Ryan Van Matre, D.C., M.S., L.Ac.
Ryan Van Matre, D.C., M.S., L.Ac. Director of Indy Spine and Rehab, completed undergraduate studies at DePauw and Purdue Universities. He received a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic. He is board certified by the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board and is an Elite ART provider, Masters level certified in biomechanics and nerve entrapments.
He is post-doctorate faculty for National University of Health Sciences and has studied musculoskeletal medicine under Karel Lewit, M.D., Vladimir Janda, M.D. and Pavel Kolar, P.T., Ph.D. at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Dr. Van Matre is a member of the PGA Sports Medicine Team and has served as consultant to the Indianapolis Colts.
He is a member of the American Pain Society and International Association for the Study of Pain, SIG Pain with Movement. Dr. Van Matre achieved a master’s degree in “Therapeutic Outcomes Research” from Indiana University, School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences under advisors Joyce Mac Kinnon, D.Ed, PT, Anna Dusick, MD and Michael Justiss, PhD, OTR.” In his free time he enjoys martial arts, reading and spending time with his family.
Christine Ermel, D.C.
Christine Ermel, D.C. graduated from Carmel High School and completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences graduating Suma Cum Laude. While attending National she took additional continuing education seminars in radiology and motion palpation. Dr. Ermel is a certified provider of Active Release Techniques for the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine. She has also completed post doctoral education seminars in functional rehabilitation.
Dr. Ermel has been an avid equestrian since she was young and was a member of the Purdue Equestrian team while completing her undergraduate education. Because of this she understands an athlete’s competitive nature and dedication to his or her sport.
In her free time she also enjoys running, biking, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs. Upon graduation from National, Dr. Ermel was very excited to return to her hometown of Carmel, Indiana.
Brian Watters, D.C., M.S., CSCS, L.Ac.
Brian Watters, D.C., M.S., CSCS, L.Ac. completed his undergraduate studies at Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine and Exercise Science, also graduating from the Honors College at Ball State University with a focus in Humanities. He completed his Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation from Logan University, and is published in their archives for his work in the study “Using diagnostic ultrasound to determine normal physiologic migratory parameters of the sciatic nerve at the external rotators of the femur in healthy subjects during hip flexion and knee extension.” He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic.
Dr. Watters is a certified provider of Active Release Techniques for the upper extremity, lower extremity, spine, long tract nerve entrapment, biomechanics, and complex protocols. He has been the ART Team Lead at IRONMAN Muncie 70.3 since 2012. He also is a Licensed Acupuncturist and can practice medical acupuncture and dry needling.
Dr. Watters is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA-CSCS and has trained many athletes to increase performance in strength, speed, and agility. While at Ball State University he won the 2008 Mr. Ball State Bodybuilding Competition. In 2015 he won Mr. Indianapolis Middleweight Novice in Bodybuilding. In July 2019, Dr. Watters earned his IFBB Pro Card after winning Mr. USA Bodybuilding Championship in Lightweight Division. He has guest posed as an IFBB pro.
In his free time he enjoys weightlifting, mountain biking, and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two children.
Alex Sarpa, D.C., M.S.
Alex Sarpa, D.C., M.S., completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan University, where he also obtained his Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. While attending Logan University he took additional continuing education seminars where he received certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment with clinical application and McKenzie Diagnosis and Therapy of the Lumbar Spine. Dr. Sarpa is also a certified provider of Active Release Techniques for the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine.
Dr. Sarpa has played in multiple sports throughout his life, which has allowed him to develop an understanding for all athletes dedication to their sport. He respects the competitive nature that comes with all aspects of sports and therefore is passionate about helping all individuals return to the activities they enjoy.
In his free time he enjoys being on the lake, golfing, exercising, attending sporting events at Indiana University, and spending time with his family and friends.