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Dana Aker is our Office Manager and has been with the office since its opening in 1981. She has raised four healthy children in a chiropractic wellness lifestyle and uses chiropractic care to help maintain her current healthy, active lifestyle. She started Shamanic training over 20 years ago and continues to train with different cultures. She is a Reiki Master and an Amedeus and Light Language Healer. For the past 18 years she has helped organize and run a week-long summer conference in Pennsylvania that facilitates personal and spiritual growth. She has seen many transitions in health care and guides the office with integrity.








Daniel Waterman, ATC. is a cum laude graduate of the University of New England where he concentrated in Athletic Training. He was previously employed by Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, working with after school athletics where he gained experience in evaluating orthopedic injuries in a clinical setting. He has extensive training in muscle patterns, injury evaluation and treatment, rehabilitation and patient education. He has a passion for treating and managing concussions.










Brenda Merritt is a Receptionist at Wellness Chiropractic. Brenda and her husband Larry live in their beloved Cape home on Deer Isle where they raised their four children.  She earned an AS in Business Management and Secretarial Studies with a concentration in Court and Conference Reporting from Husson College in 1989 and worked for Superior Court in Maine as a Court Stenographer.  She received her certification as an Integrative Health Coach from IIN in 2012 and a Lifestyle Coach in 2014.  

Brenda has worked in various roles in the healthcare field for the past 25 years as a medical transcriptionist, in healthcare management, and, most recently before joining Wellness Chiropractic, as a health and lifestyle coach. She has a passion for helping people to achieve goals in promoting a healthy lifestyle, and she is very excited to be part of the team at Wellness Chiropractic.








Susie Gutierrez is a Receptionist at Wellness Chiropractic. She grew up in Vero Beach, Florida where she obtained an AS Degree in Marketing (and an amazing tan).  She later moved to Lexington, Kentucky to finish up her BA in Business Administration. Susie relocated to Ellsworth, Maine in December 2014 to be closer to her family, and to enjoy a simple/slower paced lifestyle and the great outdoors.  Her work background is in management, accounting, and customer service. She is very excited to be at Wellness Chiropractic, and enjoys helping and being around people and watching them achieve their wellness goals.  









Cerridwen Aker is the Administrative Assistant at Wellness Chiropractic. The youngest of Dr. Aker and Dana’s four children, Cerridwen has benefited from wellness care since infancy and occasionally still refers to the practice as, “the house downtown,” as it was once the family home. She has witnessed firsthand how the practice has evolved over the years to serve the varying needs of the community, and is excited by what the current team brings to the table. You may find her working alongside her mother in the finance department, or assisting at the front desk.