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I met Dr. James Zielinski while browsing through row of vendors at one of the shows held at Sullivan Arena here in Anchorage. Through our conversation, I came to know that he was in the chiropractic field and obviously a caring, knowledgeable and dedicated professional. His explanations broke down a complex field of practice into terms I could easily and clearly understand. Dr; Zielinski’s clinic was having a promotional special which he invited me to. After years of suffering in horribly debilitating back and neck pain, I finally decided to take a step forward and really do something about it. Shortly after the show, I took a deep breath and walked into his office. I did not realize at the time that this would be the best “steps forward” that I would ever take. To tell you the truth, it did not take only a session or two to “cure” my pain. There was a lifetime of problems to be addressed and so much work to be done. Dr. Zielinski took such excellent care of me from the word “go”. He patiently listened and learned about my overall health before administering his healing physical manipulations and therapy. After only having worked on me for a few weeks, the results were amazing! My pain was completely gone and I felt so much better. But here is the really good kicker. Because of Dr. Zielinski’s wonderful treatments, my body has become painlessly-fluid and much more active than ever before. I have truly surprised myself by the new things I have tried: rock climbing, high-elevation hiking, monofining, compound bow-shooting, to name a few. Just pick something and I have probably done it or will be doing it soon. Another side benefit of my increasing activity has been a weight loss, which I have kept off now for three years. But remember, none of the above-mentioned changes could have been made without the most important first step, addressing my pain through chiropractic care. If you go to see Dr. Zielinski for relief and healing and do precisely as he advises, I promise you will find that relief from pain and the changes through healing that you seek and in good measure. You deserve the most complete healing, the deepest and the most positive and productive change, and nothing will stop you from finding it in Dr. Zielinski’s office.
It is the mission of North Star Chiropractic to improve as many lives as possible through the correction of the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). Our intention is to help our practice members achieve optimal health and wellness through chiropractic adjustments. By correcting nervous system interference we enable people to maximize their full innate intelligence therefore maximizing their full human potential. We intend to educate our practice members allowing them the empowerment to take charge of their health. Everyday more people like you are becoming conscious about their health and well-being, and that of their children and/or family. VSC often times does not produce pain or discomfort until it has progressed to an advanced stage. This is more evident in our pediatric population. The most critical time in life to have an optimum performing nervous system is when the body is growing and developing. The Insight Subluxation Station ™ has specific settings for infants and children. This technology helps me to identify these problems before they become symptomatic. Professional athletes like Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong and Dan O’Brian three time world champion and Olympic decathlon gold medallist, depend on their bodies and realize the important role their spine plays in allowing them to function at peak performance. I am very proud to be bringing the same level of technology that professional and world class athletes are using to my patients. Because having a subluxation free spine and nervous system is an essential component of optimum health, my vision and mission is to serve the community by promoting optimum wellness and health. In practice as well as online, we strive for excellence through first class care, education, and satisfaction. Within this site you will find all types of health-related information. Information about our office and services, chiropractic, wellness care, pediatric care, diet and nutrition, back and neck pain, work and auto injuries, a monthly health newsletter and much, much more. We hope you enjoy the information and share it with others. Again, thank you for visiting and remember to come back often. Yours in Wellness, Dr. Michael Hanifen, B.S., D.C. Owner
First off this is a nice facility and the front staff is really friendly, Matt likes to be tickled .. Dr. Bob is friendly and out going and so is Dr. Josh. Dr. Bob likes to crack backs and Dr. Josh likes to use what i call the thumper..I wished i had known this before starting my care. On Wednesday Oct. 19 2016 Dr. Bob set my ribs in place by pushing on my back ... on Thursday he cracked my back as i laid on my side and i heard a huge crack and pain and i asked him if he broke my rib and he stated with a smile on his face, No he did not.. from then on i had pain every day it got worse, i came in Friday did my exercise and they adjusted me again...the weekend helped the pain from not being as bad, but on Monday i went in for exercise and adjusted me again i went home and i could not sleep, so much pain on my left side that it brought me to tear's, on Tuesday Oct. 25 2016 i went to get xray's to see if indeed he did break a rib and nothing.. i had a massage scheduled and was hoping that might help the pain but when i came in i didn't want to be touched and Dr. Bob took me into the xray room and took another xray and then asked me if i wanted my spin fixed i told him i don't know i have such intense pain and started to cry.. I have a high threshold to pain so for me to cry it really hurt... He knew i wanted to fix it but i felt pressured i told him i was here for a massage and he stated, do the massage and no adjusting..so i was ready to leave and was told i need adjusting by Dr. Josh when i asked about the pain he stated that some times the cartilage will pull away and that is what im feeling, when i got up it was so bad... when i was checking out it was just burning... I had a hard time getting in my car and when i got home i had a hard time getting out. It took me 6 days for the pain to be minimal. Thankfully it's not Cartilage issue...Dr. Bob need's to remember bed side manners. I was NOT on a groupon, my insurance paid for every thing.
