MEET AND GREET
I am proud to call Morris, Illinois my hometown. As a youth, I was active in sports. Some of my fondest memories were made on the football field, where I served as a captain for the Morris Redskins.
I earned a Bachelor of Science from Illinois College in Jacksonville, where I studied biology and chemistry. After IC, I attended the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer is the birthplace of Chiropractic, and is referred to as the “fountainhead” of the profession.
During my 300 hours of doctoral coursework at Palmer, I learned specific forms to adjust the spine and extremities which allow the body to function at its maximum capacity.
In 2009, I returned to my hometown to open a practice and have had the honor of helping more than a thousand patients restore mobility, treat chronic conditions and improve their quality of life with safe, natural Chiropractic care.
My wife Julie and I are proud to raise our family in Morris. We have a son Wyatt, daughter Rose and an English bulldog JJ. When not at work, I enjoy being outdoors, cooking and catching local high school sporting events.
EARNING MY TITLE
The Doctorate of Chiropractic curriculum is an extensive 5-year program totaling more than 300 hours of coursework and clinical experience. In addition to advanced courses in biology, chemistry, physiology, pathology, and others, there is a significant focus on technique. Technique courses at Palmer College of Chiropractic attract students from around the world because of the emphasis on the precise detection and correction of spinal misalignments. The “Palmer Package” courses develop specialists in Gonstead, Thompson, Diversified, and Toggle.
Since earning a Doctorate from Palmer, I successfully passed the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exams, as well as the physical therapy board. The NBCE is the national standard for Chiropractic testing. Although Illinois requires only the completion of parts 1-3 of the NBCE exams, I exceeded licensing standards by completing part four, which is the only hands-on portion. While in practice, I have completed hundreds of hours of additional coursework that help me provide specialized patient care.
I earned the distinction of being one of only 900 Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioners (CCEP) in the world. The CCEP training enables me to assess, pinpoint, and treat pain in the spine and upper and lower extremities, TMJ, ribs, shoulder girdle, and foot, as well as treat gait issues. I am also able to use soft tissue methods, functional muscle rehab, and correlate and globally treat causes of pain in various parts of the body. Many ailments respond to this treatment, including jaw misalignments, shoulder issues, sprained ankles, knee problems, shin splints, carpal tunnel, baker’s cyst, tennis elbow, and altered gait cycles.
In 2010, I became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians (ABCSP). This is considered the premier sports Chiropractic education. The ABCSP works with the United States Olympic Committee to provide care to some of the best athletes in the world. With CCSP training, I am adept at the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries through enhanced diagnostic skills and care.
More recently, I earned the elite designation of a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP). The Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle Program curriculum provides extensive instruction in a scientifically relevant, clinically practical format, and is focused on addressing vital aspects of wellness and optimal health in the context of the Chiropractic paradigm. With this body of knowledge, I can provide my patients with advanced science and clinical strategies to make lifestyle changes that result in long-term well-being.
I am also a proud member of these professional organizations:
IT'S ABOUT THE COMMUNITY
As a community member, I support many great local organizations, including: YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Morris Kiwanis, Morris Warriors, Grundy County Chiefs, and the MCHS Education Foundation.