Essential Motion Chiropractic

Here at Essential Motion Chiropractic our healing approach is to develop individualized programs for each client’s unique situation.

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Located in the heart of Fort Collins, Colorado, the environment at Essential Motion Chiropractic is one of tranquility and comfort. As soon as you enter our office, we hope you experience the difference.

Dr Chad Anonson, D.C.
Dr Chad Anonson, D.C.Chiropractor
Dr. Chad Anonson has lived in Fort Collins since he was seven years old. He finished his undergraduate studies at Colorado State University in 2006 and shortly after he pursued his chiropractic education in Portland, Oregon.

In December of 2009 he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College.

Dr. Chad and his wife have five beautiful children together, three girls and two boys. He enjoys spending time with his family and strives to better serve the community to help the residents of Fort Collins achieve their health goals.

Shawna Anonson Pehrson, LMT
Shawna Anonson Pehrson, LMTCertified Reflexologist
Shawna graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in the Fall of 2007 and has been a part of our staff ever since. She is married and has a step-daughter and 2 young boys.

In Spring 2009, she completed her certification in Reflexology, adding that to her various treatment modalities.

Shawna enjoys working with her various clientele and loves to see improvements manifest in their lives through massage.

Amy Smith, LAc
Amy Smith, LAcAcupuncturist
Amy has been helping people manage pain, stress, and physical limitations, as well as improve emotional well-being, since 2006 with massage therapy and yoga therapy. Now she adds acupuncture and plant-based nutritional therapy to her skills to provide her clients with even more relief.

Receiving her education in acupuncture at The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Amy is licensed to practice acupuncture in the state of Colorado.

She is passionate about offering people an alternative to western medicine and pharmacology. While she does not replace western medical treatment and therapies, she does offer alternative and adjunct therapies.

Amar Donaire, LMT
Amar Donaire, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Amar just recently moved to Fort Collins after living in Durango, CO for 20 years. She has over 25 years of experience with massage and energy work and has pursued additional schooling from several different schools during her career as a massage therapist. Amar has a diverse background in different types of massage modalities, and specializes in Swedish, Deep tissue, neuromuscular, Reiki, Heartworks Approach, Egyptian Chakra Energy work, Trigger Point Therapy, and much more.

Outside of massage, Amar really enjoys many different outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, camping, and paddle boarding. She feels honored to live in a place like Fort Collins which allows her to pursue these passions while also focusing on her love of massage. She finds much joy in helping a person’s body move with greater ease after each session.

Jen Zaiger, LMT
Jen Zaiger, LMTLicensed Massage Therapist
Jen is a Fort Collins native and a recent graduate of IBMC. She discovered her passion and drive to help others improve through massage, after a long struggle of chronic pains that were relieved most effectively through massage and bodywork. This experience brought a newfound awareness of how incredible and impactful therapeutic massage can be, both for physiological functions as well as helping to calm the nervous system.

Jen customizes each session in order to fit everyone’s individual needs and goals. She addresses any muscular aches and pains one may be experiencing, to help restore muscle function and assist in promoting a more pain free existence.

She looks forward to working with both new and current clients to tailor a therapeutic plan to help each of them reach their specific needs and goals.

Our Office

We are conveniently located at 1121 W Prospect Rd, Suite B, Fort Collins, CO  80526.  It’s on the corner of Shields and Prospect, near the Family Dollar store just South of the CSU campus.

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Dr. Chad Anonson, your Fort Collins chiropractor, is now an in-network provider with both Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna health insurance. If you have any other insurance provider, we would be happy to bill them for you as an out-of-network provider. We also accept health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts that you may have through your insurance provider. Every insurance plan is different, so even if we’re not in network with your insurance provider, you still may have some coverage which can reduce the costs of treatment.
Another form of insurance that can be used to cover chiropractic and massage care is called Med-Pay. In the state of Colorado, insurance companies are required to include a minimum amount of medical payment coverage on all automobile insurance policies. The only way you don’t have this coverage is if you specifically opt out of it in writing. This additional coverage will pay for a set amount (minimum is $5,000) of any medical expenses incurred due to a car accident no matter who was at fault. Even a minor accident can cause physical symptoms which may not become apparent for days after a collision, which is why it’s important to get checked out right away. Early treatment after a motor vehicle accident can help prevent any long-term issues from developing. For more information, check out this site.
If you are interested in finding out more details about your chiropractic benefits, or if you have any questions about Med-Pay, call our office at (970) 377-0918. We’ll check on all your insurance information, answer all your insurance questions, and we’ll tell you exactly how much you will be responsible for before you even come into the office.


We have a lot of friends here at Essential Motion Chiropractic, and we know a good referral goes a long way. Here is what our patients have to say:

“Becca has done a great job of restoring motion and relieving pain to my injured shoulder. After one visit I already have about 70% range of motion back. Thanks!”


“Dr. Anonson is one of the most thorough and knowledgeable doctors I have ever been under the care of. He listens well and asks lots of questions. However, most impressively, he takes the time to explain the “hows” and “whys” of my issue *and* his therapy. I always feel free to ask a question and he is easy with an answer. Dr. Anonson’s therapies have alleviated some very acute problems and I will continue to return to him as needed.”


“I got the best massage I have ever had from Becca. She knows what she is doing and is so friendly and informative. I will definitely return and I would highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a massage therapist!”