Dr. Debra Block

Dr. Debra Block

Dr. Debra Block: Dr. Block always knew that her purpose in life was to help people to improve their lives. After attending the University of Florida and obtaining her B.S. in Psychology, she realized that she wanted to help people improve their health both mentally and physically.  She discovered the awesome benefits of Chiropractic care in 1997 while attending Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

Dr. Block received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2001 and went on to develop her own practice within Horizon Healthcare Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia. After practicing in Georgia for two years, Dr. Block decided to return home to Maryland and continue practicing Chiropractic close to her family and friends.

After joining a practice in Laurel, MD and treating patients there for 5 years, Dr. Block decided to open her office in Burtonsville, MD and accomplish her dream of running her own practice and treating patients with the individualized attention and high quality of care that she feels patients deserve and need in this current world of healthcare.

For the entirety of her career, Dr. Block has consistently educated herself on the newest advances in the chiropractic profession as well as the latest developments in patient care. She is certified in the Webster Technique for chiropractic care during pregnancy and is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).  Dr. Block is also now certified in Dry Needling. Dr. Block’s philosophy is to care for patients in the way that she would want to be cared for. She strives hard every day to be the type of doctor that can give patients the assistance that they are looking for, whether it is with a smile, friendly greeting, courtesy phone call, or a hug, individualized attention is what makes Dr. Block an exemplary doctor and healthcare provider.

The services, attention, and quality of care offered at Block Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center are above and beyond what most patients will find elsewhere.

Dr. Linday McDonald

Dr. Lindsay McDonald

Dr. McDonald received a degree in Biology from Syracuse University before attending New York Chiropractic College for her doctorate of chiropractic degree. Shortly after graduating she moved to Maryland.

Before joining Block Chiropractic, Dr. McDonald worked at a practice in Silver Spring, MD that specialized in treating patients who had been in car accidents. She is trained in diversified, drop table, activator, flexion-distraction, and soft tissue techniques. Dr. McDonald is currently certified in the Webster Technique and is a member of the ICPA. She is also certified in SpiderTech kinesiology taping. Dr. McDonald currently holds an active license as a supervising chiropractor in Maryland.

Dr. McDonald enjoys helping people feel and function at their very best. Her goal in practice is to educate her patients and encourage them to take an active role in their health care.


Kristine Shaw Southern, L.Ac., LMT

Kristine received her Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture with an emphasis in integrative sports medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA in 2013.  Her professional experience in integrative medicine includes manual therapy, trigger point and electroacupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition and essential oil therapy.  In 1998, Kristine became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine while attending the Shiatsu Institute in San Francisco, CA.  After earning the certification of Shiatsu Practitioner, she spent the next decade continuing to refine her skills in various manual therapy modalities before pursuing graduate studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.  As a post-grad, she earned a certificate of apprenticeship in Sports Medicine and Pain Management Acupuncture with Whitfield Reaves, L.Ac.

Kristine offers a multidisciplinary approach to promoting wellness and symptom relief.  She draws upon her years of clinical experience and her passion for restorative medicine to develop effective courses of treatment.  She recently left a busy private practice in Ithaca, New York to join the wellness team at Block Chiropractic.  She successfully treats a variety of conditions, including: musculoskeletal disorders, myofascial and trigger point pain, neurological and degenerative conditions, autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, mood disorders and stress related conditions such as anxiety, depression and insomnia, and women’s health including menopausal and fertility issues.  Kristine is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of California and a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Maryland.


Betty Chang, L.Ac., LMT

Betty received her Masters degree in Oriental Medicine, encompassing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, in 2018 from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD. She has been trained in two different types of acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, or medicinal skin scraping, and moxibustion, a form of heat therapy great for blood circulation, boosting the immune system, and energy flow. Her experience of being a massage therapist prior to receiving her acupuncture license has aided her in refining her skills when offering a healing presence and a safe and comforting space for all patients.

Betty has a genuine passion for helping and serving others; and helping them achieve an optimal level of healthy living. She honors every individual coming to seek care, and the treatments are uniquely designed for one’s specific needs. Acupuncture is a natural, safe, and holistic treatment that can support one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state of being. Oftentimes, Betty integrates her acupuncture and massage skills to give a therapeutic, restorative and effective treatment. She has experience treating many conditions including: body, joint, and nerve pain; acute and chronic fatigue, sleep, digestive, and hormonal issues, including women’s health; as well as emotional imbalances, like anxiety, depression, fear, and worry. Betty’s ultimate goal is to help facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and for people to feel like themselves again.

Jamila Graham

Jamila Graham, LMT

Jamila Graham is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training institute. Board certified and a licensed massage therapist, she is trained in Swedish and deep tissue massage. Jamila is also certified in Massage for the Childbearing Years, which includes pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

Jamila loves to help her clients relieve stress and achieve relaxation through massage. She provides a safe, calm, and soothing environment. Jamila is an attentive and caring therapist that really listens to her clients. Most of her clients come complaining of tension in their neck and back. She tailors her sessions to meet the clients needs. She uses a combination of Swedish and deep tissue to provide muscle tension relief. Being a Reiki practitioner she also provides her clients with positive healing energy. Jamila believes in everyone needing to take time for themselves to recharge and relax.

Gwen Cook

Gwen Cook, LMT

Gwen Cook, LMT is a Nationally Certified and State Licensed Massage Therapist. Gwen is extremely compassionate when caring for others, while assisting them in their journey towards better health. Gwen’s main purpose with her work is to educate and empower people to live a pain free and wholesome lifestyle: physically, mentally and spiritually. Gwen’s areas of specialty include: Orthopedic Massage, Oncology Massage, Thai Massage, Prenatal Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Reiki and Chair Massage.

Gwen is a certified Licensed Massage Therapist with her certification from the Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) and she is licensed by the Maryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners, with her State of Maryland License (2001). Gwen is also Nationally Licensed from The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) (2001).

Gwen’s love for mankind is diverse, she loves to travel and explore the world. Experiencing art, music, culture, food and different ways of life keep her excited and inspired. Whenever she’s not working or traveling, Gwen likes to spend time with her family of four older sisters, four younger brothers, her parents and plenty of nieces and nephews.


Angela Purnell, LMT

Angela has six years as a licensed massage therapist and treating thousands of clients at Massage Envy. From my experience I’ve learned that carefully listening to a client and asking them questions ensures a successful therapeutic session. Employing many techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, stretching, and myofacial will relieve pain, stiffness, tenseness, or overused muscles or just help you unwind.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, theatre, ballet and concerts.


Shari Kornak

Shari joined Block Chiropractic Center at the beginning of February, 2016. She has over 25 years of Administrative experience with the last 11+ years as an Office Manager. The career shift to working in a Chiropractic office is a challenge that Shari welcomes. Having been a chiropractic patient for over 15 years, Shari understands the benefits of rehabilitative services and natural wellness.

In her free time Shari enjoys spending time with family & friends, routing for the Caps & Orioles and reading.


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