Best Chiropractors of 2015
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Research shows that seeing a properly trained and licensed chiropractor can be helpful when dealing with muscle-related or unexplained lower back pain, but chiropractors can do so much more than that. When they’re working on the musculoskeletal part of your body, they’re unlocking stiff joints and retraining the musculature that connects and surrounds your spine—potentially improving your performance on the field or in the gym—and because the spine houses the nervous system, all kinds of symptoms can change and often get better. Chiropractic care is drug-free and surgery-free, relying instead on your body to do the healing.
So who sees a chiropractor?
Tiger Woods, for one. And Jessica Alba. And Denzel Washington. And a host of other celebrities, professional athletes, and most likely many of your neighbors, friends, colleagues, and relatives. Reasons range from alleviating pain, tingling, and numbness to sports injuries to headaches (constant headaches can be a symptom of neck strain) to the most common—back and neck pain.
Neck pain, once upon a time, was often the result of a car crash, poor posture, lifting small children (those car seats are heavy!), or stress, but nowadays more people are experiencing pain from work stress—staring at a computer all day—and staring down at their smartphones or tablets. The issue has become so common that it has a name—“text neck.”
Regardless of the reason you make an appointment with a chiropractor, the goal of these trained professionals is to diagnose the root cause of the pain or dysfunction and address it at the source. If the diagnosis includes a problem with your vertebrae, a chiropractor can employ safe, gentle and precise treatments, techniques, or therapies, exercises, massage, and nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle education and counseling. (And if they can’t help a patient, they will refer him or her to another health care provider.)
Maintaining good health through the proper use of the body is what chiropractors are trained to do. Chiropractic care fits into healthcare as a proactive tool to avoid crisis care and optimize long-term well-being.
Advanced Medical of Twin Cities
Dr. Krystle Lieberman Wall and Dr. Arlen Lieberman; Photo by TJ Turner
Jasin was in a car accident two years ago and suffered from neck and low back pain. Sharon had muscle pain running up her neck, from her ears to her shoulder. Laurie had terrible migraine headaches.
The one thing these patients had in common: They made an appointment at Advanced Medical of Twin Cities and as a result, their quality of life has greatly improved. Laurie isn’t calling in sick to work, Sharon can fully turn her head without pain, Jasin is feeling stronger every day.
Whether the issue is neck pain, headaches, low back pain, or weight management, father-daughter duo of Dr. Arlen Lieberman and Dr. Krystle Lieberman Wall, both named “Best Chiropractors,” treat patients of all ages at Advanced Medical of Twin Cities, located in Golden Valley.
Advanced Medical of Twin Cities offers the services of not only chiropractors, but a medical doctor, rehab therapists, and other health care providers in one location, with staff working together for the optimal health of their patients. This team approach is a distinctive mark of the clinic—one of the first in the state to integrate a medical doctor into their facility, back in 1998. Today, the staff includes medical director Dr. Wook Kim, sports chiropractor Dr. Jason Fenske, chiropractor, acupuncturist, and licensed dietitian Dr. Krystle Lieberman Wall, and Dr. Arlen Lieberman, founder and director of the clinic and skilled chiropractic orthopedist with 34 years of clinical experience. Because of the depth and breadth of professional experience offered at Advanced Medical, the chiropractors see people for a range of conditions, but specialize in injuries related to auto accidents and workers compensation. “We are the perfect one-stop-shop for these sorts of injuries,” says Dr. Arlen Lieberman. “We offer general medical, chiropractic, physio-therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, rehabilitation, decompression traction, nutrition coaching, weight loss programs, digital x-rays if needed, and personalized exercise plans that can help these injuries heal correctly.”
Patients benefit from the comprehensive team approach, and feel welcome, listened to, and respected in the family-owned and operated clinic. “We genuinely care about our patients,” says Dr. Krystle Lieberman Wall. “When you come in, you’ll feel like family.”
advancedmedicaltc.com • 763-541-1280
Back in Balance Chiropractic Clinic
Dr. Scott A. Mooring; Photo Courtesy of Back In Balance Chiropractic
In recent years, sports chiropractors have become the first line of defense for athletes ranging from weekend warriors to elite level Olympians and professional athletes who want to prevent injuries or rehabilitate old injuries and achieve peak performance.
Dr. Scott A. Mooring, owner of Back in Balance Chiropractic Clinic in St. Paul, along with his team, helps patients improve their quality of life by incorporating a comprehensive approach to the conservative management of many common musculoskeletal conditions. “We always use the most evidence-based treatment procedures and as a result, we help patients get better faster, and stay better for longer,” he says.
Dr. Mooring is a board-certified chiropractic sports physician certified in the Active Release Technique® and the Graston Technique,® advanced, non-invasive soft tissue treatment techniques utilized to help facilitate recovery and decrease downtime from injuries. “When combined with chiropractic adjustments—joint manipulation—the treatment effect is amplified,” says Dr. Mooring. “We see patients respond faster when we use multiple treatment methods including adjustments, soft tissue mobilization, corrective exercise and kinesiology taping, aiding our patients in recovery and stabilization after an injury.”
