Gard Wellness

About Our Team

health

Our bodies are self-healing, self-regulating organisms.  We have an innate ability to heal, regenerate and thrive when we operate in peak state.  We are moved away from peak state by many things which we can summarize with 3 T’s.  Thoughts, traumas, and toxins.

Thoughts – our stress, our mindset, our internal dialogue, the way we talk to our bodies, they way we ‘think’ we are physically, it all matters. Our cells are listening. Our thoughts create patterns of stress which can put us in fight or flight. Prolonged stress manifests physically with pain, headaches and more. Chiropractic care gets your body out of fight or flight and helps your nervous system reset. 

Traumas – these can be as big as a major car accident, or as little as poor ergonomics at your work station.  It can onset as a baby with a forceful birth, or manifest later in life after years of repetitive motion, poor posture and more.  Chiropractic care works by locating the areas of greatest stress in the spine and restoring their motion and position.  When this is achieved, the nerve signals moving down the spine are operating at peak state and the body self-regulates and self-heals.

Toxins – we’re exposed daily to thousands of toxins from our food, to our body products and our environment. These exposures create a state of inflammation and dis-ease in the body. The ongoing chemical assault can put our nervous system into dysregulation, and impairs your body’s ability to self-regulate and self-heal.  Chiropractic care helps regulate your nervous system, thus helping your body heal and adapt to ongoing changes in it’s environment. 

mission

Our mission is to empower patients to take control of their health. Our vision is a community where people understand their own potential to heal and thrive, where they make healthy choices for themselves and their families, and where they empower those around them to live their best life too!  When we feel good, we do good. Imagine that ripple effect! 

team

Our goal is to provide you with excellent care and customer service!
Our team is constantly looking for way to sharpen our skill set and bring you services which align with our vision of healthy, vibrant living. 
We know you have choices when it comes to your care and we’re so thankful for all of you who continue to chose us!

Dr. Lance Gard
Dr. Lance Gard
Staff Bio

Gifted chiropractor and co-founder of Gard Wellness Center, dad of two boys, husband and business partner to Dr. Aliya Gard, CrossFitter, house builder, fixer of anything, blue-collar guy with a white-collar job, big thinker, energy conscious, entrepreneur.

Dr. Lance is a Certified Wellness Professional, certified Extremity Adjuster, and Motion palpation expert.

Dr. Lance has served on the board of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association since 2012 and currently serves as the Vice President. In addition to serving the State Association, he contributes time to the Physicians Advisory Board of Health Network Solutions and is a proud member of Focus Foundations. In his spare time, you can find him boating, fishing, hiking, reading about something heavy, and enjoying time with his friends and family.

Dr. Lance came to chiropractic after hearing a local chiropractor speak at his high school about the power of spinal health as it relates to overall health and the ability to thrive. He was hooked and after a bit of personal exploration returned to that premise and that promise and he's been living the chiropractic lifestyle ever since.

Dr. Lance Gard

Chiropractor | Director

Dr. Aliya Gard
Dr. Aliya Gard
Staff Bio

Mom, wife, chiropractor, entrepreneur and co-founder of Gard Wellness Center, who landed in this field from personal experience and a passion for natural healthcare. Diagnosed at 23 with PCOS and told she'd never have children, she found her way to chiropractic and functional medicine and it changed the course of her life.

Dr. Aliya works with pediatric and peri-natal patients, and offers acupuncture, dry needling and functional medicine online.

Her certifications include:

  • Webster Technique, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA)
  • Functional Medicine - Combined 1000+ hours from Institute of Functional Medicine, Apex Energetics, Biotics Research, FMFT and more…
  • FASA, Acupuncture, Acupuncture Society of America
  • Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) (pending ICPA)
  • Dry Needling Certification, Fishkin Dry Needling Institute

Dr. Aliya serves board positions with the Physician's Advisory Board for Health Network Solutions, and the Credentialing Committee also with HNS. She's an entrepreneur and business mentor for small business start-up in the Launch Cary and Launch Holly springs programs. She speaks locally and internationally on health and wellness. She is a consultant for chiropractic start-ups and for Dialectica as a specialist in EHR and practice management software platforms. She is a Rotarian in the Cary-Kildaire Rotary group which affords her many opportunities to volunteer and serve her community.

When she’s not at GWC you can find her boating, wakeboarding, at a Crossfit class, hiking, making sourdough bread, meal prepping, falling asleep reading, and hanging with her family and friends.

Dr. Aliya Gard

Pediatric Perinatal Chiropractor | Functional Medicine | Acupuncture

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Emma Rogerson
Staff Bio

Emma Rogerson joined the team in 2018 as a Chiropractic Assistant and now works as the Practice Manager. She's on top of her game, keeps the ship running smooth and knows all the things about all the things!

Where are you from?
Lexington, KY originally, but I grew up in Raleigh

What's your background/education/certification?
Bachelors in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University, Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistant and X Ray Tech

Hobbies and interests?
Exercise, Movies, Carolina Hurricanes hockey, learning to play the ukulele

Something about your family/pets (if wanted)
My husband and I have a dog named Judge, and we have family in the Triangle and Greenville, NC

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume
I don't know how to ride a bike, confidently or well (lol)

Where can we find you on your day off?
Exploring the Cary greenways on a run, or at a Canes hockey game

Emma Rogerson

Practice Manager
Certified Chiropractic Assistant | X-ray tech

Dr. Evan Crowley
Dr. Evan Crowley

Where are you from?
Idaho, city called Twin Falls

What's your background, education, and certifications?
B.S. in Exercise Science from BYU-Idaho (Rexburg, ID)
Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic (St. Louis, MO)
Masters in Sports and Rehabilitation from Logan University (St. Louis, MO)

Hobbies and interests?
Music, rhythm, movement, family, human performance, and self-growth. Entertainment (books, movies, podcasts, shows, etc) for an optimistic future.

