Our Staff

Dr. Douglas VanderPloeg

Dr. Douglas VanderPloeg

Dr. Douglas VanderPloeg received his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Northern Michigan University. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College. Dr. VanderPloeg is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Canadian Board of Chiropractic Examiners. 

In 2000, Dr. VanderPloeg and his family moved to Maine where he opened Maine Spine & Nerve Institute, a practice that specializes in using advanced medical technology to treat peripheral neuropathy, lumbar spine degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, herniated discs and spinal stenosis. 

Dr. VanderPloeg has been a guest lecturer at multiple hospitals and has served on multiple professional boards.

Dr. Rudy Mueller


Dr. Rudy Mueller received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 2011 and has since gained additional certifications in the field of functional medicine.

He is a certified functional medicine practitioner and was in the first graduating class of The Institute for Functional Medicine. He has also gained his advanced fellowship in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine through The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Mueller completed his graduate work at East Stroudsberg University receiving a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. He is currently working on completing his Masters degree in Metabolic Nutritional Medicine through the University of South Florida: Medical Department.

Dr. Mueller moved to Maine from Pennsylvania two years ago. He and his wife Annette have recently welcomed their first child, a baby boy. 

Jackie Drake

Licensed Clinical Assistant

Drake is a nationally certified clinical assistant, she received her certification through Northeast Technical Institute. She also holds a certificates in class IV Therapeutic Laser and CPR.

When Drake is not a work, she enjoys going for long walks with her dog. She also enjoys playing board games. 

Jackie Judd

Certified Medical Assistant

Jackie is a Certified Medical Assistant who received her certificate from Northeast Technical Institute. She is currently in the pre-nursing program at Southern Maine Community College. Jackie is also certified in Class IV Laser.

In her free time, Jackie loves to spend time with her son, Noah, and visit family. She enjoys being outside, hiking and skiing.