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The Effective Integrative Healthcare Team

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Staff of Effective Integrative Healthcare

Meet Our Team

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Dr Anthony Hardnett DDS Chiropractor in Maryland

Dr. Anthony Hardnett, DC, BCIM, DMBBP, DAAMLP


Doctor Hardnett is also board certified in Integrative Medicine which is the practice of using multiple treatment options within traditional medicine and alternative medicine to help patients. He also has extensive post-doctorate education relating to MRI interpretation and treatment of disc related injuries. He just earned another Diplomate from the college of Manipulative and Body-Based Practices which enhances his knowledge on how manipulation of the spine can assist the body to heal.

Dr. Hardnett places his emphasis on treating the patient as a whole and finding the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. He owns and operates the premier state of the art Chiropractic and Effective Integrative Healthcare facility in Maryland and has an overwhelmingly high success rate in helping patients with their health concerns. Dr. Hardnett feels that offering the latest treatment options, efficient care plans and patient education are all keys for the patient's ultimate success.

In 11 short years, Dr. Hardnett has made Effective Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center the premier state of the art Chiropractic Health and Wellness facility in Maryland. Effective Chiropractic has grown from a small, 2 person office to a staff of 16 with expanded services and providers to meet their patient's needs. Effective Chiropractic provides a variety of services that make them a one-stop shop for healthcare. And in an effort to further expand services, Dr. Hardnett has now added a Medical Doctor and Nurse Practitioner establishing Effective Integrative Healthcare, LLC to provide more integrative services for the community. And the addition of another office in Prince Georges County will further expand Effective Chiropractic’s ability to reach and help more patients.

Angela Tarjick, DC

Dr. Angela Tarjick, DC


Dr. Angela was born and raised in upstate, NY. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and received a BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. In August 2008, she received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree with Magna Cum Laude honors and set out to move and begin her new career in Maryland.

Within the chiropractic field, Dr. Angela has developed a great desire to focus on Women and Children's Health and has pursued extra education and certifications in those areas. She is certified in the Webster Technique, which is a specific adjustment of the pregnant woman's pelvis that ensures the proper alignment and tension of the pelvic structure in order to make the intrauterine environment favorable for the developing baby. This leads to a safer, healthier labor and delivery with fewer interventions. Dr. Angela is also in the final stages of receiving a Pediatric Certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. This is a 180-hour certification program that covers the specific diagnosis and adjusting techniques for the pregnant woman, newborn and infant through adolescent. With this training, she has access to a wealth of information regarding common childhood illnesses and neuro-developmental conditions and the alternative treatments that are now available to parents.

Of special note, Dr. Angela is a Hope for Autism doctor, which means she holds a certification in the bio-nutritional care of individuals on the spectrum. It is a pleasure for her to present options of alternative care to parents and patients who might otherwise have none. Dr. Angela is, above all else, a proud mother and military spouse. Nothing brings her more pride than her husband, Matt (an Army Major, currently stationed at Ft. Meade), and two children, Ashley and Justin. She has been active in the military community for more than a decade now and looks forward to finding new ways to support the military families in the Maryland/DC area. At Fort Bragg, she was presented with the prestigious Dr. Mary E. Walker Award for her dedication and support of the soldiers and their families in the 1/505th PIR Aide Station, where her husband was the platoon leader. The Dr. Mary E. Walker Award is presented to Army spouses whose achievements and performance merit special recognition.

Dr. Angela looks forward to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Dr. Aric Adlam


Dr. Aric Adlam was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan where he started receiving chiropractic care at the age of 2 years old. After a traumatic football injury threatened his future athletic career at the age of 16, Dr. Aric turned down a risky spinal surgery for an all chiropractic approach. After missing only a half of a football season instead of the predicted 2 years; Dr. Aric was back on the field. More importantly, Dr. Aric had decided during that time that he had found his calling in life and decided to pursue a career as a Chiropractor.

