About Us

The BackBone of HealthTM philosophy is simple…help the patient get well and stay well.  And our non-invasive approach just makes sense…restore the body's natural innate powers to allow for optimum function and well being.

Our experienced professionals are committed to promoting the health and well being of our patients.  From pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between, you will be amazed at how many different conditions we can help.  In fact, we may be the alternative you need for health and wellness.


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Please meet our team below. We look forward to working with you!




Dr. Michael R. Perusich 
Chiropractic Physician & Wellness Consultant 
Clinic Director 

Dr. Perusich is the Clinic Director of BackBone of Health Chiropractic Wellness Center in Sedalia.  He earned his BS degree at the University of Texas-Austin and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, where he graduate Cum Laude.  His love of children led him to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association where he holds a Fellowship Certification and earned advanced training in the Chiropractic management of pediatric and pregnancy cases.  Dr. Perusich is the past Vice President and a founding member of the ACA Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics.  He is also certified in the Kennedy Decompression Technique.

Dr. Perusich is listed in the DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Clinicians Registry.  DAN Doctors are those that wish to employ rational, scientifically sound interventions for autism.  The registry provides parents and patients with a listing of doctors having specialized knowledge in these childhood development disorders.  As a DAN Doctor, Dr. Perusich has undergone intense training on the current research, science and treatment for the detection and management of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD).  To help children with ASD's, Dr. Perusich started BackBone Integrated Health which is dedicated to the management of these disorders.

Also, with his athletic background, Dr. Perusich enjoys helping athletes of all types overcome sports injuries and improve athletic performance.  He has worked with Olympic Athletes as a treating physician for the World's Greatest Athletes Chiroparctic Decathlon Club, the Extreme Sports Team, and you can currently catch him on the sidelines of our very own State Fair Community College Roadrunners, where he is serving as the Official Team Physician for all their athletic teams.  He has also served as a Director of Healthcare for Rodeo Sports Medicine.  Additionally, Dr. Perusich has also served as the team physician for the Sedalia Bombers Semi-Pro Baseball Team and the Mid-Missouri Outlaws Arena Football Team.

A published author and regular lecturer regarding health and wellness issues all over the country, Dr. Perusich has received numerous clinical awards.  He served as the Vice President of the American Chiropractic Council on Pediatrics is a two-time Past President of Boys and Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, Past Co-Chair of the American Heart Association's 15th Annual Pettis County Heart Walk, Past Co-Chair of Sedalia's Blue Ribbon Vision Community Health & Wellness Team, and the Leadership Council of First United Methodist Church.  BackBone of Health was also recognized in Sedalia as the 2005 Employer of the Year and the clinic was featured in a recent edition of the prestigious trade magazine, Chiropractic Economics. 

Dr. Perusich is a past member of the American Chiropractic Council on Rehabilitative Therapeutics, the American Academy of Pain Management, and Who's Who in American Business, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, American Chiropractic Association and served as the Co-Chair for the National SACA Committee.  He also holds membership in several ACA organizations including the Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness and the Council on Occupational Health. Dr. Perusich is also a member of the ACA Council on Forensic Sciences which offers advanced skill sets in medico-legal cases involving personal injury, workers compensation as well as expert testimony skills, disability determination, causation, permanent impairment, and independent medical examinations.  

Dr. Perusich is also a co-founder of BackBone Communications (BBC).  BBC is a multi-faceted company providing motivational engagements and training seminars as well as business and marketing consulting for doctors and entrepreneurs.  Dr. Perusich is a nationally recognized lecturer and regularly speaks all over the country.  He is available as a keynote speaker for professional and motivational engagements as well as local clubs and organizations.Dr. Perusich recently became a member of the John Maxwell Team making him a certified professional motivaltional speaker, consultant and coach.  In 2017, Dr. Perusich and Marisa Mateja also acquired two nationally recognized consulting firms under their managment group, Abundant Grace Consulting Groupt LLC.

In his spare time, Dr. Perusich follows his daughter on the Smith Cotton Girl's Soccer Team, Girls Golf Team and New Score Showchoir.  He also is an advocate for Cervical Cancer Awareness after losing his wife in January 2016 to the disease.  



Dr Kelsey Pippitt

Associate Chiropractic Physician

Dr.Pippitt is a native of southwest Kansas. She graduated with a BS in biology from Kansas State University and her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. Upon graduation, she practiced for a short time in Denver, CO before settling at a multidisciplinary clinic in Lee’s Summit, MO for the past four years.

 Dr. Pippitt has spent time mastering soft tissue techniques  including Graston and Active Release Technique (ART), so that her patients can benefit from having the most comprehensive treatment of musculoskeletal complaints.
 Acupuncture has been a main focus of Dr. Pippitt’s healthcare career, as a majority of her patients utilize the traditional Chinese medicine therapy for symptoms ranging from anxiety, to digestive system dysfunction, to arthritic knee pain. She began studying meridian therapy (a.k.a. acupuncture) under Dr. Larry Beem in 2010, and has been a license meridian therapy provider since 2015. 
Outside of work Dr. Pippitt enjoys the serving as a member of PEO, a philanthropic organization promoting educational opportunities for women. 
In her spare time, she can be found exploring new eateries, doing boxing workouts, and being the “fun” aunt to lots of nieces and nephews. 

Marisa Mateja
Director of Operations

Having earned her Business Management degree from CMSU, Marisa oversees the business aspects of the clinic and works with third-party payers to ensure our patients receive the maximum amount of benefit from their insurance plans. She also assists patients with scheduling, billing, insurance filing, and records management, as well as being the assistant to the doctors. Marisa posesses an extensive knowledge of medical industry billing practices to help patients maximize the value of their care.  Marisa also manages Dr. Perusich's speaking schedule and oversees the management of the other BackBone Companies.

A native of Sedalia, Marisa, her husband, and their two children call it home. She has been with BackBone of Health for more than 15 years and also serves on the BackBone Vision Team.



Maleah Perkins
Director of Rehabilitative Services

Maleah assists our doctors by working directly with patients in our neuro-muscular rehabilitation department. She is a graduate of CMSU with a degree in Exercise Science. She is regarded as one of the best in her field at delivering quality care for patients.  As the senior staff member, Maleah also serves on the BackBone Vision Team.

Maleah and her husband live in the Sedalia area with their son and daughter. She has been with BackBone of Health for more than 15 years. Maleah is also a very talented singer and can be seen participating in many contests in the area.



Where to Find Us:

Backbone of Health Clinics
910 Thompson Blvd

Sedalia, MO 65301


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