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SanaVita Health

Our Team of Health Professionals

Meet the Team at SanaVita Health in Durango

At our SanaVit Health & Wellness, we are proud to have a team of dedicated practitioners who are passionate about helping you achieve your health goals and live a vibrant, balanced life. With a collaborative approach and expertise in chiropractic care, nutrition and functional medicine coaching, and colon hydrotherapy, our team offers a comprehensive range of services to support your overall well-being.

Nathan Mitton

Nathan Mitton

Chiropractic Physician

Nathan Mitton, DC, is a dedicated chiropractic physician who has always possessed a deep fascination with the intricacies of the human body and a strong passion for helping others. His journey in the field of healthcare began with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology from Fort Lewis College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017.

Driven by a desire to provide conservative care and promote holistic well-being, Nathan pursued his Doctorate in Chiropractic at the University of Western States, completing the rigorous coursework with distinction and graduating Cum Laude in 2021. Throughout his time at UWS, he delved into the fundamental principles of diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal ailments and understanding their root causes.

Nathan’s treatment approach centers around evidence-based manual therapies, therapeutic exercise, and empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to prevent future injuries. This comprehensive approach allows Nathan to help patients achieve their health and performance goals without pushing for unnecessary long-term care plans that only offer passive care. If a patient’s progress is not meeting their needs, Nathan collaborates with them and other healthcare professionals to ensure timely and appropriate care.

Committed to his community, Nathan actively engages in volunteer work, dedicating his time to many organizations in Durango and the surrounding area. He is currently working towards becoming a volunteer for the La Plata County Search and Rescue, further exemplifying his dedication to serving others.

In his personal life, Nathan embraces an active and adventurous lifestyle, cherishing every opportunity to immerse himself in the great outdoors. Whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, camping, snowboarding, or dabling in nature photography, he finds solace and joy in nature’s embrace.

With a profound commitment to compassionate patient-centered care, evidence-based practices, and community service, Nathan Mitton, DC, continues to make a positive impact on the lives of his patients and the broader community.


Connect with Nathan outside SanaVita:


Ph: 970-764-4057

Dixie Thinnes

Dixie Thinnes

Colon Hydrotherapist

Dixie, a long-time resident of beautiful Durango, Colorado, has forever been passionate about living well and helping others. In 1995, Dixie started her profession as a Colon Hydrotherapist. Dixie bought the Colon Health Center and has grown and maintained the practice for over 26 years. In that time, Dixie has developed a stellar rapport with the Durango community, has helped countless individuals regain control over their health and wellbeing, and is in high demand for her extensive knowledge in optimizing gastrointestinal health. Since being introduced to the power of Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Dixie attends many educational LLLT seminars and lectures, and has received training and subsequent certification demonstrating her competent use with some of the highest quality therapeutic lasers available. 

When Dixie is not working with clients, she enjoys gardening, golfing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Dixie is an amazing person whose number one goal is to help others. She is entirely selfless and will do anything in her power to help those around her. You literally cannot find a kinder, more gentle soul.


Connect with Dixie outside SanaVita:

Colon Health Center

Ph: 970-259-5580

Micala Stevenson, MS-HNFM

Nutritionist & Functional Medicine Specialist

Micala, owner of Durango Functional Nutrition, is a nutritionist specializing in functional medicine. With a master’s degree in human nutrition and functional medicine from University of Western States, as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fort Lewis College, Micala brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice.

Micala’s passion for nutrition was ignited in 2018 when she personally experienced the transformative power of food and lifestyle modifications. Her approach to health and well-being is deeply personalized, focusing on the use of whole foods, lifestyle adjustments, and targeted nutritional supplementation to promote health and prevent disease. Micala firmly believes that embarking on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle is an individual process. That’s why she takes great joy in helping her clients understand their bodies and empowering them to achieve their unique health goals. She remains dedicated to staying current in the ever-evolving literature of nutrition, recognizing that continuous learning is integral to being an effective practitioner.

When she’s not guiding her clients on their wellness journeys, Micala cherishes her free time spent with loved ones. Whether it’s cooking up delicious and nutritious meals, exploring the breathtaking Colorado wilderness through hiking and mountain biking, camping amidst nature’s beauty, or expressing her artistic side through watercolor painting, she embraces a balanced and fulfilling life.

With Micala as your nutrition and functional medicine coach, you can expect a friendly, professional, and compassionate approach to support you in achieving optimal health and well-being. 


Connect with Micala outside SanaVita:


Ph: 970-422-3144

Mary Riley, LMT, NMT

Mary Riley, LMT, NMT

Massage Therapist, Neuromuscular Therapist

Mary Riley, a licensed massage therapist in Durango with over 17 years of experience, brings a wealth of expertise to SanaVita Health & Wellness. As a skilled neuromuscular therapist, Mary’s proficiency in a wide range of massage modalities, coupled with her dedication to customized care, sets her apart as a sought-after practitioner in the field. Mary’s journey in massage therapy started at Intellitech Medical Institute in 2007, where she completed her Associates Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). NMT, a specialized technique, focuses on addressing muscle and nerve-related issues, offering targeted relief and healing.

Mary’s expertise extends across various massage techniques, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point release, myofascial release, lymph drainage, prenatal massage, and oncology massage. This versatility empowers her to create tailored sessions that cater to individual needs, ensuring effective and personalized results.

With a passion for neuromuscular and medical massage, Mary excels in addressing a diverse range of conditions. Her expertise has been proven effective in treating conditions such as whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, scar tissue complications, acute and chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain syndrome. Each session is meticulously designed, recognizing that every body is unique and requires a personalized approach.

Mary’s dedication to her craft has garnered notable achievements, including an internship at the Olympic Training Center in 2016. Her exceptional contributions were acknowledged through the esteemed “Therapist of the Year” award while practicing in Colorado Springs.

A native of Colorado and a member of a military family, Mary’s strong community ties and profound empathy underscore her commitment to her patients. Since 2019, she has been offering massage in Durango, and assisting patients in reclaiming their quality of life and pursuing their passions.

Mary Riley’s commitment to delivering some of the best massage in Durango, paired with her in-depth training and intricate understanding of the body’s mechanics, positions her as a valuable member of SanaVita Health & Wellness. Her empathetic approach and dedication to personalized healing make her an indispensable ally in your holistic well-being journey. Experience the transformative power of Mary’s expertise today.

Shalisa Young

Shalisa Young


Originally from northern Utah, Shalisa relocated to Durango in 2020 and has a thirst for knowledge and is passionate about helping others. Shalisa is such an integral part of our team at SanaVita Health & Wellness; she does so much to make sure our patients are cared for and our daily operations flow smoothly. After spending five years as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, Shalisa is now working to become a Registered Nurse to further pursue her passion for helping people. When not being a total rockstar at SanaVita, Shalisa enjoys many outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time with her pets.

Dixie is incredibly heartfelt, caring, honest, wise and knowledgeable. Durango is blessed to have her practicing here!
I’ve been seeing Dixie for colon treatments for over two years now. She gives great advice and supports my health tremendously. Thank you, Dixie!!

Ani Silversprings

Nathan is a world of information and he helped educate me about my injury and the physiology behind it. I Received the laser treatment to my injury which helped immensely and then I was taught physical therapy exercises along with some hands on treatment. I left feeling more healed with a sense of empowerment and relief. I would highly recommend treatment from Nathan or his team.

Matthew Juntunen


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(970) 764-4136
1539 Florida Rd #112, Durango, CO 81301