Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Chicago Whole Health Center (1845 S. Michigan) Focuses on Advanced Rehabiltation and Patient Education

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We had the pleasure of recently meeting Dr. Graham Pommerehn and Dr. Iris Zhao and seeing their practice, Chicago Whole Health Center (1845 S. Michigan Ave.).  Besides being residents of the Sloop they have a brand new, beautiful facility that is designed to help us Sloopers get better!  Below is a Q&A we had with them recently:

What Is Chicago Whole Health Center and What Services Do You Offer?
Conveniently located in the South Loop on Michigan Avenue, Chicago Whole Health Center is an integrated health care clinic combining several disciplines of natural medicine under one roof to provide quality care for our patients. By implementing the most effective evidence based therapies used today we are able to successfully treat a wider range of conditions beyond what most conservative health clinics are able to handle.

Services we offer:
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Physical Rehab
  • Active Release Techniques®
  • Movement Based Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Functional gait analysis | Custom Orthotics
  • Sports Injury Rehab
  • Nutrition | Weight Loss | Detox Programs
  • Spine and Extremity taping and strapping
  • Massage
  • Tai Chi Classes

What is the process for diagnosis?
Diagnosis of a condition may involve something as simple as clinical observation and evaluation, or may require a more in depth approach relying on advanced imaging or diagnostic testing. What ever the issue, we make sure a clearly defined diagnosis is made before any condition is treated. Once a diagnosis is determined, a specific treatment plan and goals are made to keep patients on track for optimum recovery.

One rehabilitation room at Chicago Whole Health Center 
Conditions commonly treated include (see link here):
  • Migraine/ Tension Headache
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal disc herniations
  • Sciatica
  • Low back & neck pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Stress

What sets Chicago Whole Health Center apart from other wellness centers?
Our combination of Eastern Chinese medicine and Western physical medicine allows us to offer a more versatile and unique approach to patient care. Being able to customize treatment to specific patient needs allows us to quickly and effectively resolve most conditions in a shorter amount of time. Most patients see significant improvements within 1 to 3 visits which is something we pride our reputation on.

In addition, integrated into each treatment plan is a heavy emphasis on patient education where we spend time teaching our patients how to self treat their condition to speed recovery and decrease the number of treatments.

Do you offer any specials or classes?
Yes, we offer free community work shops on different topics from nutrition/ weight loss to avoiding sports injuries and Free consultations by appointment. All of our classes are strictly educational. You can check us out on facebook or on local community posts for class times. Tai Chi Classes are also available at $14.00 per class or $39.00 for 4 classes.

We will be hosting a weight loss/ Detox class on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00pm (free admission).

Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we are currently in network with most major insurance companies, and all of our services are covered with most plans. Referrals are not needed with PPO plans, since we are primary contact providers.  Please either call us (312.949.1289) or email us and we can look into your insurance questions (info@chicagowholehealthcenter.com)

How do people usually find out about your business?
Most of our patients come from referrals of former patients or from other medical specialists within the area.

Dr. Graham Pmmerehn and Dr. Iris Zhao
What’s your favorite thing about the South Loop?
Dr. Graham Pommerehn: It has to be the small town atmosphere. I grew up in a small farming town in Indiana and really miss that community cohesiveness. Having lived in several areas in chicago I can say that the South Loop is by far my favorite.

Dr. Iris Zhao: I really enjoy being part of a growing community. Having grown up in Chicago, I remember what the South Loop was like and am excited to see the neighborhood expanding. I believe the South Loop will soon be the the new face of Chicago and I am proud to be a part of that.

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