In addition to running his own private practice, Dr. Mooring is also a staff chiropractor for the University of Minnesota Athletic Medicine Department where he works alongside a team of health care providers that help keep the Gophers healthy. “The past year has been amazing,” Dr. Mooring says. “The experience of working with a world class team of providers and Division 1 national champions, Olympians, and professional athletes has been phenomenal.”
Named a 2015 “Best Chiropractor,” Dr. Mooring also serves as the president of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA), where he recently received the first ever “Champions of Chiropractic Award” for his legislative advocacy.
He comments, “Being the president of the MCA has helped keep me on the cutting edge of changes in health care, allowing my clinic to be a leader in the treatment of non-surgical back and neck pain.”
backinbalancemn.com • 651-455-5264
Complete Chiropractic Health Services
Your spinal column is what allows you to move, twist, and bend throughout the day. It protects your central nervous system and coordinates every muscle, tissue, and organ in your body. When the nervous system is stressed, it can lead to joint dysfunction and chronic pain, fatigue, stiff and sore muscles, even sleep deprivation.
Depending on the exact cause of pain, Drs. Dan Hafner and Diane Barry of Complete Chiropractic Health Services, conveniently located on Grand Avenue, combine chiropractic techniques, soft tissue and massage therapy, acupuncture, and lifestyle modification to restore the body to its most natural and healthy state—all in a quiet, calming environment (all treatments take place in separate rooms for total privacy and relaxation).
Whether patients are being seen for a new injury, old injury, neck or back pain, headache, or aches and pains related to posture or life stress, these compassionate and skilled chiropractors don’t rush the visit. With 40 years of combined experience, they understand the importance of listening to patient concerns in a caring, respectful manner and empowering patients with the tools they need to change how they’re feeling, prevent future problems, and live the lives they deserve.
completechirohealth.com • 651-690-9366
Photo: Dr. Dan Hafner and Dr. Diane Barry; photo by TJ Turner
Dr. Heather Ingbretson of Roseville-based Ingbretson Chiropractic is a champion of helping people find the root cause of their discomfort and pain and creating a personalized plan back to optimal health. “I consider myself a wellness coach,” she explains. “I get results when other providers can’t.”
One way she helps patients achieve such unique results is through utilizing Rapid Release Technology (RRT), a unique therapy that has a shearing effect on scar tissue by utilizing the same vibrational frequency as the scar tissue itself. Not all chiropractors offer this technique, although it has been used by professional sports teams and Olympians. “I call it my ‘Miracle Machine,’” says Dr. Ingbretson, named a 2015 “Best Chiropractor.”
Additionally, she has extensive education in pregnancy and children, and is passionate about empowering patients to be active participants in their own health care. At every visit, she takes the time to talk to patients about how changes in exercise, nutrition, and the environment can help them reach a complete state of wellbeing, and spends time adjusting hands, elbows, knees, and feet to stimulate the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, which improves relaxation, digestion, repair, and immunity.
heatherdc.com • 651-487-5950
Photo: Dr. Heather Ingbretson; photo by TJ Turner
Institute for Orthopedics & Chiropractic
Richard A. Hills, PT, DC, FAAOMPT, of Institute for Orthopedics & Chiropractic (IOC) has over 20 years experience as a chiropractor utilizing the Gonstead method of chiropractic, is a licensed physical therapist, and has a background as an athletic trainer, a unique combination of skills allowing him to provide patients with professional clinical examination and non-surgical treatment options. The approach is an effective balance of holistic treatment and sound medical knowledge.
With the addition of clinics in St. Paul and Uptown, Dr. Hills and the staff at IOC are expanding the practice to include IOC Fitness & Rehabilitation and a multi-specialty clinical setting. Currently patients can go to the Uptown clinic and not only be seen for chiropractic and massage therapy, but continue treatment with other providers offering homeopathy, Gyrotonic, and personal training. At the St. Paul clinic, providers offer acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and services for oral facial pain.
Named a 2015 “Best Chiropractor,” Dr. Hills also treats collegiate and elite athletes, lectures regularly, and has studied the rehabilitation of spinal and extremity disorders.
iocpllc.com • 952-941-3311 (Edina) • 651-340-3959 (St. Paul) • 612-315-2842 (Uptown)
Photo: Dr. Richard Hills; courtesy of Institute for Orthopedics & Chiropractic
Lake Marion Chiropractic
There are no cookie-cutter programs at lake marion chiropractic, with locations in Lakeville and St. Paul. Since 2001, Dr. Craig Couillard has helped individual athletes tailor their game to the next level. As a certified chiropractic sports practitioner, he applies a comprehensive approach of chiropractic care, advanced soft tissue therapy, massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, strength training, and corrective exercise in a systematic and progressive fashion. Every patient’s program is individualized to his or her particular needs.
