Dr. Brad Willits grew up in Lenexa graduating from Shawnee Mission Northwest. His college education began at Johnson County Community College where he became an Emergency Medical Technician. While continuing his undergraduate work in chemical engineering at the University of Kansas, he volunteered for Mission Rescue. He worked in the department from 1983-1992. Brad also enjoyed teaching in the EMT program at JCCC.
Brad achieved his Doctor of Chiropractic at Cleveland Chiropractic College here in Kansas City. He graduated in1988 and immediately began working in his father’s practice. Following graduation, he began teaching in the diagnosis department at Cleveland Chiropractic College and remained in that position for 15 years.
Brad is married with one young daughter, whom he enjoys coaching volleyball.
He played USVBA and USA volleyball for 20 years and was an “A” level setter. It was Brad’s interest in becoming a better athlete that led to his post graduate work in exercise physiology and nutrition. He became board qualified in1995. This knowledge has become a very important part of his practice. He has seen how retraining the body can significantly influence a patient’s recovery.
Dr. Ryan Durand
Ryan is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in KC Magna Kum Laude. He specializes in Applied Kinesiology and Diversified adjusting style. He focuses on Balancing the muscles and joints of the body and promoting optimal health of both the body and mind. He believes that true health and happiness comes from one’s lifestyle of maintaining proper balance with their environment with chiropractic treatment vital to maintaining optimal neurological function.
Ryan has a passion working with people of all ages from Infant to grandparent. His background in sports created a true passion for athletes. Ryan was an NFL offensive lineman for the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City chiefs. He enjoyed 5 seasons in the NFL with his first start against the Dallas Cowboys.
He received his Bachelors in exercise science from Syracuse University where he was a three-year starter and received all academic awards every season. He stays in the game through coaching youth and doing private training lessons for all football positions and is involved with several summer camps throughout the KC area.
Ryan resides in Overland Park with his beautiful wife, Morgan and Pomeranians Mikey and Leo.
Becky Portman is a Midwest girl with a variety of interests. She was a state and federal wildlife rehabilitator, working with OWL (Operation Wildlife). Currently her love of animals is extended to her two dachshunds. She enjoys blues music and is a member of the Kansas City Blues Society.
Her interest in massage therapy grew when she received treatments for headaches from her mentor, a Korean War veteran to whom she credits her success. During her 30 year career at Southwestern Bell Telephone, while raising her son alone, she began training as a massage therapist. Becky graduated the massage therapy program at Massage Therapy Training Institute in 1995.
She practiced part time at home until her retirement from Bell. In November of 2003, she joined Mission Chiropractic. She currently resides in Roeland Park where she is an avid gardener. She especially enjoys spending time with friends and her two grandchildren.
Chaz Armstrong graduated high school from Omaha, NE in 1997, the very next day he started massage therapy training at the age of 17. He graduated in 1999 from Johnson County Community College with an associate degree in massage therapy. He began to build his skills and endurance for deep tissue massage at a fitness center in Olathe. Chaz specializes in the following massage; sports, Swedish, deep tissue, rehabilitation and prenatal.
Chaz has also been able to branch out into corporate on-site chair massages at several major businesses. He was asked to join the Mission Wellness team in August 2009 after a patient referral. When he is not working, he enjoys an occasional poker game, writing, producing, and performing music from rhythm and blues to rock and even country! For more information click here.
Shannon M. Lipps returns to Mission Wellness after 3 ½ years in private practice. She graduated from High-Tech Institute in KCMO in 2007 with an Associate degree in applied science and obtained her license for massage therapy. She is FSMTB certified, insured through AMTA and spent over 6 years working alongside chiropractors, acupuncturists and an Oriental medicine specialist, before opening her own practice in August of 2012. She participates in various volunteer opportunities within the community, continues her education through CEU courses, and is CPR/First Aid certified.
She specializes in therapeutic and rehabilitative techniques, trigger point, geriatric, PNF, and Swedish.
Margaret Older joined the Mission Wellness team in 2010. She brings 16 years experience to our team. It was her own wellness goals that led Margaret to acupuncture treatment.
Margaret became interested in acupuncture as a result of suffering with migraines for years. She was motivated to pursue an education in Oriental Medicine in order to share these benefits with others. Margaret earned a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine under the guidance of Chinese doctors.
Peggy, as we call her, graduated in 2002 from The International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, NM. After three years of study, Margaret became nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine which includes acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. She practices Traditional Chinese Medicine style Acupuncture.
Jennifer Funk started her Healing Career as an Acupuncturist in 2007. She earned her Masters Degree at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland Oregon and is nationally certified as a diplomate in acupuncture. Jenn has a unique awareness of human emotions in relation to pain. She melds her knowledge of the body with an awareness of how physical, emotional and spiritual pain and suffering are connected. This combination enables her to treat patients with a heart felt approach to healing.