Meet the Team

At St. Paul Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Center, we are committed to helping you overcome your pain. Through the use of sophisticated screening and treatment methods, we make it easy to recover from your neck, back, hip, or joint condition. From car accidents to sports injuries, we are your dependable chiropractor. Get to know the members of our team below, and be sure to contact the clinic for your next appointment.


Dr. Chris Lilja – Founder and CEO

Dr. Chris LiljaEmail: drchris@stpaulnaturalhealth.com

Starting his mission in 2000, Dr. Chris Lilja brings many years of experience in using proven health strategies to help his patients. A Saint Paul native and Highland Park graduate, Dr. Lilja has owned and operated successful chiropractic and nutritional wellness centers in Minnesota and Washington states. He is dedicated to creating a full-service health and wellness center for his hometown community.

After graduating from Northwestern Health Science University with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic, Dr. Lilja received extensive training in clinical nutrition and applied kinesiology. This training allowed him to broaden his scope of practice. As an expert in injury management, he has worked with patients dealing with the effects of auto accidents, work-related injuries, sports injuries, and degenerative conditions. Dr. Lilja is also an experienced clinical nutritionist, and he naturally addresses body chemistry to speed injury recovery, promote health, and address a variety of chronic disease challenges.

Dr. Lilja is a proud father of two daughters and one son. When he is not in the office, he is an avid fisherman, enjoys yoga, goes hiking and camping, and spends time with his family and friends.

Areas of Service:

  • Injury Management
  • Sports Injuries
  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Weight-loss

Education:

  • Highland Park High School
  • Bachelors of Science in Human Biology, Northwestern Health Science University
  • Doctorate in Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Science University

Dr. Ashley Neslund, D.C.

Dr. Ashley Neslund, D.C.Email: drashley@stpaulnaturalhealth.com

Dr. Ashley was born and raised in Minnesota and currently lives in Chanhassen with her four kids; Cameron, Chloe, Caitlyn and Christian. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, gardening, running, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

Dr. Ashley graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN in 2011 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Doctrine of Chiropractic with a focus on human anatomy and nutrition. She has a passion for empowering people to live optimal and healthy lives and with chiropractic care and nutritional education, she can help you become the healthiest you you’ve always wanted to be and never knew you could be! Dr. Ashley is well adept and enjoys working with active injury and wellness patients of all ages.

Dr. Ashley believes each patient is unique and deserves a treatment plan that is custom tailored to fit their specific needs. She accomplishes this by taking a holistic approach using a wide variety of spinal and soft tissue techniques and incorporating nutrition as often as possible. Dr. Ashley is inspired to practice like the famous Thomas Edison quote:

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”.

Education:

  • Shattuck St. Mary’s High School
  • Bachelors of Science in Human Biology, Northwestern Health Science University
  • Doctorate in Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Science University

Demetrius Hill – Certified Massage Therapist

Demetrius Hill - Certified Massage TherapistEmail: demetrius@stpaulnaturalhealth.com

Demetrius joined the St. Paul Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Center team in 2019. He graduated from Northwestern Health Science University in 2014. Demetrius believes that just as in any tool, your body is an instrument that needs regular maintenance. His kindness and compassion are shown as his goal is to help improve his client’s day to day life and provide each with their optimal function. He truly believes the body is made and designed to heal itself with the help of natural and holistic medicine.

Outside of work, Demetrius volunteers at Grandma’s Marathon every year providing sports massage to athletes post-run and finds that to be a very rewarding experience. He is passionate about camping, hiking, fishing while his Boxer/Great Dane mix named Maddox tags along. Their favorite place to adventure is along the north shore and in the Boundary Waters.

Areas of Service:

  • Soft tissue therapies
  • Chronic conditions
  • Injury Recovery
  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Stress Management

Types of Massage:

  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Trigger Point Massage Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Therapy
  • Thai Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Cupping therapy
  • Hospital based massage

Olivia Vang – Certified Massage Therapist

Olivia Vang - Certified Massage TherapistEmail: olivia@stpaulnaturalhealth.com

Olivia is a graduate from Aveda Institute Minneapolis and is experienced in many soft tissue therapies. She spent the last few years working at a Hmong chiropractic clinic and a clinical spa before joining the St. Paul Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Center team in October 2018. She has experience working with patients with auto accidents, sports related injuries, workers compensation, chronic conditions, and even relaxation. Olivia greets every client with a smile, treats them with the utmost respect and truly enjoys interacting with people!

In her free time, Olivia spends time with her 7-month old daughter and fiancé and enjoys sketching and drawing. In the future, Olivia wishes to become a physical therapist and open a business with her older brother back in Georgia!

Areas of Service:

  • Soft tissue therapies
  • Chronic conditions
  • Injury Recovery
  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Stress Management

Types of Massage:

  • Sports Massage
  • Trigger Point Massage Therapy
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Therapy
  • Thai Massage
  • Cupping therapy
  • Chakra Massage

Emily Wirth – Office Manager & Community Wellness Outreach Coordinator

Emily WirthEmail: emily@stpaulnaturalhealth.com, info@stpaulnaturalhealth.com

Emily is the Office Manager and Community Wellness Outreach Coordinator of St. Paul Natural Health. She graduated from Winona State University in May 2017 with her Bachelor’s degree in both Movement Science and Psychology and joined the team in August 2017. She is excited to learn more about natural medicine, engage with patients, and support them during their health journey.

As the Office Manager, Emily is dedicated to creating the best patient experience possible. She also works hard collaborating with local businesses to create partnerships and spread the message about the benefits of natural medicine. Having played collegiate basketball, she enjoys being active and knows the importance of living a well-balanced lifestyle. Though now she is officially a Minnesota resident, Emily was born and raised in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. She likes playing and watching sports (especially the Packers and Badgers), being outside, and laughing with friends and family.


Linda Rose – Billing Specialist

Linda Rose - Billing SpecialistEmail: billing@stpaulnaturalhealth.com

Linda is the dedicated billing specialist for St. Paul Chiropractic and Natural Medicine Center. She brings more than 30 years of compassionate healthcare experience to our team which she joined in January 2019. Linda says that medical billing is both an art and a science. She thoroughly understands the process and loves the intricacy and required attention to detail. Even though she is gentle in demeanor, she is a tough patient rights advocate. It is very important to her that St Paul Chiropractic is considered family by both staff and patients.

Her life’s journey began in the state of New York, with moves to Texas, California, Colorado and finally home to Minnesota in 2015. She has deep family roots in Minnesota and is now a permanent St. Paul resident. She loves the home she purchased and completely remodeled. Linda is mother to a daughter and a son, both with professional careers in other states. She enjoys the freedom of being an empty-nester.

Additionally, Linda loves traveling cross country in her RV, hiking, tent camping, and sewing. Be sure to say hello to her and see what original creation she is wearing. Linda would like to learn snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.