Parker County Today March 2018 - Page 46

Dr. Joel Kleven — He’s Back in the Saddle Again D 44 r. Joel Kleven was very young when he had his first experience with chiropractic medicine. “I’ve been under chiropractic care since I was 15 months old,” Dr. Kleven said. “At that time I had lost all function of my body below my neck.” Kleven’s parents had taken him to a host of medical specialists, they even took him to the Mayo Clinic. Nothing helped. A doctor advised the distraught parents to make arrangements for their child’s funeral because the toddler was wasting away before their eyes. As a last resort, the young parents took their toddler to a chiropractor that they had been seeing for injuries they had sustained as a result of a car accident they had been in. After his first chiropractic adjust- ment, the young mother tried nursing him. It was the first time in weeks that the child was able to keep any nourishment on his stomach. “That was the beginning of my journey with chiropractic care,” Kleven said. “I’ve been under the care of a chiropractor ever since, not for any particular injuries or pain, but for general wellness and healthcare.” “The way I looked at it was when it came time for me to choose a profession, I wanted to be in a posi- tion to hopefully give someone else a second chance at life that was given to me,” Kleven said. Kleven practiced chiropractic medicine in Weatherford from 1983 to 2011. His practice thrived and he amassed a loyal following of devoted patients. He also developed a passion for culinary arts, enjoyed throwing dinner parties, entertaining and even started a catering business. In 2012, he left his chiropractic practice and opened a restaurant in another city called 24 Plates. Kleven has remained very active in Parker County and spent time working with charitable organiza- tions. While Kleven enjoyed those efforts and will continue to volunteer, he could not ignore his true call- ing any longer. Kleven has decided to return to practicing chiropractic medicine and has opened Dr. Kleven Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression at 925 Santa Fe Drive, Suite #111 in Weatherford. “I am thrilled to be back in prac- tice full-time,” he said. Understandably so. Dr. Kleven is deeply rooted in Weatherford. He is a 35-year member of the Weatherford Noon Lions Club having served as president, serving three terms. He has served on many boards and committees, including the Parker County American Heart Association, the United Way of Parker County, Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, WISD planning and development and other local organizations. He is currently a member of Parker County Executives Association and looks forward to being an active member of the Weatherford and East Parker County Chambers of Commerce. Kleven, who holds advanced certification in Spinal Trauma and Kennedy Decompression Therapy, provides personal one-on-one care to each of his patients utilizing chiro- practic adjustments, massage, and trigger point therapy. If you have been diagnosed with a bulging, ruptured, or herniated spinal disc, Kleven Chiropractic is equipped with the latest technology in Spinal Decompression utilizing the KDT 655 Neural-flex Decompression table. A series of treatments using Spinal Decompression can dramati- cally reduce the extent of disc bulge or herniation, reducing the pressure within the disc leading to a signifi- cant reduction, if not complete relief of symptoms. “I’m very excited to be working with Mary again,” Dr. Kleven said. The Mary he referred to is Mary Myers.  “Mary was one of my previous chiro- practic assistants,” Dr. Kleven said. “Over the last few years she was busy continuing her education and she is now an Independent healthcare provider. She is a Certified Intra- Dermal Technician who also carries certification in Reflexology and Aromatherapy.” Myers will be offering her services within the office of Kleven Chiropractic as well. Kleven invites all his former, as well as new patients to call and schedule a complimentary consul- tation to determine if chiropractic services would be helpful to their condition. Dr. Dustin Wilkes Saving Lives, One Skin Cell at a Time  D r. Dustin Wilkes was not born in Parker County, but got here as soon as he could. Growing up in a farming community near Lubbock, he moved to North Texas and earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University