“I'll see you in court!” Doctor of Chiropractic Kenneth D. Pace has heard that from more than a few lawyers. As an accomplished chiropractor and author, he's often in court for workers' compensation claims, sharing his knowledge about the characteristics of whiplash and other injuries as an expert witness. Most of the time, though, he's at his chiropractic practice in Metairie, where he's helped patients to overcome injuries and pain since 1984. Pace and his staff perform a range of treatments and guide patients through rehabilitative exercises to help them get back on their feet.
For Michelle LeBlanc, there’s no place like home. After completing her doctor of chiropractic degree in Georgia, the born-and-raised Louisianan moved back home to alleviate her neighbors’ physical pain. Now Dr. LeBlanc works at Acadian Chiropractic, where she uses her chiropractic expertise to treat a variety of pains including headaches, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back and neck pain.
Using controlled techniques, she realigns patients’ spines, removing anything blocking essential paths in the nervous system. Using the Webster technique, she helps balance the pelvis and improve its functionality, which may ease labor pains for pregnant women or correct unborn babies’ breech positions. An on-staff licensed massage therapist works together with Dr. LeBlanc to reduce pain, anxiety, and stress with Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massages. The doctor helps each patient keep up the healing process at home by providing instructions that include exercises and icing, heating, or tenderly kissing muscles.
After graduating from Blue Cliff College, licensed massage therapist Kat Miscavage worked for Hard Rock Spa in Biloxi as well as multiple high-volume spas in New Orleans until she decided to start her own studio. Now, in the comfort of a private room, Kat alleviates pent-up stress and lingering pain with bodywork ranging from Swedish massage to hot-stone therapy. She also tempts clients with a list of sumptuous add-ons including aromatherapy, deep-tissue kneads, and exfoliating body wraps, which unveil new layers of healthy skin easier than putting on a shirt made of pencil erasers and hoping for the best.
Dr. David Edwards and Dr. Sean Lamy co-captain Source Chiropractic and Rehab, skillfully treating the spine and its neighboring musculature—Dr. Edwards even travels with the New Orleans Saints as their go-to sideline aligner. Upon arrival at Source, as a new patient you will be asked to fill out paperwork about your medical history and disconcerting condition, which will be followed by a consultation with one of the doctors. Combining the information gathered during a one-on-one chat about present physical ailments and concerns and the results from standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical examinations (testing your reflexes and mobility), your doctor will begin to determine the best course of treatment.
“No two bodies are exactly the same, therefore, no two massages will be exactly the same,” explains Melissa Brocato when she describes her practice's approach to bodywork. Thus, Brocato, who graduated with honors from the school of massage therapy at Delgado Community College, draws on a variety of traditions—including deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massage—to address each client's particular needs and trouble spots, such as strains, tight areas, or feuding vertebrae. Along with this breadth of expertise, Brocato is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and holds the position of Louisiana membership chairperson for the American Massage Therapy Association, which she has been a member of since 2009.
Luxury sheets and a heated massage bed help visitors sink into relaxation after stepping inside The Peppermint Room, a studio located inside Swan River Yoga. Once they've settled in, licensed massage therapist Dee Pittman kneads away stress and tension from the muscles. Meanwhile, the organic jojoba and emu oils that she uses condition the skin and emit a pleasing natural peppermint scent.