Featured Patient: Fernando M.
Vitality… the meaning is capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence. I started my journey to change my life over a year ago when I weighed over 350 lbs. I had decided to do something to improve my health.
The first step was to take my health to a manageable level. I underwent gastric bypass surgery, started eating properly, included exercise and a lot of dedication. I’m not going to say that it has been easy, however, I found that I needed to change not only my daily habits but also my mindset.
Time showed me that through this process something was missing. So, I started to search for what I needed to integrate and the answer came in a painful reality. I was pushing my body and felt a sharp pain in my mid to lower back and was desperately looking for care. I asked around for some recommendations and one came from a familiar person, a friend that I have known for over twenty years and she recommended that I see her chiropractor. I wasn’t sold 100% on the idea, so I started doing research on the benefits of chiropractic but I saw it as just a single and quick solution.
I went to visit Dr. Brew and as soon as I walked in Pam greeted me and just gave me an instant feeling that this is what I wanted. She made me feel welcomed as if we had known each other for a long time. I then had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Brew and that sealed the deal as there was an instant connection. She was simply amazing and explained to me her process and method of care. I can say that she completed the missing piece that I was looking for and has provided me with a balance that my soul, mind and body needed to help me on my journey. And if that wasn’t enough, she always slaps me with extra positivity and sends me on my way with a well-rested and balanced soul.
Hello Vitality Chiropractic patients! My name is Nikki and I have been a patient with Vitality Chiropractic (V.C.) since 2017. I would first like to give a big THANK YOU to Dr. Kris & Pam for selecting me as patient of the month!! I feel very honored and appreciative to have been chosen.
Prior to chiropractic care with V.C., I had been receiving semi-regular care from other chiropractors since I was 18. However, none of them ever really felt like home and once again I was on the hunt for a new chiropractor.
I had been working out with the wonderful Eva Wennes (you should all give her a call! Truly a great Pilates instructor) and Eva mentioned she knew of a fantastic chiropractor that I should try. It was not until I had hurt my neck on vacation that I had finally decided to make an appointment with Dr. Kris.
I was in so much pain and could hardly turn my head/neck causing the simplest things to be challenging; like lifting my head from a pillow (I am not kidding it was that bad)! After my initial visit, Dr. Kris and I created a game plan to get myself back to 100%. It consisted of weekly treatments and homework assignments (stretching for instance because motion is lotion for the body)!
As a result of the care at V.C. (and three years of consistent care), I can go on my crazy adventure vacations (cliff jumping for instance) without fear of my neck going out on me. As well as, more flexibility and movement in other parts of my body that I had not even known had not been working at full capacity. Another benefit I have experienced is higher energy levels. After an adjustment, I honestly feel like I could run a marathon (ok not a marathon but definitely a brisk jog – I don’t like running that much, ha-ha).
There is no doubt that I would recommend V.C. to friends and family because Dr. Kris is a miracle worker. I also know that the miracle happens even faster when self-love is given and that is exactly what chiropractic care with V.C. is… self-love.
Vitality Chiropractic has truly made it possible for me to live my best life. Dr. Kris has so many resources that can help with many situations you may be experiencing too, and I genuinely recommend Vitality Chiropractic to everyone.
I came to Dr. Kris bemoaning an overall need for a “tune-up,” especially in regards to my lower back. It was painful to the point of inhibiting my ability to do the activities I enjoy. My back has been the weak spot in my body throughout my life. Through Dr. Kris’s attention and expert adjustments my muscles, joints, and all parts of my body have relaxed into and smoothed into better working relationship with each other.
My overall feeling of well-being has increased with the care and attention to all the diverse parts of my body, especially my back. Having regular adjustments has allowed me to stay physically active by increasing my health and physical vigor in many respects: flexibility, range of motion, and immune system. Being attended to consistently by Dr. Kris has also increased my self esteem and over all sense of delight in life.
Dr. Kris is an accomplished and knowledgeable professional of the highest quality. She has a holistic approach to treating the overall body, mind and spirit of her patients. She is also incredibly approachable and caring about each individual.
I’ve been to several chiropractors over the many decades of life and different places I’ve lived, and have benefited greatly from their care. Dr. Kris, however, is by far the one who I trust implicitly with my whole body. She is continually educating herself – and her patients. She is community minded as well, bringing her holistic approach to all of life. I find a session with Dr. Kris stimulating and healing in many ways.
