“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 fill-out our new patient documents that were sent to you prior to your first appointment. You can find these in the patient portal. Because you’ll be moving around, please bring or wear athletic clothes (shorts and a t-shirt, etc.). No hooded-sweatshirts or turtlenecks, please!
Expect your first visit to last approximately 45 minutes, 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. Dr. Mennerick thrives on the puzzle of finding all the pieces to help guide you to relief and a healthier life. She loves the science part of being a chiropractor and makes it her goal to include evidence-based practices in her care.
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 use private treatment rooms and each patient is treated with compassion and respect. Your confidential information is never shared without your permission.
We do not use long-term contracts and there is no large payment necessary up front. You only pay for the care you need. Each person is scheduled based on their condition and there is no set time-line for the length of care.
A typical initial treatment plan is 3-5 visits over 2-3 weeks, and we expect to see notable progress within that time. If not, we are adjusting the treatment plan or ordering additional testing or imaging to further investigate. We do our best to estimate when you might expect to feel better, but change is as unique as our patients.
After the initial care, we decrease frequency of visits to once per week or every other week to monitor progress for a few visit. We are always working to create independence by teaching you rehab and strength exercises to help maintain your progress and prevent future incidence of injury.
The short answer is No, you do not have to keep coming forever in order to maintain progress! Our goal is always to create independence in our patients and teach you how to keep yourself moving well.
Many patients find that the enjoy and benefit from periodic Wellness Care adjustments that help them move better and keep stiffness and achiness at bay especially as they get older. Wellness Care adjustments are scheduled every 4-6 weeks as needed but are not required. These visits are not covered by insurance but are affordably priced. Insurance only pays when there is an active problem that is getting in the way of day-to-day life. If you have a new problem arise, we reassess and start a new treatment plan.
In addition to musculoskeletal care, Dr. Mennerick works with patients on whole health concerns like fatigue, anxiety or depression, ADHD, digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pregnancy aches & pains as well as postpartum rehab, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and peri-menopause symptoms. She does blood draws and lab work, manages diet and exercises, 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.
If you have experienced any of the following, PLEASE CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT:
- If you are experiencing fever, cough, stomachache or other symptoms associated with COVID-19
- If you have attended a family/friend event (such as a holiday gathering or party) in the last 10 days
- If you are awaiting results of a COVID test
- If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are currently within the 14 day quarantine period
Because we see high-risk patients in our office, everyone who enters is required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit (except children under the age of 2 or those who are developmentally unable to wear a mask). High touch areas and treatment tables are wiped down frequently. We use HEPA and UV-C filters in the treatment room and waiting room. Our heating and air system is designed to pull approximately 50% outside air during each cycle. You’ll find that our rooms are spacious with high ceilings and good air flow, and we can open the windows in good weather.
High-risk patients are scheduled at the beginning of the day before anyone else has been in the office and extra time is scheduled between their anticipated time in the office and the next appointment to limit your contact with others. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for additional info or accommodations.