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Every month at Family Chiropractic we honor a practice member as our "patient of the month." This is a tradition we have had for years. We choose a practice member that has made a significant improvement in their health, have had their vitality and lifestyle restored, and strive for healthier lifestyle choices. Their stories grace our "wall of inspiration" and as our new practice members walk past, they are encouraged on their own journey of wellness. Here are a few of their stories.

January - Marlene L.

I thought the burning sensation in my neck and shoulder, and the tight muscles in my back were something that would always be a part of my life.  Then I began my treatment at Family Chiropractic.

I leave Family Chiropractic feeling relaxed, pain-free and happy.  My treatment has made me more conscious of what the stresses in my life are doing to my body.  The staff at Family Chiropractic offer encouragement to positively adapt to life's challenges.  How I choose to respond to those challenges that will have the greatest positive effect on my physical and mental well being is up to me.

I now have more energy to put toward reigniting my soul and recreating myself to be the person I want to be.  The person I was.  I have started skiing again, I have lost weight and I have a more positive outlook.  I WANT to have fun again!

The caring staff area here for me; to fix me and encourage me to live a healthier more active lifestyle.  All of which I am extremely grateful and happier for.

Marlene L.

February - Sue and John S.

Comic Version

I was a young, naïve child from a small town.  Unknowingly creating careless havoc on my body, mind and soul.  Encouraged by our nutritionist, we visited with the "wise beyond his years", the young and extraordinarily handsome, Dr. Ben Hockenstrenserfrasselknof.  His kind approach, gentle words and soft/subtle hands were just what was needed.  A "snap, crackle and pop" here and there and I was 2 inches taller, standing straighter and walking with a gleeful snap in my step.  Not to mention the effect it had on my love life, "growl" J

If you want to be better looking, make more money and feel 20 years younger, you need to see Dr. Ben.  He successfully created more blood flow to my brain that has made me uber smart, I mean, uber smart.  Dr. Ben is the "back whisperer" of Chiropractors, just don't look too deeply into his eyes-he'll have you barking like a chicken and falling asleep at the snap of his fingers. 

Feel the magic Baby and experience the power!  See Dr. Ben and his band of merry maidens.  Hey, Brad Pitt and George Clooney see Dr. Ben, what does that tell you?

Serious Version

You don't know what you don't know.  Dr. Ben took the right approach in helping me improve my overall health.  As an old college athlete, I had "issues". Strains, sprains, and tightness-I was feeling older than my age.  Dr. Ben identified my challenges, created an understandable plan and we went to work.  He provided a simple, straight forward and professional wellness plan that has had fantastic results.  The ailments and challenges I had in my life are managed or gone.  I'm very thankful for the care I have received from Dr. Ben and his staff and I will continue to seek Dr. Ben's expert care and advice.  I'm so glad I was referred to Dr. Ben, my life is much better as a result.

In 2000 I fell off a horse and suffered a compression fracture in T12, about the middle of my back.  Over the last ten years I had become accustomed to the discomfort I would feel when stooping in the garden or just from bending over working on our Christmas Tree Farm.  My husband started seeing Dr. Ben in 2010 and over time convinced me that he would be a "good fit", so to speak.  Well, suffice it to say that I "hired him"!  Dr. Ben's expertise and care over the last year have enabled me to spend endless hours in my garden and on our Tree Farm without the painfulness and stiffness in my back.  The whole team at Family Chiropractic is great!

Jon & Su S.

March - Chanel D.

"What is wrong with your back?"

My mother asked,

"In this cold Oregon weather,

Your clothes had it masked."

"We need to get it checked out

Before something goes wrong.

Let's take you to the chiropractor,

Not let this go too long."

What is the doctor's diagnosis?

It's called Scoliosis.

What to do with a crooked spine?

Weekly visits to the office.

I wasn't happy about the news,

I didn't take it serious.

But with the Doctors' encouragement

My back has convalesced.

I am healthier and more motivated,

Family Chiropractic is the best!

Chanel D.

April - Dennis S.

 I have been receiving Chiropractic care from Dr. Duemling and his staff since I threw out my lower back in 2002.  I have over 20 years of institutional cooking along with dealing with two sons that have cystic fibrosis which I feel has weakened my body and soul.  During that time, I injured my neck at the C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. At times, the pain feels like a "ton of bricks" pushing me straight into the ground.

