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

Dr. Adam RushfordMy 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

Meet Dr. Stephan J. Smith, Licensed Chiropractor

Dr. Stephan SmithI started my working career as a graphic designer and worked in that world for nearly 15 years. Along the way, the stress, deadlines and headaches of that business burned me out. I didn’t want to hate something I loved, so I was open to another path. At the same time, I was a patient in a practice in Highland, Michigan and the Doc there was passionate and excited about his office and life as a chiropractor. Though many chiropractors are brought to this profession through a personal injury and chiropractic recovery, I just loved the philosophy and science of chiropractic and how it frees and stimulates the body to heal. This was what inspired me to go to Palmer College of Chiropractic, and I graduated magna cum laude in 1999.

Since then, I’ve work at or owned several chiropractic offices in the area, joining the HOH team in 2015. Of all the chiropractic offices I’ve been involved with, this office is the closest to perfect I’ve experienced. There are many facets of personal health and wellness. I’m proud to be part of a group with such synergistic ideas of how to improve the health of their patients.


Meet Dr. Stephanie Scott, Licensed Chiropractor

Dr. Stephanie ScottMy decision to pursue a career as a chiropractor happened early in college when I began having headaches due to poor posture while studying. Adjustments and postural correction allowed me to be able to be active again. The idea of addressing underlying causes, rather than just treating and masking symptoms, seemed to make too much sense to me— the decision to shift my medical path toward chiropractic was a no-brainer.

While in chiropractic school, I began digging deeper into functional movement analysis and the application of chiropractic to sports. I grew up ski racing and playing golf, as well as being active outdoors as often as possible. As an athlete who understands that I personally need sports and movement as my stress outlet, I wanted to use my skills to keep people doing the things they love to do.

I’ve continued to study different applications of functional movement analysis to all ages and populations, from kids to weekend warriors to NFL athletes to pre- and postnatal women and beyond. This past year I completed my yoga teacher certification, and yoga has been a powerful supplemental tool for resetting proper movement patterns.

Injury prevention is something that we can and should practice every single day. I am passionate about helping people find their way out of pain and especially about helping people to understand compensations they have developed and what can be done daily to correct dysfunctional patterns and prevent future injury.

Educational Background and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL.
  • Pursuing ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) Certification
  • Yoga Alliance Certified RYT-200
  • Certified in Graston and FAKTR Techniques
  • Certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Re-Education (DNS) Protocol

Meet Michelle Engelhart, Licensed Massage Therapist

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Natural health practices have been a part of my life since the mid 80’s. As an athlete I realized the benefits of good nutrition and exercise.

These inspirations stuck with me as I studied Sports Medicine and worked as a therapy aide in residential and outpatient, the improvements I saw our patients achieving through massage and exercise, inspired me to formally study therapeutic massage.
In 1994 I graduated from Irene’s Myomassolgy Institute. Our studies were beyond just therapeutic massage. Also included, were herbology, nutrition and aromatherapy, all of which are an integral part of my practice and my life. I love to learn and update my training through continuing education courses regularly. It is a joy for me to share what I learn with my clients in supporting their health needs and goals. I incorporate a variety of techniques and modalities into my sessions. Every “body” is unique. Practicing in this way helps me to tailor the session to accommodate and facilitate my client’s individual healing process.


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.


Meet Lynne Stewart, Licensed Massage Therapist

Lynne Stewart
As an active person I have always had a fascination of how the body moves and living a healthy lifestyle to support and maintain that vitality.

After experiencing loss and over training in the gym, I turned to Yoga to help soothe my physical body and quickly discovered that my mind and spirit were nurtured as well. After I had developed a steady Yoga practice I made the decision to take it to the next level and received my RYT 200 hour Yoga certification and began teaching in 2010.

My passion for health, learning, and helping others was drive behind becoming a Massage Therapist. I’m excited for my new career path and look forward to introducing my patients to the power of massage to heal the body mind and spirit.

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.