Owner & Chiropractor
Dr. Michael Hatrak
Alpharetta & Buckhead Locations
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.
Owner & Chiropractor
Dr. Andrew Potter
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.
Owner & CEO
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.
Owner & COO
Philip, a former athlete and long standing advocate of wellness and fitness, credits his long, successful soccer career to the Synergy Release TherapyTM. With an extensive history and utilization of the Synergy Release Therapy technique, he is eager and passionate about helping patients identify their peak performance while also avoiding injury. Philip 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. He’s trained in frequency specific micro current and class IV therapeutic laser treatment therapy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Lee University in Tennessee. Shortly thereafter, Philip began developing his profession through this unique family owned practice, where they position themselves to achieve only positive and successful patient outcomes.
Doctors and Physical Therapists
Dr. Weston Craker
Dr. Craker was born in Granger, Indiana, where he grew up playing soccer, skiing, and running cross-country. During his sports career is where he learned the importance of sports performance, injury prevention, and the body’s ability to adapt and function optimally. He spent time with his athletic trainer learning the basic bio-mechanics of the body which influenced him to pursue caring for athletes of all skill levels. He Majored in athletic training at Central Michigan University. After graduation, he worked for 5 years as an athletic trainer in a plethora of sports from high school to professional. During this time he continued to learn and wanted to expand his abilities to help patients. He then pursued a doctorate degree in Chiropractic at Life University where he graduated Cum Laude. He continued to hone his craft through school where he worked part time as an athletic trainer. Dr. Craker views the body through a bio-mechanical and neurological approach to patient care. His goal for every patient is to design a patient-centered care plan that will address the root cause of your symptoms, and provide you the ability to achieve your lifestyle goals.
In his free time Dr. Craker enjoys spending time with his wife and his 3 year old son hiking, playing sports, and living an active life.
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.
After watching his mother overcome breast cancer 22 years ago, Darren Fink decided to pursue a passionate career helping people maximize their health as a whole person. His journey began as an ISSA certified fitness instructor in 1998, which led him to pursue a degree in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate from the United States School of Naturopthy in ’03. He then pursued his Master’s Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (3 years) and graduated from the Bible Training Center for Pastors in ‘17
Darren Fink has worked as a Naturopath for over 19 years in Atlanta, 17 with the staff of Medical Doctors and PA’s at Progressive Medical Center. Throughout his career as a practicing Naturopath/Wellness-Coach/Mentor and Professional Speaker, his concentration has evolved into:
• Mental-emotional-spiritual connections to health and disease
• Functional approaches to overall wellness and lifestyle coaching
• Overcoming a myriad of chronic problems like fatigue, weight gain (metabolic), digestion, poor libido, and sleep issues
• His work with clients centers around the “7 Pillars of Extraordinary Health” lecture series which he uses as the foundation for all of his messages as well as personal consultations
Darren has lectured to numerous organizations, companies, and churches. He has spoken at Chick-fil-A headquarters, Culture Fest (sharing stage with Nick Saban),Tommy Newberry and The 1% Club, Atlanta Gas Light, Metro Power, Crawford and Co., Body Vision Studios, The “Alive” Expo, and radio shows including Life Coach Live, The Robert Scott Bell Show, and the Progressive Hour of power. His message has helped thousands of people identify their true problem of “Lifestyle Disease,” toxicity and deficiency.
Dr. Dominique Scott
Dr. Dominique M. Scott, aka Dr. Dom, is a second-generation chiropractor who grew up in Orange County California, earned a B.A. from University of San Diego, and graduated from the D.C. program at Life University, GA in 1996 where he also met his wife, Donna. Drs. Dom and Donna interned with his father, Don Scott, a Palmer Chiropractic Graduate, for 2 years in Tustin, California and then built their own practice in Manhattan Beach.
Their practice developed to become a beacon for health, performance, and wellness in the South Bay area. Their family and sports practice helped people with various conditions from ages “newborns to nineties”, as well as half their practice being routine wellness-care clients. As their own children grew into competitive sports so did their practice take on more care for athletes, from junior to pro. Drs. Dom and Donna were both collegiate athletes and Dr. Dom continued to train and compete in rowing into his 40’s, as well as playing tournament-volleyball.
