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!
I am originally from Southern California, and spent some of my adolescent years living in Southern Utah before heading to Northern California. After starting my own family, life brought us to Oregon. I have been in the Hillsboro area for about a year now, and am enjoying all the beautiful greenery everywhere. I love getting outdoors and staying healthy. My favorite thing in the world is spending time with my family.
I am receiving Chiropractic care for the first time in my life and am very excited to be doing so. I have experienced back pain for many years and always assumed it was something I would just have to live with. I am learning so many things that Chiropractic care can help with that I had no idea about before and even have my family coming in for their first experiences as well!
Dr Erik Leavitt D.C.
Originally from the small town of South Haven, Michigan, I grew up in a family lineage of doctors and always knew I would work in healthcare. After obtaining my bachelors degree in Business at Western Michigan University, I was exposed to several different medical fields and ultimately decided to pursue a career in chiropractic due to its effective and natural approach to healthcare.
In 2014, I graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA, with my Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree, and moved overseas to work and live in Singapore. During the four years I lived there, I had the opportunity to not only work for a very successful chiropractic company, but also own and run my own clinic. Most importantly, I am grateful for the life experience I gained while traveling to other countries, meeting people of different backgrounds, and being exposed to so many different cultures.
I am excited to contribute and inspire health within the Portland community. As a chiropractor, I look at the body in a holistic manner and believe in resolving the root cause of the problem, rather than masking symptoms. My goal for each patient is to use evidence-based techniques to create a course of care that is specifically tailored to each individual’s needs.
Born and raised in Central Montana, I have always loved the outdoors! In high school I made a trip to Oregon and completely fell in love. Since then it has been my dream to move to Oregon and in October of 2015 my husband and I finally made the move and are so glad we did!
I was first introduced to Chiropractic in January of 2005. The roads were really icy and I stopped at an intersection, but the truck behind me was unable to stop and rear-ended me. I didn’t see it coming and was shocked how quickly it happened and at the aftermath of my car. At first I thought I was ok, but later that day my neck began to get really stiff and I couldn’t move my head to the right without excruciating pain. I thought this was something I’d have to live with for the rest of my life. And that is a pretty scary thought when you’re only 18. A few days after the accident a friend told me to try seeing a Chiropractor and I’m so glad I did! After a few months of care I was able to get back to my daily activities pain free.
When I’m not at the office you’ll more than likely find me outside exploring with my husband Will and our Golden Retriever, Arrow. We love camping, hiking, floating, spending time with family and friends, and playing disc golf.
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
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