, extremity adjusting and nutrition, via the nutrition diplomate program. Additionally, she is acupuncture certified.

When she’s not at home hanging with her husband , three kids and dog, she loves to spend time Nordic and downhill skiing, paddle boarding, gardening, doing yoga, reading, mountain biking, doing crosswords and spending time at the cabin.

Elizabeth Reinert

Dr. Elizabeth Reinert

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Elizabeth spent her younger years in Cleveland, MN before moving to Talkeetna, AK with her family at the age of 6. She lived in Alaska, enjoying the mountains and great outdoors, until graduating from high school. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology with a minor in psychology at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, then moved onto the University of Jamestown’s Physical Therapy program in Fargo, ND. She is passionate about helping her patient’s fulfill their health and wellness goals, and getting them back to doing the things they love. Dr. Elizabeth now lives in the Twin Cities, and loves being close to her family again. She enjoys going hiking and camping with her fiance in State and National Parks. She also loves reading, playing the piano, cooking, baking, and doing arts and crafts.

Kelley McGowan

Kelley McGowan

Physical Therapist

Kelley studied and attained her degree in Physical Therapy from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. During her 26-year career she has practiced in New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Minnesota in various fields including acute care, sub-acute/transitional care, rehab, geriatrics, home health care, hippotherapy, and out-patient orthopedics. She has worked with therapy dogs, therapeutic dance, and therapeutic horseback riding. Kelley is also trained in using Kinesiology taping techniques for a variety of conditions. Her mission is helping people recover fully and achieve their highest level of pain-free function through a multidisciplinary team approach. Kelley lives in Otsego with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. In her free time, she loves learning, being active outdoors, traveling, and volunteering in various youth programs and mission trips.

Dale Heide

Dale Heide

Office Manager

Dale is the office manager at Ripple Health Clinic. Prior to opening the clinic with his wife, Dr. Michlynn, he had over a decade of building and remodeling custom homes, traveling the country installing English conservatories and working with one of the Twin Cities’ top granite companies. Whether acting as owner or employee, his experiences reinforced his belief that doing right by people is what is most important. He strives to bring that earnestness and sense of personal responsibility to everyone on the team at Ripple Health Clinic, and giving patients peace of mind about their care.

Dale and Dr. Michlynn live in Nowthen with their 2 daughters, and 2 dogs. When Dale isn’t working on clinic business, he enjoys building custom farmhouse furniture, golfing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

Leah Tousignant

Leah Tousignant

Physical Therapy Assistant

Leah Tousignant, Physical Therapy Assistant, grew up in Rogers, MN. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science at Winona State University. She received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree at Anoka Ramsey. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family, hunting, hiking the Montana mountains and snowmobiling. Leah lives in Otsego with her husband, Frank, son and two dogs.

Heather

Heather

Hannah

Hannah

Jo Ellen

Jo Ellen

Massage Therapist

Valerie Brownlee

Valerie Brownlee

Massage Therapist

Valerie earned her degree from Touch of Life School of Massage. In her 19 years of practicing she has owned her own business in Hanover, MN as well as doing on-site massage for corporate businesses, and now also here at Ripple Health Clinic. Valerie specializes in deep tissue massage and also offers myofacial release, prenatal massage, relaxation massage, cupping and hot stones .

Valerie lives in Buffalo, MN with her husband Robert. She has two children, a son (24), daughter (23), and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys being active, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family.