Our Team

Meet our team at Heppner Family Chiopractic and Wellness Center.


Michelle Heppner, DC

Dr. Michelle Heppner graduated from Life University School of Chiropractic, receiving her doctorate degree in 1995. Dr. Heppner practiced in Charleston, South Carolina, for 5 years until she moved to Charlottesville more than a dozen years ago to start a family practice where she could devote her time and effort to treating entire families, as well as individuals. 

Professional organizations: Member, Virginia Chiropractic Association

Interests: Dr. Heppner is devoted to her adorable young children, Emily and Quentin. Michelle is a firm believer in exercise and maintaining health and physical fitness. She's an enthusiastic member of the community, volunteering and participating in so much of what it has to offer.

Alicia Hamilton, DC

Dr. Alicia Hamilton graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon in 2012 with her Doctorate in Chiropractic. Since graduation she relocated to beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia.

Her mission is to focus on the entire family so that everyone is healthy, happy, & energized. She wants her patients to get all the support and encouragement they need to live their best lives possible. Dr. Hamilton gives simple home care exercises to her patients to correct their posture, relieve their daily pain, and empower them to take their health into their own hands.

When she is not helping patients achieve their health goals, Dr. Hamilton has many hobbies that she devotes free time to including, creating healthy foods, soap making, & walking or hiking with her husband and their dog River.

Bob DeGregory, CMT

Bob is a talented Massage Therapist who graduated from the International Academy of Massage Sciences in 1994 and was certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. 

Since then, Bob has received training in a multitude of specialties. We are lucky to have him on the Heppner Family Chiropractic team.

 If you have any questions about the benefits of therapeutic massage or would like to talk about your particular situation, please feel free to contact Bob at our office or via email at heppnerchiropractic@gmail.com

In addition to being a highly skilled Massage Therapist, Bob is an adoring dad of one beautiful son, an avid runner and a motorcycle enthusiast. He's also a songwriter and a member of a successful rock band called Full Moon Circle, for which he plays bass guitar. 

Katy Wessel, CMT

Katy is passionate about helping people feel better through therapeutic massage. 

During her “midlife crisis” five years ago, she attended and graduated from Southeastern Institute of Clinical Neuromuscular Massage in Columbia, South Carolina. 

One of her favorite things while in South Carolina was working at a maternity spa, and still loves massage work with pregnant women.  She is certified with “Nurturing the Mother” education, as well as a number of other modalities, including geriatric massage. 

Katy met her husband, Tim, at Ohio State (and is still an avid Buckeyes fan!), and has been a military spouse for 22 years. She has three children: Tyler, Valerie, and Jacob. She loves being involved with her church and with various community services like Loaves and Fishes. She has a black belt in Dan Zan Ryu jujitsu, and enjoys reading any time she has a free moment.

Cindy Bitrick, Office Manager and Chiropractic Assistant

Cindy Bitrick is our dedicated office manager and chiropractic assistant. She is a lifetime resident of the greater Charlottesville area and is involved in the local community.

In the office she is an extreme multitasker who does everything from answering telephones, scheduling appointments, responding to billing questions, replying to e-mails, to lending the doctors a helping hand. She is quick to give a smile and kind words to patients and staff alike.

Cindy enjoys spending as much time as she can with her husband Mike and their two amazing daughters Victoria and Kaitlyn. She likes many types of animals but especially hummingbirds and poodles - she has been a lifetime owner of the breed and currently has three furry poodle family members.

During her free time you might find Cindy working on her yard planting flowers or taking a trip to the beach to dig her feet into the sand.