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Dr. Michael Nelson is a Chiropractic Physician and co-founder of Carolina Active Health Chiropractic with his wife Kelsey. He is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida. He is originally from Wheelersburg, Ohio, but has fallen in love with the Upstate.  He knew from an early age that he wanted to help people in healthcare.  Prior to attending Palmer, he completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University in Athletic Training, where he gained experience working with several varsity sports. He gained additional experience working as a Graduate Assistant at Clemson University, working as an Athletic Trainer with both the track and field and football team while completing his Master of Human Resource Development degree. He continued his career working as an Athletic Trainer for the Buffalo Bills during their 2011-2012 season. He has been fortunate to have experience working with a wide range of athletes, from middle-school football players to Hall of Fame and Olympians. He also provided treatment in the 2014 CrossFit Games Southeastern Regional Qualifier. He is the current team chiropractor for the Clemson University Athletic Department, and serves all student-athletes and staff members. He combines his experience in chiropractic, soft tissue, modalities, and rehabilitation to provide individualized treatment that best fit each patient’s needs. In addition to his Doctorate in Chiropractic (DC), he is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).  He holds additional training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) program. He is full body Active Release Technique (ART) Certified and holds RockTape’s Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) I and II Certification. He has additional training in Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR) and Graston Technique.  He has received additional training in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) and is also an instructor for HawkGrip's Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization course.  He presented on Hamstring Rehabilitation Strategies at the American Chiropractic Association's Sports Council Symposium Poster Competition.  While at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida,  he served as President of the Sports Council group.  Further he was awarded the Service Award, nominated for the Clinical Excellence Award, and won the Most Outstanding Future Alumni Award.  Further, he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.

He has always had a passion for athletics, competing in baseball, basketball, and football while in high school.  He enjoys participating in a variety of sports, weightlifting, and races.  He attends Advent United Methodist Church.  He is married to his wife, Kelsey, who he met at Clemson University. Together they maintain an active lifestyle, and enjoy running and hiking together.  They also love sharing the adventure of parenthood together with their two year old, William and one year old, Jack!

Meet - Dr. Kelsey Nelson, DC


Dr. Kelsey Nelson is a Chiropractic Physician and co-founder of Carolina Active Health Chiropractic with her husband, Michael.  She is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida.  She is originally from Simpsonville, South Carolina, but also lived in France for six years during her childhood.  While in high school, she was a member of Mauldin High School’s Cross Country team.  She completed her bachelor degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University prior to attending Palmer.  GO TIGERS!!  She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida.  In addition, she received the honor of Class Salutatorian.  While at Palmer, she was an active member of Sports Council and the Palmer Student Alumni Foundation, in which she held an executive position.  She treated CrossFit athletes at the 2014 CrossFit Games Southeastern Regional Qualifier in Jacksonville, FL.  She also provided treatment at a variety of Sports Council events such as USTA Tennis Competitions, Mud Run Competitions, and Ragnar Relay in Key West, FL.  In addition to this, Kelsey received the Academic Excellence Award at Palmer for outstanding academic achievement.  She is currently Active Release Technique certified (Full Body).  She holds additional training in Sports Chiropractic.

In her free time, Kelsey enjoys living an active lifestyle.  She enjoys participating in hot yoga, running, and enjoying all the outdoor activities that Greenville has to offer!  She has competed in several half-marathons, including one of her favorite places, Walt Disney World!  She is a foodie at heart, and enjoys cooking and trying healthy new recipes.

The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
— Thomas Edison

Certifications                                        Additional Training

  • Certified Athletic Trainer

  • Active Release Techniques®, Full Body Certified

  • RockTape Fascial Movement Tape I & II Certified

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®

  • Functional Range Conditioning®

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment®

  • Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR)

  • Graston Technique

  • Activator Technique

  • Motion Palpation Spine and Extremity Adjusting

  • Instructor for HawkGrips Principles of Instrument Assisted Soft-tissue Mobilization

  • Gonstead Technique

  • Flexion and Distraction Technique

  • Functional Movement Breathing Assessment

  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

Meet Whitney - Front Desk Coordinator

Whitney Nice is the front office coordinator for Carolina Active Health Chiropractic. She was born in Charleston, West Virginia but grew up in South Carolina. GO MOUNTAINEERS!

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She moved to the upstate about 6 year ago and loves living closer to the mountains once again!

When she is not at the office, she spends her time working on her "fixer upper", hanging out with friends or having a quiet evening at home with her Shih-Tzu Leo.

On the weekends, she loves to try a new restaurant or go on hikes. Anything adventurous!

Fun fact: Whitney has been skydiving!
Her favorite quote is by motivational speaker and author, Les Brown:

"When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up."

Meet - Traci Brown - Exercise Specialist


Traci Brown is the Exercise Specialist for Carolina Active Health and brings over 13 years of experience training those from all walks of life dealing with pain, injury and orthopedic limitations. As an ex- athlete that struggled with a back injury in college and its long-term complications, Traci brings that understanding and experience to her role as personal trainer.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Traci was raised a die-hard cold weather and Nittany Lions fan.  After living in South Carolina for 20 years, she has converted over to the Orange Paw (sorry Gamecocks) and no longer considers herself a Yankee. When not at work, Traci enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening, reading and hanging out with her furry children:  Nittany, Flash, Maggie, George, Gracie, Rocky, Ammo, Mazy and Apple. 


  • Bachelors in Science, Exercise Science


  • Functional Movement Systems Level 1 and 2

  • Functional Aging Specialist

  • TRX

  • Exercise is Medicine Level 2 Pro

  • Mat Pilates

  • Personal training experience: post orthopedic / injury rehabilitation and return to activity for general fitness, performance and senior populations, post back injury, general fitness and weight training