Dr. Ryan was an associate doctor at Advanced Medical of the Twin Cities before relocating to the Brainerd Lakes Area. He owned and operated Hokanson Chiropractic and Injury Center in Brainerd before joining HealthFirst Chiropractic in 2004 as Clinic Director of the Brainerd location. In 2006, Dr. Ryan purchased HealthFirst Chiropractic of Brainerd and changed its name to Select Life Chiropractic.
Hunting, Fishing, outdoor activities, as well as a strong school system and small town atmosphere drew Dr. Ryan and his wife Patsy, to the Brainerd area. An avid sports fan, Dr. Ryan enjoys watching and playing sports, especially hockey. He has experience as a youth hockey coach and also as an on-site chiropractor at sporting events.
Dr. Ryan enjoys treating people of all ages, from seniors to infants. He was drawn to chiropractic after having his own chiropractic "miracle" and loves having the chance to help others without the use of drugs or surgery.
Aaron Hokanson, D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Aaron was born and raised in the small northern Minnesota town of Roseau and graduated from Roseau High School in 1997. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He continued his education at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington and received his license as an Emergency Medical Technician in 2004 and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2005. Dr. Hokanson finished his externship in Milbank, South Dakota prior to moving to the Brainerd Lakes Area in 2005. He worked as an Associate Doctor for HealthFirst Chiropractic of Baxter and HealthFirst of Pine River from 2005-2008. In April of 2008, Dr. Hokanson purchased the HealthFirst Chiropractic of Baxter clinic and formed Back to Basics Chiropractic. In 2014, Dr. Aaron merged his practice with Dr. Ryan's under one name, Select Life Chiropractic. In July of 2016, Dr. Aaron received his license and board certification in acupuncture and has been combining eastern medicine with chiropractic to help people get better faster.
Dr. Aaron was drawn to the Brainerd Lakes Area because of his love for the outdoors as well as the small town atmosphere it presents. He has been active in the community and enjoys volunteering and speaking to the public on health and wellness topics. When he's not busy caring for his patients, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and playing hockey in the Lakes Area Hockey League as well as spending time with his wife Katie and their sons Parker and Cole.
Dr. Aaron has experience as an on site first responder and EMT as well as an on site chiropractor at sporting events and has also worked with professional athletes. Although he has a strong interest and background in sports, his practice focus has shifted to family care and he enjoys treating patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Dr. Hokanson chose chiropractic not only as a profession, but also as a lifestyle due to his personal experiences with chiropractic, and his desire to serve people and the community. Samantha Heagerty, CMT Certified Massage Therapist
Julie Meister Office Manager/Chiropractic Assistant Julie is responsible for scheduling, billing and assisting the doctors with patient therapies. Julie is a graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and Photography. A native of the Brainerd lakes area, she enjoys playing softball, skiing and spending time with her husband, Ben and their Labrador retriever puppy, Pearl. Prior to joining Select Life Chiropractic, Julie was the coordinator for the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail.
Jennifer Merritt Office Manager/Chiropractic Assistant
Jen is also responsible for scheduling, billing, and assisting the doctors. Jen was born and raised in the Brainerd lakes area. She is a graduate of the Park Avenue School of Cosmetology with a certificate in esthetics. Jen has three boys and subsequently spends a lot of time at baseball games and wrestling matches. In her free time, she loves to spend time outdoors fishing and camping.