Santiago Chiropractic Lake Hiawatha New Jersey
Our Staff

Dr.SantiagoDr. Philip Santiago

The name, Philip T. Santiago, DC, is synonymous with “sports chiropractic.” A virtual trailblazer in that specialized chiropractic area, Dr. Santiago was one of the first chiropractors to be chosen as a member of the US Olympic Team Medical Staff for the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain.

Growing up as a child in the Santiago family, dinner conversation invariably turned to the subject of chiropractic. As the son of two chiropractor parents, and the sibling of a chiropractor brother and sister, Dr. Santiago is steeped in chiropractic tradition and an inbred love of helping others to get and stay well.

A graduate of New York Chiropractic College and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Santiago is a renowned lecturer throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe on the topics of Sports Medicine and Fitness. Dr. Santiago is also a clinical professor and Chairman of the Department of Sports Medicine for New York Chiropractic College.

Named “Chiropractor of the Year” in New Jersey in 1990, he also received the honor of being named “Sports Physician of the Year” by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) in 1993. Most recently, Dr. Santiago received the recognition of his peers when he was inducted into the ACA’s Sports Medicine Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dr. Santiago is no stranger to the sports arena himself, with a background that includes distinction as an All American collegiate and professional soccer player. He also served on the collegiate level as head soccer coach at the New York Institute of Technology and Montclair State University.

Dr. Santiago believes in giving back to his community as well as his profession. He maintains active memberships in the local and county Chambers of Commerce, serves as Vice Chairman of Morris County Crime Stoppers, and organization he helped to found, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the County College of Morris.

Dr. Santiago is a much sought after lecturer and consultant in sports medicine and anti-aging and is a published author many times over in these specialties. His background also includes serving on the Board of the American Academy on Anti-Aging Medicine.

In his spare time, Dr. Santiago’s hobbies include exercise, aviation, and boating.

Dr.ScaranoDr. Julie Scarano

A native of Little Falls, New York, Dr. Scarano joined Santiago Chiropractic Associates in December of 2009 following a month long externship at the facility and her graduation from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC).

Prior to her chiropractic education, Dr. Scarano was a two-sport athlete (tennis and softball) at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Biology. Following her doctorate degree, she completed the requirements of the International Chiropractic Association’s Council on Wellness Science to obtain credentialing as a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner. This certification allows Dr. Scarano to specialize in chiropractic wellness, active care, offer nutritional guidance and lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Scarano also went on to obtain the postgraduate designation of Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician through the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS). With this qualification, she joins an elite number of chiropractors internationally with advanced skills in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries. She is also certified in the instrument assisted soft tissue technique ConnecTX and the Webster Technique utilized in the treatment of pregnant women.

Dr. Scarano serves on New York Chiropractic College’s Board of Trustees and volunteers on FICS’s Communications Commission and both the ACA Sports Council’s Public Relations and Symposium Committees.

In her free time, she coaches gymnastics at the Lakeland Hills YMCA, serves as the Director of Alumni Communications for Little Falls High School Alumni Network and is an avid marathon runner.

Kathleen Holmberg, Office Manager

Kathleen Holmberg serves as the Office Manager at SCA.  With a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Springfield College (Massachusetts), Kathleen has been in and around healthcare throughout her professional career.  Kathleen believes in giving back to her community and in her free time enjoys her volunteer opportunities.  She is a Girl Scout Troop Leader, a teacher of Religious Education, a high school Grade Parent and also serves on the Borough Communications Committee. Kathleen and her husband, Peter, live in Mountain Lakes with their four children.  She is an avid fan and photographer of whatever sport or activity they may be involved with and can always be found working to crush her Fit Bit step count goals!

Julia Hickman, Biomechanist & Fitness Coach

Coach Julia Hickman joined SCA in January 2018. Julia attended Rider University where she graduated with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing.  While a sophomore there, she became a volunteer aerobics instructor and fell in love with motivating and helping others to live a more healthy lifestyle, especially those new to exercise.

Julia is a certified Personal Trainer and Revolution Running Coach and has completed 3 marathons, 12 half marathons and numerous shorter races.  She is bilingual in Spanish and also has good knowledge of French which she studied for years.  

Coach Julia is a resident of Morris Township where she lives with her husband and son.  In her free time she enjoys writing for her blog, The Petite Fastinista ( and her local TAP Into site and researching the best nutrition and wellness advice.

Melissa Muilenburg, Massage Therapist

A native of New Jersey, Melissa attended Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut and graduated with a BA in American Studies. She moved to Washington D.C. where she received a J.D. from the National Law Center at George Washington University. Melissa practiced law for 22 years, first in Colorado and then in New Jersey. 

After several years of coaching children, adolescents and adults in running, Melissa decided to change her focus to Massage Therapy with an interest in therapeutic and sports massage. She graduated from the Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Haskell, NJ in the October 2009. Her focus of study included Swedish, Medical Massage, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Reflexology and Energy Work. Since graduation, Melissa’s practice has primarily focused on athletes.

Melissa is a certified running coach with Road Runners Club of America ("RCCA").  She is also a certified marathon coach with Team in Training, one of the largest national organizations training individuals for endurance events. Through her coaching with Team in Training, she has coached runners to complete half and full marathons.  An avid runner herself, Melissa has completed over twenty full and half marathons. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon five times.

Melissa is a member of the Lakers Sports Club and has served as the President for the organization since 2013.  She is a member of the Athletic Fitness Committee at the Lakeland Hills YMCA and has served on the Board of Governor at the YMCA since 2012.  Melissa has been on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors since 2014.  Melissa currently lives with her husband, and youngest child in Mountain Lakes.  Her older two children are graduates of Mountain Lakes High School.

Renata Ross, Medical Billing Specialist

Renata joined the practice in April 2017. Originally from Poland, she currently resides in Denville with her husband, son and cat. She is a Certified Medical Biller and Coder with a background in teaching, advertising and public relations. True foodie, fashionista and "Game of thrones" fan, she enjoys shadow boxing, healthy cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.

Annabelle Wold, Chiropractic Assistant

Originally from Columbia County, New York, Annabelle graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors of Science (Exercise Science/Pre-Med Studies) in May of 2018. Having received chiropractic care since birth, Annabelle has longed to learn more about how the body operates and help others achieve wellness. She serves to assist the front office staff as well as the doctors to make your visits more efficient, helping to maximize the one-on-one clinical time you will have with the doctors. When not in the office, Annabelle also works as a teacher’s assistant at a children’s fitness center in West Orange. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, being active and appreciating the little things in life. 

Swathi Jayakumar, Front Desk Reception

Swathi serves our front desk during the evening hours.  She is a resident of Parsippany and a Senior at the Morris County School of Technology in the Healthcare Sciences Academy.  She enjoys traveling, playing the piano and spending time with her friends and family as well as working with our patients to increase her knowledge of the chiropractic profession.