I have been a reluctant host of Parkinson’s Disease for over a decade. The reality is that this disease is highly unlikely to vanish from my life of its own volition. From the beginning my approach has been to search for, research, evaluate and make full use of the modalities I find.
Every practitioner I have worked with has helped me. Dr. Kris ranks at the very top of the list. From the first appointment I knew I had found a dedicated, intuitive, resourceful, loving, highly intelligent purveyor of the healing arts. She has an ability to understand and respond to my shifting symptoms with compassion and encouragement. And if there are issues beyond her field of expertise, she researches options and when needed, refers me to one of many colleagues.
Not only has the progression of my various symptoms slowed down but some have abated. It is a relief to know I am in such capable hands.
In my case scoliosis has been a recurring issue. It compromised my mobility and caused me significant pain. That, in turn, limited my walking and contributed to my general instability. Dr. Kris’s adjustments have alleviated my concerns as well as many of my symptoms.
Her direct, creative, caring, competent manner will be a great value to anyone seeking chiropractic care.
What was your main health challenge before you received chiropractic care? I started chiropractic care at age 15 after overusing my back in a yard clean-up project. My brother and I were cleaning up tree trimmings my mother had cut, and I hurt all up and down my back and neck. So did my mother and she was nice enough to take me with her when she went to see a chiropractor. That started my life-long love of chiropractic care.
How did this health challenge affect your life and activity level? I could hardly move and was in constant pain, but after several adjustments, the chiropractor got me moving again. Now I come in to see Dr. Kris whenever I feel out-of-sorts physically and she puts me back together!
What are the three benefits you have experienced as a result of your care at Vitality Chiropractic?
Relief from pain
Better health (physical and mental with NET work Dr. Kris also does)
If you were to recommend Vitality Chiropractic to your friends or family, what would you say? I would tell them they will feel like they are visiting family and friends with the added benefit of better health and movement.
Do you have any additional comments you would like to share about the care you have received from Dr. Kris? She gives great hugs!!!
What was your main health challenge before you received chiropractic care?
I had been battling with neck muscle pain and discomfort before receiving chiropractic care.
How did this health challenge affect your life and activity level?
The muscle pain was slowing me down big-time! It was limiting my daily activities. I could feel a “crick” in my neck in the muscle that fans out from the base of my skull and down thru my neck.
What are the three benefits you have experienced as a result of your care at Vitality Chiropractic?
Adjustments help reduce my pain
Adjustments make my tight muscles feel looser
Getting adjusted increases my immune system, makes me have more energy, and I feel like I can breathe better!
If you were to recommend Vitality Chiropractic to your friends or family, what would you say?
I have been a patient of Vitality Chiropractic with Dr. Kris for more than a decade and I must say, Dr. Kris is an incredible chiropractor. She can do wonders! Deciding to start chiropractic care was one of the best and healthiest decisions I have ever made. It is worth it! Thank you Dr. Kris for adjusting me every month!
If you are looking for a great adjustment and overall wellness, come and see Dr. Kris! Call and make an appointment with her friendly and funny office manager, Pam.
Do you have any additional comments you would like to share about the care you have received from Dr. Kris?
Dr. Kris knows the nature of my work. She makes sure she adjusts every part of my body that is impacted by the type of work I do. I also appreciate that Vitality Chiropractic is involved in the community by donating several times a year with basketball, soccer, and backpack drives for South Bay Community Services.
It is with great pride that we are featuring our long-time patients, John and Cris Dahl as our patients of the month! We chose John and Cris because of their extraordinary dedication to their health and well-being. This amazing couple are adventurous, courageous and live life to the fullest. They are entrepreneurs and established their surf wax company, Sticky Bumps back in 1971. John is a sports enthusiast and has surfed, skied, and biked throughout his life. He credits chiropractic care in helping to keep him active, strong and healthy. John has been under regular chiropractic care for 63 years!! Cris too has led an active life and has been under regular chiropractic care over the past 39 years!! Cris’ chiropractic adjustments help keep her in balance, pain free, maintaining excellent body function, sustaining her ability to be athletic and remain in good health.