meet the team
Kevin Lyter, D.C.
During my junior year, I suffered serious neck injuries in a water-skiing accident while staying with a friends’ family. His parents took me to their chiropractor who took x-rays and gave me my first chiropractic adjustment.
I had tremendous results from just one adjustment. My friend was planning to attend chiropractic school and I started thinking that this might be a good career path for me.
Law School Was Not For Me
My original plan of going to law school didn’t look so great after spending a summer working in a law firm. I enrolled in chiropractic school and graduated from Life Chiropractic College West at the end of 2000 and began practicing in Washington the following year. I experienced phenomenal results with chronic allergy and sinus problems almost immediately from a specific upper cervical adjustment and realized immediately that I wanted to practice a specific upper cervical technique.
A New Opportunity
In 2005 the opportunity to practice with Dr. Simmons and Dr. Kahrs was presented to me. When I met with Dr. Simmons and he demonstrated the Atlas Orthogonal Instrument adjustment on me and my wife, I was hooked and decided that this was the place for me to practice. Along with full spine adjusting, I try to help patients understand the importance of exercise and making sound nutritional choices.
I live in Puyallup with my wife Beth, who is a doctor of physical therapy, and our sons, Logan and Cameron.
I consider myself an excellent listener and hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person and discuss your specific health challenge. Give our Tacoma office a call or email us with the link below.
I experienced phenomenal results with chronic allergy & sinus problems almost immediately from a specific upper cervical adjustment. I realized immediately I wanted to practice that technique.
Jeffery Kahrs, D.C.
Dr. Kahrs has been a part of Simmons Chiropractic Clinic for 33+ years. He's Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal & Advanced Atlas Orthogonal work. He has a Fellowship in Applied Spinal Biomechanical Engineering.
These credentials reflect our ongoing commitment to continuing education. We are always striving to be better at what we do. Our ultimate goal is to help our patients lead greater lives.
Outside of the Office
We also have interests outside of the classroom. Dr. Kahrs has an amazing wife, five great adult daughters and now two of the cutest grandsons you would ever see. Besides the chiropractic care he administers here, he also does work in Kenya, East Africa. Over the past six years he has been apart of schools, orphanages, villages out in the bush, as well as helping through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to save baby elephants and re-introduce them into the wild as adults.
His youngest patient was 12 days old and currently his oldest is over 100 years old. If you fall between these two ages, we would love to help you with your health challenges. Our unique approach to care and the belief that we work best as a team, gives our patients the latest in healthcare with an old-fashioned personable touch. Contact our Tacoma chiropractic office today to book an appointment.
Having three sisters and five daughters he is keenly aware of the health concerns that women face in their various stages of life. Osteoporosis is one of the areas he is passionate about and how to prevent it.
Ed McCullough, D.C.
Dr. Ed McCullough grew up in Olympia and has been practicing chiropractic for over 10 years. He attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and has had the benefit to train and practice in several parts of the country. He has a passion for serving people and enjoys seeing patients of all ages.
He is trained in both Atlas Orthogonal and NUCCA as well as other techniques. Dr. McCullough has dedicated himself to further study and has currently completed two of the three years of the diplomate in Upper Cervical giving him access to cutting edge research and technology. He has additional training in head and neck trauma as well as TMJD to provide options for conservative care for conditions that involve the spine and nervous system. This additional training allows him to deliver spinal adjustments with the most delicate touch while helping to restore the body balance and get patients on the path to Wellness.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, he continued his education receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA.
Dr. Ed McCullough has a passion for serving people of all ages and has been providing services for those suffering for over a decade. He is experienced in several techniques with specific training in Upper Cervical Chiropractic and the head and neck. Dr. McCullough is one of very few chiropractors that are trained in multiple Upper Cervical techniques utilizing both NUCCA and Atlas Orthogonal. This additional training allows him to deliver spinal adjustments with the most delicate touch while helping to restore the body balance.
Outside the Office
Dr. McCullough and his family reside in Olympia, WA. His wife, Dr. L. “Jake” McCullough is also a chiropractor and they have raised their three children under chiropractic care. Their oldest son Ryland had his life turned around by chiropractic at the age of three and is now a thriving athlete who will be attending the University of Idaho this fall running XC and track. Their twins who are 8 years old were adjusted within 6 hours of birth. Dr. Ed’s own personal experience with chiropractic, experiences with his children, and his patients inspire him to continue to dedicate himself to the practice of Upper Cervical Care. The McCullough’s enjoy traveling and being outdoors. Favorite pastimes include boating, fishing, attending sporting events and one of the family favorite afternoons is a trip to the farmers market.
I love helping patients with chronic conditions regain health. I view each person as unique and love to work with each patient to achieve their optimum healing potential.
Taja Burke is the Office Manager at Simmons Chiropractic Clinic, but before the title of manager, she is a loving wife of 25 plus years, mother of three daughters, mother in law of two sons, and Gigi to her grandson. When she is not working, you can find her going on family adventures, serving in church, engaging in outdoor activities, and spending time at the lake house in Eastern Washington.