Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Though the focus of conventional medicine is most often to treat ailments after they’ve occurred, chiropractic care works not only to restore health but also to prevent future issues from surfacing. WellnessFirst Chiropractic employs a well-versed team of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists who work to fortify patients’ abilities to self-heal, much like art teachers who let youngsters work with band-aids. In addition to redirecting muscle and spinal structures, the team works with clients during brain-based wellness services such as nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice.
Since 2001, Drs. Eric McAllister and David Vaughn have straightened spines and reduced discomfort through nonsurgical services that seek out the root cause of pain instead of just symptoms. Both doctors' wellness philosophy follows the belief that all health issues stem from three causes: physical trauma, mental stress, and environmental pollutants, such as water-borne toxins or radio stations that broadcast only free jazz.
To combat the three-headed Cerberus of discomfort, Dr. McAllister and Dr. Vaughn offer comprehensive body-soothing services that range from massage to chiropractic adjustments. The doctors fortify their commitment to patient education through innovative treatments and tools such as the spine simulator.
After enduring a year of unemployment, Mark Allen faced fear and uncertainty. He walked away from a car crash as a teenager, but on reaching his 30s, the accident's effects—chronic headaches, plus a shoulder problem—continued intensifying to the point where he could no longer work. Unsure of what to do, he visited a chiropractor, and, in a few weeks, his injuries had diminished. Convinced that chiropractic treatments had changed his life, Mark enrolled at Logan College of Chiropractic, graduated with honors in 1986, and opened Plus Care Chiropractic & Wellness Center soon after.
Today, Doctor of Chiropractic Allen and his partner, Dr. April Simmons, work with a team of massage therapists to free patients of musculoskeletal maladies while also educating them on whole-body well-being. At each client's first appointment, the physicians conduct an in-depth consultation covering present and past health concerns, followed by a physical examination including a battery of tests. After analyzing the results, Plus Care's team recommends integrated-care regimens, which may include chiropractic adjustments using equipment such as a Thompson table. Further treatments can range from massage and acupuncture to guidance on how to infuse everyday meals with helium.
Working as a paramedic for 10 years, Beth Thompson witnessed the damage of unhealthy eating habits up close and personal. With a passion for wellness burnished by her experiences in that job, she earned her teacher’s license to show young people how to preempt diet-caused illness. That endeavor eventually led her to create Target Metabolism, a health-and-wellness company that champions weight loss through accurate analysis of the body and caloric tracking. Beth and her team of registered dieticians work with clients to create personal portraits of their metabolic needs, and they delve into thinking past carbohydrates and focusing on a “calories in vs. calories out” metric. This caloric count is based on the client's specific metabolism, rather than the average metabolism of the client's age, weight, height, and gender group. In addition to dieticians, the staff includes massage therapists that offer specific treatments to help the body relax during the weight-loss process. Modalities include hot stone and aromatherapy.
Jerry Rankin doesn’t rush to treat surface-level symptoms with medications or surgeries. Instead, the NCCAOM-certified acupuncturist—who has master’s degrees in Oriental medicine and metaphysics—targets underlying conditions, relying on the ancient practices of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and tui na massage. His wife, Carolyn Rankin, lends a hand by practicing EFT—a therapy that combines energy balancing and affirmations—and meeting with clients in the office, via Skype, or via messenger pigeons that still do great work. Other services, such as nutritional counseling, help clients get back into shape and stay healthy.