"Chiropractic Gave Me Life"
Brett L. Casanova, BS, DC, LCP
Some of my first memories are of time spent with my dad, and his patients, in his office. I remember talking to them in the waiting room, watching in the adjusting rooms, and “helping” in any way I could as a small child. I didn’t know the philosophy, or science of Chiropractic, but I knew I felt better after I got adjusted, and on some level I knew that everyone else did too. As a child, you seem to understand things instinctively, and I could feel the warmth, love, humor, and health every time I entered my dad’s office.
I also remember big families, with what seemed like dozens of children coming in for care. Years later I asked my dad about one family in particular. He told me that they were a family of three generations who came in regularly to be checked for subluxations (nerve interference). The grandparents, grown children, and grandchildren would all pour into the office to see my dad. Because of seeing the families that would come in regularly, and my own family, when people ask if Chiropractic is good for people of all ages, my response is immediate: of course! I can’t imagine my grandmother not being checked, or my parents, or me as a child. After all, I wouldn’t be here without it!
I have been blessed to know from a very young age that I wanted to be a Chiropractor. Okay, there was a week my freshman year of high school that I wanted to be an actress. What was I thinking!? After that week, I came back to my senses and have been on a fast track to realizing my dream ever since. My dad started me on my journey of learning in middle school, when we used to sit on the back porch and I would read Chiropractic books to him, and we would discuss them. This definitely set the foundation for my understanding of Chiropractic. As I have gotten older, my passion for the philosophy, science, and art of my profession has continued to grow, but I am grounded in the wisdom and knowledge my father shared with me all those years ago.
Now, over 12 years after graduating Chiropractic college and opening my own office, I find myself reflecting on the times spent with my family in my dad’s practice. I was lucky to know what I wanted to do with my life, and I am luckier still that I love the path I have chosen. Every moment I spend with my patients is one I would never want to take back.
For me, a Chiropractic office has always been part of my home. Quite literally, when I was a child, my dad’s office was a floor in our house. My dad’s patients have always been part of our family. I grew up around them, even with some of them. Our goal is to create a similar environment today, so you feel at home coming to us and getting checked for subluxations and specifically adjusted, when necessary. We look forward to serving you and making you part of our Chiropractic family!
Dr. Brett has served on the Board of the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic since 2007 in various capacities, including President; is the current Treasurer of the Sustainability Group, whose mission is to preserve Chiropractic for the next Generations; is a speaker at Dynamic Essentials, for more information about DE, please visit their website at www.lifede.com. Dr. Brett also serves as a member of the Representative Assembly of the International Chiropractors Association for the state of Illinois. Currently, Dr. Brett is studying for her Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards through the International Chiropractors Association.
"Chiropractic Saved My Life"
Janet L. Casanova, BA, M.Ed., DC, LCP
Keeping in mind that a certain amount of ill health is thought to be normal, years of menstrual difficulty became accepted as “just being female”. It wasn’t until I began Chiropractic care, after meeting my husband in the late 1970’s, that I learned most ill health does not need to be inevitable.
Shortly after graduating from graduate school, with a Master’s in Education in Speech Pathology and Audiology, I met my husband, Dr. Richard P. Casanova. Although I was new to Chiropractic when we met, my first Chiropractic adjustment proved to be the beginning of a whole new way of life. My body seemed to innately know that something really good was happening to it.
I had developed cystic ovaries, intermittent achiness and pain in my lower abdomen, pain and cramping before my menstrual, severely irregular menstrual, anemia, and by my late twenties, I wasn’t ovulating, and therefore, wasn’t fertile. In order to ovulate, I was told I would have to have a wedge slice operation (where a portion of my ovaries would have to be removed) in order to stimulate ovulation. I had been “doctoring” with gynecologists since the age of 14, had had a laparoscopy to “diagnose” my cystic ovaries, and I just got progressively worse. I knew what PMS was before the medical profession officially named it. But remember, most females I knew had menstrual problems, to some degree or another. So, I just felt like a member of a huge club.
You may think the discussion so far is a bit odd for a biography. It must be understood however, that one’s hormones play a huge part in one’s overall sense of well being. My hormone issues played a huge part in my life, up until I found Chiropractic.
I was blessed to have found a Chiropractor that did the Grostic technique, and I was doubly blessed that he became my husband. Five years after my first adjustment, I conceived and miscarried. My sixth year, I had our daughter Brett (8lbs, 9oz.) and my pregnancy was totally normal, and my ovaries were no longer cystic, but smooth. My cycle came around 30 days, instead of whenever it felt like it. My overall quality of life was significantly improved.
Chiropractic became my way of life, and it truly saved my life. Through the years, I worked with hearing impaired children, fit hearing aids, assisted my husband in his Chiropractic practice, assisted in the development and running of investment businesses, and started a privately funded public library in Northwest Florida (grew to 15,000 volumes after 5 years). As interesting as all those endeavors were, one of the most rewarding things I have ever done is attending Chiropractic college. What made this experience extra special was going through Palmer with my daughter Brett. It was at Palmer, that I cemented my understanding of the philosophy of Chiropractic, and honed my adjusting skills. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and encouragement of my family.
Regular and specific Chiropractic care has made a difference in my life, as well as the thousands of patients my husband had the privilege to care for. We would like to make a difference in your life too. Casanova Chiropractic is a family, serving families. We look forward to giving you the gift of health, through specific Chiropractic care.
Dr. Jan has served on the Board of the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic since 2007 in various capacities, including District Chair; she is a Beacon member of the I.P.S.C.A, she received her Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers from Palmer College in 2005 and is a member of the Ottawa Lions.
Samantha is a recent addition to the team! She is a Chiropractic Assistant and our Director of First Impressions. When you ask Sam what she likes most about working at Casanova Chiropractic, she says "I love the upbeat & positive energy! We are a team and I look forward to being at work!"
She loves her life and her mom is the most inspiring woman she knows. She is passionate about helping others, loves Thai food, Harry Potter, and the color lavender (she would have loved the old office, huh?). Her favorite family tradition is Thanksgiving, gathering with family, and watching football with her Grandpa.
Samantha is a breath of fresh air to the office! Her desire to help people and her smiling face area great additions to the team! We look forward to everyone getting to know her better!
Talia was added to our team in March! She is a Chiropractic Assistant and our Instrumentation Specialist. When you ask Talia what she likes most about working at Casanova Chiropractic, she says "It's very peaceful & positive. A home away from home."
She loves her life just how it is and her son Angelo inspires her. Her favorite color is baby blue, she loves Thanksgiving and if she could be any animal she would be a giraffe. Stretch and Archie (our resident giraffes) in our family adjusting room are big fans of her too! Oh, when asked what she is passionate about? She answers "Chiropractic care, of course!"
Talia has been such a great addition to our office, she is a ray of sunshine and we love coming to the office and seeing her smiling face every morning!
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