About Hands On Health Chiropractic

Our mission here at Hands On Chiropractic is to provide exceptional patient care, education and inspiration, while delivering services that make you feel like the most important person in the world. Our goal is to help you reduce pain and improve your quality of life through our range of chiropractic, massage therapy, nutrition and wellness services.

Expert Chiropractic Care in Brighton, MI Since 2013

Dr. Rushford purchased Hands On Health Chiropractic in 2013. Since opening, we have experienced rapid growth in the amount of lives we affect. From the ground level we have built a talented team of doctors and therapists who treat patients with honesty and respect. Together our team has developed a multidisciplinary approach to improving patient health and wellbeing. This includes chiropractic care, spinal disk decompression therapy, cold laser therapy, functional nutrition, supplements, home care services and massage therapy.

We operate in a highly energetic and fast paced environment that never feels rushed. We provide our patients with the most advanced in-office technology and services. Our state-of-the-art facility is extremely clean and features cutting edge equipment to provide you with immediate pain relief. Our work is done in the passionate pursuit of developing a community that doesn’t settle for average health, and growing this passion in as many lives as possible.

Our practice proudly serves patients from across Livingston and Oakland County communities including: Howell, MI; Milford, MI; Pinckney, MI; Hamburg, MI; New Hudson, MI; and surrounding communities.

Meet Dr. Adam Rushford, Licensed Chiropractor

My journey to chiropractic took time, but when I found it I knew there was no other option.

Growing up I was constantly involved in sports and my mom, being a proactive parent, always brought me in to see a chiropractor. At a very young age I began getting adjusted and learning the philosophy.

During my junior year at Central Michigan University I fell on the ice and injured my lower back and pelvis. A chiropractor was able to help me recover after a week of adjustments. Until that point I had no career path and that event changed my life; I knew I was meant to be a chiropractor.

Make your life extraordinary

I practice what I preach. I believe the body needs 4 forces in order to be healthy; healthy food, healthy thought, healthy movements, and 100% nerve flow to every cell, tissue and organ in the body. I live my life working to provide my body with those 4 forces.

Educational background and credentials

  • B.S. from Central Michigan University in Health Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Doctorate from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009
  • Founded Hands On Health Chiropractic in 2013


I certainly didn’t grow up dreaming of working on people’s feet all day long. It was a
career that I was led to. A career that took many doors opening and many yes
decisions on my part. A career that took being open-minded and being fueled with
heart and passion.

Alyssa Walters

When I was younger I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant. Fast-forward 24 years to
when I found out I had an autoimmune disease. I learned I had celiac disease, which
is where my body attacks itself when I ingest gluten. Realizing I can help my body
heal jump-started my whole journey deeper into the world of alternative healing.

I first started with forced nutrition because I would get violently sick if I wasn’t
careful. This led to my journey into the essential oil world. Working at Hands on
Health as a chiropractic assistant was next addition. I was amazed. I was so excited
to be part of such a fascinating world, but I wanted more.

― Henry Ford

It took saying yes to a reflexology class. I had no idea what reflexology was, but a
friend through oils was teaching it. I figured worse case I could learn how to help
people with stress, digestion and sleep. For some reason the instructor decided to
grab my foot for a demonstration. She demonstrated the area of the foot that is
related to the spine. I got full body goose bumps. I knew reflexology was my field
and what I was meant to be doing. It was my avenue to help people more in depth;
to be a direct part of their healing journey.


  • Reflexology Certification from Rittenhouse Reflexology Seminars
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Imaging from Lawrence Technological University

Meet Dr. Garrett J. Kuhlman, Licensed Chiropractor

I came to Chiropractic in a different fashion than most. Because of my love of sports, health and fitness, my original plan was to become a Strength and Conditioning coach. Following this path, I spent a summer internship with the athletics program at Ohio State University. Over the course of my internship, I worked with the team Chiropractor and became captivated by the profession. After this introduction to Chiropractic, I was fully determined to make it my future.


Take Your Life to the Next Level

Four years of collegiate soccer and a background in exercise physiology provided me with the groundwork that eventually lead me into the realm of sport and fitness centered Chiropractic.

My passion is not only to get people out of pain, but to prevent injury and enhance the performance and potential of my patients; whether you are a Division I competitor, a weekend warrior, or simply trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

A Different Way of Thinking

Chiropractic is a fascinating profession, and is a frontrunner in the shifting paradigm of how we view pain, dysfunction, health and fitness. Too often we are focused on the site of the pain rather than the function of the overall system. More times than not, the area of pain is simply a compensation for a dysfunction elsewhere!

The fun part, and true challenge, is finding the underlying dysfunction and correcting it to fix the cause of the pain, not just cover it up.

Educational background and credentials

  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from Albion College in Albion, MI.
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO.
  • Pursuing courses to attain the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) certification

Meet Samantha Gardner, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

I got my start after finding that nutrition – not the countless other therapies I had tried – was the key to transforming my kids’ health. Seeing first-hand how real, whole food was helping calm the symptoms of things like autism, asthma, eczema and attention and learning disabilities, I knew I had found the key to helping my family – and a career that I was truly passionate about.

Samantha Gardner

So, I got to work. I earned my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certificate from the Nutritional Therapy Association [link]. I learned all I could about nutrient deficiencies and their affect on the body’s systems. I embraced new ways of feeding my family that were actually very, very old. I created customized detoxification programs, diets and supplementation strategies. I made my own kombucha, kefir, yogurt, bone broth, sourdough and fermented veggies. Most importantly, I began sharing my knowledge with others and seeing the amazing power of food as medicine.

Today, I’m fortunate to partner with amazing health professionals who share my passion for a holistic approach to health and wellness. By combining nutritional therapy with chiropractic care, we’re creating real and lasting improvements for our patients.

For more information about our chiropractic care, wellness services, or for general questions, please contact Hands On Health Chiropractic in Brighton, MI at 810-494-1900 today. We are always welcoming new patients in our practice family.