About Us

We work to bridge the gap between scientific inquiry and the healing arts.

our mission

To provide a safer, more conservative treatment option for acute and chronic conditions with the pain reducing benefits of low-level laser therapy. We provide a safe and non-invasive approach to help our clients look and feel their very best.

Our sole purpose

Help our patients increase wellness through the well-documented, physiological benefits of applying visible light to biological tissue.

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FDA Approved

Our practice is based in peer-reviewed, scientific literature. We use only the highest quality, state-of-the-art equipment that is 100% safe and FDA approved.

A Proactive Approach

We do not treat your symptoms or ailments directly; rather, we help to restore the energy production centers within each of your cells to work more efficiently, resulting in a faster, and more complete recovery.

The Animas Laser Therapy Team

Dr Michelle Hemingway
Medical Director

Dr. Michelle Hemingway M.D. received her BS in Biochemistry and BA in Psychology from the University of North Texas. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed her internship in Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. She has extensive experience in urgent care, long-term care, sports, work and exercise related injuries, aging, and chronic and auto-immune diseases. She has been practicing cranial-sacral Osteopathy since 2008 and has earned the Proficiency Certificate from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.

Michelle’s lifelong interest in the art and mystery of health and healing have focused on the interconnection between body, mind and spirit. This has inspired her to develop expertise across a wide spectrum of healing modalities, traditional and alternative.

Michelle is a life-long student of Buddhism and Eastern spirituality, and her approach to helping patients is based on the understanding that we are all a complex combination of physical, mental, emotional, environmental, social, and spiritual forces. The healer herself is an integral part of this relationship. She calls this the practice of Integral Medicine.

Integral Medicine strives to take into account all useful and effective techniques from the art and the science of health and healing, from the mysterious to the methodological. It is based on the premise that it always makes sense to use all relevant information, to wisely combine a wide spectrum of available modalities, to maximize our health no matter what our pre-existing conditions or genetic predispositions may be. Each person is a rare and unique entity and requires thoughtful analysis and individualized treatment if we are to achieve our highest potential and purpose in life!

Michelle also works with patients as a medical advocate, helping to navigate the challenges of physical illness within and without the medical establishment. Whatever your health situation may be, it can at times seem impossible to find your way through the maze of doctors, treatments, recommendations, and emotions that present themselves. Especially when dealing with serious illness, the world of traditional medicine can be an overwhelming and demoralizing place. Engaging with Michelle in on-going dialogue and discussion, physical exams and appropriate testing, the right decisions and avenues for treatment can, and do, reveal themselves.


Dixie Thinnes

Owner/Laser Technician

Dixie, a long-time resident of beautiful Durango, Colorado, has forever been passionate about living well and helping others. In 1995, Dixie started her profession as a Colon Hydrotherapist under the direction of Dr. James Forleo. After training with Dr. Forleo for two years, Dixie bought the Colon Health Center and has grown and maintained the practice for over 22 years. In that time, Dixie has developed a stellar rapport with the Durango community, has helped countless individuals regain control over their health and wellbeing, and is in high demand for her extensive knowledge in optimizing gastrointestinal health. Since being introduced to the power of Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Dixie attends many educational LLLT seminars and lectures, and has received training and subsequent certification demonstrating her competent use with some of the highest quality therapeutic lasers available. Dixie works very closely with Dr. Michelle Hemingway to ensure the very best care is delivered to patients of Animas Laser Therapy.

When Dixie is not working with clients, she enjoys gardening, golfing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Dixie is an amazing person whose number one goal is to help others. She is entirely selfless and will do anything in her power to help those around her. You literally cannot find a kinder, more gentle soul.


Nathan Mitton

Management/Laser Technician

Nathan Mitton earned his BS in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Biology from Fort Lewis College, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017. During his time at Fort Lewis, Nathan was recruited as a peer-educator from multiple organizations, including: The Writing Center, The Native American Center, and TRiO. He tutored students in Biomechanics and Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Physiology. Nathan was awarded and maintained the Fort Lewis College Merit Scholarship, and was awarded the 2016 Exercise Science Scholarship for his dedication to excellence. Additionally, Nathan was nominated for candidacy as the 2016 and 2017 Exercise Science Major of the Year. Upon the completion of his Senior Thesis titled “The impact of exercise and Low-Level Laser Therapy on psychological well-being and overall perceived health,” Nathan was selected to present his research at the annual FLC Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Nathan loves his Durango Community and has been quick to volunteer for numerous organizations in the Durango area including Wolfwood Refuge, Tambo, Special Olympics, Manna Soup Kitchen, and Mountain Middle School.

Nathan has had a life-long interest in the intricacies of the human body and how it works, and is currently earning a Doctorate in Chiropractic. After becoming a chiropractic physician, Nathan will be moving back home to Durango to start his own practice.

Nathan loves to be active and spends as much time as possible outdoors doing things like mountain biking, hiking, camping, and snowboarding.


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