With Dr. D's skill and knowledge of chiropractic, his adjustments, knowledge of how the body, brain and nervous system work, he has set my body straight so it may heal.  He has also taught me how negative thoughts and feelings can hurt a body as bad as a physical injury can.  I truly believe Chiropractic care has kept me mobile and strong enough to care for my family and me.  Thank you Dr. D!

Dennis S.

May - Maija S. 

My name is Maija and I go to Wilsonville High School.  I am going to be a senior this year.  Before I went to the Chiropractor, I felt like I could not even sit for an hour without pain.  During class I would have to stand up.                               

Then I started coming to Family Chiropractic and after a few appointments things have been getting better for me ever since.  Everyone is really nice and              knowledgeable.                                                                                           

I have also become a lot more positive!                                                         

Maija S

June - Michael and Melissa G.

Our relationship with chiropractic began several years ago when I (Melissa) suffered from migraine headaches on a DAILY basis.  I used to take copious amounts of pain medicine, which truly didn't help very much.  Nearly every evening, I was sick to my stomach from pain ... and in tears, knowing that I'd have to experience this pain all over again the next day.  I was miserable living like this!  After my very first chiropractic adjustment, I experience immediate relief.  I was free from my debilitating headaches for several days and my quality of life improved greatly.  I was convinced!  Once I began regular chiropractic care, my daily headaches diminished to 1 or 2 a year.  I now never experience the pain I used to.  We value chiropractic greatly for supporting our overall well-being and immunity ... and I am also convinced it was chiropractic that helped remove the barriers from successfully becoming pregnant!

Since we have been under the care of Dr. Dave & Dr. Ben at Family Chiropractic, we have been excited & inspired to examine ways in which we can cultivate even more wellness in our lives.  We have never before had a chiropractic & wellness team who have regarded us from such a holistic sense.  Upon their recommendation, we read ... no ... devoured Dr. Chestnut's book "The Wellness & Prevention Paradigm", which has motivated us to make some positive changes in diet and exercise ... which, of course, has lead to increased energy and mental health for both of us.  Michael, a new Family Medicine doctor, is grateful and eager to learn more about supporting his patients from a holistic standpoint.  Having personally experienced tremendous benefit from chiropractic in his own life, Michael knows he has a full & rich career ahead partnering with chiropractic to advocate for health and wellness.

We couldn't be more grateful to be clients at Family Chiropractic. The holistic wisdom offered by Dr's Dave & Ben is invaluable.  Just as important, however, is the glowing, positive energy we experience every time we step through the door.  We love to drink up that energy during our appointments and carry it with us as we leave.  Thank you, Family Chiropractic, for radiating so positively in our lives!

  August - Nancy. E

When I came to the clinic less than a year ago I felt I was in pretty good shape.  I always ate fairly well, took supplements, exercised daily and saw a Chiropractor.  All good habits but not without opportunity to improve. 

Through their compassionate, attentive care, the team at Family Chiropractic including: Dr David and Dr Ben, Karen, Sue, Amanda, Andrea, Nancy and Nan (my Mom!) encouraged me to revisit my Chiropractic program (too infrequent), my exercise regime (too intense with little variety and stretching exercises) and my diet and nutritional program (too little fat, little variety and lacking key nutrients).

With their coaching, I adopted a consistent adjustment program, modified my exercise program, started eating a more balanced diet and started treating myself to regular massages.

While I still have not achieved all my personal goals, I realize it's a building process and am proud of the changes I've made and grateful to the staff at Family Chiropractic for helping me take my health to a new level!

Thank you! Nancy E.

 September - Derek & Marsha M.

Before coming to Dr. David and crew, our level of discomfort really restricted our "whole life" activities.  We love the approach of whole body, whole mind. 

We are now feeling a new sense of being and realize that there is more to the science of Chiropractic services than just getting your back adjusted.  Thanks so much to Dr. David and crew!

Derek & Marsha M.

October - Beverly C.

Originally I came to Family Chiropractic with lower back pain.  During treatment for my back, I told Dr. Duemling that my hands went numb occasionally at night.   I am an accountant and it was suspected that I had Carpal Tunnel syndrome.  He explained to me that it may be a neck problem instead.  Since beginning chiropractic treatment the occurrences of numbness have decreased significantly. 

