Meet the Doctors

Jason Leonard DC, CFMP

Dr. Leonard originally comes from the great white north of Canada.  He received his undergrad degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario.  From there, he moved across the border and graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2004.  Dr. Leonard went on to become a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner in 2012.  He and his wife had their own practice in Charlotte before relocating to Western NC in 2017.  Dr. L is an avid “endurance junkie” and CrossFitter.  He has completed several ultramarathons as well as endurance mountain bike events.  His approach to chiropractic revolves around various different soft tissue techniques such as:  Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, myofascial release and PNF stretching.  His chiropractic techniques include diversified, flexion-distraction, Activator and drop table.

Jacqueline Leonard DC

Dr. Jacqueline Leonard is originally from Buffalo, New York. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at State University of New York at Fredonia in 2000. After graduation, Dr. Jackie wanted to enter the healthcare field in an area where she could improve individuals’ overall wellness. This desire led her to New York Chiropractic College where she graduated in 2003. With chiropractic care Dr. Jackie helps patients alleviate pain as well as improve overall health naturally. She worked as an associate chiropractor for 2 years before starting a practice with her husband, Dr. Jason Leonard in Charlotte. They happily practiced in Charlotte for 10 years, but their love of the outdoors kept drawing them to the mountains of Western North Carolina.  In 2017, Dr. Jackie and her family fulfilled their dream and moved to Weaverville. She joined Mars Hill Chiropractic as an associate and in 2019 she and Dr. Jason purchased the practice.  The Leonard’s have made a home in Weaverville as well as the surrounding Mars Hill and Burnsville areas. When she is not working, Dr. Jackie likes hiking with her dog, Finn, mountain biking and camping with her family.

Caitlin Schmitt DC

Dr. Schmitt recently relocated to Asheville from her hometown of Buffalo, New York. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The State University at Buffalo, she performed her graduate training at New York Chiropractic College where she received her doctoral degree. Being inspired at the age of six by her mentor and family chiropractic physician, Dr. Schmitt always knew she wanted to be a doctor of chiropractic. Her family as a whole, including grandparents and parents, realized the significance of getting their nervous systems checked through chiropractic care, while maintaining a healthy and holistic lifestyle in order to achieve greater health and vibrance.

 Dr. Schmitt performed her internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center located in Bethesda, MD, having garnered the much sought after position in a very selective process. She provided chiropractic care to active duty military men and women while training with other medical specialties in both operative and non-operative neurologic and orthopedic conditions.

She has engaged in postgraduate training via the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, where she specializes in the Webster Technique. She actively treats pregnant women and pediatric patients, seeing the wonderfully positive impact chiropractic care has on her patients as well as the influential care she received as a child.

 She has also received additional training in FAKTR, Rocktape, and NIMMO; which are techniques used to facilitate and improve athletic performance. She uses therapeutic taping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and various stretching techniques for the crossfitter, yogi, gymnast, body builder, golfer, athlete, and weekend warrior!

 Should you be looking for Dr. Schmitt at times other than her office hours, you can easily find her exploring everything that the Asheville area has to offer which includes hiking the AT, trail running, yoga and Crossfit.

Karlee Simkowski DC

Dr. Karlee Simkowski is originally from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where she grew up being active on her family’s dairy farm and enjoying the small town country lifestyle. She went on to pursue multiple degrees in both the science and medical fields. This included a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2012 and a Master’s Degree in Human Performance with an Applied Sports Science Emphasis  in 2015, both from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. After extended time learning and teaching both anatomy and exercise physiology, she became more interested in the medical side of sports-related injuries and conservative treatment options. This prompted her to obtain her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 2018 at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Since her time in college, Dr. Karlee also has completed additional training in the field of sports-related injuries, sports taping, Graston (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization), functional dry needling and more. Her preferred chiropractic techniques include: Diversified (manual techniques), Thompson Drop Table, Activator and multiple soft tissue modalities. 

Dr. Karlee recently moved from Alaska to North Carolina after living and working up in the Anchorage area for the past five years, and is enjoying the local lifestyle and scenery NC has to offer. In her spare time, you can find her hiking with her boyfriend and a total of five dogs (two corgis, two huskies and a border collie) while exploring the mountains, forests and trails of the Maggie Valley area and surrounding western North Carolina region. Fun fact: her love of anatomy was even extended toward the naming of her two personal dogs: Pinna and Talus!