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Mercedes Smith, Nutritional Coaching Services

Mercedes Smith - Nutritionist

Mercedes Smith

My passion for learning more about nutrition and the body came from the sudden death of my father at a young age. He passed away from a massive heart attack due to clogged arteries formed from a lack of nutrition and exercise after switching jobs. This spiraled into a passion of wanting to educate others on the prevention of this trauma and caring for their bodies. After receiving my B.S. in Exercise Science from SUNY Fredonia, I joined the Balanced Living Chiropractic Wellness staff.

Shortly after, I became a certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach through an organization called Precision Nutrition, where I gained my nutritional coaching skills. In my education, I was given the tools to guide patients in creating healthy habits for sustainable and healthy weight loss. In my coaching, I focus primarily on the importance of holistic health along with nutritional education.

Currently in my weight loss challenge groups, we generally discuss the importance of water, healthy food options, portion sizes, exercise, stress, and how all of those connect. In an effort to further my career in the expertise of nutrition, I am currently working on my Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition with a specialty in Eating Disorders and Obesity at Canisius College. I look forward to working with you and your loved ones on building healthy and sustainable lives!


Christina Phillips, Certified Yoga Instructor

Christina Phillips

Christina Phillips

I discovered the joys of yoga later in life than I would have liked. Hindsight is 20/20. I have always enjoyed sports and physical activities throughout my life beginning with gymnastics at the age of five, right through my twenties participating in softball, cheerleading, volleyball, and martial arts. Sports and fitness however, were always more a hobby than a career.

After earning an Associate degree in journalism and broadcasting, I changed my course of study and earned a BS and MS in Education and Speech Language Pathology from the State University College at Buffalo, graduating Magna cum Laude.

I have maintained a career in speech for 22 years, working with 2-5 year olds. I am a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, and maintain my Certificate of Clinical Competence by attending continuing education seminars.
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During my 22 year career, I married and had 3 children. Of course my love of fitness continued, and after the birth of each child I tried every new fad workout to get back in shape. After my last child, I discovered YOGA! Although, it was not quite the yoga I practice today. I purchased numerous yoga tapes usually lead by the most popular fitness celebrity, all to achieve the physical benefits and a “yoga body”. I hate to admit this, but I would always fast forward through any breathing or relaxation exercises that were offered. Finally, a friend and I decided to participate in a class at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo. At first I was frustrated that this live class didn’t have a fast forward button! I actually had to practice breathing, AND relaxation! Thankfully so, it was life changing. This is where my true love of yoga began and has continued for 18 years.

I learned that yoga is not simply a physical exercise program; it is a lifestyle that can be lived by everyone. Combined, the asana (postures), breathing, relaxation, and meditation, provide fitness for the whole person. It provides strength, flexibility, balance, improved physical and mental health, and stress reduction. It allows us to move inward, get to know ourselves, and make our practice personal.

I knew I had to share the joys of yoga with others, so I earned my Yoga Teacher Certification from Aura Yoga, and also from the Himalayan Institute Teacher Certification Program. I taught classes for 9 years at a community education program. I currently teach at Amherst Center for Senior Services, Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, private home classes, and thankfully, here at Balanced Living Chiropractic Wellness. I am very excited to be a part of Balanced Living Chiropractic Wellness. I was blessed with a referral to this practice by a few students that I had the pleasure of teaching in the past, and am very grateful. I consider each class as an opportunity to learn, as much as to teach. The privilege of working with Dr. Steve, Dr. Kevin, Dr. Katelyn, and the class members has been an invaluable resource in my growth as a yoga instructor. I look forward to many years of teaching and learning at Balanced Living Chiropractic!

On a personal note, I have 3 children, all grown up now. I love to spend time with my family and friends. We love being outdoors and spend much time at our camp in the southern tier, hiking, biking, and eating. I participate in many fitness classes at World Gym, my personal favorites are spinning, and zumba (although I haven’t got a lick of rhythm). But, my favorite time of day is my early morning walks with my two best buddies, my bulldogs Beau and Sophia. What a sloppy but great way to start any day! Peace!

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Tanner Dumez, LMT     Licensed Massage Therapist

Tanner Dumez, LMT

Tanner Dumez, LMT

My Name is Tanner Dumez and its a pleasure to meet you. In my younger years, I would always find myself fascinated with the healing ability of touch. Back then, I didn’t really think much of it, but I reflected just how important touch is in our daily lives. Babies and need touch in order to thrive and survive in this world. Being an adult is no different, we all need it to relieve stress, and promote healthy balance with the body. Healing touch is a powerful thing and that is why I became a licensed massage therapist. I provide an environment where people can come and let go of the physical and emotional stressors. This is where the healing process can begin. Helping to provide balance and restore the natural lines of the body. It is something that I’m very passionate about. I have a holistic approach to my practice, looking for the root cause to adaptations of the body.

Outside of the office I enjoy living life & enjoying the sights and sounds of Buffalo and beyond. I like to enjoy the simple things in life including appreciating the beauty of the world that we live in. I feel I have a positive energy on life. Feeling the power of the wind, rain or snow hitting your skin, waking up early to see the sunrise, or finding time to sit with the sunset.

I balance out my busy workload by sitting in a coffee house. Journaling, doodling, and people watching. I’ve been teaching yoga and dancing for about 6 years now and they have really helped me grow as a person. A deep meditative environment gave me the room to look at myself in a new way. I like to lose myself with great music by going to concerts, live shows and even taking small road trips to enjoy these shows.

I’m pretty positive all around, and like to have a good conversation and I am a great listener, so let’s talk sometime. If you have any questions or would just like to chat, I am always available. Have a beautiful day!!

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