meet the team
Dr Steven Quale D.C.
Everyone has a history and to get to know me I would like to share a bit of mine so you can see what led me to where I am today. As a kid growing up I was very accident prone, I needed a helmet for everyday life like I’m sure some of you may feel. I broke my nose for the first time by 2 year old, by 6 years I spiral fractured my leg, at 8 I broke my nose for a second time, not to mention breaking my arm in two places by the age of 12. Needless to say, my parents were not amused.
When I was a little older I managed to break every one of my fingers on separate occasions while competing in downhill ski racing. But for some reason the only thing that would ever REALLY hurt me, was my back. I missed school. I missed work. I felt like I couldn’t keep up with my friends. Simply because my back hurt too much. I went to the doctor’s office and was prescribed pain medication, which helped, until they wore off.
After graduating from Glencoe High School in 2006, I went to community college with no clue what I wanted to do. Eventually, I was told to go see Dr. Brian Rueben by my then girlfriend (now wife). I became a patient in 2007 and started to feel better. I started paying more attention to what he was doing but, to me, it made no sense. How could he be helping me with just his hands, when even the drugs didn’t? So I began to pursue the field of Chiropractic, with the encouragement and guidance of Dr. Rueben.
During the first year of Chiropractic College, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis which is an inflammatory disease that causes progressive fusion of the spine. It was what was causing my low back pain and nothing was helping except for Chiropractic. Three and a half years and over 300 tests later, I graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelors of Human Biology from University of Western States Chiropractic College, and began practicing under Dr. Brian Rueben here at Back to Basics Chiropractic in 2014. I honestly couldn’t be happier with the amazing team that we have here at Back to Basics.
After four years of working side by side with Dr. Rueben, I was given the chance to take over the practice. Since 2018 I have been the sole owner of Back to Basics Chiropractic and am passionate about continuing the amazing care and vision that Dr. Rueben had.
I hope that my story can inspire optimism in all those suffering from chronic debilitating pain. Chiropractic care is an amazing therapy that I believe can improve everybody’s quality of life.
I was referred to Back To Basics Chiropractic in February of 2005 to see if they could help me with nerve pain that I had been experiencing for over a year. I had never been to a Chiropractor before and I was terrified of being adjusted. At the time I was on a "routine" of getting a cold every three to four months, which I thought was normal. I had been in restaurant management for years and had accepted the pain and my colds as something that was normal because I was getting older and that I would deal with for the rest of my life. After only a few months of treatment my pain was about 90% better. In May of 2005, I joined Back To Basics Chiropractic as an Office Manager. Since that time, I still get regular adjustments, my sciatic nerve pain is gone, and I never call in sick!
For over 11 years I helped to build the practice handling all of the scheduling, billing and management needs. Over the last few years I have transitioned to working mostly from home, so I can focus more on just billing. One area that makes our office different and more complete in our care for patients, is how I strive to help everyone understand insurance terminology and their Chiropractic benefits, so they can fully utilize their benefits to the best of their ability.
When I'm not at work I enjoy camping, stilt walking, scuba diving, travelling, photography, making huge bubbles and gardening. With all my activities outside of work, I now understand how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle in order to play as hard as I work!
Julie began her massage training in 2011 at AICM in Post Falls, ID and completed her training at East West College in Portland, OR. While in school, she also worked as a Chiropractic Assistant. There she developed her unique touch & gained valuable experience working with a variety of people with varying conditions including motor vehicle accidents. Julie has a very friendly & warm personality and is sure to put you at ease. She has a firm but nurturing touch and enjoys combining modalities to tailor each session to the person’s needs. Julie specializes in:
- Myofascial Release
- Deep tissue
- Trigger point
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular fascilitation
I graduated from massage school in California in 2016 then worked for myself for the first few years before returning to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I then joined Back to Basics Chiropractic April, 2019 and I just love the perk of receiving chiropractic care to help me maintain optimal health. My favorite part of the job is when clients tell me how much better they are feeling after receiving massage.
It is very important to me to provide a fluid massage. One that is therapeutic often including that “sweet pain” that affects change in muscle tension and fascial restrictions, so life is just better in between.
Modalities often included in my massage routine:
- Basic Swedish: relaxing connectivity throughout massage transition in a fluid fashion.
- Deep Tissue: warming tissue layer by layer to access the repeat offenders.
- Myofascial Release: dry technique, often employed at the end of massage to further break down fascial sticking which causes pain.
- Trigger Point: Static pressure and isolated friction to that annoying spot (often next to shoulder blade).
- Pin and Stretch; when low back pain is frequent stretching the hip flexors in this manner can be key. Utilizing this style of stretch on deep glut muscles can open up the hip and prevent/alleviate sciatica.
- Foot Reflexology: aww the feet, our foundation, need I say more?
I look forward to helping you facilitate positive change.
Before joining Back To Basics Chiropractic, I worked as a Clinic Coordinator at a massage school, which made me a perfect fit for the office. I joined Back to Basics team in the spring of 2016 as a Chiropractic Assistant and have now moved into the position of Office Manager as of July of 2019.
My first experience with chiropractic was after I was rear-ended in a car accident when I was 18. Initially, I thought I was okay, but later that day my neck began to stiffen and I couldn't move my head to the side without excruciating pain. I thought this was something I'd have to live with for the rest of my life.
A few days after the accident, a friend told me to try seeing a chiropractor. I had no idea if it would help, but I was willing to give chiropractic a try. I began getting adjusted three times a week and gradually decreased the frequency of my appointments as my body began to heal. After a few months of care I was able to get back to my daily activities pain-free.
I have always been an active person and I am committed to nutrition and using a variety of natural methods to stay healthy. I am a firm believer in the healing powers of Chiropractic and I take pride in fostering the kind of welcoming environment I would want to experience in a Chiropractic office. The most rewarding part of my job is watching the physical and mental transformation in patients as they improve their health and quality of living through Chiropractic.
Caroline graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts in 2009. She uses her knowledge and training to tailor every session to what the client needs, often combining several specialties into one session. She uses her hands and heart to have every client walk out feeling like they are changed for the better.
- Deep Tissue
- Trigger Point
- Hot Stone
- Myofascial Release
I discovered Chiropractic at the age of 20, when I was in a car accident and got terrible whiplash. The key to my recovery was regular adjustments and massage. After I had completed the care from my accident, I did not receive any more care for a couple years and I started having pain and discomfort in my hip. I started care with Dr. Quale and my hip is now improving with every appointment. After getting educated on how much the spine can affect the whole body, I now get adjusted regularly and massages once a month.
I am new to Portland originally born and raised in Idaho. I am currently finishing up my degree in Communication with a Public Relations emphasis. I enjoy being someone that brightens another's day. I have a husky named Luna that keeps me more than active. In my free time I like to read, go for hikes, and drink good coffee. I have been an aunt since I was 6 years old and love spending time with my nieces and nephews. Even though I have not been here long, I am so thankful to have found such a great place of work at Back to Basics.