We are here for you
Meet the Capital Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center team. We do our best to help clients in pursuit of their best lives – for themselves, their families and their communities. We believe health is not a luxury – it’s essential to living well. We look forward to meeting you!
Meet Dr. Chris LoRang
Chiropractor and Clinic Owner
Dr. Chris R. LoRang is a licensed chiropractic physician and summa cum laude graduate from Palmer College in February 2013. He also received Massage Therapy training from East West School of Holistic Healing in 2008 and was an honor student at the University of Iowa, graduating in 2007. During and after his time at Palmer, Dr. LoRang worked in the Rehabilitation Department at Palmer College and at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic Center in Cincinnati.
In 2013, he launched the Capital Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center in Des Moines’ East Village. Dr. LoRang is a certified provider of Active Release Technique and Graston Technique and has a special interest in acute and chronic back pain, and athletic injuries and performance. He has also attended post-graduate courses through the Motion Palpation Institute and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, dealing in the diagnosis of spine and extremity conditions.
Dr. LoRang has pursued additional education with training in the McKenzie Method. The McKenzie Method is a highly researched and evidence-supported form of musculoskeletal treatment that addresses joint and muscle pathology using mechanical diagnosis. Dr.LoRang incorporates this training to appropriately classify each patient and to determine which treatment modality will best fit the patient’s condition. This assessment also allows the patient an opportunity to become involved with their own outcome. Dr. LoRang has currently completed all of the courses necessary to take the examinations for official certification. Dr. LoRang has completed the continuing education requirements to be eligible to take the examinations for the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board.
Dr. LoRang is also a Wahls Protocol Health Professional. This protocol is a radical new way to treat all chronic autoimmune conditions. He is also certified to perform acupuncture and dry needling techniques.
Dr. LoRang currently serves as President of the Historic East Village Neighborhood Association and on the board of City Sounds: Des Moines’ Public Piano Project. He is also a member of the Iowa Chiropractic Society, the American Chiropractic Association, and the Iowa Chiropractic Education and Research Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program. In addition to helping people through manual medicine, he enjoys cooking, cycling, running, gardening, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.
Meet Jen Morrow
After a long career in retail management and fashion buying, Jen spent all of 2013 traveling and volunteering around the world at orphanages, leprosy hospitals, churches, and camps for people with intellectual impairments. This experience left her with a thirst to seek a different kind of job upon her return to America, one that would allow her to help people. She has found that opportunity as office manager at Capital Chiropractic!
A lifelong advocate of chiropractic care, she has dozens of her own anecdotal accounts of how a chiropractic adjustment played a pivotal role in her overall health or her pain management.
Jen is proud to call Des Moines home and enjoys visiting the Des Moines Art Center, the Downtown Farmer’s Market, and shopping in the Historic East Village. She’s also a consultant for Beautycounter, which is a luxurious and non-toxic line of skincare products that she loves.
Meet Kristen Smith
Since joining the team in 2017, Kristen enjoys building relationships with patients and being part of a place where well-rounded health is a first priority. The more she learns about chiropractic care and whole-person wellness, the more she incorporates it into her own life.
When not in the office, Kristen loves being a mom to three children and all the adventure that entails. She enjoys traveling with her children and husband, as well as cooking good food, and stumping each other with trivia games. Kristen particularly enjoys discovering new recipes for seasonal, local and vegan dishes.
Kristen also has a handmade business, k.noel. Carrying on a craft passed down from her grandmother, she hand-knits and crochets baby toys as well as blankets and accessories. She loves the creating process of taking a single fiber and making it into a usable and lovable piece for others to enjoy.
She loves Des Moines and the people within it. To be able to plug into a community which supports and helps this city is a wonderful opportunity and responsibility. She takes pride in being a part of that.
Meet Laurie Williams-Wojtel
Laurie’s mission in life is to help others and her career path is indicative of that fact. She has spent the majority of her adult life as an educator. She’s a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she spent two years in South Africa training elementary teachers in outcomes-based education practices and strengthening local Girl Guides groups by creating life skills curriculum and training Girl Guide leaders and countless girls. Upon returning to the U.S., she completed her Master’s degree in Montessori Education at Loyola College in Maryland. She spent the next decade living in the Baltimore area teaching and guiding children in various capacities. While living in Maryland, she met and married her husband, Chris, an architectural lighting designer and musician.
Laurie and Chris returned to Des Moines in 2013 and Laurie worked as a patient manager at a physical therapy office and eventually found her professional dream job as an assistant in the Pre-Primary program at Cottontail Creek Montessori School in Ankeny. She has been fortunate to stay home with their child, Charlie, and he has been their greatest joy.
Laurie began her journey with Capital Chiropractic as a patient, while pregnant with Charlie. Coming into the space for appointments felt more like coming home to see old friends; it quickly became a favorite spot for her. It has been thrilling to be asked and to have become part of the team and further her mission of helping others. Capital Chiropractic is a truly special place and Laurie is so happy to be “home.”
Meet Abbie Sawyer
Community Outreach Coordinator
Abbie serves the clinic as the Community Outreach Coordinator, specializing in communication between the clinic, the community, and people at all points of their journey with health and wellness. Though you won’t see her in the clinic, you may have interacted with her conversations on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and the clinic’s blog. She also helps bring people together through events at the clinic, like the Winter Wellness Open House, the annual clinic birthday celebration, and Promenade.
A Des Moines native, Abbie loves being part of the thriving Des Moines community, and enjoys connecting people through engaging communications in person and online. Abbie also works as a Project Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, plays music around town, and serves on the Roosevelt High School Foundation Board.