“It’s the whole package,” explains Dr. Couillard. “I have an edge as an elite instructor and clinician and as a sports team chiropractor and massage therapist.”
In addition to owning Lake Marion Chiropractic, Dr. Couillard is the team chiropractor for the St. Paul Saints and the Hamline University Athletic Training Department, a member of the Minnesota State High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and serves as a leader in the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. He was recently chosen to work with the medical staff at the World Sports Games in Lignano, Italy, an honor granted to a very select type of chiropractor.
lakemarionchiropractic.com • 952-469-8385
Photo: Dr. Craig Couillard; photo by TJ Turner
Dr. Bruce Lindberg uses safe, gentle, effective techniques for the whole family at Lindberg Chiropractic, and has been doing so for 35 years.
Named a 2015 “Best Chiropractor,” Dr. Lindberg is well liked and well trusted, a reflection of his experience, extensive specialized training, belief in continuing education (“it’s critical to stay current,” he says), dedication to the Bloomington community, and respected reputation as a chiropractor who always puts his patients first. Medical doctors regularly refer patients to Dr. Lindberg and vice versa. “If I can’t help someone, I refer them to the specialist they need to get healthy, no matter what it takes,” he says.
He believes many health problems—if detected early—can be prevented, and is adamant about preventive health care and maintenance. His vision is that his patients, from those who have been with him since he first started in the field all the way down to their grandchildren, take ownership of their personal health and wellness, allowing for positive changes in not only their lives, but in the lives of those around them.
lindbergchiropractic.com • 952-881-4421
Photo: Dr. Bruce Lindberg, photo by TJ Turner
Real Health Chiropractic Clinic
It says a lot about a medical professional when patients will travel from other states for their services.
Patients come from as far away as Oklahoma to see Dr. ShaRhae Matousek of Real Health Chiropractic Clinic in Eden Prairie. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to chiropractic care. Maybe it’s because she offers the latest diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Or maybe it’s because she is accessible and truly cares about the expectant mothers, infants, athletes, adults, and aging population who make appointments to see her.
“I have an advanced degree in pediatrics and obstetrics,” she says. “And as a former athlete, I know the ins and outs of athletic excellence and injury.”
No matter the reason, her patients love the fact that she listens, understands expectations, and is passionate about helping them heal.
In addition to being selected as a “Best Chiropractor,” she has a 99.5 percent approval rating from her patients on Healthgrades and Angie’s List.
realhealthclinic.com • 952-224-0607
Photo: Dr. Sharhae Matousek; courtesy of Real Health Chiropractic
Watkins Family Chiropractic
First impressions are a powerful force. The first impression a patient gets when walking through the door of Watkins Family Chiropractic is of a friendly, informative, and professional environment.
“We offer a personalized and caring experience, with the best customer service south of the river,” says Dr. Josh Watkins, named a 2015 “Best Chiropractor.”
Part of this personalized experience is achieved through utilizing the newest diagnostic technology in the field—digital posture analyses, computerized electromyogram (EMG) testing, and onsite x-ray imaging. Another aspect of personalized care is creating customized treatment plans that may include chiropractic and spinal rehab services. Dr. Watkins and his associate, Dr. Lindsey Hurlbut, also offer pediatric care, massage therapy, and acupuncture. They frequently collaborate with specialists, imaging centers, and medical doctors to provide the highest level of care. It’s no wonder many of their new patients have been referred to Dr. Watkins by their medical doctors.
“Whether it’s acute pain relief for a new injury or advanced spinal rehabilitation for a chronic concern, we help our patients meet their specific goals,” says Dr. Watkins.
watkinsfamilychiropractic.com • 952-440-4553
Photo: Dr. Josh Watkins and Dr. Lindsey Hurlbut; photo by TJ Turner
West End Chiropractic and Wellness
One of the goals of chiropractors is to help injured athletes heal fast and return to their activity. At West End Chiropractic and Wellness in St. Louis Park, licensed chiropractor Dr. Andrew Schwert, named a “Best Chiropractor,” does so much more than help with common athletic injuries: he assesses and helps improve athletes’ biomechanics, flexibility, and strength—assets during training, competition, and recovery. His specialty is working with golfers of all ages to maximize their golf swing by addressing both joint mechanics and muscle flexibility.
Alongside fellow chiropractors Dr. John Wertish, Dr. Dana Schomberg, and nurse practitioner Kim Moore, Dr. Schwert also sees patients for injury care, wellness care, and corrective care. Collectively, the West End team offers specialized training in primary care, injury rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy, in addition to personalized chiropractic care from traditional hands-on adjustments to the latest techniques of electrical acupuncture (for pain) and chiropractic biophysics (to correct postural conditions). According to Dr. Schwert, “We’re committed to finding the cause of your symptoms and helping you lead a healthier way of life.”
westendchiromn.com • 952-500-8477
Photo: Nurse practitioner Kim Moore, Dr. John Wertish, Dr. Andrew Schwert, and Dr. Dana Schomberg; photo courtesy of West End Chiropractic
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