Michael 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, 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 Michael 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, Michael 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 his passion for finding the missing link. Michael 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).
Michael 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.
Andrew Potter D.C.
Andrew Potter is a highly qualified chiropractor who holds a degree from Life University. He has dedicated his future to serving others by providing the best care possible to all patients from every walk of life.
Andrew 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. His abilities allowed him an amazing opportunity to work on the elite athletes of the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and PGA since 2009.
Andrew 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. Andrew 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. Eric Merritt
Dr. Eric Merritt was born and raised in Kersey, Pennsylvania, a small town nestled in Elk County. Dr. Merritt graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State, he was involved in research examining golf swing biomechanics. Dr. Merritt also performed research at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill during his undergraduate years. Dr. Merritt then moved to Athens, GA where he received his Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from The University of Georgia. While at UGA, Dr. Merritt specialized in research pertaining to sport related concussion.
Dr. Merritt went on to graduate summa cum laude from Life University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program in 2019. During his time at Life University, he was a member of the Research Track curriculum and was an inductee into the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society. While at Life, he focused on musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, and he became Active Release Techniques – Full Body Certified during that time. Dr. Merritt also holds the distinction of being the first chiropractor in the state of Georgia certified in Personalized Blood Flow Restriction training.
In his spare time, Dr. Merritt enjoys spending time outdoors and hiking, fishing, and playing sports with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.
Lewis “Mac” Smith D.C.
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 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 Mac Smith to join their team. At Synergy Release Sports, he was then trained by 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 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.
Dr. Matthew Graves
Matthew Graves has been in practice since 2007. He is a native of New York City before he moved to Georgia to study at Life University. He played College basketball at Life University and semi - professional basketball in Mexico and Holland. Playing at a high level of competitive sports allowed Matt Graves to realize how important it was to keep a competitive edge using chiropractic to keep his body injury and dysfunction free.
Matt Graves has a huge passion with improving every patient’s quality of life and optimizing human performance. Over the last few years he has trained and became certified in the Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT). The technique combined with chiropractic has helped him help patients in a way that was not possible before. Throughout his career, Matt Graves has had the pleasure of providing care to patients at all walks of life from young kids to the working professional. He has also had the privilege of having successful cases with professional athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB Tennis and USA Track & Field.
Matt Graves is very excited to be a part of the Synergy family and looks forward to helping patients accelerate healing, prevent injuries and improve their quality of life.
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 her 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.
Francisco moved to Georgia 18 years ago when he left the National Guard in California. When he was working at a hair salon is where he found his passion for Massage therapist when shampooing his clients’ hair.
After many recommendations, he went to the National Holistic Institute for Massage Therapy to learn more about the field, where he fell in love with the field. He has been a certified Massage Therapist now for 18 years.
Francisco loves providing his patients with the proper care and knowledge for their health. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family.
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.
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.
Maddy has been a licensed massage therapist since 2005, where he graduated from High Tech Institute with an A.S. in Massage Therapy. As a LMT of 14 years, he has developed his own unique style of addressing the fascia directly, through merging his knowledge of active release therapy, meridian theory, reflexology, and physiotherapy. Over a 10 year span, he has found fascia restrictions to be the facilitators of our aches and pains created by sedentary injuries; how we sleep, how we sit, and how we stand for extended periods of time.
In 2005, Maddy trained under the late Adrian Carr, co founder of Rising Spirit school of massage, beginning his introduction into sports medicine and kinesiology. In 2006, Maddy began extensive training under Ko Tan in the techniques of Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Meridian Theory, and Reflexology.
In 2009, Maddy began his journey into the world of physiotherapy when he began training under Ira Wikel and Pat Barnes in direct fascial engagement techniques, and learning the many intricacies of our fascia.
Michael Hatrak is the CEO and part owner of Synergy Release Sports LLC. With more than 15 years of experience working with Synergy Release Sports, Michael works to try to create the most comprehensive and effective wellness clinic around. 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 three 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 Woodstock City Church in the youth group.
Ashlee is a native Floridian who moved to Atlanta in 1996. In 2000 she moved to Alpharetta where she still calls home today with her twins and 2 mutts.
After many years in the field of education she is excited to return to her management roots as the office manager at Synergy Release Sports. The first day she walked through the door she knew this was where she wanted to be, she is especially looking forward to getting to know all of the patients and their families.
Ashlee is an avid runner and active member of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church. When she has any free time it is spent on the salt waters of Florida replenishing her soul with a fishing pole.
Front and Insurance Admin
Kristy grew up in Lawrenceville, Ga and graduated from Collins Hill High school. Growing up Kristy was highly involved in gymnastics, swimming, and soccer. She later attended Piedmont College for a degree in Early Childhood Education. Before coming to work for synergy she was a pharmacy technician.
When Kristy is not at Synergy she loves being involved with her three kids and their sports.
Front Office Admin
Jenn was born in New York and lived there until she was 8 years old when her family moved to Georgia. In 2012 she was blessed with twin girls. Recently her and her husband bought a house in Canton which is where their family currently resides. In her spare time outside of work she loves to dance, work out, and enjoy hanging out with her friends and family.
Chad grew up in Snellville, Ga where he attended Brookwood High School and graduated in 2006. After being unhealthy for several years and his mother battling cancer, this gave him the motivation to live a healthy lifestyle to be a role model for his family and those around him.
He is currently a certified Personal Trainer of 6 years, working at Training Grounds Fitness. He recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and wants to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.
Allyn was born in New Jersey, and grew up in New York City. At the age of 12, she and her family moved to Atlanta, GA. Growing up, she played many sports, including soccer, tennis, and figure skating. Her interest in the medical field sparked back in 2016 when she started volunteering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Allyn is currently a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, and plans to continue her education in Physical Therapy at Emory University.
Allyn’s hobbies include playing tennis, traveling, acting, playing the guitar, writing, composing music, and singing.
Isabel is originally from Maracaibo,Venezuela. She moved to Atlanta, GA along with her family in search of a better future. Growing up, she always felt passionate about medicine. However, not until recently did she discover that her true plan is to pour her heart and mind into physical therapy, where she hopes to create memorable relationships and experiences with her future patients. She currently attends Georgia Gwinnett College and will be graduating with a degree in Clinical Exercise Science in 2018. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Isabel loves to spend time with friends and family, working out, and helping others in any way she can.
Kyle is a native of Alpharetta, attending South Forsyth High school. He attended the United States Air Force Academy for three years and played football there. He has hopes of continuing his education at Georgia Tech where he plans on studying Economics and International affairs. Upon graduation Kyle has plans to travel the world and to broaden his horizons while simultaneously gaining experience for a future career in Consulting