Meet the Team

Michael J. Lagana, D.C. – Clinic Director

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.

Dr. Daniel Vish, DC – Associate Chiropractor

Dr. Daniel J. Vish was born in January of 1991 in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was first adjusted at just 5 weeks old! Growing up as a chiropractic patient, Dr. Vish has always taken an interest in the human body and how Chiropractic keeps people active and healthy, but more importantly, provides them an opportunity to fulfill their purpose! After graduation from Penn State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology, he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida. Before graduation in December of 2016 Dr. Vish received his General Certification in the art of Chiropractic BioPhysics, which is the most scientifically published technique in all of spinal corrective care!

Dr. Vish joined Dr. Lagana and the staff at Backsmart in January of 2019 to fulfill his purpose of providing people of the world with the best care known to man. Dr. Vish has a strong passion for helping people achieve their optimal level of health by helping them become structurally, emotionally, and chemically functional.

Outside of the office, Dr. Vish is an avid golfer, and loves playing hockey in local adult leagues!

Dr. Brittany Lavin – Physical Therapist

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 – Acupuncturist

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 the expertise in treating a wide variety of painful conditions, digestive disorders, immune system weakness, and female reproductive concerns and mental disease 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.

Yineiry Duran-Leonardo – Massage Therapist

Yineiry graduated from Everest Institute in 2013 and has become a very knowledgeable massage therapist. She is trained in Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Swedish, Sport Massage and Prenatal massages. Her goal is to help patients be at their best and relieve any pain. She loves what she does and is always happy to help.

Jessica De Jesus – Office Manager

Jessica joined Backsmart in December 2018 and she came with a strong background and love for chiropractic and rehabilitation. You can see her everywhere in the office doing whatever is needed. Jessica loves the opportunity to get to know patients on a personal level and see just how much Backsmart’s team is helping them in their daily lives.

Jennifer Morales – Administrative Assistant

Jennifer joined Backsmart in 2014 and is well-versed in all of the office responsibilities. She is the one with all the answers to any question you may have. Jennifer believes the key to success in every area of your life should be accomplished by having a positive attitude. She loves helping others and making everyone around her happy!

Amanda Silva – Patient Liaison

Amanda is the friendly face that welcomes you to Backsmart and helps you with your day to day needs. She will always have a smile and be willing to lend a helping hand. She is excited to have stepped into the medical field and be a part of the wellness team.

Michelle Lagana – Director of Marketing & Community Outreach Development

Michelle joined Backsmart in 1998 as the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach Development. She is responsible for all marketing, advertising and promotional activities for Backsmart. In addition, Michelle spends much of her time educating corporations, schools and government municipalities on the importance of wellness and disease prevention in the workplace.

A graduate of Georgia State University, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing & has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry.

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