Dr. Shenita Staggers received her chiropractic degree in 2008, but she didn't stop there. She also obtained an acupuncture certificate, and took post-graduate courses in nutrition, shoulder injuries, lower-back pain, and wellness so that she could offer her patients comprehensive treatment. Together with her staff, Dr. Staggers designs individualized treatment plans that go beyond one specific injury to encompass all areas of a client's health and well-being. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatments, she can also prescribe corrective exercise, massage, and nutritional advice to help patients gain and maintain optimal wellness.
Born and raised in the nearby village of South Holland, Dr. Joseph Paun continues to give back to his community at Paun Family Chiropractic and Wellness, where he and his wife, Dr. Sarah Paun, team up to treat their patients’ ailments with low-risk, holistic remedies. Though they share the same title and surname, Drs. Joe and Sarah each specialize in distinct chiropractic and wellness therapies. Dr. Sarah’s passion for children manifests in her pediatric and pregnancy care, and Dr. Joe’s past involvement in the world of mixed martial arts has led to his interest in nutrition and hypnosis—a technique he once used to make chicken-dancing fools of his opponents.
Though their interests and knowledge span the breadth of chiropractic care, the husband and wife focus their efforts on evidence-based therapies. At the heart of their practice is an emphasis on getting to know patients through in-depth consultations. These consultations often lead the doctors to explore various options such as acupuncture, nutritional guidance, and massage with in-house therapists Stephanie Olenik, Theresa Krohn, and Valerie Bellamy.
The only full-service women-only gym in Highland, Womens Core Fitness Center is a supportive, laid-back environment that welcomes all women to come and work up a sweat. There are multiple cardio and strength-training machines, and clients can work out individually or in small-group fitness classes. Certified instructors lead more than 25 classes per week, ranging from Zumba to INSANITY and Turbo Kick. Personal training and childcare are available as well.
With a background as a personal trainer, Doctor of Chiropractic John Procopio believes in rooting out the causes of health anomalies rather than just obscuring the symptoms. Throughout his 22 years in practice, Dr. Procopio has perpetually sought out additional certifications, including specialties in acupuncture, lifestyle counseling, and manipulation under anesthesia. The center bolsters Dr. Procopio's preventive approach with an in-house gym, nutritional counselors, and confidence-building tic-tac-toe tournaments, and a team of aestheticians augments inner beauty with facials, waxing, and body sculpting.
Inside Nine Dragons Foot Finesse's bright, fuchsia room, practitioners target acupuncture points with a Chinese modality that has been passed down for 5,000 years. The philosophy of reflexology theorizes that all parts of the body can be affected by target points on the feet, activating self-healing, increasing metabolism, and heightening blood circulation without the need for repeated viewings of The Birds. While each session focuses on the feet, the whole body gets attention from the therapist, including the head, back, and legs.
Younique Yoga of NWI specializes in Vinyasa yoga––a vigorous flow of continuous posture sequences linked together with conscious breaths. To help practitioners sink into deep stretches as safely as possible and warm up pockets full of leftover lasagna, Younique's studio is heated to a balmy 98–108 degrees, making each 70-minute session a sweaty and detoxifying workout that helps to lengthen and heal the muscles. While the sun salutations, balances, twists, and binds are designed to accommodate all skill levels, instructors can guide beginners into modified poses. Students should load up their yoga pack-mule with plenty of water, a mat, and a towel before heading to each class, though Younique Yoga of NWI stocks a surplus available for rent or purchase.
Husband-and-wife Doctors of Chiropractic Diane and Chris Hayes join forces to relieve a range of painful symptoms with noninvasive treatments, helping to break clients' reliance on unnecessary medications. Although they can use the office's x-ray technology to get a clearer picture of bone structure, the doctors mostly rely on their encyclopedic knowledge of spines, joints, and common Twister injuries when they perform hands-on adjustments or Activator instrument adjustments, depending on the patient's needs. As further proof of their commitment to holistic well-being, they also offer weight-loss programs that help patients develop new eating and exercise habits in order to prevent the onset of serious health complications.
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