Connect First Family Chiropractic
100 Year Lifestyle Chiropractor in SterlingVirginia 20165

Meet Our Team

Connect First Family Chiropractic:

At Connect First Family Chiropractic, we see a need in healthcare. Our vision for our community is for generations of families to experience freedom and trust in the health choices they make. Our mission is for Leesburg, VA and the surrounding areas to be the healthiest communities in the state of Virginia. By working with the body’s master control system, the central nervous system, we support and optimize the body’s natural ability to heal itself. “Everyone deserves to be healthy and express their full potential from the time they are born through their last breath of life. This includes YOU!” – The 100 Year Lifestyle


Meet Dr. Ryan Kennedy BS, DC


Dr. Ryan was born and raised on Long Island, NY.  She received both her undergraduate degree in biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

She was first introduced to chiropractic when she began working in a family-centered chiropractic office on Long Island. For years she had been experiencing ear pain and discomfort and an irregular menstrual cycle. Once under chiropractic care, almost immediately her menstrual cycle was regulated! About six months into care, her ears had healed and she couldn’t remember the last time she felt pain. What she remembers most though, is the deep breath she took when she realized it was gone. All of the pain and uncertainty had caused a lot of stress that she no longer had to carry with her. She had faith in her body and her ability to heal. It was then she chose to become a chiropractor and began her chiropractic studies.

Dr. Ryan has continued to get adjusted over the years. Chiropractic care has allowed her to continue to exercise without pain and to become faster and stronger. It has helped improve her immune system allowing her body to fight off any illness much faster than before, and helps her to adapt to life’s daily stressors with more ease.

How can Dr. Ryan help with pregnancy/postpartum and babies and children?

Dr. Ryan loves taking care of babies, children, and pregnant/postpartum women! Babies and children can be exposed to a lot of stress at a very young age. Just being born is a lot of hard work then there are falls as they learn to walk and ride a bike, chemicals from medicines, food, and water, and stress in the home or at school. Chiropractic adjustments in babies and children are very gentle, specific, and safe and help their nervous systems, spines, and bodies function better.

For pregnant women, there is so much change happening and it’s happening very fast! Chiropractic adjustments help the body adapt to that change and can help with pain or discomfort. It can also help with balancing the pelvis and reducing tension to the uterus and pelvic muscles and ligaments. All of this can help make pregnancy and birth more comfortable in addition to allowing optimal space for baby to grow and line up in the best possible position for birth.  

In the postpartum period, there are also many changes happening. The body is recovering from birth and adapting to all that goes into taking care of baby. Chiropractic adjustments support the body to heal physically, regulate and balance emotions and make the transition into motherhood much smoother!

Certifications, Distinctions and Awards:

Meet Dr. Dan Traxler BS, DC, CCEP:


Dr. Dan was born and raised in Oakton, Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a Minor in Business Administration from The University of South Carolina, where he played nationally ranked Division 1 soccer for four years. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. It was during his career as an athlete that he realized the tremendous benefit of consistent chiropractic care.

Dr. Dan has a passion for bringing out the best in people. When Dr. Dan experienced his own injuries, he experienced the difference between feeling hopeLESS in one’s own body, and feeling hopeFUL in his body’s ability to heal, recover and perform at the highest level again. It is Dr. Dan’s mission to empower each and every client he works with and support their body’s ability to heal, adapt and perform. Dr. Dan continues to push the limits of his own abilities by enjoying CrossFit, Triathlon and IronMan competitions. He also enjoys giving back to the community of Leesburg and surrounding Loudoun County by volunteering, community service, and coaching youth soccer.

Holly Traxler

Office Manager

Holly Traxler earned a B.S. degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of Illinois and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.  She worked for the Defense Department for several years and later retired to stay home to raise her 3 children; Dan, Jack, and Tori. She has volunteered for the last 12 years working in pet therapy with her dog, Sasha.  Holly volunteers at several hospitals and facilities in the D.C. area including Walter Reed Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital.  She joined the office of Connect First Family Chiropractic in the Fall of 2020.

Holly discovered the world of chiropractic in 2011 after a violent car crash sent her to the hospital with irreversible spinal damage.  Her chiropractic care was so positive it helped to influence her son, Dan’s, interest in the field of chiropractic.  In addition to pet therapy work, Holly enjoys hiking, biking, and gardening.