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Meet our Family First Chiropractic Team

Joanne King – Chiropractic Assistant/Administrative Manager

Joanne King, Family First ChiropracticJoanne was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007 with a Master’s degree in education.

After spending a few years working with local school systems, Joanne decided to pursue an opportunity to educate people of all ages about the importance of having a healthy spine and nervous system. Joanne focuses on providing the best experience to everyone who walks into the office; most of her efforts happen “behind the scenes,” making sure that everything at Family First is running smoothly! Outside the office, Joanne enjoys cooking, traveling, watching movies with her husband, Todd, and being a mom to their daughter Adalynn.


Julie Larson, Family First ChiropracticJulie Larson – Chiropractic Tech Assistant/Community Outreach Coordinator

Julie grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska, and then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She has worked with children in many capacities, helping them to learn, grow, and be healthy. In her role as a Chiropractic Assistant, Julie loves continuing to educate others, this time about keeping your nervous system functioning optimally by maintaining a healthy spine. Julie and her husband Ben have two children, Anna and Claire. Among reading, dancing, and playing with the girls, Julie loves to travel, be outdoors, and laugh with friends and family.


Melissa Marley – Director of Operations

Melissa Marley, Family First ChiropracticMelissa is Dr. Joel’s wife and a large contributor to much of the operations of Family First Chiropractic. She is the person behind the beautiful themed decor throughout the months as well as the fun events, contests, and promotions that go on within the office. She is also responsible for making sure that there is a great team of people serving you each day. She spends half of her time each week at FFC so you may see her at times popping in and out of the office. You will also see her at the parties in the office and special workshop nights where she may also be one of the speakers!

Melissa was born and raised her entire life in East Dubuque, IL. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2004 with a degree in Recreation Therapy and then also graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2005 with a degree as a Chiropractic Office Assistant. Since her and Dr. Joel married in 2009, they were blessed in March of 2013 with their beautiful daughter, Gianna. Since then Melissa enjoys being able to pursue her mission with Family First Chiropractic as well as a second career in doing life/business coaching and team training for chiropractors around the globe.


Carla Ratzlaff, Family First ChiropracticCarla Ratzlaff – Chiropractic Assistant

Carla grew up in Avon, SD, and moved to Omaha in 2004 for college. She graduated from Grace University in 2008 with a degree in Intercultural Studies. She has always had a passion to help others, and her degree gave her a great understanding for relating to others. Shortly after graduating college, she began working at Starbucks, and that is where her life was changed for the better! One of her customers would often talk about how they were on their way to the chiropractor (Dr. Joel!). She hurt her knee one day, and asked about a check-up offer. She has been coming to Family First Chiropractic for 7 years now! Her health journey has had many ups and downs, but the team at FFC has always been available to support her, and now that she is working here, she gets to pay it forward to others.

Currently, she lives in La Vista with her cat, Panda. She enjoys reading, going to movies, game nights with friends, and going to the gym. She is very involved at her church, and she still LOVES her Starbucks visits!


Courtney Smith – Chiropractic Tech Assistant

Courtney Smith, Family First ChiropracticCourtney has lived in Nebraska her whole life and grew up in Bellevue. She was a very active kid, and started martial arts when she was 5 years old, and started playing soccer when she was 6. As she got older, she got into sports like basketball, cross country, swimming, baseball, softball, and wrestling. She continues to practice and teach martial arts- she holds a first-degree black belt and a blue belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu.

After high school, she continued her education at Iowa Western Community College where she started in the Athletic Training program. She has always had an interest in the human body, health, and of course, sports! She was very involved in the program and worked in the clinic 3-4 times a week and as well working other sporting events. In her second year, she was the Student Athletic Trainer for the softball team and for the volleyball team. She was also the President of the Reiver Athletic Training Student program. She graduated with my Associate’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2015, and transferred over to the University of Nebraska- Omaha and into their Exercise Science program where she continues to take classes to work towards her Bachelor’s degree. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, as well as travel. She feels very fortunate to be a part of the team here at Family First, and she cannot wait for what the future here holds for her!


We look forward to meeting you and watching your life transform with care from our amazing doctors and staff.

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