My overall health has improved since beginning chiropractic care.  I exercise much more and really enjoy the health benefits.  I take advantage of many of the classes provided at the center and I really appreciate the holistic approach to health provided by Dr. Duemling and staff.  The knowledge I have gained from the classes and advice makes me want to take care of my body.  In 2 months I will turn 50 and I still do not take any prescription medications and take only vitamins and supplements!

Beverly C.

Marlene L. Mrs. January

I thought the burning sensation in my neck and shoulder, and the tight muscles in my back were something that would always be a part of my life.  Then I began my treatment at Family Chiropractic.

I leave Family Chiropractic feeling relaxed, pain-free and happy.  My treatment has made me more conscious of what the stresses in my life are doing to my body.  The staff at Family Chiropractic offer encouragement to positively adapt to life's challenges.  How I choose to respond to those challenges that will have the greatest positive effect on my physical and mental well being is up to me.

I now have more energy to put toward reigniting my soul and recreating myself to be the person I want to be.  The person I was.  I have started skiing again, I have lost weight and I have a more positive outlook.  I WANT to have fun again!

The caring staff area here for me; to fix me and encourage me to live a healthier more active lifestyle.  All of which I am extremely grateful and happier for.

Kathy L. Mrs. February

2009 was a year of change for me.  I was laid off in July and decided it was time for me to take care of myself.  I decided to get healthy and change my lifestyle and eating habits so that I would be healthy and able to enjoy life more fully.  I started on an adventure that I didn't think would take me to where I am today.  I started an eating program called Take Shape for Life and it has worked incredibly well for me.  I have lost 95 pounds so far and still have a ways to go to reach my goal, but I know I can do it and keep it off.  Because I feel so much better physically and mentally, I want to help others and have decided to become a Life Coach with Take Shape for Life.  This is a program that has worked for me and I know it can for others.  I have struggled with a weight problem all of my life and this is the solution.

By losing this weight I have more energy and have been able to do things that I would never have thought possible.  I was able to spend the summer picking and canning fruit and recently have been chopping my own fire wood!  It is a great feeling to be able to now have energy that I never had before.  I also bought a new home and now have the energy to take care of my huge yard and garden. 

EAT WELL, MOVE WELL, THINK WELL AND LIVE WELL are all things that are all possible now that I have taken care of myself.

Dennis S. Mr. April

 I have been receiving Chiropractic care from Dr. Duemling and his staff since I threw out my lower back in 2002.  I have over 20 years of institutional cooking along with dealing with two sons that have cystic fibrosis which I feel has weakened my body and soul.  During that time, I injured my neck at the C-4 and C-5 vertebrae. At times, the pain feels like a "ton of bricks" pushing me straight into the ground.

With Dr. D's skill and knowledge of chiropractic, his adjustments, knowledge of how the body, brain and nervous system work, he has set my body straight so it may heal.  He has also taught me how negative thoughts and feelings can hurt a body as bad as a physical injury can.  I truly believe Chiropractic care has kept me mobile and strong enough to care for my family and me.  Thank you Dr. D!

Maija S. Ms. May

My name is Maija and I go to Wilsonville High School.  I am going to be a senior this year.  Before I went to the Chiropractor, I felt like I could not even sit for an hour without pain.  During class I would have to stand up. 

Then I started coming to Family Chiropractic and after a few appointments things have been getting better for me ever since.  Everyone is really nice and knowledgeable. 

I have also become a lot more positive!

Phil & Lynn N.

Mr. & Mrs. June 

We are two older folks who are delighted to say that thanks to Northwest Wellness Center we are staying healthy, enjoying our lives immensely and  (most of the time) aging gracefully!  Over the past several years we have learned the importance of "Eat Well, Move Well and Think Well" from our friends at your office.  In particular, we feel the following have all had a hand in giving us active and satisfying lives:

·         Chiropractic treatments from Dr David and Dr Ben

·         Nutritional guidance and supplements from Karen McGeehan

·         Membership in our neighborhood gym

·         Lynn's tutoring, school volunteering and time with grandchildren

·         Phil's work designing and selling benches and sculptures

·         Our mutual enjoyment of boating, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, golf, biking, walking, yard work and family

Kin B. Mr. July

It has been nearly 20 years ago that I met Dr. Dave and began to use his services.  At first it was for the inevitable back, neck & shoulder pain that accompanies owning and operating an auto body & restoration shop.  After awhile not only did my pain decrease but I also discovered I was getting healthier.  No longer did I get the winter colds but I was noticing that my energy and sleep were improving.  I am also exercising more, playing golf, fishing and even earned my black belt in Tai Kwan Do!  

