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


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. 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 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.

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.

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

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.