Dr. Michael Hatrak
Dr. Hatrak is affectionately known in the circles of professional athletes as a “Miracle Man”, “a Genius” for the results he has been able to deliver in the area of sports injury treatment and prevention.
A man passionate about eliminating chronic bio-mechanical injuries, Dr Michael Hatrak has been in practice for over 35 years specializing in sports medicine and performance. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic in 1976 from New York Chiropractic College (Columbia Division). In 1979, he was a professor at Pennsylvania Chiropractic College while maintaining a private practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
After years of research Dr. Hatrak came to the realization that Chiropractic care alone wasn’t enough to deliver the corrective care needed for professional athletes and the large increase of the “weekend warrior” crowd. Realizing there was a missing piece to the methods of treatments, Dr. Hatrak discovered a man by the name of John Patterson, an extraordinary individual with an uncanny ability to see interrelationships within the body’s bio-mechanical structure. Mr. Patterson shared Dr. Hatrak’s passion for finding the missing link. Dr. Hatrak studied with him, learning the guiding principles of his technology and later they joined together to call this unique system SRT (Synergy Release Therapy).
Dr. Hatrak owes his success to his friend and mentor, John Patterson who is the founding developer of this unique, one of a kind therapy that allows athletes to perform at their optimal level.
In the last 20 years the SRT team of doctors and practitioners have worked with over 400 NFL players from over 27 teams as well and pro athletes from all sports, keeping them at the top of their game.
Dr. Michael Zoeller
Commonly known as “Dr.Z”, Dr. Michael Zoeller has a naturally, intuitive understanding of the complexities of the Synergy Release Technique, and how to administer the process with great success. His personal comprehension of sports injuries came in part from his years of playing football. Before he was “Dr. Z”, Mike received a football scholarship, and played outside linebacker at Murray State in Kentucky and at the University of Connecticut.
Six years ago, Dr. Zoeller teamed up with Dr. Hatrak to create Synergy Release Sports, and together they treat some of the best professional athletes in the country. Their unique approach helps both athletes, and non-athletes to do what they love free of pain, and at an optimum level.
Dr. Zoeller has twelve years of specialized practice working with patients in sports medicine and rehab therapy. As an active Director and Partner of Synergy Release Sports, Dr. Zoeller’s inter-disciplinary practices enable him to provide excellent care to all of his patients from all walks of life.
Dr. Zoeller holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Connecticut, and graduated from Life University with a Doctorate of Chiropractic. His post-graduate study includes Physical Therapy at Kennesaw State University, as well as a three year radiology internship with Dr. Robert Schlampp.
Dr. Zoeller has taught radiology seminars to chiropractors all over the US and Canada. During the NFL season, he travels and works as an injury consultant for several NFL teams and players. He also worked on over 100 college athletes preparing for the NFL combine at Competitive Edge Sports. In his time, he enjoys weight lifting and boating with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Andrew Potter
Dr. Potter is a highly qualified physician who holds a degree from Life University as a skilled chiropractor. He has dedicated his future to serving others by providing the best care possible to all patients from every walk of life.
Dr. Potter is no stranger to the concept of the need for physical medicine. His interest in the healing power of the body began when he was the captain of both the basketball and baseball team at his high school in South Florida. Andrew saw the need for preventive as well as post injury medical care as an athlete and during training camp in both sports for 4 years at the University of Miami. He was also fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in several medical mission trips to third world countries including the Galapagos Islands.
Dr. Potter is passionate about the Synergy Release Technique (SRT) and its powerful ability to heal the human body. Having seen and practiced many other techniques, the SRT is unparalleled and by far the best at treating biomechanical dysfunctions. Everyone from newborns to the weekend warrior to the professional athlete can benefit from being treated with the healing power of SRT. It is his goal to educate and give everyone the opportunity to benefit and experience the amazing potential of SRT.
On a personal note, Dr. Potter is also a US Coast Guard Certified Merchant Marine Officer who worked as an airboat captain in Southwest Florida during his college years. He enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, and any type of water sports. On his off time he volunteers at North Point Community Church where he is a small group leader for a group of 4th grade boys. Dr. Potter is very family oriented and enjoys time with family and friends. It is his privilege to use his diverse background, strong work ethic and sincere concern for others to actively assist those in need of chiropractic care with the healing power of Synergy Release Technique.
