The Doctors

Powers & Jans Centre has a team of 5 chiropractors to serve our patients. Patients may choose a particular doctor while having the freedom to see any of the other doctors whose schedule may be more convenient for the patient. An added benefit is that the doctors may consult on challenging cases, so patients can benefit from the collective wisdom of all the doctors.

Meet our doctors:


Rick15 2Rick Powers, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

My wife, Marlene & I have a son, Masen, who is in school in Medicine Hat. From a previous marriage I have 3 daughters. My oldest daughter is married & lives in Maryland with 2 sons. My middle daughter is married with 1 boy & lives in Medicine Hat. My youngest daughter is married & has a boy & girl.

I was born & raised in the state of Iowa, attended Palmer College of Chiropractic from 1966 to 1970, graduating in June of that year. I moved to Barrhead, Alberta & started practice August 4, 1970. In October 1979 I moved to Medicine Hat & started my practice in Crescent Heights. In 1980 I started using Activator Methods Technique (advanced proficiency rated) as my primary technique. I have since added Neuromechanical Technique. In November 1990, Dr. Jans & I joined our offices on Factory Street. We then built our new office at our present location, moving in May 2006.

For recreation I enjoy golfing, 10 pin bowling, hunting & fishing.

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Wallace Wally15 2Jans, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

My wife Pamela and I have three grown sons. Although our family is spread across the continent, family is still my number one priority. Family holidays together are still special times for each of us. Church life is also very important to me. I am an active member of Crossroads Church.

Born in Maple Creek, SK, I was raised in Redcliff, AB where I received my primary education. I graduated from Medicine Hat High School and attended the University of Alberta, NAIT, and Athabasca University before starting chiropractic college. My chiropractic education began at Life University in Marietta, GA and I graduated with honours from Life Chiropractic College - West, Hayward, CA in 1984. After graduation I returned to Medicine Hat and began practice in 1985. In 1990, Dr. Rick Powers and I amalgamated our individual practices to provide better chiropractic care to the people of the Medicine Hat area.

Although I uses a variety of chiropractic techniques depending on a patient's individual needs, my specialty is using low force Activator Methods. I achieved Advanced Proficiency Rating with Activator Methods, and have maintained this status since 1987. Encouraging healthy lifestyles and good nutrition for my patients are also prominent areas of my practice. My goal is to help the sick and hurting to become well and then helping those people maintain their health through natural chiropractic methods.

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Crystal15 2Crystal Taylor, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Crystal Taylor was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was educated at the Medicine Hat College and the University of Alberta before attending Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Taylor graduated in March 2001 and moved back to Medicine Hat to begin her practice.

Dr. Taylor began private practice in May 2001, working with Dr. Marsh and Dr. Little. In February of 2002, she joined Dr. Powers and Dr. Jans, and has been enthusiastically serving her patients since that time.

Dr. Taylor is "Advanced Profiency Rated" in using the Activator Chiropractic Technique.

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April15 2April Ruzycki, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

“Chiropractic has changed my life” - what a great phrase to hear! Each day in our clinic patients and parents tell us how chiropractic has impacted their life – it is a pleasure to serve by reaching out and touching the lives of individuals.

I grew up outside of Edmonton where my family still resides. After attending Grant MacEwan and the University of Alberta where I earned a Bachelor of Science in 2004, I moved to Davenport, Iowa to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic – The Fountainhead and birthplace of Chiropractic. During chiropractic college I was extremely involved exploring the different types of chiropractic techniques but have focused on the Activator Methods technique and am Advanced Proficiency Rated. I had the phenomenal experience to travel to Manaus, Brazil in 2007 to participate in a free chiropractic clinic for the residents of the city and surrounding area. It was heart-wrenching and warming to have people travel days by boat and sit for hours waiting to be adjusted – that trip truly opened my eyes to the power of chiropractic! After graduating magna cum laude in October of 2007 I moved back to Canada to become part of the Powers & Jans Centre and the community of Medicine Hat in February 2008. I recently became engaged in June 2016 and am looking forward to this next adventure in my life.

Developing relationships with my patients brings such joy and becoming active within the community has demonstrated the tight-knit feel of the city that I am proud to be part of. I have had the pleasure to participate in various groups such as the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, and the committee for International Day of Persons with Disabilities (http://idpdmedhat.ca/). The community members of Medicine Hat have been extremely supportive and it is an honour to be one of Medicine Hat's Top 40 Under 40 and voted 3rd in the chiropractor category in Medicine Hat's Readers Choice Awards.

The last 9 years have flown by…our clinic now boasts 119 years of combined Doctor experience! It has been an incredible and invaluable learning workplace for me. My passion for chiropractic continues to flourish especially in the areas of pediatrics and pregnancy.


“What I do today is important because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it” ~ F.W. Simerson


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Sheldon15 2Sheldon Cherniak, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised on a farm outside the town of Shoal Lake, Manitoba. I did my undergrad studies in Physical Education at the University of Manitoba. During my studies, I visited a chiropractor who was giving a public chiropractic talk. This is where I fell in love with the powerful chiropractic message and knew then I wanted to be a chiropractor.

Soon after, I moved to Marietta, Georgia for chiropractic studies at Life University. I graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic in June, 2001.

In July, 2002, I moved to Calgary beginning both private, chiropractic practice and starting a family. My wife, Claudia, and I have 2 sons, Thorin and Roman.

My chiropractic focus is wellness-based family care. I pride myself on both delivering quality, chiropractic care and inspiring patients how to take control of their health. I’m also passionate about serving the surrounding community with advanced chiropractic and wellness talks.

My passions involve outdoor adventure pursuits, sports and fitness, and, of course, chiropractic.


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