Our Team of Doctors and Staff
The 1st Choice doctors and staff are a unique team of sports chiropractors, physical therapists, and other therapists unmatched in any single facility elsewhere. Our doctors are nationally recognized instructors in the techniques they use, coaches and trainers, and are athletes or former athletes themselves. We are proud to have been named one of the “Top Sports Rehab Facilities” in the Southeast by Competitor Magazine.
Our Doctors & Clinical Staff
Dr. Niklaus DelFavero, is a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College, a Board Certified Chiropractor, and a Certified FDM (Fascial Distortion Model) Provider.
He was trained by Active Release Techniques (ART) in both full body and long track nerve modules. His additional post graduate training and certifications include Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Certified Golf Fitness Instructor (CGFI) through the Titleist Performance Institute.
Sasha Stolz, DC
Dr. Stolz graduated from Truman State University with her BS degree in Exercise Science. While there, she lettered for four years as a varsity swimmer. At Life University, she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree graduating Magnum Cum Laude, became ART certified and served as VP for the Life University Cycling team. She has been a competitive swimmer for 25 years and has been coaching swimming for 10 years and has served as a triathlon coach for Team in Training GA chapter since 2010.
In the last 5 years, she has been training for and completing multiple triathlons at both 70.3 and Olympic distances. As if that weren’t enough – she just completed IRONMAN Florida! Her own personal training and coaching experience gives her a unique perspective for the competitive athlete that seeks to prevent injury, struggles to overcome injury, or rehab and return to competition safely after an injury
Byeonghong Cho, DC
Dr. Byeonghong Cho graduated Magna Cum Laude in June 2008 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Before joining 1st Choice Sports Rehab Center, he spent over two years associating at Clinton Back and Neck in Clinton, Iowa.
His current sports rehab practice focuses on injury care and performance enhancement through the use of the most up to date manual therapy and rehabilitation methods. He combines classic chiropractic techniques with soft tissue therapies and diagnostic systems like Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Fascial Distortion Model (FDM). He is currently studying for his Masters of Acupuncture.
Lauren Cortjens, DC, CCSP
Dr. Lauren Cortjens enjoys working with athletes and individuals of all abilities, ranging from the part-time athlete and weekend warrior to elite professional and Olympic competitors.
As an athlete herself, she understands the mindset and emotions involved while training and preparing for competition. Her practice is devoted primarily to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries and she is a certified Active Release Techniques (ART) provider for the treatment of soft tissue related conditions.
Hamid Sadri, DC, CCSP, ICSSD, CSCS, CES, PES
Official Team Chiropractor for the Atlanta Braves
Dr. Sadri is a 1986 graduate of Life University, School of Chiropractic, and attended Kennesaw State University and University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies. While completing his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic, he was recognized for academic excellence, receiving the prestigious National Dean’s List Award as well as other certificates of recognition in clinical advancement. He is a Board Certified Sports Chiropractor and has held licenses in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. He has been in active practice, serving the Metropolitan Atlanta area for the past 30 years. He has treated athletes of all calibers, from Olympian gold medal winners, NCAA, SEC, professional (NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA) and elite athletes to the weekend warriors and recreational athletes. He has taught at numerous seminars across United States and Canada and has been a guest lecturer for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Southeast Conference, USA Triathlon (USAT)Symposium and o Emory University School of Medicine.
Valerie Hauser, PT, DPT
Dr. Valerie Hauser graduated from New Mexico State University with a BS degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She then attended Franklin Pierce University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Prior to moving to Atlanta, she practiced in Gilbert, AZ in an outpatient sports medicine physical therapy clinic. There she treated a variety of patients including youth, high school, and collegiate athletes, competitive cyclists and runners, weekend warriors, post-operative patients, and geriatrics.
Dr. Hauser uses variety of manual and soft tissue techniques, individualized postural assessments and methods taught by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). She is currently working toward her full (PRI) certification. She combines these techniques with progressive strength training to help patients reach their treatment goals.
