Meet Our Team


Dr. Jess Bruin

Clinic Director

Dr. Jess Bruin is a second generation chiropractor. Being raised in the practice she has been exposed to and then treated a wide variety of patients and conditions from babies to the elderly, resolving everything from headaches to heartburn, digestion to fatigue, earaches to breech babies and nearly everything in between. She adapts both her technique and the amount of force used per the individual patient needs (i.e. newborn baby versus heavy weight boxer)

Dr. Jess has always had a passion for travel and exploring new cultures, as such she has travelled the world working as a chiropractor. Amongst her highlights are Bermuda, working in a pediatric and sports injury practice within a multidisciplinary group, and the Netherlands, where she met her husband Tom.

Dr. Jess looks forward to sharing her experiences gained in working with many other doctors and patients from around the world with her local hometown community of Bloomington-Normal.

Larum Dean

Patient Concierge and Accounts Manager

Larum was born and raised in Bloomington-Normal, which is apparent because he never goes anywhere that someone doesn’t know him! After graduating from Bloomington High School, he went to work for State Farm for 13 years. His love of books and reading took him to Barnes and Noble for his next job. He worked at Bergners at the same time. Larum was then employed by Rogers and Hollands until moving to the Windy City to pursue his career as an optician.

Alexia Duke

Alexia Michelon

Scheduling Ninja

I walked into Eastland Chiropractic and Wellness Center as a new patient about a year ago and fell in love with the atmosphere of the office. Before long, coming to Eastland became one of the best parts of my day. Two weeks went by and I asked Tom when I could start working at Eastland. He and Larum looked at each other, then me, and we had a little laugh; but I was actually serious!

I was never able to shake the idea of serving at Eastland. I have a background in Special Education and have worked as a server and bartender since I graduated high school. I am passionate about serving others in this capacity and making them feel valued and welcomed.

Leaving my position in education was tough because I love working with the students. However, I feel lucky to be able to work with children not as students, but as patients. Transitioning to Eastland at this time has been such a blessing in my life.

Earlier this year, I committed to pursuing a career in massage therapy. Massage has been a constant in my life even before I started grade school. Naturally, my mom was my first client. While she was pregnant with my little sister I started rubbing her swollen feet before bed. I loved to play with her lotions, and it felt good to know that I made her feel better. This love has evolved into a deep appreciation for the power of touch to relax, rehabilitate, and heal.

The opportunity to join Eastland has felt like such a gift. I am so excited to get to know you all and to be a part of your journey to wellness.


Lisa Oakley

MS, Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Oakley is a Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in promoting wellness and providing individualized healthcare. She is one of the select few medical professionals who are Fellowship trained in functional, anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Ms. Oakley is triple Board Certified in pediatrics, family practice and anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

Lisa, who works at The Center for Health Renewal and Longevity in Champaign, will be seeing patients at our clinic! Lisa specializes in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine, including hormone issues, thyroid and adrenal issues, detoxification programs, food allergies, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS and more. She is a fantastic lady whose mission is to provide preventative and regenerative care by treating the whole person. Her care is personalized, attentive and compassionate. We are committed to continuing to provide the best health and wellness providers and offering natural options to the community to help them regain and enhance their health and wellness. We are excited to welcome Lisa to our team.


Madonna Courtright

Reiki Master/Teacher

Madonna has lived in the Bloomington-Normal area since 1990. She is married to Dr. Jeffrey Courtright, a Professional Relations Professor at ISU

Madonna states that Reiki is a healing art that promotes stress reduction, relaxation and assists in overall healing. Madonna is a hospice volunteer with Advocate Bromenn and provides Reiki services at the Community Cancer Center. In her spare time she volunteers with the local SOAR program for developmentally disabled adults.

Madonna was the 2013 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award recipient for outstanding Community Service.

Madonna loves the "energy" at Eastland and we love hers!