The massage therapists and Karen, the Nutritionist are fabulous! I have been using chiropractic weekly for years now, not just for the old aches and pains but to add years to my life and life to my years.  Thanks for keeping my healthy and being a part of our community!

Nancy. E Mrs. August

When I came to the clinic less than a year ago I felt I was in pretty good shape.  I always ate fairly well, took supplements, exercised daily and saw a Chiropractor.  All good habits but not without opportunity to improve. 

Through their compassionate, attentive care, the team at Family Chiropractic including: Dr David and Dr Ben, Karen, Sue, Amanda, Andrea, Nancy and Nan (my Mom!) encouraged me to revisit my Chiropractic program (too infrequent), my exercise regime (too intense with little variety and stretching exercises) and my diet and nutritional program (too little fat, little variety and lacking key nutrients).

With their coaching, I adopted a consistent adjustment program, modified my exercise program, started eating a more balanced diet and started treating myself to regular massages.

While I still have not achieved all my personal goals, I realize it's a building process and am proud of the changes I've made and grateful to the staff at Family Chiropractic for helping me take my health to a new level!

Thank you!

Derek & Marsha M.

Mr. & Mrs. September 

Before coming to Dr. David and crew, our level of discomfort really restricted our "whole life" activities.  We love the approach of whole body, whole mind. 

We are now feeling a new sense of being and realize that there is more to the science of Chiropractic services than just getting your back adjusted.  Thanks so much to Dr. David and crew!

Beverly C. Mrs. October

Originally I came to Family Chiropractic with lower back pain.  During treatment for my back, I told Dr. Duemling that my hands went numb occasionally at night.   I am an accountant and it was suspected that I had Carpal Tunnel syndrome.  He explained to me that it may be a neck problem instead.  Since beginning chiropractic treatment the occurrences of numbness have decreased significantly. 

My overall health has improved since beginning chiropractic care.  I exercise much more and really enjoy the health benefits.  I take advantage of many of the classes provided at the center and I really appreciate the holistic approach to health provided by Dr. Duemling and staff.  The knowledge I have gained from the classes and advice makes me want to take care of my body.  In 2 months I will turn 50 and I still do not take any prescription medications and take only vitamins and supplements!

Linda M.

Early in the treatment at Northwest Wellness Center, after an unfortunate connection with a Toyota Prius, I told Dr. Dave he and his staff were my "gift".  At that time I had no idea how much that would be magnified over the next six months.  Ten days and many bruises after that window shattering event my husband, Bob, heard Dr. Dave speak at a Chamber of Commerce meeting.  Knowing my reluctance to involve the medical world, but acknowledging the intense pain he was unable to "fix", he made an appointment and we both were surprised when I showed up. That began the journey of renewed health, incredible encouragement, cherished relationships, a smoking habit, new exercises, the revealing of my disgusting eating habits, and frustration on the part of the professional team.

Adorable granddaughters, Addilyn & Pailey are motivation to 'stay' young & have energy.  "All things work together for good" had been proven many times over and my life has been greatly enhanced by my Traeger and the knowledgeable, compassionate team at Northwest Wellness Center.  Even my thumbs have been adjusted enabling pinochle-card-holding to be tolerable again.  The difference between ordinary & extraordinary is that little "extra" and they do "get it". We are all responsible for the energy we bring into the space we fill and to me; this amazing staff is a giant, super-sized jar of SPICY pickles.

Ed & Lisa C.

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you and the staff.  You are incredible doctors, who are very attentive to your patients' concerns.  Your knowledge of the human body is impressive.  You helped Ed & I understand that healing takes place on ALL levels.  We have learned better nutrition, stretching & exercise along with regular adjustments leads to a better life.  You have taught us to also help ourselves through your programs, and guidance.  The wellness program will always be a priority in our lives.  Thank you for helping us to be happier, healthier people.