Dr. Aric received an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Biological Sciences before entering chiropractic school. He then continued his education at Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, fulfilling his dream of becoming a Chiropractor. Dr. Aric is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries often encountered in the spine, extremities and the rest of the body. He has extensive experience with the current state of the art spine rehabilitation technology and diagnostic equipment used in the treatment of spine-related injuries. He has had success in treating many patients who have dealt with chronic neck and low back pain for years as well as headaches sufferers that found no relief in the traditional medical model. He has extensive expertise in the treatment of whiplash injuries that often result from automobile accidents. Dr. Aric is also well trained in the diagnosis and treatment of bulging discs in the low back and neck utilizing the latest treatment methods available.

Dr. Aric comes from a history of highly competitive sports and takes pride in getting the high-performance athlete to the weekend warrior back in the game safely and effectively. Dr. Aric worked with the Effective Integrative Team several years ago but had to return to his home state of Michigan to be with his family. Now that he is about to start a family of his own, he and his fiancé have decided to move back to Maryland to make it their home. He looks forward to being part of the EIH team once again and can’t wait to bring the patients of Effective Integrative Healthcare the best care possible.

TPI Certified

TPI Certified - Designed for medical practitioners, the TPI Certification program is an evidence based, educational pathway designed to teach industry professionals how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. TPI calls this concept the Body-Swing Connection™

Dr. Joseph Kling, DC, MS, CSCS


Originally from Buffalo, New York, Joseph Kling graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Following college, he attended Logan College of Chiropractic and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and has earned his Master's degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Kling is specifically trained in Active Release Technique (ART), which is a patented, state of the art, soft tissue system/ movement based massage technique that can treat problems within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. He has recently achieved a certification in Dry Needling which gives him even more tools to help treat and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Joe is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with extensive experience in exercise rehabilitation and training. He has worked with the University of Missouri football team, Crossfit gyms, Junior Olympic Athletes, and high school athletes. Dr. Kling is an active athlete as well and enjoys many activities, including basketball, volleyball, weightlifting, and golf.

TPI Certified

TPI Certified - Designed for medical practitioners, the TPI Certification program is an evidence based, educational pathway designed to teach industry professionals how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. TPI calls this concept the Body-Swing Connection™

Dr. Erin Johnson


Dr. Erin Johnson was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, however, she has always had ties to Maryland and has been an Orioles fan from the time she could walk. She began dancing at the age of 4 and danced competitively for 15 years. She developed a passion for chiropractic when she was in an auto accident at the age of 17, which caused such severe low back pain that she had to take time away from school and dance. Rather than go the route of conventional medicine, she sought out her family chiropractor who had her back on her feet and ready to compete again within weeks. Dr. Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alabama, where she also discovered her love of college football. Her favorite season is football season, and she loves cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide (Roll Tide!). She is an avid animal lover and has a furry little cat named Calypso. She loves the outdoors, one of her favorite experiences being camping in the Negev desert in Israel. After receiving her Bachelor's degree, she continued her education at Life University College of Chiropractic where she met her fiancee, Dr. Jacob Becker and graduated Cum Laude with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Erin was fortunate enough to complete her internship with Dr. Anthony Hardnett at Effective Integrative Healthcare and now a year later life has brought her back to the Effective team.
Dr. Erin is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in chiropractic practice, physiotherapy and adjunctive procedures. Dr. Erin is currently in the process of obtaining her certifications in Dry Needling and the Webster technique in hopes to offer even better care to her patients. She is proficient in numerous chiropractic techniques as well as soft tissue mobilization. She strives to always be growing and Dr. Erin is constantly searching for avenues through which to expand her chiropractic knowledge so as to provide the best care possible for her patients. She is incredibly excited to be a part of such an amazing team and to help as many people as possible in the coming years!

Dr. Leo Korotki

Dr. Leo Korotki, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Leo Korotki received his Medical degree at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore. Following that he became a resident physician at Sinai Hospital and went on to become both Chief Resident and then an attending physician in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department before opening his own private practice.

