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Chiropractor Katherine Gress D.C.

Chiropractor Merrill WI Katherine GressWelcome to wellness! I’m Dr. Kathy Gress, the clinic director and owner of the Wellness Centers at Gress Chiropractic. My goal is to insure that every patient that comes to our clinics is treated with the highest level of care and compassion and is treated like one of our own family members. Our clinics emphasize family wellness care with a focus on pediatrics.
I graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and opened my first clinic in Merrill in 1999. Since then, we have grown to one of the largest providers of family chiropractic care in Northern Wisconsin. We’ve done this by providing an exceptional experience, affordable care, and offering highly-skilled providers and staff.

A life-long resident of Antigo, I also enjoy raising three healthy, well-adjusted kids, learning more about alternative approaches to health, reading, exercising, and traveling to warm climates.

I look forward to seeing you in the clinic and helping you with your health and wellness goals.

Chiropractor Carri Kennedy D.C.

Chiropractor Merrill WI Carri KennedyMy goal in treating patients is to keep them healthy and functioning at their most optimum level. I see daily the amazing results that occur through safe, effective and natural chiropractic care.

I was born and raised in the Wausau area – so I have an attachment to the people we see. I also know that we’re not the healthiest people, so I am on a mission to educate my patients in better lifestyle choices and alternatives to drugs and surgery.

I graduated from the same college as Dr. Gress, Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I obtained my B.S. degree in Human Biology prior to earning my Doctorate in Chiropractic. In school I was lucky enough to secure an internship at the Wellness Center at Gress Chiropractic and then stayed on as a staff doctor once I passed my Wisconsin licensing requirements. I knew I wanted to stay here as it was the “perfect fit” for my philosophy, goals and purpose as a physician. It’s an honor to work with a great group of dedicated health professionals in Merrill and a true pleasure to see the patients we treat every day.

When I’m not here seeing patients or attending continuing education, I enjoy reading, baking and spending time with family and friends.

Chiropractor Matt Marine D.C.

Chiropractor Merrill WI Matt MarineGrowing up I lived in a small town in northern Illinois along the Mississippi River. I regularly played three sports for school, hunted and rode ATV’s so I had a very active childhood. Growing up in that area there were a lot of chiropractors around and people that I knew always went to see them. However, I did not go to see a chiropractor until I was in my late teens. I had a problem that medicine could not solve, so I figured why not give chiropractic a try? After my problem was solved quickly, efficiently and without drugs I was sold and had to find out how I could make this my profession and help people in the same way.

I attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in Biology. Following that I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and graduated magna cum laude in 2011. I then practiced chiropractic as an associate in northern Illinois for 4 years where I met my wife who is an acupuncturist. One constant in life is change and that also means sometimes changing your location. My wife and I moved to Wausau late last year as she had a very good opportunity there. When the job came up at The Wellness Center I jumped at the chance to work in the same type of community that I had grown up in as a child. I look forward to serving Merrill and the surrounding community and to advance your health through chiropractic.

Outside of the office I enjoy walks with my wife, gardening, cooking, video games and watching sports.

Chiropractor Giana Backes D.C.

Merrill WI Katherine Gress job titleI grew up in the small town of Hurley, WI. While in high school, I had a few sports related injuries where chiropractic helped me get back to playing the sports I loved. I always knew I wanted a career in the medical field and thought I would become a Pediatrician, however, after graduating from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Biology, I took a year off to decide what profession was the right fit for me. During this year of personal discovery, I worked in a hospital as a CNA and enjoyed the patients but had a hard time with the medical paradigm. I realized patients would get healthy enough to go home but many would return within weeks with the same health concerns. In my mind, I knew there had to be a better way to help these people live healthier and happier lives. That’s when I decided to learn more about becoming a Chiropractor.

I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated as Valedictorian of my class. After graduation, I moved back to the Wausau area with my husband. I enjoy taking care of all ages but have a passion for treating children and families. I am currently in the process of getting my International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Certification. I am honored to be part of this great team and look forward to working with people in this community.

In my free time I enjoy to read, hangout with friends and family, and watch sports with my husband.


9:00am - 5:30pm

9:00am - 5:00pm

9:00am - 5:30pm

9:00am - 5:30pm



Wellness Center at Gress Chiropractic
109 South Center Avenue
Merrill, WI 54452
(715) 539-9797