He became the lead onsite performance and prevention provider for numerous junior-national beach volleyball events where he helped many competing juniors stay in the game as they pursued college team offers. He was a member of the AVPFirst Board of Directors (a national junior-to-college beach volleyball branch of the AVP) since its beginnings, offering an in-depth knowledge base for the players, parents and coaches to fill some major gaps of understanding and utilization in the realm of Bio-mechanics. Dr. Dom was a co-author in the Amazon Best Seller, Empowered Aging.
After 23 years of practice in SoCal Dr. Dom transferred his practice to the worthy hands of Dr. Heidi Smith, and he and his family have recently returned to Georgia to enjoy raising their family of 5 children on this coast near family and friends. Dr. Dom is delighted to learn and incorporate the details of the Hatrak Synergy Release System and join the team of Synergy Sports Wellness practices.
Veronica graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2002 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She opened her private practice in 2004 in Annapolis, MD where she has served the community as an Integrative Physical Therapist, combining her skills as a Manual Therapist, Professional Yoga Therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor and Integrative Health Coach. Veronica specializes in treating clients with joint and spine disorders, SI joint instability, overuse injuries, chronic pain and complex medical issues. She recently moved to N. Atlanta in Spring 2021 and is licensed to treat patients in both Georgia and Maryland.
Veronica has used the biopsychosocial approach (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) with Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ and Therapeutic Pilates as a powerful tool in her physical therapy practice for almost 20 years, seeing her patients progress through their rehab goals much faster, compared to traditional physical therapy alone.
She has personally practiced Yoga and Pilates to heal her own body from spinal disc injuries caused by pregnancy and childbirth, and former training in gymnastics. She has disciplined herself and has shared with others how to manage stress and inflammation with optimal nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, meditation, breathwork, and more health hacks.
Veronica has a passion for helping her patients get their best lives back by identifying and treating the root causes of their pain, weaknesses and imbalances. First with differential diagnostic testing, then treating joint and soft tissue dysfunctions, and finally prescribing a customized exercise program to promote patient independence and injury prevention strategies.
In her spare time, Veronica loves cooking organic foods from the local Farmer’s Market, teaching weekly group fitness classes, volunteering at her church, and spending time with her husband David and their 3 kids, ranging from elementary school to post-college.
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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
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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 Bachelor’s 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. 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
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Sara moved to Georgia from the west coast when she was 10 years old and has called Alpharetta home ever since. She has always had a passion for health, wellness and preventative medicine. Knowing she wanted to work in the health field, she obtained her B.S. in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern University. After working for a physical therapist for several years she decided to travel to Costa Rica where she worked on a permaculture farm and furthered her knowledge on herbal medicine. This is also where she discovered she wanted to pursue massage therapy, so she could be a piece in the puzzle of treating people holistically and improving the quality of their lives. Sara received her massage training at Georgia Massage School, one of the top programs in the country. Her style combines flowing movement with specific work to aid in the body’s natural healing process. She uses Swedish massage techniques, clinically based deep tissue, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and stretching to calm, reset, and relax the body. She enjoys orthopedic massage and aiding in the body recovery process but also believes strongly in integrating massage regularly into one’s wellness routine for relaxation, stress relief, and to reconnect each client to their body and mind awareness.
By adjusting each massage to the individual client, she will provide a very specific massage for your needs. Sara is also a certified assisted lymphatic therapist. She has developed a huge passion for this practice because she has seen it truly transform people’s lives. “In my opinion, the lymphatic system is one of the most important and powerful systems in the body because if it is not functioning properly, no other systems can function at their highest capacity. Unfortunately, in traditional medicine, the lymphatic system is often overlooked.” In her free time Sara enjoys spending time outside with her dog, hiking, practicing yoga, cooking,discovering local artists and musicians, practicing Spanish, supporting Atlanta United, and traveling just about anywhere.
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.
Functional Exercise Therapist
Carrie graduated from Georgia Massage School in 2017 and became certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in 2018. MLD is a very useful technique for reducing inflammation and bruising following accidents, injuries, or surgeries.
Carrie retired as a manager and project manager from an international HR company in 2015 so she is very familiar with the chronic issues that result from working long hours at a desk job and using a computer. Carrie is also a United States Air Force veteran.
During her massage career, Carrie has worked at a medical spa, a day spa and with other chiropractors. She has worked with two NFL teams and is an instructor at Georgia Massage School. Carrie also has a private practice in Suwanee.
Carrie moved to Georgia in 2017 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after spending two years post-retirement traveling around the USA in an RV. Carrie and her husband Jim enjoy boating on Lake Hartwell and spending time with family and friends.