Since 1982, Dr. Korotki has been treating people with pain, some debilitating, in private practice in the greater Baltimore Metropolitan area.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the only medical specialty that specializes in the nonsurgical treatment and diagnosis of pain. Just like any other field of medicine, (orthopedics, neurosurgery, neurology, internal medicine, etc.) to become a specialist you must complete an internship and residency after medical school. We are taught to treat pain by means not commonly used by other physicians.

Conditions that are treated by Physical Medicine Physicians include, but are not limited to, the following: back & neck pain – joint pain – arm, leg, foot and hand pain – numbness & tingling – arthritis – pinched nerves, including carpal tunnel syndrome & sciatica – herniated & bulging discs, fibromyalgia/fibro myositis – headaches – jaw pain (and more). We are also trained in performing complicated but specific tests called electrodiagnostic studies, essential for the diagnosis of certain nerve and muscular problems.

Dr. Korotki is very excited to join the Effective Integrative Healthcare team. He will be overseeing all patients seen by CRNP Melissa Whitaker and assisting in managing all patient cases at EIH. His years of experience and expertise make him a perfect fit for the physical medicine and integrative healthcare team of Doctors.

Melissa Whitaker

Melissa Whitaker


Carla Arieta


Carla Arieta is a trained physician that knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the “Universidad Dr. Jose Matías Delgado” in El Salvador. During her years in medical school, she had the opportunity to engage with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) that allowed her to participate in international clerkships in Europe, where she not only improved her foreign language skills, but also participated actively in the hospital’s clinical rotations, including the areas of Internal Medicine and Surgery. Throughout her years of medical training, she contributed to community service activities, including the Lions Club International ophthalmic medical missions in Central America, as well as IFMSA medical brigades, Helping Hands medical missions, and USNS “Comfort” seagoing hospital ship Partnership for the Americas medical brigades. She sought continued medical education after practicing medicine for several years, and developed an interest in Integrative Medicine. She then began her journey pursuing a dual degree that included a Master of Science in Acupuncture and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine, where she was also the Biomedicine Department Chair and a Faculty member of the Western Medicine Department. During her experience teaching basic and clinical sciences, she had the occasion to receive complementary certificates in Physiology and Biochemistry from Harvard Medical School. Carla enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves hiking. She has passion for continuing education and likes to attend seminars and courses that would nourish her knowledge in the field of medicine in order to benefit her patients. Recently, she attended a Symposium named “Translating Fundamental Science of Acupuncture into Clinical Practice: for cancer symptom management, pain and substance abuse” at the National Institute of Health (NIH), where brilliant minds from around the world met in order to share interesting data collected about modern acupuncture research that exposed promising outcomes that would promote a positive impact in the healthcare system. In this conference, she also had the opportunity to learn from Prof. Ted Kaptchuck, a renowned researcher at Harvard Medical School and from Dr. Richard Niemtzow’s life and professional experiences, he is the chief of the Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center, an eager promoter of Battlefield Acupuncture within the US Military Forces.
Carla is trained in a diversity of modalities: TCM diagnosis, SaAm, Master Tung, NADA protocol, Neuro-anatomy point location, among others. She considers that Medicine is an art and that by understanding our pathophysiological processes; a healthcare practitioner is able to provide a comprehensive approach treating the patient as a whole, while focusing on reinforcing their inner strength and balance.
She is currently licensed to practice Acupuncture and has found in this medicine a unique body of knowledge offering patients a complementary and alternative medical approach to comfort and healing, and plans to incorporate these skills into her practice. While joining efforts with the outstanding Effective Integrative Healthcare team, she is convinced that every single patient will receive the best medical care they deserve by improving their overall quality of life.



Front Desk, Therapy & Rehab CCA

Megan is a chiropractic assistant and part of our administrative in our Crofton office. She is a Crofton native and has been involved in the health and wellness field for about 5 years starting as a trainer and instructor for Golds Gym. Her upbeat personality is always ready to greet you and make you feel instantly welcomed! Megan graduated from Arundel High school and continued her education at Frostburg State University graduating with a degree in business. After 20+ years in the retail industry, she decided to make a career change into the medical field. As a busy mother of 4, Megan found that chiropractic care is a holistic way to keep her kids healthy and out of the doctors office as much as possible. Working at Effective Integrative Healthcare gives Megan the opportunity to promote health and wellness to her community.


