About Our Team

Dr. Lance Gard


Dr. Lance was born and raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia. As an avid soccer player and champion weightlifter he was always drawn to sports and recreation. Dr. Lance is a graduate of Marshall University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. Following a three year stint in the workforce, he realized he wanted to do more and help more. The merging of his passion for learning and natural healthcare with his desire to be his own boss landed him at a Cleveland University in Overland Park, Kansas where we earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic. Dr. Lance is active in the local chiropractic community and serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. He holds advanced training and certification by the Council on Extremity Adjusting, Chiropractic Wellness Specialist, Activator Method adjusting, Flexion Distraction and diversified techniques. In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Lance is excited about performance nutrition, fast and loud cars, and pushing himself to physical limits in CrossFit. When he's not in the office, you can find him at the beach, hiking or otherwise having fun with his wife and two active boys.

Dr. Aliya Gard


Dr. Aliya was born in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. She was involved in classical ballet from an early age and developed her sense of determination and grit at an early age. Always fascinated by relationships and people, she attended the University of Southern Maine where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. After five years in corporate America she took a deep dive into her yoga practice, and studied to be a teacher in extensively Los Angeles and India. Following a back injury, Dr. Aliya was enlightened to the benefits of chiropractic care and found the congruency with what she was already learning both inspiring and astounding. Five years later, she received her Doctorate of Chiropractic also from Cleveland University in Overland Park, Kansas. Dr. Aliya holds additional certification from Acupuncture Society of America, Webster Technique for pregnancy, and pediatric chiropractic study from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She is active in the North Carolina Chiropractic Society and sits on the Physicians Advisory Board for Health Network Solutions. Dr. Aliya is passionate about chiropractic, nutrition and all things natural to help people reach their fullest potential. When she's not in the office she's volunteering her time at her son's school, doing CrossFit, enjoying hikes and open water, or reading about ways to improve life and health.

Jennifer VanBuuren

B.S, C.C.A

We're happy to have Jennifer back on the dream team, this time working as the Office Manager and Certified Clinical Chiropractic Assistant. Previously, she worked with us as our Intake Coordinator for two years and she loves when she gets a chance to help at the Reception Desk and stay connected with our patients! Jennifer is originally from Greenville, NC and moved here in 2010 to attend NCSU where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. While Jennifer will always have a love for animals, she enjoys working in the healthcare field and wants to pursue a career in medical office management or billing. In her free time you can find her reading and spending time with her two cats, Missy and Sampson.

Our team is dedicated to giving you the best care possible.

Emma Elsea

B.S. , C.C.A

Siara Mims

Front Desk

We first met Siara as a patient at GWC! She had such a great response to treatment that she want to join our team, and we couldn't be happier to have her on board! She's the super friendly face you'll see at the Front Desk and out as well as about town as a community liaison!

We welcome the opportunity

to help you and your family heal and reach your health goals.