I went to another Chiropractor to have two ribs put back in place and then i decided since my spine bent i would have them straighten me, the first day was fine then second day he cracked me so hard i had a sharp pain just under my bra line... I asked him if he broke my rib and he stated no, the pain got worse and every time i went in they would readjust me, only to cause more pain by the end of the weekend last week i was really sore, i went in on Monday and told them i was sore but they stated i need to readjust again, but Tuesday i was in tears i even had my dr. do an xray to make sure i didn't have a broken rib.. i went in for a massage and was told i had to readjust, i just couldn't do it but felt bullied into it.. i couldn't get back into my car i couldn't get out of my car.. my husband tried to help and hit my elbow and i was crying again.. i have a high thresh hold to pain but this was intense.. the next day i cancelled the rest of my appointments with them and i was eating Aleve like it was candy.. I was referred to this Dr. by my neighbor she stated they do NOT crack... they got me in on Sat. the 29th, i was really nervous. He worked my right side and just a little on left, i went back today and he did it again and my pain is almost gone and i feel a ton better. He actually lines you up...he has a table that you stand on then it lowers. He checks my alignment with my legs and feet and my head and my hands in different ways.. he uses a thumper is what i call it lol It's not painful.
I have received such incredible service at the Alaska Health Improvement Center. Dr. Sternquist and his team really got to the root cause of my back pain and thyroid symptoms and fixed what was really wrong without any drugs. Not only that, they taught me the things that I needed to know (and that I was doing wrong) to take charge of my own health. I've lost 38 pounds and counting and have more energy now than 20 years ago. Wish I'd found you sooner. Probably the best thing, is the low cost. At "another" center, I paid almost $500 for my exam (after what insurance covered) and hadn't been helped. I was told I needed another $3500 of special tests and then "we'd see." Alaska Health Improvement Center got me completely fixed up and on my way for less than all that. And that was probably the third or fourth specialist I've seen plus fancier "natural" offices here in Anchorage. So I've decided to send my whole family there and get us all making the lifestyle changes they taught me to make so we can all have the health and quality of life we deserve. Sometimes people aren't willing to look at what they themselves are doing to their bodies and just want a quick fix (take a pill) to numb their symptoms. If this is you, don't go there. I'm my body's caretaker and it deserves the best care ever. I'm sure glad that Dr. Greg and team had the right instruction manual for maintaining my body. Thanks everyone!
My family and I have been seeing Dr. Gary and Dr. Jesse for 3 years now. At first I was skeptical about his tactics, but EVERYTHING he's ever done for us has worked. He treats the cause rather than the symptoms. At 1 yr old, my son fell off the couch and later that night starting puking. The regular doc. at Providence childrens' clinic said it was a stomach virus and to ride it out. After another 24hrs of throwing up I had Dr. Gary adjust him and he IMMEDIATELY felt 100% better and had an appetite. When I first started going, I had headaches that made me noxious, now my headaches are gone! My two year old had not developed any speech. The regular doc. suggested speech therapy and that everything seemed normal. Dr. Webb tested her nutrition levels and gave us a supplement for her. Within ONE WEEK she picked up 10 new words and has been gaining vocabulary consistently. My lower back used to have pain every time I would lay down flat, and my legs would ache. That pain is gone now as well. I have too many stories to post. I just wish that I knew about the Webbs a long time ago! (Also, I once tried a different chiropractor - thinking they were all the same. The are NOT all the same.)
Every time I get compliments on my smile I always say that it is because of my dentist at Alaska Smiles! Whenever I come to the office for a routine cleaning I feel special and LOVE the staff! Dr. Nielsen is a very smart, caring man who is really great at what he does! The office is very updated with nice massage chairs and TV monitors above every chair. Last time I was there, they showed me my coffee stains on my teeth right on the monitors with their intraoral cameras! Although I did have cavities, I am very much looking forward to going back to get them filled! Dr. Nielsen is without a doubt the number 1 Dentist choice in Alaska!!!!! If you want a beautiful white smile, go to Alaska Smiles!
I’m Alicia and I came to Dr. Omeads office. I found it on a Google search, and basically I am very skeptical going to any chiropractors because I respect my body and I don’t want to let just anyone mess with my spine. I’ve been really bloated, I have sinus problems, and when I came here this morning I couldn’t move my neck. After a very long and thorough examination I feel better. I’m smiling! And my nose feels better, my posture feels better, I’m actually a lot more aware of my neck now too which I’ve been holding, I thought I had good posture so I’m learning to heal myself and I’m going to come back and I hope you have a good session too.
I always recommend Anchorage Spinal Care to my friends. I let them know that I've received the BEST care there. I came to see Dr. Trekell back in 2001 when I was very nervous about chiropractic care. He immediately made me feel at ease with the whole exam. Ever since then I've been a happy returning customer. I've also had excellent care from Dr. Ketz. He is very easy to talk to and immediately addresses any areas of pain I have. They even offer massage therapy! Thank you for quality care!!
Most amazing experience I have ever had ...very helpful, knowledgeable, professional, kind, caring. Her unique approach has been life changing, I feel hope for the first time in regards to managing my pain, she definantly has made a great impact on my quality of life. I highly reccomend her to all types of patients with a wide range of issues. Her flexibile Schedule makes it easy to make appointments with a busy life
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.