Practice Manager

Kristyna is a Baltimore County native, who is our Front Desk representative and rehab CA at Millersville. She graduated in 2012 from Sparrows Point and then went to NDMV for teaching and CCBC Essex for Physical therapy. She has years of experience in customer service and rehab care. Kristyna loves talking about sports and how it relates to health. She loves meeting new people and is very excited to be able to assist in the care directly in EIH’s rehab room as well as meet all our patient’s needs at the front desk. She has lived in Georgia and California and traveling is still a passion of hers. She has a beautiful daughter and wonderful pets to keep her busy at home! Kristyna looks forward to helping EIH patients feel like family in our office.


Registered Chiropractic Assistant

Meg has experience working in the medical field for more than 5 years now. Her passion for healthcare began when she volunteered as a fire-fighter & EMT. She then extended her service into work in the primary care, orthopeadics, and physical therapy fields. She has consistently sought out ways to pursue her desire to help bring quality care to patients. When Meg is not at work, she enjoys spending her time with her friends & family as well as spending time outside when the weather is nice. Meg is excited for the opportunity to join the Effective team and bring her experience in patient care to all she meets.



Front Desk and Rehab CA

Born and raised in Anne Arundel County, Trisha graduated from Chesapeake High School in 2004 before attending college at AACC. Trish joins our team with years of knowledge in the fitness and wellness industry. Her hobbies include working out, hiking, spending time with family, and exploring the amazing sites the United States has to offer. She is excited to bring her expertise to the patients of Effective.



Registered Chiropractic Assistant

Tischina was born in Brooklyn, NY but moved to Maryland to start elementary school, graduating from Laurel Highschool in 2018. Her passion is helping people and especially making them laugh to brighten their day, which is why she pursued a job in health care. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, watching videos, and styling hair. She also loves animals. She wants to pursue psychology and physical therapy and feels that being on the Effective team will help her achieve her goals and bring happiness to all of our patients.


Front Desk Associate and Chiropractic Assistant

Katelan graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. With kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology being her favorite subjects to learn about in school, she decided to pursue physical therapy for 2 years prior to joining the EIH team. Katelan enjoys reading, painting, and spending time with her one-year-old daughter and two-year-old black lab when she is not at work. Katelan looks forward to getting to know all of the EIH patients and making your visit to the office the best it can be.

Emily Pepin


Hello! My name is Emily! I am from a little town in Rhode Island and a Dog/Cat Mom to a Mini Goldendoodle named Percy & a Maine Coon Orange Tabby named Sarg, and they just always know how to cheer anyone up! I became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in high school at the age of 16. I then made the big move to move to Baltimore at 17 years old when I started Nursing school at Notre Dame of Maryland University. I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings, the hospital, outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care facilities and more. I also have many years of experience with all different types of patients from infant to geriatrics. I found myself at EIH, with a newfound passion for Functional and Holistic Medicine. I am happy to work alongside great Chiropractors and Nursing Practitioners while I begin my journey as a Registered Nurse, but most importantly I am excited to welcome existing and new patients to the office. Trust me, between the great staff, the providers, and the approach to your health, you won't regret coming in!


Front Desk Associate

Dr. Theresa

Victoria Proctor DNP-FNP

Jessica Gill


Jessica is a Potomac Massage Training Institute graduate & has been a licensed massage therapist since 2012.

She believes: “There is more to massage therapy than just simply feeling physically well. It is about healing the mind & spirit as well. Instead of fixing the problem itself, I try to find a way in preventing that problem from returning."

Jessica's background includes experience & training with Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Chair Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Foot Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Gua Sha, & Cupping Therapy.

Jessica also enjoys making customized healing oils and lotions as well as many other holistic beauty products.

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