meet the team
RICK SWECKER D.C.
Dr. Rick is passionate about changing the world’s notion of what healthcare is. “It’s not drugs or surgery, it’s a natural approach to healing.” The Northern Nevada native also educates his patients about topics such as nutrition and stress reduction, and he works to help athletes at every level of training and competition.
Dr. Rick’s interest in chiropractic took root in high school. After reading a book about the body’s ability to heal itself, he realized it didn’t make sense to use drugs that could interfere with that ability.
Dr. Rick considered a career in preventative medicine and one that combined traditional and alternative medicine. Because this type of practice involved using drugs he choose chiropractic and went on to get his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life West Chiropractic College. While there, he enjoyed learning about how the body works. Dr. Rick also became interested in pursuing a way to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. He particularly enjoyed all the classes that dealt with anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
A GRANDMOTHER’S ENCOURAGING WORDS
Dr. Rick’s grandmother played a key role in connecting him with one of his fellow chiropractors. His grandma was a patient of Dr. Cliff‘s when Dr. Rick was still in school. “She kept telling me about this great guy who she was getting adjusted by and how when I finished school, I needed to come work with him.” So one day the doctors met and they determined that working together would be a perfect fit.
A FAMILY FOCUS
Dr. Rick loves Family First Chiropractic’s genuine family-like atmosphere for both the team and the patients. “I’ve never been at a workplace where everyone loves coming to work every day so much. Every patient sees how happy everybody is when they come here.” Dr. Rick and the rest of the team strive to make their patients’ days a little better.
LIFE OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
Dr. Rick enjoys hiking, golfing and most importantly, spending time with his family. He has a wife and four children. Dr. Rick is also involved with numerous community organizations including Children’s Cabinet and a local shelter for battered women.
RAY DANIELS D.C.
From the time he was young, Dr. Raymond (Ray) Daniels enjoyed learning about the human body and how it functioned, partially thanks to his Grandmother and her daily yoga practice. After playing three years of college baseball, Dr. Ray knew it was time to consider his professional options outside of athletics. Currently Practicing at the Sparks location.
When he thought about who seemed most happy and fulfilled, his chiropractor always came to mind. The rest, as they say, is history.
After learning about the human body’s innate ability to heal itself, he fell in love with the practice of chiropractic and is thrilled to be able to help people regain their health.
AN EDUCATION IN CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Ray attended the renowned Life Chiropractic College West in order to be exposed to the greatest diversity of chiropractic approaches while still honoring the philosophical roots of care. Ever since, he’s enjoyed meeting people where they are on their journey to true health and wellness while helping to craft a custom care plan focused on their own needs.
Dr. Ray believes chiropractic is a way to empower and inspire yourself and your family to evolve health and live the greatest life imaginable.
"My biggest passion of all is to take care of kids of all ages to set them on a different path to live a life free from medications and drugs while living full of possibility.”
- Dr. Ray
OUTSIDE OF THE PRACTICE
When Dr. Ray isn’t changing lives in the practice, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, snowboarding, backpacking and traveling—especially to Tahoe. Dr. Ray is also passionate about podcasting which has blossomed over the past couple of years. Recently, he’s helped develop two podcasts with one more in the works!
BRANDON FRANKEL D.C.
Dr. Brandon can proudly say that he is a true Reno-nian....born and raised. His passion is to inspire people to live THEIR truth and their most authentic expression. His mission is to educate, empower, and inspire others to express their full health potential because without our health, we become disconnected from the beautiful world around and inside of us.
His purpose is to reconnect people back to this crazy thing that animates life, that resides in each and every one of us, so that they can have an opportunity to truly SEE and recognize the beauty that they are and that the world around us is. Dr Brandon strives to live my purpose, passion, and mission every single day and what better of an opportunity to give back to the people, community, and city that had such a big impact on shaping the human being that he is today.
KAITLYN SHIKADA D.C.
Dr. Kaitlyn Shikada values health, connection and service. She was born and raised on the island of Oahu and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a minor in Exercise Science from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Upon hearing the Chiropractic Philosophy, that the body has an innate ability to HEAL, she knew this profession was how she wanted to share her gifts with others.
Dr. Kaitlyn graduated as Valedictorian with Clinical Honors from Life Chiropractic College West and served on 5 Chiropractic Service Trips around the world.
During her clinical experience, Dr. Kaitlyn was inspired by the amazing changes in the children she was fortunate to care for. After graduating, she practiced in one of the top Prenatal and Pediatric clinics in San Diego, California.
Dr. Kaitlyn is passionate about empowering women and serving the pediatric community, because healthy kids become healthy adults! She envisions a future where families are well-adjusted, connected, and living life at their greatest and truest expression.
She finds joy in dancing hula, sweating it out in a Bikram Yoga class and cooking healthy meals for others. Food is her love language!
Dr. Kaitlyn is grateful to be part of the Family First team and for the opportunity to support you in your health journey!
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