Brain Health Expert
Dr. Ala’s goal is to motivate and inspire patients to take responsibility for their health and in turn experience optimum health.
With her education and experience, she has been able to help hundreds of her patients reverse disease, prevent disease, and feel better than they ever thought possible.
Dr. Ala Lysyk-Smith grew up in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada with four older brothers. She attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. Shortly after completing her education, she married Dr. Kelly Smith. The couple moved to Fergus Falls and opened Smith Family Chiropractic in 1995. The couple has one beautiful daughter, Maya.
Dr. Ala was inspired to study the brain after attending a symposium in 2001 at which Dr. Fredrick Carrick of the Carrick Institute presented his research and findings on the effects of head and neck trauma on the brain and nervous system globally. Since that time, she has dedicated her time and energy to mastering the function of the brain. She has completed more than 2000 hours of postgraduate training in Chiropractic Functional Neurology. Chiropractic Functional Neurology is a specialty of chiropractic that goes above and beyond the musculoskeletal paradigm. The spine and nervous system are paired both anatomically and functionally. That which affects the spine and head, affect the brain and spinal cord. They are inseparable and must be examined and treated with precision and the skills of a surgeon.
From 2009-2012 Dr. Ala shifted her training focus to Traumatic Brain Injuries, particularly concussions. She had the honor and pleasure to study under Dr. Frederick Carrick himself and work alongside him while treating patients– an experience that allowed her to glean from his immense knowledge of the neurological system.
Her hobbies include spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, ping pong, working out and researching.
Brain Health Expert
Dr. Kelly’s gentle spirit and compassion for his patients is reflective of his smile. His passion is to separate pain and suffering from his patients’ lives.
Dr. Kelly Smith grew up in Walker, Minnesota. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. Shortly after completing his education, he married Dr. Ala Lysyk-Smith. In 1995 they opened Smith Family Chiropractic. The couple has a beautiful daughter, Maya.
In 2006, he became a board-certified Chiropractic Neurologist. The new education and experience completely changed his approach. With a desire to learn more, he pursued additional post-graduate education with the Carrick Institute, more specifically in concussion or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) care. Dr. Kelly is also board-certified in Acupuncture and his gentle technique affords him much success in the application of acupuncture in his neurologic and chiropractic practice.
His appointed hobbies are gardening, and his green thumbs often get rave reviews from passer byers. He adores spending time with his daughter and his dog. Time spent in the woods and in the prairie pheasant hunting is a passion.