Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner was once told she would never walk again without spinal surgery. After being thrown from a horse, she suffered a herniated disc and decided to visit a chiropractor before agreeing to an invasive procedure. It took months of intense chiropractic care, but she soon recovered her ability to walk without surgery and eventually get back in the saddle. Despite her positive outcome, it wasn't until she witnessed a horse recover from a serious injury through chiropractic care that she realized she wanted to devote herself to this branch of medicine, which helped not only her, but also the animals she loves so much.
Thus it's no surprise that today at Omni Wellness Center, Dr. Walraven Ladner and her team of certified and trained professionals focus on bettering the lives of both humans and animals. For two-legged patients, their services cover everything from spinal adjustments to corrective exercises. And for animals––specifically horses, dogs, and cats––they offer an array of holistic options to treat joints and improve competitive performance.
Premier Health and Rehab Solutions' founder, Dr. Brian Strump, is more than a chiropractor. He's also a CrossFit- and Functional Movement Systems–certified trainer whose musculoskeletal mastery earned him a spot on the pages of Muscle & Fitness magazine. He and his wife, Lisa, who is also a doctor of chiropractic, care for spines with chiropractic and massage services, and their onsite CrossFit facility furthers full-body wellness with weight lifting and cardio rather than handspinning. The gym's matte black walls and high ceilings create a loft-like space mirrored by the reception area, where a curved wall of windows bathes black-and-white furniture with light.
Whereas most chiropractors work with the spine, Dr. Ray Drury focuses on just its top two bones, the atlas and axis. Unlike other vertebrae, these two bones float freely to allow the head to swivel in all directions. The flip side is that these bones can drift more easily, bumping into the brain stem they're designed to protect, causing a range of bodily ailments, such as neck and back pain, or migraine headaches. That's when Dr. Drury utilizes his more than 18 years of experience to correct these subluxations with gentle, noninvasive adjustments.
At Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Alec Khlebopros answers the call of patients sidelined by car-accident injuries and other debilitating maladies. He devotes himself to treating ailments without the use of drugs or surgery, which is why he’s studied myriad ways to stimulate the healing process from the outside. Chiropractic spinal adjustments help remove pressure from the spinal cord so that the nerves can function better. Similarly, gua sha—an ancient Chinese technique—breaks down internal scar tissue so that injured areas can start rebuilding healthy cells.
Very few people put more stress on their body than athletes. So when Team USA headed to the World Triathlon Championships, they wisely brought along chiropractor Dr. Victor Kuchmaner, whose trained hands helped keep the athletes’ muscles loose and running shoes tightly velcroed. When not helping athletes abroad, Dr. Kuchmaner focuses on helping his Charlotte clients deal with their daily stresses and strains through the same chiropractic care and needleless acupuncture, which incorporates techniques such as electrical stimulation or fingertip pressure. By first identifying problem areas and out-of-whack vertebrae through x-rays and physical examinations, he can begin treatment plans with not only symptoms, but also their root causes, in mind.
As a high-school student, a particularly brutal tackle during a football game left Dr. Timothy Clare with shooting pains and sporadic bouts of paralysis in his arm, threatening his dream of earning an athletic scholarship to college. Determined to move past his injury, he tried painkillers and visited sports specialists, orthopedists, and neurologists, but nothing seemed to help his pain. Almost as an act of desperation, he took his mother's advice to see a chiropractor and finally found relief from his symptoms. Free of pain and inspired by the care that he received, Dr. Clare earned the football scholarship he wanted and eventually chose to pursue a career in chiropractic.Dr. Clare and the staff at ProHealth & Wellness provide their patients with chiropractic care and massage therapy that promote physical as well as mental well-being. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and stress-abating massages, the center hosts lifestyle-coaching appointments and laser therapy sessions, which use controlled bursts of laser light energy to jump-start the healing process without the hassle of finding the “on” switch.