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The Springfield Wellness Center Team


Dr. Nick Silveri

Chiropractic Allows Me To Heal The Whole Body

Ever since I was little I wanted to be a doctor of some sort. All through college I had my sites set on being a dentist. I was applying to dental schools when I decided that I didn’t want to be working in people’s mouths all day long and I wanted to do something that dealt with the entire person. After some research I decided that being a chiropractor would allow me that opportunity.

I graduated from the University of Texas-San Antonio in 2000 with a bachelors degree in biology. I then went on and did my masters work in biology at the University of Illinois – Springfield. When I enrolled in chiropractic school in the fall of 2002 I had never seen a chiropractor and wasn’t even quite sure what they did. At that time I was very “medically-minded”, meaning that I would only see a doctor if I was sick, but I was also very into natural health and the idea of allowing the body to heal itself.

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Dr. Rob Calcaterra

I Didn’t Know I Was Going To Be A Chiropractor

When I was younger I knew that I wanted to go into healthcare, but I was not sure what area to go in to. I started with training as an EMT with the intention of becoming a paramedic, but after some work in that area I realized that it was not right for me and I would have to look into something else. It was around this time that my uncle suffered a ruptured disc in his low back which left him in agonizing pain. He started seeing a chiropractor for this and had incredible results. When you see where he started and where he was after a few visits he had made incredible improvements in his condition. After that I started doing some research on the profession and thought that it would be a great career to go in to.

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Dr. Pat Macauley

Chiropractic Opened My Eyes to the Body’s Potential

Dr.-PatGrowing up in St. Louis, I was heavily involved with sports such as basketball, baseball and soccer. It was my life, and I loved each and every minute of it.  Little did I know, however, that this love for sports would have such a significant influence on the kind of work I wanted to do in the future. It took me awhile to realize this, though.  When I first got to undergraduate school at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study.  Thinking something in business might suit me, I chose Accounting.  It didn’t take me long to realize that this was not for me, and I quickly changed majors to Exercise Science with plans to attend Physical Therapy school in the future.  After moving back home after two years of school and playing soccer at Bellarmine, I decided to look into Chiropractic.  I had never been adjusted before and didn’t know much about it, but I was very intrigued by what I learned while taking a tour at Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Missouri.

While attending Logan, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Science as well as a Doctorate in Chiropractic. It was shortly after beginning the DC program, however, that I knew I had found myself the perfect fit. Through my love of sports, I realized I needed to work in a field that allowed me to interact with people and help them live more active, healthier lives.  Learning about the human body and how it functions was incredible, especially how the nervous system is vital to our existence.  It made perfect sense to me that in order to maximize health and functionality, an optimized nervous system is an absolute necessity.  It allows the body to be self-healing, which is exactly what chiropractic looks to preserve.

Regardless of how I am feeling, I always get adjusted at least once per week.  This proactive approach makes me feel great as it prevents most aches and pains from occurring in the first place, which allows me to enjoy life more.  I am married with two young children, and spending time with my family doing fun things is one of my greatest joys in life.  Having them provides extra motivation to live a healthy lifestyle because I want them to live healthy lives as well.  In this manner, it is my goal to help as many people as I can have the highest quality of life possible.


Nancy Thompson, 8 Weeks to Wellness Director & Functional Movement Specialist

Nancy,-ThompsonPrior to joining Springfield Wellness Center, Nancy was the Manager of Fitness and Wellness at Pana Community Hospital, where she designed, implemented and lead the Live Well Fitness Program at the PCH Rehab Wellness Center.  She also taught yoga, pilates and other group fitness classes, trained individuals and small groups in fitness and wellness, conducted wellness screenings and managed the employee wellness program for the hospital.   During that time, Nancy was certified in Plant Based Nutrition through e-Cornell University, has interned with Dr Caldwell Esselstyn of Cleveland Clinic and Forks Over Knives documentary, becoming as passionate about eating well for life as she is about moving well.

Nancy is currently working towards her 200-hour RYT certification with YogaFit after teaching yoga for 7 years. She is enjoying expanding her yoga knowledge and experiences, particularly about pranayama, mudras and chakras.

When Nancy is not actively working in her wellness vocation, she enjoys gardening, cooking and assembling fresh, whole foods, riding all styles of bicycles with her husband Bob, running around Washington Park, swimming at the YMCA or any pool she’s invited to, spending time with her family and friends while being thankful for her healthy, bountiful life.


Michael Kirchgesner, LMT

MichaelI attended USCA in 2012 and have had my LMT license for over three years. I became an LMT because of my fascination with muscles and how they affect the body’s performance. I am a current business major at UIS with a minor in pre-med. Upon graduation I intend to continue my education in the field of Physical Therapy.

There is nothing more important than the health of one’s own body. I truly believe that massage is essential for our bodies – the same way most feel about eating right, exercise and drinking plenty of water. Without massage we truly are not tapping into the body’s full potential. I strive to be an example of health for those around me and enjoy helping others reach their wellness goals.

 

 


Kayla O’Bright, Front Desk Manager

KaylaI was born and raised in Southern Illinois, near Marion.  I studied Social Work at SIU, and graduated with my BSW in May 2013.  Shortly after graduation, I moved to Springfield.  Being new to the area, and knowing little to no people, I decided to join the CrossFit Community.  After beginning my CrossFit journey, I became very interested in health and nutrition.  I learned that timing is everything when it comes to nutrition and performance.  From then on, I began researching and studying health and wellness on my own.  My curiosity for a healthy lifestyle extended from being only about nutrition and performance, to natural well-being, recovery and so much more.Read more…

Since learning more about health and wellness, I began competing in CrossFit competitions, and being sure to do anything I can to refuel, recuperate, and reenergize my body in the correct manners.  I am fortunate to be working at The Springfield Wellness Center, where the environment and people only help to continue to make me more knowledgeable.

Outside of CrossFit, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Singe.  He is a pitbull terrier mix, whom I adopted in January of 2015.  His lifestyle is just as important to me as my own.  I am sure to keep him socialized with other dogs/cats as well as people.  Not only does his exercise benefit him, but me as well.  Going on a walk, or even just playing in the backyard is a wonderful time to relax!


Brook Hess, Marketing Director

Brook

Find your passion and make it your work.

My husband and I moved to the Rochester area February of 2015 from St. Paul, MN. I have always been a firm believer in working for something you love and that passion for me is marketing. Marketing was my major at the University of Iowa and since then I have been fortunate enough to work with marketing teams in several different industries from electrical distribution to medical device. I like marketing so much because the game is constantly changing. From media print to local events to web presence the opportunities for reaching out to potential customers is endless!

My husband and I try to live a holistic lifestyle as much as possible because we realize the importance of great mental and physical health. I started as a patient of the center because I believe in the level of care it provides. To be a part of the Springfield Wellness Center in this capacity is something I am very thankful for.

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Enough about us! How can we help you with today’s safe and natural chiropractic care? If your wondering what should you expect, give us a call or Click here to email us so we can help you take your first step towards better health and learn!