“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” -Thomas Edison
We believe that each person should feel like they have the ability to take control of their health. We believe that movement can decrease pain. We believe that sustainable exercise can change how you feel, both physically and mentally. We believe that you recover faster when you are an active participant in treatment.
We believe that by taking control of one’s health, people can decrease their dependence on medications, caffeine, sugar, and poor sleep to get them through their day. We believe that food plays an essential role in how we feel and that simple changes in what we eat can have profound changes on our energy, attitude, and health. We believe that health is not merely the absence of disease but the ability to thrive, enjoy, and feel energized. We want to teach you how.
Your First Visit
In order to make the most of our time together, please arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment fill-out our new patient questionnaire on the iPad before your first appointment. Because you’ll be moving around, please bring or wear athletic clothes (shorts and a t-shirt, etc.).
Expect your first visit to last approximately one hour, depending on the complexity of your condition. Follow-up visits are scheduled in 15 or 30 minute increments.
At your first visit, you can expect the doctor to review your history with you and perform a detailed exam which may include orthopedic tests, functional screenings to watch how you move, gait analysis, neurological testing, muscle strength testing, soft tissue assessment, and other exams as needed. Although not necessary on all patients, imaging studies may be ordered to help with determining the extent of the condition. Lab tests are helpful in detecting underlying problems and can be performed in-office. Once all the findings have been gathered, the doctor will give you a detailed explanation of your condition and the decision will be made whether or not he/she can help you with your problem or if you would be better served with a referral to another provider. If you and the doctor decided to proceed with care, treatment recommendations will be made and begins on the first visit in most cases. We strive to provide you with some relief on the first day but that may or may not include a chiropractic adjustment as we use many different strategies in treatment.
Infants, children, and active adults. Dr. Mennerick has worked with elite level cross-country skiers, high school swimmers and softball players, avid cyclists, pregnant women, hard charging professionals, recreational marathon runners, Celiac conquerors, and those just getting off the couch in an effort to live a healthier life. The tougher the problem, the more Dr. Mennerick enjoys her job. She thrives on the science part of being a chiropractor and makes it her goal to find out the cause and help guide you to relief and a healthier life.
X-rays are NOT required on all patients, but are sometimes necessary in cases of trauma or if you are not improving. We are able to order x-rays and advanced imaging as needed, conveniently with CDI Radiology in Geneva.
We do not use long-term contracts. Each person is scheduled based on their needs and there is no set time-line for the length of care. A typical trial of care is 3-4 weeks with additional time added as needed. Sometimes patients respond much quicker. We do our best to estimate when you might expect to feel changes, but change is as unique as our patients.
We use private treatment rooms and each patient is treated with compassion and respect. Your confidential information is never shared without your permission.
The first visit typically lasts 45-60 minutes where we review your medical history, perform an exam, discuss your options, and begin treatment on the same day. Follow-up appointments tyically last 15-30 minutes. Additional time can be scheduled at an additional fee as needed.
Both Dr. Mennerick and Dr. Shimer treat with hands-on adjustments, massage, and exercises. In addition, Dr. Mennerick works with patients on whole health concerns and utilizes lab work, manages diet and exercises, addresses digestive issues, menopause, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and food allergy/sensitivity testing. She treats patients who just want to feel better and have more energy. We use high quality combinations of vitamins and natural supplements.
You will always have the ability to choose which doctor you see at Trillium Health & Wellness and will know which doctor you are seeing when you make your appointment. If you are in extreme pain or want to be seen right away, we will offer you the first available with either doctor to give you the fastest option to get in, but it’s your choice.
If your doctor is headed on vacation, she/he may recommend that a patient see the other doctor while she/he is gone but would resume care with you as usual as soon as she/he returns. Dr. Mennerick & Dr. Shimer communicate very closely about what is going on with patients within the office. If one of us needs to provide coverage for the other, we do our best to maintain continuity of the treatment plan. If one of the doctors is ill and the other has availability to cover additional patients, we will call you to offer that option or you can choose to reschedule when the doctor returns.
We as doctors prefer to see a patient continuously through the course of care and not always bounce back and forth between the 2 doctors. For example, if you come in with a new problem and see Dr. Shimer, it works well to continue seeing Dr. Shimer through the treatment of that episode or injury. There may be exceptions to this depending on the clinical or scheduling needs.
We hope that helps you understand how it works. We are here to answer additional questions or concerns you might have!