Although soothing, massages aren’t just for relaxation—their benefits range from increased circulation to injury prevention. Licensed therapist Shannon Hester understands this, tailoring his services to fit the individual needs of his clients. Relying on an arsenal of modalities and techniques, he painstakingly expunges knots and alien probes cleverly disguised as knots. At Wellness Associates of Chapel Hill, Hester works alongside colleagues Duncan McChesney and Kristine Pita, who tap into their massage-therapy backgrounds to rejuvenate clients.
For Doctor of Chiropractic Lucas Kruse, chiropractic care is a family tradition. He's a second-generation chiropractor and is proud to be one of five Kruse family members delivering chiropractic care throughout the United States. After serving for eight years as an enlisted Navy hospital corpsman during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kruse attended New York Chiropractic College and completed additional training for pediatric patients. Today, family continues to play a vital role at Kruse Chiropractic, as patients often spot Dr. Kruse's wife, Julie helping at the front desk, assisting with patient care or reminding one of their four children that teddy bears don't benefit from time on the intersegmental traction device. Though his time in the military is behind him, Dr. Kruse remains passionate about getting veterans the care they need. As a member of the American Legion, Purple Heart Association, and the veterans committee of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association, he is working to add chiropractic options to the North Carolina Veterans Affairs hospital system. An avid golfer in his spare time, Dr. Kruse is also certified in the treatment of golf-related injuries and performance enhancement, and can perform a golf-swing analysis to determine areas of restriction, weakness, or imbalance.
Founder and medical director Jeffrey W. Scales, MD, not only treats a wide range of skin conditions in children and adults, but also specializes in issues common among people of color. Using his years of experience—which began after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Perelman School of Medicine—Dr. Scales works with his medical team to administer microdermabrasions, chemical peels, and other treatments designed to boost epidermal health. Clients also come in for complexion-smoothing injections of Botox Cosmetic and Juvéderm, which help temporarily reduce facial lines developed from years of trying to appear wiser.
Armed with the latest in chiropractic techniques, a state-of-the-art facility, and 19 years of experience, Doctor of Chiropractic Christopher R. Outten soothes spines and mends muscles. His diagnoses and treatments, in which he pulls from high-tech SpineMed equipment and Pro-Adjuster technology, aim to preempt disorders of the spine and skeletal system before they develop. Whether moving into a new pad has knocked your lower back out of whack, or you wrenched your back cage-wrestling at the company picnic, the friendly staff at Outten Chiropractic responds to clients’ specific needs while treating ailments efficiently.
Dr. Brad Creehan awoke one morning during his junior year in college to a searing pain in his neck. A bone had shifted and was pinching a nerve. One trip to the chiropractor for an adjustment, and his neck was back in tip-top shape. A year later, he began schooling to become a chiropractor, wanting to help others as he was helped. There, he met Dr. Heather Creehan, who grew up knowing that medicine was not the answer to one?s pain. The husband-and-wife team now runs their own practice, SpineCare Chiropractic Center, where they dispense adjustments that help alleviate pain associated with arthritis, headaches, scoliosis, and overworked wings.
The licensed therapists at Carefirst Physical Therapy want to see all of their clients healthy, happy, and able to participate in daily activities without pain or discomfort. To that end, they work to help patients regain mobility with physical therapy, ease stress and aching muscles with massage therapy, and practice normal movements with occupational therapy. Carpal tunnel syndrome, speech disorders, arthritis, and sports-related injuries are just a few examples of the disorders that may be treated here, and the therapists can even make house calls for patients who are unable to make it in to the office.