About Us

Meet Our Doctors

Dean Chance, D.C. Chiropractic Kinesiologist

Dr. Chance studied Exercise Physiology while receiving his Bachelors of Science from the University of Florida in 2000.  He was a mainstay on both the Dean’s Honor role and Presidents Honor role. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic with the highest honors of Manga Cum Laude in 2004.  Dr. Chance currently holds level 2 certification in Quintessential Applications and NET (Neuro Emotional Technique). Formerly, he was a nutrition instructor at Dragon Rises College of Acupuncture. Currently he is taking diplomate specialization in both Nutrition and Neurology. He is also board certified in Acupuncture. 
Dr. Dean changed his academic focus from pre-med to Chiropractic after a life-changing experience that chiropractic provided to his then-girlfriend by his father. 
Dr. Dean is a fourth generation Chiropractor and proud father of two children.  In his free time, he enjoys distance running, golf /disc golf and playing with his kids by the pool.  Dr. Dean is also a die-hard Gator fan.

Kristin Shiver, D.C.

Dr. J. Kristin Shiver is a fourth generation Floridian who moved to Gainesville at the age of 15 with her family. She attended Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida, where she majored in Nutritional Sciences.  She attended the Florida School of Massage prior to deciding on her career path of chiropractic.

Dr. Shiver began going to a chiropractor as an infant with colic. Her mother took her to see her own chiropractor after having been in herself (for being a complete mess due to lack of sleep and stress), the chiropractor urged her to bring her baby in because he could help. Her mother didn’t understand (how could chiropractic help a stomach problem?) but brought her infant in out of sheer desperation.  Three adjustments later, baby Dr. Shiver was no longer colicky and received periodic adjustments when her parents would go in for their adjustments.  Later, as a 6 year-old, Dr. Shiver suffered from back pain.  It was discovered that she had a mild scoliosis and through a series of chiropractic care, the scoliosis was reversed.  She continued to have back pain on and off throughout her life and would go see a chiropractor when the pain was severe.  

Later, when she was in chiropractic school and had the ability to be adjusted every week, Dr. Shiver noticed she became more coordinated. She had never been able to throw a frisbee or jog more than a block without severe pain in her diaphragm. Her grandmother always said she would trip over her own feet-and she actually did!  Through regular chiropractic care, she was able to be more active, coordinated, and gain strength. Dr. Shiver truly believes she becomes more healthy with age!

Dr. Shiver wants everyone to know that chiropractic isn’t only for pain.  It can increase the quality of your life and help optimize your health and strength.

Annabelle Mac Auley, D.C.

Dr. Annabelle Mac Auley  graduated in December 2015 with the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College’s Florida Campus. She was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence award for Class 154, and traveled to Hyderabad, India to offer free care to this impoverished region. She has always loved experiencing different cultures, connecting with beautiful souls all over the globe and travelling, and continues to pursue new adventures to add to the list of countries she has visited; her favorites include Switzerland, Croatia and Israel. Prior to chiropractic school, she completed a dual Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and presented genetic research related to cattle farming that was completed on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She practiced in Panama City Beach before moving back to her hometown of Gainesville, FL to be closer to her aging grandparents.
“Dr. Mac”, as she is affectionately called by patients and colleagues, originally was only exposed to chiropractic adjustments on horses. After working as a chiropractic assistant following her undergraduate work, she was amazed at the difference she would see in patients from the time they entered the office to when they left each day. She noticed they were not just physically changed in posture and movement, but they were emotionally and mentally ready to accomplish their goals and enjoy life! The understanding that chiropractic is really about neurology, movement and allowing the body to achieve health naturally is what drew her to immediately change her original path of veterinary medicine to her current practice as a chiropractic physician.
Dr. Mac is extremely active in her profession, which she attributes to her role models: her grandparents. She is currently represents the State of Florida as Alternate Delegate to the American Chiropractic Association,  works with and mentors students from chiropractic schools across the country as the National Student Liaison for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, and is current President of the Mid-Florida Chiropractic Society. She was recognized as one of the Florida’s Chiropractic Association’s emerging leaders, an honor she feels is due to her mentors, her supportive family and her drive to continually better patient care. She has completed extra training in pre-natal chiropractic care, and loves working with patients through their pregnancy!
Currently, Dr. Mac Auley enjoys reading, anything outdoors, performing Tahitian dance, traditional archery, horses, spending time with her family, friends, her fiancé Dr. Doug, and her two dogs.

Meet our Team

Heather

Massage Therapist

Heather has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004, after graduating from Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Fl. She also achieved her Masters degree in Social work. Her approach to bodywork is unique, integrating Swedish, Deep tissue and Trigger Point style massage, as well as weaving in cupping, sports massage and myofacial release. In her free time she enjoys time on the water. 

Stefanie

Massage Therapist

Sports, fitness, and health have been part of Stefanie’s life since she was a young child. She spent 11 years as a gymnast, competing up through level 10, and later on was involved in springboard and platform diving, competitive cheerleading, and golf. Stefanie always knew fitness and health would remain a huge part of her life and decided to study Exercise & Sport Sciences with a specialization in Athletic Training while attending the University of Florida. After about a decade in the “real world” she decided to go back to school to pursue a passion for holistic health and attended the Florida School of Massage. Now as an LMT she’s focusing on injuries/chronic pain, pregnancy, and helping clients achieve increased awareness to their body. When she’s not at Back in Balance she maintains a private massage practice, coaches at a gym as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and hangs out with her 3 little girls. 

Marissa

Massage Therapist

Marissa knew she wanted to help people feel better since she was very young. She became interested in energy healing as a teenager and later decided to attend massage school. She graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 2010, and became certified as a level II Reiki practitioner in 2012. She also earned a bachelors degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida in 2018. Besides her interest in health and wellness, Marissa enjoys reading, gardening, singing, painting, and spending time in nature. She especially enjoys spending time with her Siamese cat Amira, as well as her pet crayfish Harvey.

Jennifer

Billing

Jennifer is a Florida native that has been raising her family Gainesville, FL since 2006. She has been working as a medical biller since 2002. Jennifer brings many years of extensive knowledge and skills to Back in Balance, adding great worth and expertise to our dynamic team.

Lauren

Front Desk Manager

Lauren is our Front Desk Manager and an avid video gamer.  She worked in the Veterinary Field for 10 years before joining our practice in April 2018 as a Front Desk Coordinator.  She is also a Perfectly Posh independent consultant for natural based skincare products.  Her hobbies include a love for traveling, landscape photography, video games, and spending time with her family, including 4 cats and 3 dogs.

Noelle

Front Desk Coordinator

Noelle joined the Back in Balance team in 2017 as a front desk coordinator. Since then, she has also taken on the role of intern and has helped organize Dinner with the Docs and designed our website. She received her bachelors from the University of Florida in Health Education and Behavior in 2019. She is continuing her education and will receive her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from UF in 2022. In her free time she enjoys cheering on the Gators in the Swamp, drinking coffee, and spin class.

Veronica

Front Desk Coordinator

Veronica is originally from Harrison, New Jersey. She moved to Florida in August of 2018 with her fiance for a change of pace. She has been a hairstylist for 15 years and works at a salon here in Gainesville. Veronica comes from a large family and loves to work with people and build relationships. When she isn’t working, she likes to spend her time volunteering, in nature, with her fiance and their two pups, or doing anything art related. Most of her volunteer work has been with Camp Fatima, a non profit organization for special needs children and adults.