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, basketball, baseball and lacrosse. 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. Since Dr. Z graduated from Chiropractic school, he studied under many Chiropractors looking for a system that would fix people the fastest and most efficiently. He met Dr. Michael Hatrak who introduced him to the S.R.S. system and he was hooked.
In August of 2005, 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 fifteen 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 Bachelor 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. Dr. Zoeller has traveled as an Injury Consultant for several NFL teams and players but his true passion is working with the young men and women of the community helping them to achieve their goals in all aspects of life from physically to personally and spiritually. In his time, he enjoys weight lifting and boating with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Andrew Potter
Dr. Potter is a highly qualified doctor 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 preventative 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. Dr. Potter’s abilities allowed him an amazing opportunity to work on the elite athletes of the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and PGA since 2009.
Dr. Potter is passionate about the Synergy Release Sports (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 biochemical 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 my 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. In his off time, he volunteers at Browns Bridge Community Church where he has been a high school small group leader since 2010. Dr. Potter is very familiar 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 doctors 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
I’m often asked where my interest in Applied Kinesiology began. I had what you would describe today as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was in school training to be a chiropractor when my energy dropped to a level bordering between fatigue and exhaustion. No matter what I did, I could not increase my energy level. As a side effect, I began to experience depression (today many medical doctors debate whether depression causes low energy or low energy causes depression). Not having energy to continue with my studies, I had to drop out of school.
I sought treatment from both medical doctors and chiropractors. All of them wanted to help, but nothing worked. This created a hopeless situation because I couldn't find a medical treatment to help me. This continued for almost three years.
Then I heard about a doctor who practiced something called Applied Kinesiology. I had no idea what Applied Kinesiology was and after seeing so many health practitioners who had not helped me, it was only desperation that got me into his office. After listening to my symptoms, he explained that Applied Kinesiology deals with the body as a whole not individual symptoms. This made a lot of sense to me considering all I have been doing is chasing my symptoms and getting no results. He used a dandelion as an example saying "if you cut the weed off at the top, all its going to do is grow back. You have to address the root of the weed to get rid of it." He said that if we look at the root causes of your fatigue, you'll be surprised to see it will be a combination of physical, chemical, and mental/emotional issues.
As I started, I was somewhat skeptical about his treatments, questioning them each step of the way because some of it didn't make any sense! When I started seeing amazing breakthroughs in how I felt, the skepticism turned into amazement. In a short time I went from feeling chronically fatigued to having an incredible amount of energy. I noticed that my depression lifted and my entire outlook on life changed. I was blown away by the results.
My life changed after seeing him. I went in feeling depressed and fatigued and I left feeling great. I also left with "tools" that I continually used throughout my life. I returned to school, got my degree as a doctor of chiropractic and began concentrating on the area of Applied Kinesiology. Now I'm in the position to help people the way this doctor helped me.
Helping people regain their health has been incredibly rewarding. I've been able to help people regain their lives just like mine was regained. The relief from chronic issues is why many patients come to me and it is truly gratifying to them, but helping people regain their energy to live their lives fully will always be most satisfying to me.
Dr. Dustin Albanese
Dr. Dustin Albanese is a qualified Synergy Release doctor who started his training as soon as he began chiropractic school. During his initial training in this remarkable technique, Dr. Albanese realized the proven healing benefits the Synergy Release technique (SRT) offers. His goal is to help patients of all ages from infants to professional athletes to senior citizens.
As an athlete himself, Dr. Albanese is an advocate of health, wellness and fitness. He traveled throughout the United States playing baseball as team captain of his nationally ranked baseball team from 2006-2008. His leadership continued in college when he became Vice President of Recruitment for his fraternity. Plagued with injuries throughout his own athletic career, he knew his calling was to work in the sports medicine field. After meeting his now fellow doctors at Synergy and observing how everyone of all ages and capabilities could benefit from the SRT, Dr. Albanese knew exactly what he wanted to do in life. With an interest in salutogenesis, Dr. Albanese wants people to feel their best, prevent injury, and help people recover from injury as quickly as possible. He is passionate about treating biomechanical dysfunction and educating patients on a healthy lifestyle to allow people to achieve their goals in all aspects of life.
Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Albanese holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Florida Gulf Coast University and graduated from Life University with a Doctorate of Chiropractic. He is an avid sports fan who closely follows the NFL, MLB and NBA. During his free time, he enjoys the outdoors with family and friends. He rejoices in boating, fishing, hiking, and weight lifting.
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
Corey believes in serving others by facilitating the body toward health, strength and vitality. Massage therapy is not just a job, it's a God given passion! He believes that "...every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease..." Adelle Davis, author
His training began at ASHA (Academy of Somatic Healing Arts) 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 many more certifications. The latest being CranioSacral Therapy that he integrates into his practice with great success resulting in long lasting changes. He is a member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals).
Corey has worked with many physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, doctors and he manages his own Neuromuscular focused practice. He 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 dialogue, and superior techniques make the SRS team successful.
Corey lives in North Metro Atlanta with his beloved wife and two amazing children. Corey loves to be outdoors with family and friends, camping, hiking, landscaping his yard or just sitting on his porch reading or listening to music. 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
Laura’s interest in massage started many years ago when she was in intense pain. After many years of doctors failing to produce a reduction in pain, she found that incorporating massage therapy actually helped her body heal faster. She’s been hooked ever since and want’s others to have a similar experience.
Her skills as a therapist have grown immensely from working with the doctors and staff of Synergy Release Sports. The methods and processes used at Synergy are very successful and unlike any she has worked with before. She enjoys working with a team of professionals establishing a therapy program for each client that enables each client to receive the concentrated attention that they need. This team approach is far more successful than could be done working alone.
She truly believes in the healing power and other numerous benefits of massage therapy, so she is able to use this to maximize the benefits of massage for my clients. In 2013, she became certified in Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) so that she would have another tool to heal the body faster. At Synergy she is well versed in massage, FSM, and Class IV Therapeutic Laser Therapy.
Josh first attended Georgia College and State University and received both a Bachelors in Exercise Science and Masters in Kinesiology. During his time in school, he became more and more passionate about learning what the human body is capable of and continued to learn more about movement. He was able to apply his knowledge through personal training, but felt that there was something still missing for human movement to thrive. Josh then followed his passion towards massage therapies and its many ways of healing the body so that movement could be restored and flourish. Josh then completed massage therapy school at Georgia Massage School in Suwannee, GA and feels absolutely privileged to have learned from the best teachers in the nation.
Josh’s true passion lies in his unquenchable thirst for knowledge and believes that mastery of a topic is never reached but constantly sought after. Since Josh’s appetite for movement sciences is never satisfied, his primary focus during each session is to figure out the “Why?” for each problem and complaint. Josh’s main goal is to discover what exactly is going on and to put the patient on the fastest road to recovery.
After spending some time in Washington as a newlywed, Josh and his wife recently moved back and currently live in the Cumming area. They could not be happier being back with friends and family. He feels truly blessed to be working at Synergy Release Sports with such a great team that believes in the same philosophies and encourages him to grow every day.
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
Trey Tucker is a 2007 graduate of ASHA (Academy of Somatic Healing Arts) where he received certifications in Swedish, Clinical Sports, and Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). In addition to his massage therapy training, Trey is also a 2006 graduate of Auburn University where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science. While at Auburn, he was a student assistant athletic trainer working primarily with the track and field team.
After many years working in physical therapy offices and 4 years of teaching clinical sports massage at a local massage school, Trey joined the Synergy Release Sport team in 2014.
He was instantly drawn to the collaborative efforts of both doctors and therapist to achieve the common goal of superior patient care. It wasn’t long before he realized that Synergy was a place where he could grow and help others as a part of an amazing team of healthcare providers.
Though not a native Georgian, Trey has truly found a home in Atlanta and loves everything the city has to offer. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, cooking, finding new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.
Functional Exercise Therapist
Brennan is an NASM certified personal trainer, whose focus is on using corrective exercise to maintain balance and healthy living. His competitive nature and desire to help people keeps him constantly learning and growing. He has studied NKT (NeuroKinetic Therapy) and also is certified in Kinesio Taping. He is currently a student at Georgia Massage School and looks forward to utilizing a new set of skills at synergy.
