Meet Our Providers

Michael Lagana, DC

Dr. Michael Lagana earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from Life University in Marietta, GA in 1993 as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition. He is also a Certified Injury Prevention Specialist, Corporate Health Coach, Risk Management Consultant and guest lecturer.

Dr. Lagana started Backsmart Wellness Center in 1998 in Edison, NJ because he loves helping people and making a difference in their lives. As a strong advocate for wellness and preventative care, Dr. Lagana spends a great deal of time educating the community about how to take an active role in their own health to decrease the effects of stress and illness on the body.

Dr. Lagana is married with 3 children and enjoys boating, snowboarding and spending time with his family in his free time.

Robert Foster, DC

Dr. Foster is a board-certified chiropractic physician in the states of New Jersey and New York. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate work at Binghamton University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

Growing up in upstate New York, Dr. Foster embraced an active lifestyle of outdoor activities and sports such as skiing, baseball, basketball and golf. As an athlete, Dr. Foster became passionate about chiropractic therapy early on, as it immensely helped several of his own injuries. This passion led him to pursue a career focusing on sports chiropractic, injury rehabilitation, and corrective therapies.

In addition to chiropractic manipulations, Dr. Foster is proficient in Flexion-Distraction and Thompson Drop-Table, as well as soft-tissue techniques such as Active Release and Graston. He is certified in Kinesiology Taping and Functional Movement Technique. He also holds a certification in Webster Technique and is trained by the ICPA to treat pregnant mothers with various injuries.

In addition to chiropractic therapy, Dr. Foster is very passionate about nutrition. He enjoys spending time helping patients re-work their diet in an effort to reduce systemic inflammation and heal from within. Outside of work, he enjoys biking, skiing, watching sports, and spending time with his wife and puppy, Cooper.

Brittany Lavin, DPT

Dr. Brittany Lavin graduated with her B.S. in Biology from Widener University in 2017, and then continued her studies at Widener in their accelerated DPT Program earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree in 2019.

During her collegiate career, Brittany was a student-athlete who was able to balance playing sports while excelling in a rigorous academic program. Brittany completed 3 years of research on Rana Pipiens immune response and also volunteered at the Chester Community Pro Bono Clinic providing physical therapy services for the underserved and uninsured community members.

Brittany’s passion for helping others developed at a young age, but accelerated when she volunteered at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s (BIANJ) Camp TREK while in high school. She continues to volunteer at this camp every summer and has also become involved with Camp Fatima, which provides a summer respite for children with disabilities.

As a physical therapist, Brittany has worked with patients throughout every stage of life. Her youngest patient was 27 weeks gestational age and her oldest patient was 103 years old!

In her spare time, Brittany enjoys traveling to different countries and fostering dogs.

Seung Gon Lee, LAC

Born and raised in Korea, Dr. Lee was steeped in Oriental healing culture and witnessed his father practicing Oriental medicine in their clinic at home. In his mid-twenties, he was blessed to meet two exceptional spiritual masters, who taught him chi and chi meditation, martial arts, Taoism, and Buddhist philosophy. Their teachings made him appreciate the value of the medicine his father offered, and inspired and encouraged his interest in becoming a healer.

In 1995, he received his Master’s Degree at Samra University of Oriental Medicine in L.A. and got the CA Acupuncturist license and the certificate of NCCAOM. He then went on to Korea to study Byungin Herbology, Korean Saam Acupuncture, Dongshi Acupuncture, and Korean Hand Acupuncture.

He has been a licensed O.M.D. for over 20 years and successfully helped thousands of patients to heal through acupuncture, oriental herbal medicine, and other holistic therapies. He has acquired many skills and developed expertise in treating a wide variety of painful conditions, digestive disorders, immune system weakness, and female reproductive concerns and mental diseases like depression, insomnia, and anxiety.

Dr. Lee understands that each patient is unique and he will tailor each patient’s treatment to their specific condition. He specializes in gentle acupuncture. Every patient will be treated with the utmost respect and focus. His goal is to provide thoughtful and compassionate care while empowering his patients to live healthier lives.

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