Meet Our Providers

Dr. Brittany Downing - Owner

Coming from a family of physicians spanning the spectrum of healthcare, Dr. Brittany Downing always knew she wanted to be in medicine, but wasn’t sure which avenue to take until she was in a car accident in college.  Her motor vehicle collision left her with severe neck and back pain that didn’t improve until she visited a chiropractor. Thanks to the tremendous care she received from her chiropractor, she made a full recovery, and was inspired to pursue the path to becoming a chiropractic physician.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and Science in English Literature with minors in both Chemistry and History from CU Boulder, she went on to study chiropractic medicine at the prestigious University of Western States in Portland, OR. In addition to UWS’s curriculum, she has attended additional training to further her clinical expertise in Active Release TechniqueGraston TechniqueWebster Technique, functional medicine, the Neurovascular Institute and the Motion Palpation Institute. She is also a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and fulfills continuing education credits with them yearly. Due to her experience with her own car accident, she has attended multiple seminars to enhance her skills for personal injury documentation and is also a Level I Worker’s Compensation accredited chiropractic provider.

From early on in her practice, she developed a special interest in offering prenatal chiropractic care. Being able to help women understand the changes their bodies go through during pregnancy and help to alleviate the common complaints associated with pregnancy has truly become her passion. Dr. Downing also specializes in postpartum and pediatric chiropractic care. As a prenatal chiropractor in Denver, Dr. Downing works closely with birth centers and mommy groups in the area and is proud to be so closely involved in this wonderful community.

Along with offering prenatal chiropractic care in Denver, she offers nutritional consultations to help work on the body from the inside out, restoring balance and systems homeostasis along with decreasing inflammation. While having developed her own anti- inflammatory protocol, she also uses ALCAT food sensitivities testing with tremendous results. This approach helped her with her own neck and back pain from her car accident.  Her personal experience with recovering from a traumatic car accident has given her a deeper understanding for her patients, both physically and emotionally, who are undergoing the same traumatic experience.

When Dr. Downing’s not in clinic, you can catch her at the yoga studio or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.  Brittany found yoga during chiropractic school and feels grateful that she discovered something that continually helps her grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.

As a Colorado native, Dr. Downing is thrilled to be the new co-owner of Accelerate Health in Denver. She is looking forward to becoming even more involved in the Denver community and making a difference through her healthcare profession. You can learn more about Dr. Downing by visiting her website and her LinkedIn Profile.

Dr. Nicholas Shupe - Owner

Dr. Nicholas Shupe graduated from the University of Western States with a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Prior to receiving his DC degree, Nicholas received his Bachelors Degree in Human Biology with a bridge program offered by the University of Western States. He has undergone further training to become certified as a full-body provider with the Active Release Technique, has become a specialist in foot biomechanics and implementation of custom orthotics, the Graston Technique, and is fully versed in applying Kinesio tape. The Active Release Technique, the Graston Technique, and Kinesio taping have all been researched and have been proven to be effective for treating upper extremity, spine, and lower extremity pain patterns. Dr. Shupe takes pride in providing treatment techniques that are supported by evidence and is adamant about running a state-of- the-art, evidence-based practice.

He has since practiced in the Denver area for five years. He started his own practice in the lower Highlands and practiced for six months before joining a medical group specializing in treating patients involved in motor vehicle accidents. Then in 2012, he began another project in a high-end sports performance gym where he specialized in treating sports injuries and injury prevention with a competitive volleyball club. In 2013, Dr. Shupe went full time at a busy multi-disciplinary clinic in the Denver area. There he treated a mixed population of general health insurance, sports injuries, and patients involved in motor vehicle accidents. Dr. Shupe, the youngest of seven, is a Colorado native who has grown up with chiropractic since he was a child. In fact, he is a fourth-generation chiropractor who has truly seen the profession develop into what it is today and has been shaped by years of aspiring to become a chiropractor. Dr. Shupe’s mission is to give patients the utmost care with focused and thorough physical exams, state-of- the-art treatment techniques that are supported by valid evidence, and exercises that promote stability and strength. It is Dr. Shupe’s goal to get patients well as soon as possible and to prescribe exercises that will maintain their asymptomatic status and keep them out of the office.

Outside of the office you will find Dr. Shupe spending time with friends and family, whether it be going fly fishing, going for a hike or supporting a local sporting event. He is very passionate about staying active and exercising to remain healthy and energetic. Music is also a large part of his life, which was fueled by an early introduction to percussion that has continued to fascinate him decades later. He was an avid soccer player in his youth and enjoys just about everything sports related.

Kristen Svendsen, MS

Kristen Svendsen, MS

A chronic pain sufferer for most of her adult life, Kristen explored many avenues of pain relief for severe TMJ, chronic tension headaches and other musculoskeletal conditions before discovering the magic of laser phototherapy. Inspired to bring laser healing to others, Kristen studied at the Rocky Mountain Laser College under Pat Karns, former head athletic trainer for the Colorado Avalanche. Kristen is certified in both Phototherapy and Laser Safety by the Rocky Mountain Laser College.

Laser therapy is safe, painless, quick, drug free and effective. Kristen specializes in the treatment of pain and tissue repair. Using a Class IIIb cold laser (also known as Low Level Light Therapy or LLLT), patients find relief from acute and chronic pain such as sprains, strains, TMJ, arthritis, spine disorders, headaches, stenosis, sciatic nerve pain, plantar facitiis, neuromas, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, post surgical healing, and other joint, muscular and nerve pain.

Favored by elite athletes for decades, the use of laser phototherapy is increasingly being discovered by people everyday for the treatment of pain, tissue repair and increased athletic performance. The healing properties of light are endless, with research supporting its use in the treatment of many conditions, ranging from depression to fibromyalgia.

Kristen is a native of Colorado and loves everything the Colorado lifestyle offers. She spends as much in the mountains as she can, hiking, biking and snowboarding. Kristen knows the aches and pains an active lifestyle can bring and looks forward to sharing laser healing with everyone, from those suffering from everyday discomfort to those with chronic conditions.