Parker Ward, DC
Dr. “Parks” Ward grew up in Huntington, West Virginia, where a sports injury introduced him to the chiropractic profession. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise/Sport Science from Elon University and then went on earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2015.
While completing his doctorate at Life University, he began instructing outdoor bootcamp style workouts for clients of all ages and abilities. As a certified TRX-suspension training instructor, he fits perfectly with the focus and goals of the providers and patients at 1st Choice. His professional focus is to optimize human performance through increased mobility and strength. When he isn’t leading TRX classes in Brookhaven and Buckhead, you are likely to find him enjoying time with his wife Alissa and their daughter Katherine.
In the office, he enjoys helping athletes of all abilities to achieve their optimal performance level. According to Dr. Ward, “A key element to maximize athletic performance is to insure proper motion in the joints of the spine and extremities to coordinate, strengthen, and stabilize the kinetic chain.
Our Administrative & Support Staff
Latrisha Stallworth – Decatur Front Desk Manager
LaTrisha is the veteran of our clinic. She keeps everything flowing smoothly and efficiently in the Decatur office. There are hundreds of little tasks to be done correctly to insure that patients get the care they need, at the time they requested, and that the benefits covered by their insurance policies are paid as expected. She is one of those rare native Atlantans, born and raised here. LaTrisha and her husband Keith have two daughters, Shydae, 26 and Shamia, 17.
When given the opportunity to enter the healthcare field in 2000 she changed careers and joined our office. “I enjoy working here because I get to meet, chat with, and help a lot of interesting people.” According to LaTrisha, “Keeping 7 doctors on schedule is a real challenge. People in Atlanta today are busier than ever and most people want to get in to fix their problem as soon as possible. We’re blessed to be quite busy but that means that patients shouldn’t wait until the last minute to call to schedule an appointment. I’m usually scrambling to find a way to get someone into the office or to accommodate the person that is stuck in traffic.”
When LaTrisha isn’t juggling the schedules at work, she is involved with her younger daughter Shamia, a senior at Southwest DeKalb High School, and all of her activities. In her spare time, she enjoys working in the catering world, which has lead to her being the designated cook for many of her family functions.
Meisha McCray – Patient Liason
Meisha McCray, is a Georgia native and Vanderbilt University grad who moved back to Atlanta in 2015. At Vanderbilt she studied “Medicine, Health and Society,” an interdisciplinary major that examines how cultural, economic, biological, and demographic factors play a part in a person’s health. Before joining the 1st Choice team, she worked with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream as an athletic trainer intern.
With her passion for sports medicine, Meisha plans to eventually go back to school to complete her doctorate of Physical Therapy. With it, she hopes to combine her love for athletics and desire to work towards a healthier community.
In her free time, Meisha enjoys staying active and fit by working out both in the gym and at various community parks. She also enjoys traveling the world and the experiencing different cultures, through food, music, etc. When she’s not out and about, she’s spending time with her family firing up the grill for a home cooked meal and playing competitive board games.
Debbie Williamson – Insurance and Billing
Debbie joined our team in September of 2012. She enjoys the fast pace, the high degree of detail and the team spirit of the staff. As the Insurance Coordinator for the practice, Debbie checks details of our patient’s coverage, follows up and resolves issues with insurance companies, and makes sure all the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted. Debbie’s combination of a caring attitude and attention to detail make her perfect for her role here. When she isn’t dealing with details, she is out and about in the office, lending a hand and assisting the doctors in their treatment of patients. Debbie grew up in Fort Mitchell, KY and is a graduate of Xavier University.
She and her husband Bill have 4 children: Grant, Logan, Colton & Dakota. Debbie’s desire to help others and to make a difference influenced her to pursue a career in healthcare. In her “spare time” she enjoys tennis, swimming and reading. According to Debbie, “The doctors and my fellow employees make my job truly enjoyable. There’s never a dull moment and there’s always the feeling of having made someone else’s day just a little bit better.”
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