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At Rist Chiropractic and Wellness we practice an open door policy. We encourage patients to stop by to meet Dr. Rist and staff and take a tour of the facility. Feeling comfortable and confident in our practice is of utmost importance and we would love to address any questions or concerns you have about starting treatment. Please stop by or feel free to give us a call or send us an email to learn more and start treatment today!




Dr. Rist is a Chiropractic Physician who graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. After completing his externship at the Palmer Clinic and Palmer Outreach Clinic, with training in physical therapy and radiology, Dr. Rist began practicing in Sarasota, Florida.  He has had thorough experience in years of practice, he has worked extensively in the treatment of traumatic injury, head, neck and back complaints.

Dr. Rist also completes annual continuing educational training and is one of few doctors certified in Whiplash Injury Biomechanics and Traumatology.

All of us at Rist Chiropractic and Wellness will help to get you back to better health. We look forward to serving you.


  • Undergraduate Study Western Illinois University, Macomb, Il
  • Palmer College of College of Chiropractic, Davenport Iowa, Doctor of Chiropractic


  • Whiplash Injury Biomechanics and Traumatology, Spine Research Institute of San Diego


  • Completion of the American Board of Chiropractic Examiners National Boards Parts I, II, III, IV and PT
  • Licensed Florida Chiropractic Physician


Office Manager

I relocated to Florida from Nevada about 3 years ago. I plan to further my education in the nursing field at the State College of Florida, Manatee - Sarasota this year. My love for the chiropractic field has grown tremendously since I moved here and started working for a chiropractor 3 years ago. Being seen in a chiropractic office for issues of my own, three times a week was truly a blessing in disguise.

When I’m not working, I love to be out on the water and in the sunshine- that’s the whole reason I moved to Florida. I love being able to help educate patients about chiropractic and their one of a kind benefits. I joined Rist Chiropractic & Wellness in the summer of 2017 & am very excited about the opportunity I was offered to be part of a great team. You will be greeted with a contagious smile through the phone or face to face and the willingness to help you get results.


Massage Therapist

Nikole Leonberger is a 2002 graduate of The Humanities Center School of Massage. She holds certificates in Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, and Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapies. In her 10+ years of massage experience, she has developed a sense of pride in her ability to individualize specific massage techniques and treatment plans. She has utilized advanced modalities to treat patients and help them live fuller and happier lives.