Dr. Lewis “Mac” Smith
Dr. Lewis Smith well known as “Mac Smith” grew up here in Forsyth County. He attended South Forsyth High school graduating in 1998 with a scholarship to play college football. While playing collegiate football he suffered a back injury and quickly tried to find ways to recover. After visiting many different doctors with no results he was finally convinced to visit a chiropractor. After just one visit with his Chiropractor, he was able to play the next day with no pain. It was a life changing experience for Dr. Mac Smith. It was at that point that he decided he wanted to help people the same way he was helped. Being determined to help people he then attended Life University which has no equal in the quality of education and training in the chiropractic field. Graduating with a Doctor in Chiropractic in 2009 he then decided to work in a Roswell office for the next three years where he was able to begin his journey in helping others achieve their goals by getting them pain free. Then in 2013 Synergy Release Sports invited Dr. Mac Smith to join their team . At Synergy Release Sports, Dr. Mac Smith was then trained by Dr. Michael Hatrak in the Synergy Release Technique that has been successful in helping every day injuries to fixing over 600 professional athletes. The new technique only taught to a handful of Physicians nationwide allows Dr. Mac Smith to the ability to have more tools in helping each patient. His mission is to have a positive impact in service to this community and to empower people to be the best they can possibly be.
Dr. William Cohl
Dr. William Cohl brings to Synergy Release Sports a personal and passionate interest in Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Cohl’s interest in this specialty stems from a long, personal journey of finding health in his own life. He struggled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which after no relief led to depression and dropping out of chiropractic school.
Hearing about a chiropractor who practiced something called Applied Kinesiology, he decided to try it out of desperation. After the doctor listened to his symptoms, he explained that Applied Kinesiology deals with the body as a whole by dealing with the energy flow in the body. Illness comes about when the “energy” is blocked by physical, chemical, or mental stress. He also pointed out that Chinese have practiced a similar form of therapy for centuries and it continues to this day.
After multiple treatments where results were up and down on the grid, he experienced a major breakthrough with a major physical reaction to the treatment. Initially this brought a very strong sensation in his body and then extreme fatigue which is often a normal reaction to releasing a blockage in energy. By the afternoon, he felt much better and his energy soared. This result turned out to be permanent and has lasted for about 10 years. This experience determined his path in life. He returned to school, got his degree as a doctor of chiropractic and began concentrating on the area of Applied Kinesiology.
Helping people regain their health has been incredibly rewarding but helping people regain their energy to live their lives fully will always be most satisfying.
Dr. Cohl received a B.A. in Biology from Mansfield University in 1993; received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, GA in 2001 and attended International College of Applied Kinesiology in Atlanta, GA in 2004.
Cheryl Allison, Therapist
Cheryl Allison has been practicing massage since the spring of 2000 where she graduated from The Atlanta School of Massage Clinical program. Currently she is finishing her certification as an Orthopedic Massage Practitioner. Prior to becoming a massage therapist she graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology, working in cardiac rehab for several years. Her work experience includes PT technician and Emory Spine Center, Cardiac rehab specialist at The Fuqua Heart Center, currently contracted with the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks as one of their massage therapists.
Having spent most of her life in Colorado, she is enjoying living in Atlanta with her husband and three young boys. When she isn’t engaged in working or parenting she enjoys running, hiking, biking, swimming and cooking.
Georgia Licence # MT003483
Corey Vander Veen, Therapist
Corey Vander Veen, NMT, LMT, NCMT was trained at ASHA (Academy of Somatic Healing Arts) School of Massage in Norcross Georgia. He graduated in 2005 with certifications in Therapeutic Swedish, Clinical Sports and NeuroMuscular Massage. Since then his desire to expand and deepen his knowledge of the body has continued and led to five more certifications that he integrates into his practice. He is a member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals).
Corey has worked with many physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors and doctors. He has worked at Spa Sydel, and he manages his own NeuroMuscular-focused practice. Corey has been with Synergy Release Sports since 2006 and continues to appreciate the interaction of the doctors and therapists as they make patient recovery their number one goal. Ongoing training, knowledge sharing, a continuing dialog, and superior techniques make the SRS Team successful.
Massage Therapy for Corey is not just a job, it’s a God-given Passion! Whether he is treating a stay at home mom, a retiree, or a professional athlete, Corey believes in serving others by encouraging the body toward health, strength and vitality. He also believes that “…everyday you do one of two things: build health or produce disease…” -Adelle Davis, author
Corey lives in North Metro Atlanta with his two fun-loving and amazing children. Corey loves to be outdoors with family and friends, coaching, fishing, landscaping his yard, or just sitting on his porch reading. These activities renew and fill his heart, enabling him to serve and give to his clients.
To learn more about Corey, come in and meet him. And experience for yourself his desire for and commitment to your wellness!
Georgia License # MT000538
Rick Villanueva, Therapist
Rick is a graduate of Atlanta School of Massage Clinical Program 2001. He is certified in Neuromuscular, Clinical and Sports Massage and is currently pursuing certifications in Orthopedic Massage under Whitney Lowe.
