About Us

We are a group dedicated to your health and well-being, and we do that with chiropractic.

Chiropractic is the profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system (you’re muscles and bones and how they connect) as well as the nervous system. Chiropractors develop and understand the connection between these systems and practice different manipulations that relieve pain. These manipulations are more commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.

Meet the Doctors

Doctor C. Kevin Donovan

Dr. Donovan graduated from New York Chiropractic College. He has been in practice for over 30 years. He is past-president of the Chiropractic Society of RI, Northeast Chiropractic Council, and the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations. He is active in many other Chiropractic organizations, many of which he has served on the Board of Governors. He is on staff at Newport Hospital. He is currently a member of the Rhode Island Board of Examiners.

Doctor Michael Gottfried

IMG_1322I have over 30 years of experience as a Chiropractor and Holistic Healer. When I was in my teens and early 20’s, I had a significant digestive problem, which many times had me doubled over on the floor in pain. Like many of you, I sought treatment with my MD, who gave me prescription and over the counter medications. I wasn’t getting better and in looking ahead I saw a future filled with pain, more medication and possible surgery. Therefore, I started changing my diet towards more vegetarian offerings and exercising differently with Yoga and Tai Chi. I noticed that as I initiated these lifestyle changes, managing my stress more effectively, I had less pain and need for meds. In fact it’s been 25 years, since I have had a need for drugs.

Around the same time, after trying my hand at taxicab driving and working as a longshoreman, it dawned upon me that I’d like to combine my interests, which were focusing on my own natural health care with helping others towards better health. Chiropractic became the fulfillment of my new purpose.

Over the years, I’ve had an opportunity to assist thousands of people on the road back to good health. My guiding purpose as a Chiropractic Physician has been to assist as many people as possible to achieve better health and enjoyment of their life by introducing them to Tender Loving Chiropractic (TLC) Care, exercise, nutrition and stress management coaching.

My Chiropractic Journey started in Portland, Oregon with 4 years of schooling at Western States Chiropractic College. That was followed by two years of practice at the Santa Cruz Holistic Health Center (a great place to decompress after chiropractic school). Following my roots, I came back east to Acton, Ma. It was there that I became acquainted with Activator Methods Technique, which I’ll talk about later. After two years as an associate, I was ready for my own office. Intensive market research, consisting of looking for a beach community with tennis courts that wasn’t overdeveloped, lead me to the town of Dartmouth, Ma. I started Gottwell Chiropractic in 1986 and stayed there for 15 years.
During this time, many opportunities opened up for me. I was elected President of the Southeastern Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and President of the Rotary Club of New Bedford, I was offered my own radio public health spot, and two teaching positions, at Fisher College and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where I developed a course for the nursing program.

In mid 2000, a few years after after entering into a group practice in the New Bedford Area, I fell in love with Aquidneck Island and knew that I wanted to become a part of that community. Soon thereafter, I joined Dr. Kevin Donovan of Aquidneck Chiropractic to better serve the residents of Aquidneck Island (Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth and the surrounding communities).

My most memorable experience in my Chiropractic Career was when I spent Thanksgiving Morning from 12AM-8AM at Ground Zero providing Chiropractic Care to the “rescue” workers from around the country. We were stationed at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was the church that George Washington prayed in before his inauguration and was miraculously still standing after the tragedy. Banners from kids from around the world adorned the inner walls encouraging the workers in their mission of mercy. It was a very powerful, spiritual experience.

Not only is choosing the right doctor important we at Aquidneck Chiropractic understand that you want to be treated in a respectable and friendly way, by people who you would consider your close friends. The staffing at Aquidneck Chiropractic operates under this same ideal and will help you along your road to recovery.

The Staff

Ginny Carrita CA/CT

I started in the Chiropractic profession in 1990. Since that time I have furthered my education by taking various courses and obtaining certifications in all areas pertaining to my position as a Chiropractic Technician. I have been with Aquidneck Chiropractic since 2005 and absolutely love my patients and my work family. We are a very unique group that takes pride in the care we give our patients. So come on in and see for yourself!!

Michelle Brennan

Michelle Brennan has been working at Aquidneck Chiropractic for over 20 years. She has cross-trained in chiropractic duties such as assisting the chiropractors with exams and X-rays, therapies, rehabilitation, billing, and front desk duties. On her off hours, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 9-year-old daughter, acting, and knitting – always knitting.

Kate Wheeler

Kate Wheeler has been the office and billing manager at Aquidneck Chiropractic for 10 years and is a certified Chiropractic technician. Her previous experience is in orthopedic rehabilitation and traumatic brain injury in the clinical setting. Kate brings her vast knowledge and experience to bear while serving the patient’s of Aquidneck Chiropractic. Helping to ensure your experience with our office is pleasant, efficient, and relaxing.