Meet the Doctors
Dr. Rachel is a pediatric and perinatal focused chiropractor and recent mother of twin girls. She graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA in July of 2011 and has practiced in Georgia and Michigan. She has done postgraduate training in chiropractic pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), and additional chiropractic technique training. Dr. Rachel attended Michigan State University for undergraduate studies in Kinesiology. Having children of her own has fueled her passion for chiropractic care throughout pregnancy and early childhood.
Dr. Annie is a pediatric and perinatal focused chiropractor, Certified by the Academy Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP). She graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA in March of 2017 and has been practicing in Grand Rapids since. Dr. Annie attended Aquinas College for undergraduate studies in Mathematics with minor concentrations in Physics and Biology. She is very passionate about working with children and families, and creating a strong community foundation focused on health and wellness. To fuel her education, she is active in chiropractic research projects, including updating practice guidelines.
As children develop and grow they rely on sensory input from their environment. This input sends feedback to their developing brains. Interference in a child’s nervous system caused by subluxation can impede the neural feedback, affecting the brain’s interpretation of the environment. When the subluxations are corrected through gentle, pediatric-specific chiropractic care, the child’s nervous system is better connected and can develop and grow free of interference.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care
So how do we know if there is nervous system interference in kids?
Common childhood problems can be signs of underlying subluxation and will often self-resolve once the spinal dysfunction is corrected.
The most common ones that we see correlating to subluxation in our office are:
Perinatal Chiropractic Care
There are other physiological processes that also affect these common childhood problems, but we often find that the body is able to better regulate and heal when it is clear of nervous system interference.
During pregnancy a mother’s body is changing and adapting to the growing child. This can lead to extra stress on the nervous system and musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic techniques like Webster technique are specifically catered to analyze and adjust the mother as her biomechanics change. This allows for an easier and less stressful pregnancy and labor, allows for optimal space for the baby to grow and develop, and ensures better communication within the nervous system and the reproductive system.