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.

Dr. Michelle Clark

Dr. Michelle Clark, a Colorado Board Certified Chiropractor, is a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, OR. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She is currently adjunct faculty for the University of Western States.

In the spring of 2002, Dr. Clark was published in the Journal of Chiropractic Education for the research she did while attending the Colorado Chiropractic College. She was an active part of the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference in 2003 and 2004 as she lobbied for chiropractic rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She consulted for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners until 2009. She has also been a member of the ART Elite Provider Network since 2010 and became an ART instructor in Sept 2015.

Dr. Clark is an active part of Denver’s yoga, running, and Pilates communities and frequently lectures around the city on topics related to anatomy, injury prevention, and wellness care. She specializes in neuromusculoskeletal injuries as well as the biomechanics, structure, and function of the human spine. She is Biomechanics certified for ART Ironman Performance Care and was part of the treatment team at the 2007 Lake Placid Ironman, the 2012 Boulder Ironman 70.3, and the Inaugural Ironman in Boulder in 2014. She is dedicated to holistic health and the ultimate well-being of her patients.

Dr. Kendelle Krause

Dr. Kendelle Krause is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with an emphasis in Health Science and minors in Chemistry and Spanish, was received from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which she attended on a Cross Country Scholarship.

Dr. Krause is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner (CKTP) through the Kinesio Taping Association International.  She is full body certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) and is part of their Elite Provider Network. She has also earned certifications in Functional Movement Screens (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Motion Palpation Institute (MPI), TRX Suspension Training, the American Dry Needling Institute, and is certified to perform Sports Pre-Participation Physicals in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Krause is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture (FIAMA) and is fully licensed to perform medical acupuncture.

Dr. Krause gained additional experience in sports medicine while assisting the Benedictine University and Northwestern University Athletic Training Departments in the treatment of the athletic teams at both colleges.  This experience encompassed all facets of performance improvement, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. She was also part of the treatment team at the summer 2012 Jose Cuervo Professional Beach Volleyball Tournament in Chicago, IL, the 2013 Boulder 70.3 Ironman, and the 2014 Boulder 140.6 Ironman Competitions. Dr. Krause also completed an internship at Todd Durkin’s Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA where she had the opportunity to help treat many players from the San Diego Chargers, LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, LA Angels, and AVP Beach VolleyBall.

Having participated in a variety of sports from an early age including soccer, softball, track and field, cross country, and volleyball, her real love is running as she went on to compete in Division 1 Collegiate Cross Country.  Over the years she has competed in numerous races from 5k’s to marathons. These activities have led to her special interest in treating athletes from the very young to the senior, whether they are beginning, experienced, or professional, helping them improve performance or get back in the game after an injury. Dr. Krause understands firsthand the demands athletes put on their bodies, the motivation that drives them to do so, and the importance of returning to their sport as soon as possible after an injury.

Christina Mulholland, PT, DPT

Christina Mulholland completed her Undergraduate studies at Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine in 2001. Following this she attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2004.  Christina is educated in Shirley Sahrmann’s method of Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Disorders and works to help patients find a balance between the mobility and stability of muscles in the body to help achieve pain-free and functional movement patterns. Christina is also a Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist and has worked with a variety of patient populations; including BPPV, Cervicogenic Vertigo, and Post-Concussive syndrome to alleviate dizziness and vertigo.

Growing up, Christina was a competitive gymnast and has always been into more of the “crazy” sports.  As an adult, she participates in CrossFit and competes at the local and regional level and performs in Aerial Dance, both of which tie into her experience as a gymnast.  She enjoys being active any way she can from paddleboarding, hiking, biking, and playing at Red Rocks.  Christina has 4 children who keep her very busy outside of the clinic with their various sporting activities and school functions and she enjoys watching each of them grow up and find a passion for sports and activities.

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.