Doctor of Chiropractic Jerry DalCanton is good with kids. A member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the resident expert at Kids First Chiropractic, he routinely aligns the spines of children, and he once served as a high-school basketball coach. But the doctor—whose credentials also include a postgraduate-level chiropractic certification in spinal trauma—hasn't limited his focus to kids. A past life saw him working as a chiropractor for the members of Pittsburgh's former lacrosse team; today he performs adjustments for both kids and adults, erasing spine-related pain with therapeutic exercise, nutrition programs, spinal manipulation, and—under the banner of Bodyworks Connection Massage—massage therapy.
During spinal-manipulation sessions, Dr. Jerry applies corrective pressure to both sides of an adult client's spine, aiming to restore alignment and enhance mobility in vertebral joints. He uses a gentler form of this treatment for children, helping them recover after one too many games of kids' caber tossing. Dr. Jerry and his staff also check for hard-to-find problems using 3-D posture analysis. Based on the results of these tests, he can create a recovery program that combines mirror-image exercises and adjustments.
Pittsburgh Vein Center's Dr. Mario Plaza-Ponte is a board-certified phlebologist, a vein specialist who in the last two years has performed more than 1,500 procedures designed to reduce varicose veins and other symptoms of venous reflux disease. To alleviate small spider veins and medium-size reticular veins etched across the legs, Dr. Plaza-Ponte first conducts a clinical evaluation, a Cosmo magazine survey, and a duplex ultrasound. If the doctor deems the patient eligible, he then employs a minimally invasive sclerotherapy treatment. The procedure uses a tiny needle to inject a sclerosant solution that can dissolve the visible vein so it is reabsorbed into the body, like a dodge-ball warrior whose teammate repatriates him from the sidelines with a caught ball.
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After receiving her doctorate in chiropractic at Life University, Dr. Julia Bertoline established her practice at Penn Center Chiropractic Clinic with a special focus on assisting injured athletes. Through regular correction of spinal alignment, the good doctor promotes overall health by boosting nerve flow to vital organs and tissues. Dr. Bertoline also soothes chronic pain by giving focused deep-tissue massage, performing electronic stimulations, and recommending nearby petting zoos that require little or no bending down.
Dr. Thomas Kalkstein earned his degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1983. In the decades since his graduation, Dr. Kalkstein has honed a progressive chiropractic method that can render numerous health benefits. He uses spinal adjustments to relive pain, treat injuries, and even fight disease—all without relying on drugs or invasive procedures.
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