Meet the Doctors
Dr. Brian J. Stemp
Dr. Brian J. Stemp along with his wife Dr. Catherine Stemp co-own and operate Stemp Family Chiropractic, LLC. Dr. Brian is a fourth generation Tacoma native and second generation Chiropractor with deep roots in Washington State. He graduated from Clover Park High School in Lakewood and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Central Washington University. He then attended Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta Georgia where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He met his wife Dr. Catherine in Chiropractic school and in 1998 they returned to Tacoma to practice together. Dr. Brian and Catherine now have four wonderful sons; Charlie, Henry, Anders, and Merritt. The Stemps' hope that one or more of their kids will carry on the family tradition!
As the son of two chiropractors Dr. Brian has always known the benefits of chiropractic care. The day he and his brother were born his twin David's life was literally saved by a chiropractic adjustment delivered by his father. Growing up in a family that did not use traditional medicine was normal to Dr. Brian. Whenever he caught a cold or had an injury from his days on the swim and water polo teams there was never any mention of Aspirin, Tylenol or antibiotics. He would get an adjustment, drink lots of water, eat healthy and get some rest..This is the same advice he gives his patients today. Chiropractic is a way of life for Dr. Brian!
Today, he continues this alternative approach to health at home with his family and with his patients in the office. This approach to health starts with locating any disturbances or disruptions in the spine called SUBLUXATIONS, then corrects those subluxations with a gentle adjustment to the spine followed by recommendations of lifestyle changes that would allow for more normal function of the body and a return to health. Dr. Brian will stress the importance of regular exercise, good nutrition, maintaining a positive mental attitude and getting restful sleep as the keys to attaining optimum health.
While he encourages optimum health for all patients, Dr. Brian understands that many patients simply want to get out of pain so they can get back to work or help take care of their families. Dr. Brian has spent countless additional hours honing his chiropractic skills in order provide quick, effective and lasting pain-relief. He has a wide array of techniques that have been proven to provide fast relief for many spine and nerve related conditions such as lower back and neck pain, migraine and tension headaches, and sciatica, to name a few.
In addition to treating the spine Dr. Brian is a member of the ACBSP as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and Certified Chiropractic Extremity Physician (CCEP). He is one of only a dozen or so chiropractors who hold these certifications in the State of Washington. He is certified to treat a wide range of sports related injuries dealing with shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, hips, and feet.
Dr. Brian has served as the team doctor for The Pierce County Bangles (Semi-professional football team), the Seattle Mist (Seattle's women's professional football team), the JLBM Roller Derby Team, as well as a volunteer for his alma mater Clover Park High School's Football team and athletes for the past 14 years. Since 2011 he has had the honor of being chosen as one of the official chiropractors for the U.S. Open Golf Championships.
Dr. Kyla A. Nakamura
Dr. Kyla has deep roots in the Tacoma area as she is the fourth generation to grow up in Fife. She graduated from Fife High School and went on to receiver her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Washington State University. Go Cougs! From there, she moved to California where she earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West. While she loved living in California, Dr. Kyla missed home and moved back to the great Pacific Northwest after graduation. Dr. Kyla loves to do anything outdoors! In the summer, she loves to hike, kayak, and play grass.beach volleyball. In the winter, she loves to snowboard, snowshoe, and cheer on her favorite football team!
Dr. Kyla was very involved during her time at Palmer College of Chiropractic west where she gained knowledge of recent innovations and research in chiropractic and health care. She participated in many sports council events where they provided treatment to athletes at many events such as 5k’s and the SeaOtter Classic Race. She was a Technique Assistant where she helped younger students learn and perfect many adjustment techniques. Dr. Kyla won the Clinical Excellence award for her graduating class. She also was a coach and manager of Athletes on Purpose where she coached movement training and injury prevention to young volleyball players. Dr. Kyla loves chiropractic because it is a holistic, hands on treatment using adjustments, taping, soft tissue work, and corrective exercises to keep the body out of pain and functioning at its optimum level.
Dr. Kyla is very motivated to work with athletes as she loved playing sports growing up. Dr. Kyla participated in competitive gymnastics for 12 years. After that, she started playing volleyball, tennis, golf and anything that kept her active. later, she focused on volleyball where she played for Puget Sound Volleyball Academy which took her all over the country for tournaments. In high school, she was name “Most Athletic” for her graduating class. Come on in and pick Dr. Kyla’s brain on sports and the most recent health care innovations!