meet the team
Shelly Recer D.C.
Dr. Shelly Recer, D.C. was trained in chiropractic at Northwestern Health Science University and graduated in 1996. After working with another chiropractic doctor for a couple of years, she opened Healing Touch Wellness Center in 1998. Dr. Shelly is especially interested in addressing children's issues — starting with newborns.
She treats children and entire families. Dr. Shelly is a mother of six terrific kids — all receive regular treatment since the day they were born. Moms and Dads love coming to the office, too, because it’s so friendly towards kids and they can achieve their health goals too — all at one location. Dr. Shelly has great success with conditions that are both new and older ones that have not responded to other treatments. Injuries, accidents, and chronic repetitive symptoms are all treated with excellent success.
Dr. Shelly understands the specific needs of women who are pregnant and chiropractic care can be quite helpful during each trimester. During pregnancy, the center of gravity changes, putting stress on the spine. Many women find their labor shorter and experience less discomfort if they have received chiropractic care during their pregnancy.
Getting newborns off to a healthy start, Dr. Shelly recommends starting babies with gentle chiropractic treatments to build a healthy immune system, as well as ward off other common childhood ailments.
Dr. Shelly Says…
"My goal for you is to improve the state of health you are in. This is different for everyone. There are so many ways to improve how you feel and how your body works. I like to add to the adjustments with nutritional and vitamin supplements, essential oils, exercises, and lifestyle changes. There are many facets to you and all need to be addressed. Your body has the ability to make changes and heal itself — we just have to figure out a way to make that happen for you. I would like to give you natural options for your health."
Dr. Shelly’s practice continues to grow. She has changed the name of her Eagan chiropractic practice to “Eagan Family Chiropractic and Massage” to better reflect the services offered. Dr. Shelly continues to educate patients on back care and overall healthy life practices, including services focusing on patient weight loss and nutrition.
Tara Watkins D.C., A.T.C.
Dr. Tara Watkins received her Bachelors in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and has worked with a variety of athletes ranging from high school to collegiate. After undergrad, she pursued her Doctorate in Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University, graduating in 2018.
While she was in chiropractic school, she studied an array of different specialties but continued to focus on sports medicine. Dr. Tara is certified in FAKTR, RockTape, and has studied Myofascial Release techniques for treating musculoskeletal injuries.
Dr. Tara started her chiropractic career in New Hampshire, treating the population of Manchester and surrounding cities. She loves focusing on the athletic and physically active population because of the opportunities these patients bring for a diverse treatment of care. Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or someone who would like to move more, Dr. Tara wants to help you!
When Dr. Tara is not working, she is either spending time with friends and family or enjoying the beautiful outdoors! She loves to hike and run with her boyfriend, Matt, and their energetic dog, Rhea. She also loves to read a good book or snuggle up on the couch with her cat, Nessi.
Brittany Freese D.C.
Dr. Brittany Freese grew up in small town Fulda, MN (southwest corner) where she discovered the power of chiropractic after being injured playing volleyball at 16 years old. In 2010, she graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in human biology and completed her doctorate at Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2013.
Combining her chiropractic skills with a deep love for animals, she became certified in 2016 in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Animal Chiropractic) from Healing Oasis Wellness Center. She now enjoys helping everyone in the family live high-quality lifestyles by teaching them how to achieve and maintain optimal health and healing through a chiropractic and wellness lifestyle. When she isn't serving her family of patients (human and animal alike) and the people of her community, she enjoys anything to do with being outdoors along with spending time with her four younger siblings as much as she can. Most her free time is spent with her fur baby, Chester
Anne comes to us with a high level of expertise in the chiropractic and insurance field, making her the perfect addition to the Eagan Family Chiropractic & Massage team. After 15+ years of not having answers to her chronic pain and fatigue, Anne was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease and other co-infections in March of 2020.
Through a holistic Lyme Disease protocol, chiropractic, and other modalities her two boys, Gavin (18) and Gabriel (15) are finally getting their mom back and are so thankful for that!
Outside of our friendly office, Anne enjoys spending time with her family, attempting DIY projects, photography, shopping, and personal development. Anne looks forward to serving the patients of Eagan Family Chiropractic & Massage and is happy to be a part of their team!
Hello, my name is Veronica. I am the Chiropractic Assistant at Eagan Family Chiropractic and Massage. I will help you schedule appointments and direct you where to go in our clinic. I will also help with any Insurance questions or general informational questions you may have.
When I am not working at Eagan Family Chiropractic and massage, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two sons watching MN Wild hockey, golfing, and traveling. I am so fortunate to have found my new work home here with Dr. Shelly. Seeing our patients heal is truly an amazing gift, and I look forward to helping you achieve your best you!
Insurance & Collections Accounts Specialist
Debora started her career in the world of chiropractic in 2000. Her first position was a part-time position as an insurance and collection account specialist. As she experienced and gained more knowledge of chiropractic care, she knew this was her new journey.
Over the years Debora has served as a Front Desk Coordinator, Chiropractic Assistant, Manager, and Insurance and Collections Accounts Specialist.
Deb is married to her wonderful husband and has 4 children, 2 sons-in-law, and an energetic grandson.
Hobbies are: Hosting family and friends, sewing and crafts, music choir and piano, golfing, decorating, walking, and traveling.
My name is Nicole. I am a massage therapist here at Eagan Family Chiropractic and Massage. I studied Professional Massage Therapy at Everest Institute in Eagan and graduated in 2008. I have been working with Dr. Shelly since 2008. I like helping our patients feel better. I reside in Eagan with my husband and kids.
Lindsay completed her massage therapy course at High Tech Institute, St. Louis Park, MN in 2006. Through the years in the field, she has developed a keen sense of what one needs for relaxing chronic muscle pain through massage. In her free time, she loves to be with her family and her Golden Retriever, Hank.