Brennan grew up in Huntsville Alabama and went to Covenant Christian Academy before attending Life University in Tennessee. He moved to GA in 2012 and started his career at Synergy at that time. In his spare time Brennan likes to spend time with his wife and two kids.
Michael Hatrak is the Chief Operating Officer with more than a decade of experience working with Synergy Release Sports. Michael is committed to making sure Synergy has the latest technology and tools to help patients prevent injuries, improve performance and recover more quickly should an injury occur. He is in charge of all operations of the office including personnel, accounting, marketing, and communications. His role also aids in keeping the facility up to date and researching new equipment for the office. He also has trained in frequency specific micro current and class IV therapeutic laser treatment therapy and has traveled with NFL teams doing therapy. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Lee University in Tennessee and has held positions at Wells Fargo Financial and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee before his career at Synergy.
Michael is the proud father of two children and the husband of Jaclyn. He enjoys spending time with his family, working out, fishing, and playing sports. He also serves as a small group leader at browns bridge community church in the youth group.
Priya grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and moved to GA about 16 years ago. Here in GA, she has achieved her BS in Psychology at Georgia State University. Priya came on board with Synergy Release Sports in late 2011. She recently became one of the managers at Synergy Release Sports in December 2013. As a manager, she says she enjoys working with a very helpful and caring staff, as she feels this makes the synergy release work environment a more unique and fun place to be. In her free time, Priya spends her days playing with her very rambunctious puppies Toby and Lily, and she enjoys dining out trying new foods from around the world with friends and family.
Front and Back Office Admin
Kyle Petrina grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and graduated from Alpharetta High School in 2011. Kyle then went on to graduate from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration- Major in Management. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Kyle is now pursuing a career in the Chiropractic field and plans to attend Life University in the near future. In his free time, Kyle enjoys any kind of outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, soccer, and wakeboarding. Kyle is part of a big family; his parents live in Alpharetta, Georgia, and he is one of three boys. Ryan, his older brother, is 25 and lives in Roswell, Georgia. Kyle also has a younger brother Erik who is 21 and currently attending the University of Georgia. Kyle has worked at Synergy Release Sports since 2010 and enjoys taking care of patients and using this learning experience for his future career as the next Synergy Release Sports chiropractor.
Back Office Assistant
Griffin was born in Orlando, Florida and has also lived in Texas and Ohio before his family settled here in Forsyth County in 2003. Most of his family is from Florida, so he considered it his second home. He graduated from South Forsyth High School. He played football from the time he was in 5th grade all the way up to the end of his senior year.
He currently attends Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where both of his parents also attended. He is majoring in Business Management and Marketing with hopes of becoming a marketing agent for a professional sports team here in the Southeast.
He thoroughly enjoys talking about, writing, and watching anything related to sports. In his free time, he likes to write, watch TV, or sit by just about any form of water and relax. He has an older brother that attends Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. He also has a younger sister who still attends South Forsyth High School.
Griffin started working at Synergy in 2014 as a back office assistant and now currently works during his summer and winter breaks at Florida State.
Back Office Assistant
Kyle Soles was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Cumming, Georgia a few years later. Kyle graduated from South Forsyth High School in May of 2014, where he played football all four years. He enjoys being on the lake and watching college football.
He currently attends Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He is majoring in Exercise Science and plans to attend Chiropractic School upon graduation at Life University. He looks forward to pursuing his passion in Chiropractic Medicine and helping others.
Kyle works as a back office assistant at Synergy during his summer and winter breaks from college.
Back Office Assistant
Karina is originally from Guerrero, Mexico. She grew up on a farm in the western part of Lincolnton, NC with her family. She moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue a career in nursing, where she discovered that her real passion is in Sports Medicine. She currently attends Georgia State University and will be graduating with a degree in Kinesiology in 2017. She came on board with Synergy Release Sports in August of 2016. Here at Synergy, she enjoys being a team player, while further gaining a knowledge of how the human body works. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Karina loves to stay active in her spare time whether it be CrossFit, working out, and yoga. She also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, traveling, and exploring. Karina loves to spend time with her friends appreciating a wide array of cultural foods. She also goes back to Lincolnton, NC to visit her family farm at least once a month.