Something about your family and pets?
My wife Tonya and I have two kids, Russell and Paige, and a labradoodle named Chief. Russell is in his tween stage and loves writing and building things. My wife and daughter are figure ice skaters.

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume.
My wife and I met ballroom dancing. And from a young age I worked at my family's old fashioned soda fountain in downtown Twin Falls on Main Street.

Where would we find you on your day off?
Exercise, outdoors, playing with my kids, and loving life.

Dr. Evan Crowley

Chiropractor 

Heather Morlock
Heather Morlock

Heather came to us from the coast with lots of chiropractic office experience. You can find her bright smile and enthusiastic spirit in the back helping Drs. Lance and Aliya!

Where are you from?
All over! My childhood was spent in Massachusetts, most of my adult life has been in North Carolina

What's your background/education/certification?
AA, CCA, Xray Tech, BLS

Hobbies and interests?
DIY enthusiast & craftaholic, bookworm, java junkie, wanna-be travel buff

Something about your family/pets (if wanted)
I've got a 15 year old rescue named Riley

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume
I've driven cross country

Where can we find you on your day off?
Looking for treasures at local thrift stores and looking lost at Lowe's/Home Depot

Heather Morlock

Certified Chiropractic Assistant | X-ray Tech

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Brianna Mccormick
Staff Bio

Brianna recently joined the team and come with lots of prior experience in a chiropractic office and a passion for holistic healthcare and healthy living!

Where are you from?
I was born in Texas but raised in Sanford, NC

What's your background/education/certification?
I am graduating with my associates in applied science in integrative health sciences; I am Ca/Xray certified

Hobbies and interests?
I enjoy natural medicine, nutrition, hiking, yoga, meditation and music. I am a big nature lover.

Something about your family/pets (if wanted)
I am a mom to two boys (10, 7). I have a basset hound named Lucy.

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume
I got certified as a pharmacy technician out of high school but ended up pursuing a degree in holistic medicine.

Where can we find you on your day off?
On my days off, you can find me outdoors with my kiddos soaking up the sunshine.

Brianna Mccormick

Certified Chiropractic Assistant | X-ray Tech

Sharon Young
Sharon Young
...stay tuned for all the awesome facts about Sharon!

Sharon Young

Front Desk Associate 

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Brittany Hazel
...stay tuned for all the cool info about Brittany! fun fact we know: she's also an engineer!

Brittany Hazel

Licensed Massage Therapist

Ashley Atkins
Ashley Atkins

Ashley is one of our rockstar LMTs, you can find her on Thursday mornings!

Where are you from?
I was born up north in NH, lived in Massachusetts, but have lived in NC for 30 years so I tell people I'm a born Yankee raised southern....but I like it down here better.

What's your background/education/certification?
I went to Gwinnett college and graduated in November 2020. I'd love to further my schooling with a bachelor's in kinesiology one day.

Hobbies and interests?
I have 5 kids so don't have much time for myself but love to travel and take my kids to have new experiences always down to try something at least once whether it's a new food or activity.

Something about your family/pets (if wanted)
I have 5 kids: a 19-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl, a 9-year-old girl, and a 6-year-old girl.

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume
I'm the oldest of 5.

Where can we find you on your day off?
In my bed, watching something, or reading a book.

Ashley Atkins​

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Justin Harrelson
Staff Bio

Where are you from?
Fuquay-Varina

What's your background, education, and certifications?
Graduated from FVHS, studied massage at Miller-Motte College. I love table Thai, deep tissue, Prenatal, Reiki, reflexology, myofascial release, craniosacral, and sports massage, and study them all often!

Hobbies and interests?
Exercise, eating, TV hopping, and art.

Something about your family and pets?
I'm from a close family of artists and I have a dog named TJ (he's actually my Mom's).

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume.
I helped build a huge fish and produce farm in Angier.

Where would we find you on your day off?
Outside or with family and my partner Ebru.

Justin Harrelson

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Destiny McCoy

Where are you from?
Clayton, NC

What's your background, education, and certifications?
LMBT, CCA, NCP

Hobbies and interests?
Research, watching surgeries online, and listening to Audible.

Something about your family and pets?
I have one daughter, no pets, and zero siblings.

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume.
I very secretly work on celebrities and athletes.

Where would we find you on your day off?
Doing activities with my daughter or resting and cleaning at home.

Destiny McCoy

Licensed Massage Therapist

brian
Brian Wardell
Staff Bio

Brian is another amazing LMT and we're glad to have him back!

Where are you from?
Indianapolis, IN.

What's your background/education/certification?
I studied massage at ECPI.

Hobbies and interests?
I like to gardening, play video games, and cook!

Something about your family/pets (if wanted)
I have cats

Fun fact we wouldn't see on your resume
I don't actually like being touched. Go figure

Where can we find you on your day off?
I'm never off 😂

Brian Wardell

 

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Angillo Mentor
Angillo has a super cool history and is former military. He'll share the rest of his info soon!

Angillo Mentor

Licensed Massage Therapist

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