Rick is passionate about you “experiencing the best version of you possible.” His former work as a personal trainer and his study of diverse martial arts have influenced and helped his understanding of biomechanics. He has also studied other various movement therapies such as Pilates, yoga and Thai massage to give you a more complete massage session. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and has worked with every “body” from elite athletes to Cerebral Palsy patients.
Rick loves life in North metro Atlanta where he spends the weekends with his two amazing sons. He enjoys everything from scuba driving to mountain biking to jumping out of perfectly good airplanes (with a parachute, of course).
Georgia License # MT007195
Laura Berry, Therapist
My interest in massage started many years ago when I was in intense pain. After many years of doctors failing to produce a reduction in pain, I found that incorporating massage therapy actually helped my body heal faster. I’ve been hooked ever since. Because I feel so good now, I want others to have a similar experience. I absolutely love massage therapy!
I am happy to call Georgia my home, because I enjoy that is has such a wonderful mix of people and culture. I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and in South Florida. I have a passion for travel and photography. Meeting new people and learning about our world through their experiences is so energizing. I feel that my genuine interest in other people helps me to be successful with massage therapy.
I owned my own business, which involved managing customer service, and also enjoyed a successful career in business to business sales. I now run my own massage therapy business and travel to different facilities and residences to perform massage.
I feel that all of my past experiences make my massage therapy career so much easier and rewarding because I can relate to many and understand the intense pressure that comes with other careers.
I truly believe in the healing power and other numerous benefits of massage therapy, so I am able to use this to maximize the benefits of massage for my clients. I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you soon!
Georgia License # MT006924
Eileen Steil, Therapist
Eileen Steil has a true love of family. Her younger brother Chris has spastic Cerebral Palsy, which ultimately led her into the healing arts to find a way to assist him and others like him. The ultimate goal is to have a practice where CP patients become less trapped of their body limitations and athletes have a place to call home.
Eileen’s formal education includes Humanities School of Massage, Pinellas Park, Florida (now Cortiva) 1993 – Neuromuscular and Myofascial Release University of South Florida, B.A. 1998 – Communications Sciences and Disorders (pre-req for SLP – integrated study of speech disorders) Life University, D.C. 2006 – Doctorate of Chiropractic
Eileen Steil has been in private practice where she has had the true honor to work with athletes all over the World, and loves working mostly with athletes right here in Atlanta. As a hobby, she has represented the USA internationally in ultra endurance events since 2002. Through the healing help of the Synergy Release Sports family, her plans are to return to less intensive ultras.
Eileen’s athletic and scholastic accomplishments help her to have compassion for the healing process as well as the ability to be your strongest cheerleader, the knowledge to assist and the hands that help you heal.
There are no accidents in this World, and it’s a true privilege to work alongside other artists at Synergy with the ultimate goal of helping YOU, the patient, achieve your own personal level of success!
Georgia License #1364
Branden Thorne, Therapist
Branden Thorne was trained at Everest Institute in Norcross, GA. Since his graduation in 2010, he has been practicing NeuroMuscular Therapy and Therapeutic Massage. After joining the Synergy Release Sports team in the spring of 2012, he has shifted his focus towards clinical study and mastery of the SRS technique.
“I learn so much from these guys. The team is very knowledgeable about the body and they care a lot about the patients they treat. I feel so blessed to be a part of such an all-star cast and such a great environment! “
Branden teaches martial arts in Alpharetta, GA when he is away from the Synergy team. He also enjoys teaching music, dance, and performing with his group, Axé Capoeira Atlanta.
Patricia has been a certified and licensed massage therapist for over twelve years and is within good standing of NCTMB, AMBP, and ASHN networks. Obtaining her education in Arizona and Wisconsin, she has tailored her expertise by taking many additional specialty courses such as sports, neuromuscular therapy and myofacial massage. In 2005, Patricia received her medical massage practitioner certification and she is presently a pre-nursing school student; all of which are building upon her foundation in anatomy and physiology. Due to her extreme passion for massage therapy, along with future aspirations in orthopedics Patricia involves herself with many organizations. She attends child/adolescent sporting events and orthopedics injury seminars at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Patricia’s mantra is that “Every athlete begins as a child,” thusly Patricia has tremendous experience with athletes, from professional, children and even the frequent“weekend warriors.”
Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Patricia’s favorite sport is football; which has inspired her to pursue a sports-oriented career. She has had the privilege to be associated local sports organizations and teams, holding positions as head massage therapist for Georgia Force football team (2004-2012) and the Gwinnett Gladiator Hockey team(2011-Present season upcoming).
Believing that her true purpose and calling is to be a member of a team that helps to heal and achieve optimum lasting results, Patricia is fulfilled at Synergy Release Sports.
Georgia License # 004662