Johnna Foster

Hi, I’m Johnna Foster. I grew up just a few short miles from the birthplace of modern chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. I’m a lifelong chiropractic patient and have been with FOSTERing WELLNESS since day one, August 10, 1987! (…and married to Dr. Foster since 1981!) I hold many positions in the office. I will verify your insurance, compare that to our cash policy and let you know what will be your best option. Many times our cash discount is better than your insurance plan. I can help you set up an appointment for yourself, or anyone else in your family. When I’m not handling these responsibilities, I am at the front desk helping you to get comfortable in our office, sharing a chiropractic story with you, and working to make you smile. I want to affirm your decision to become a part of our practice. I juggle many other jobs in the office as well, for instance, until it’s baby’s turn to be adjusted, I will gladly hold him/her while you are getting getting your adjustment. “It’s a dirty job… but someone has to do it.” In my spare time, I love to spend it on the golf course and cooking for my family and reading good books. My favorite thing is being Andrew’s “Grammy.”

Nikki Ummel

Hi, I’m Nikki Ummel. I came to Vermont to attend Castleton State College and I never left. Upon graduation I worked in the field of social services. Prior to that I gained some experience in the field of event planning. Now I bring those experiences and skill to the task of my current job as the office manager for the FOSTERing WELLNESS clinic system. Since I’ve been with Dr. Charles he has added to my job by adding two more clinics and two more doctors, with one more on the way. Some days I work for him and some days “he works for me.” 🙂 I’m married to my “business partner and best friend, J Ummel (we run a farm and B&B in Mt. Holly) and we have two sons, Jameson and Courtland (CJ). They all get chiropractic adjustments. I loved getting adjusted during my pregnancies and believe that it helped me to have shorter and more comfortable labor. I look forward to meeting you and showing you why we believe we offer the best there is in chiropractic services for you and your family too.

Gwen LaPorte

Hello! I’m Gwen LaPorte. I don’t know if it is true, but others think of me as the ultimate office multi-tasker. I’m a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and have been practicing massage at FOSTERing WELLNESS since before my three daughters, Georgia, Marion and Elsie were born. The girls come to the office with me when I’m not working and we all get adjusted together. They love it! My husband comes in after work. You can also find me at the front desk where I answer the phone, schedule appointments and I’m happy to help you with your questions. I have a serious interest in nutrition and love sharing this interest with co-workers and practice members by bringing in healthy new recipes to try. The aforementioned husband, Ryan and I love sharing the outdoors with the girls and our two dogs. I also love gardening and producing my own ingredients for my cooking, landscaping around our beautiful new home. In the summer you just might get a taste of something fresh from my garden.


Hi my name is Dawn. I joined the FOSTERing Wellness family In the spring of 2014, my daughters were practice members prior to my joining the team. I have a background in cosmetology and business management. My past experiences have shaped me into a maven of people relations. I love to make people smile and brighten their day. Along with being a chiropractic life saver I enjoy spending time with my family and adding sparkle to the world as an independent jeweler.

I love educating people about health and wellness. I believe that beauty comes from within and is accentuated by a bright smile and great jewelry!


Hi, I’m Liza. I’m the billing specialist here at FOSTERing Wellness. You may not always see me when you come in for your visit but I’m here! I work in the Brandon office, I assist in getting your insurance verified and I correspond with insurance companies when necessary and get things figured out when there is a problem. I think everyone here is dedicated to their job and that makes it a very positive place to be.

I live in Leicester with my husband and two children. We have a small hobby farm and a big garden. We enjoy Lake Dunmore in the summer and skiing at the Snow Bowl in the winter.

I’ve been a patient here since 2007, and more recently my whole family comes in for chiropractic care.