Meet the Team

You, your family and loved ones need a special touch that only a special practitioner can understand and relate with. You will not be rushed through your visit but will be treated like the VIP that you truly are. We want to know what is going on with you and take the time to address those issues and concerns.

Dr. Ashley Emel, BS, MBA, DC, CACCP

Founder and Principal, Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Ashley Emel is a charismatic prenatal and women’s health specialist in the Columbia, Missouri area whose passion is helping families enjoy their journey without pain and stress. She also provides care to babies giving them proper alignment to reduce colic, reflux, poor sleep, help breastfeeding issues such as proper latch and more. Chiropractic care for mommies and babies is part of the Compass Chiropractic and Wellness Practice. We also focus on men through the treatment of chiropractic care, nutritional health and physio therapy. There is no issue too large or small. We focus on getting men realigned and nutritionally balanced so they can perform at their optimal level. We love seeing men come in by themselves or with their families.

As a mom of 2 beautiful children and a business owner she understands the pressures that life can bring and wants to help families through them both physically and emotionally. Her journey started as young child and regular trips to the Chiropractor for her mother after they were involved in a motor vehicle accident. After going to a chiropractic office for years and having the opportunity to work in one during high school, Dr. Ashley decided that she too wanted to help people with a natural form of health.

After the completion of her undergraduate and master degrees, Dr. Ashley went to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri to complete her doctorate of Chiropractic in 2011. She started attending seminars with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). It was during those seminars that she had decided to specialize in Women’s Health, Pregnancy and Pediatrics. She has since received her certification in the Webster’s Technique.

Dr. Emel has enjoyed treating from 1 day old to a young 93 years of age in her office since opening he practice. Her goal is to treat everyone and getting them feeling the best they possibly can. She loves “Adjusting everyone’s health in the right direction”.

Dr. Jennifer Sutherland, DC, FASA

Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist

Dr. Jen Sutherland loves being part of the team here at Compass Chiropractic and Wellness. After she received her undergraduate degree she completed her doctorate in Chiropractic at Cleveland University. She is also board certified in Acupuncture. Dr. Jen has received chiropractic care ever since she was a very young child. She always loved going to the chiropractor and once it was time for her to decide what she wanted to do, the choice was easy. Outside of Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Dr. Jen loves spending time with her husband and two kids, and enjoys outdoor adventures. She finds it very rewarding to help others to reach their fullest potential through acupuncture and chiropractic care.

Mrs. Stacy Nanneman

Office Manager

Stacy has been with Compass for 10 years. She lives in Columbia with her husband Mike. They have two children and two Grandchildren. Their son Connor and his wife Yamei serve in the United States Navy, and are stationed in Sand Diego, CA with their two children (Liam & Lilly). Their daughter Olivia has her RN/BSN in Nursing, lives in St. Louis and works at Barnes Jewish Pediatric Emergency Room. Stacy loves spending time outdoors biking the trails of Columbia, walking and working in her flower gardens. If you have questions about your Chiropractic Health Insurance Benefits, please give Stacy a call!

Mrs. Wanda Jarvis

Licensed Massage Therapist

Wanda Jarvis has been with Compass Chiropractic for eight years. She is a licensed massage therapist specializing in deep tissue but offering all levels of pressure! Whether you need a relaxing massage or a deep tissue massage you can be sure Wanda has the experience to assist you in your wellness goals.

Mrs. Becky Pemberton

Lactation Consultant

Becky Pemberton is passionate about supporting all families in their breastfeeding journey. “Reminding moms of the miracle their body is, and that her body grew her baby, birthed her baby, and can provide food to nourish her baby is so special.” She aims to support moms through this often difficult time, to boost their self-confidence, and empower them to be able to support others. Becky attended MU where she earned a BA in Biology and met her husband, Josh. Together they live in Columbia and have three daughters. They live a proactively healthy lifestyle, working to prevent illnesses through diet and exercise, rather than reacting to fix them. Becky enjoys working out, reading, studying the Bible, and learning. “I love asking questions and learning another’s point of view and experiences. Everyone has something new they can learn.”

Mrs. Danielle Watts

Danielle recently joined the Compass Chiropractic family and has been overwhelmed by the love and support shown by not only the office team, but also the amazing patients! In addition to being a full-time mom to a fabulous young son, Danielle also stays busy by being an active member of the Columbia Elks Lodge #594, and as Director of the Miss Columbia Scholarship Program, an official preliminary to Miss Missouri. In her spare time (ha!) Danielle enjoys walking and biking with her son, reading and taking naps.