The Team at Desert Brain and Spine

Our goal is to change the health paradigm to optimizing human function, not simply addressing injuries and ailments.

Dr. Russell Teames, DC, DACNB

Dr. Teames has been a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board ( since 2013. Chiropractic Neurology training focuses solely on the nervous system which includes the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

In addition to mastering functional neurology, he has extensive study and experience with patients in the field of spinal rehabilitation and nonsurgical spinal decompression. Because of the rigorous amount of hours of study and travel to conferences around the world, you will find that he is able to offer above and beyond what most doctors offer.

Dr. Teames has also completed a post-graduate fellowship program in diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion through the Carrick Institute, logging more than 1000 hours of study in this field and helping many patients with concussion and traumatic brain injury.

While attending Life West, he attended the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies and focused his time on learning chiropractic neurology (functional neurology). He spent thousands of hours of study in neurology in addition to his chiropractic curriculum. He served as the president of the Functional Neurology Club for more than 2-years, leading students and local chiropractors to a better understanding of the neurological and metabolic systems of the body.

Dr. Russell Teames at Desert Brain and Spine

Dr. Teames focused on kinesiology and health and wellness in his undergraduate education before attending Life Chiropractic College West in the Bay Area in Hayward, CA. Upon completion of his Doctor of Chiropractic licensing, he sat for a rigorous specialty of Chiropractic Neurology that requires more than 300 hours in clinical and functional neurology.

He is an Arizona native, having been born and raised in Chandler, Arizona where he attended Corona del Sol High School.

Chelsea Hoese- Family Nurse Practitioner

With over a decade of medical experience, our esteemed nurse practitioner, Chelsea, implements a holistic approach to integrative and functional medicine to heal her patients from the inside out. Chelsea specializes in comprehensive lab analysis, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), and IV therapy to aid the body’s natural aging process and healing-associated challenges such as low libido, sleep dysfunction, weight gain, chronic pain, and more.

Chelsea graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse since 2017, rotating throughout various units within the hospital before she obtained her Master of Science in nursing and family nurse practitioner from Grand Canyon University.

Chelsea has always been drawn to the holistic approach of integrative and functional medicine. She has been studying bioidentical hormones and anti-aging medicine since 2014. She currently also worked with Dr. Jack Wolfson at Wolfson Integrative Cardiology, author of “The Paleo Cardiologist.” Anti-aging medicine is aimed at the prevention of diseases from “old age” such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, thyroid dysfunction, dementia, various forms of cancer, and other chronic illnesses.

Services provided and supervised by Chelsea and our medical team:

  • Supportive IV therapy
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Functional medicine consultations
  • Labs analysis

The RESET Programs, developed by Dr. Russell Teames at Desert Brain and Spine and his team, have been helping people recover from complex neurological and spinal conditions since 2013.

The most consistent success stories come from working with the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Concussion
  • Dysautonomia
  • Migraine
  • Vertigo
  • Disc Herniations
  • Disc Bulges
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Neuropathy

The team at Desert Brain and Spine accomplishes this through the use of innovative diagnostic technologies helping to map out what and where the problems are and healing from these issues is supported by our use of cutting-edge therapeutics.

We understand what it feels like to suffer from neurological and spinal injuries and how difficult it can be to navigate the world like you used to.

We are here to support you in your healing journey and to help speed up the recovery process.