The doctor with a mission to change the face of healthcare—that’s how Dr. Darrell Wehrend likes to view himself. In celebrating 33 years in the health industry this year, the chiropractor, massage therapist, personal trainer and owner of Physicians Sports and Injury Center (PSIC) in Westmont has a new premier healthcare package in mind, and he hopes his clinic will be the model in promoting preventive medicine across America.
“For people who want superior service and don’t want to be run through a factory, we offer a higher service than the traditional chiropractic office.”
The clinic is not limited to those who have suffered an injury. Although one can utilize the services for physical rehabilitation, anybody can come in for the customized fitness programs, including sports or golf fitness, nutrition or therapeutic massages. Dr. Wehrend is a firm believer in preventive measures for the total well-being of the body.
In March, the clinic plans to kick off a concierge service, meaning clients can use the services whenever they want instead of waiting for insurance to go through. Everything the clinic has to offer will be available in a fixed-price package that highlights: back adjustments, exclusive state-of-the-art rehab equipment with doctor supervision, spinal decompression, and the latest in spot-reducing fat, i-Lipo.
“If people don’t start being more accountable for their own health, they’re setting themselves up for so many potential problems,” says Dr. Wehrend, citing financial burdens in addition to physical ones. “The unhealthier our country gets, the higher the cost.”
Dr. Wehrend’s passion for health and fitness dates back to when he was 8 years old, watching Jack LaLanne and his incredible fitness feats on television. He went on to study physical education and history while playing baseball for Southern Illinois University, where he earned All-American status in 1982. He began working as a personal trainer in St. Louis health clubs in 1980 and worked his way up to general manager positions before moving to Decatur in 1985. There, he played for the world-champion team of fast-pitch softball, Decatur ADM.
While at a health club in Decatur, Dr. Wehrend started a diet program, 10 Weeks to a Brand New Body, to see if he could find any patterns or trends. He concluded that the best results came from people who drank the most water. When one loses fat, he explains, there are a lot of toxins left over from the fat cells, and water helps flush them out. The office now implements the HC3 diet program, which includes a detox for optimal results.
“When you go through 500 people, you get to see how everyone’s body is different,” said Dr. Wehrend.
Yearning to learn more about the human body, Dr. Wehrend enrolled in massage school in 1990 and left Decatur in 1993 to work as a massage therapist at Butler National Golf Club in Chicago. He went on to complete his doctorate at the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, and opened his own practice in 1998. Wehrend continued to work at Butler on the weekends until 2000.
In 1986, Dr. Wehrend became the first certified personal trainer in the state of Illinois south of Chicago through the International Dance Exercise Association. In 2000, he was the first Titleist Performance Institute certified doctor in Chicago. TPI is one of the biggest names in golf, and the recognition has led Dr. Wehrend to work with professional golfers Jeff Sluman and Mark Wilson, both currently on tour.
“The goal of my clinic is to make people understand that they are really an athlete in ‘the game of life,’” says Dr. Wehrend. “I want to see you live to be 100 and die on the golf course without any physical ailments, preferably on the 18th hole after you sank a putt for a birdie.”
PSIC is the only place in the Hinsdale area to own the i-Lipo, a cold laser that has the wavelength to open the membrane of a fat cell and break the bonds of the triglycerides inside it, shriveling it like a grape becoming a raisin. After a 20-minute treatment on a specific area, be it the back of the arm, waist, or thigh, patients do 30 minutes of light cardio to metabolize the fat that has escaped the cells. Dr. Wehrend says he has seen patients lose up to an inch in one treatment; the average patient loses 1 percent of a targeted body area each time they do i-Lipo. For example, if you have a 30-inch waist, you should lose three inches after 10 sessions.
“For 32 years, people would pinch their love handles and ask, ‘How do I get rid of this?’” he says. “Your body cannot spot reduce. When you burn calories, you burn them evenly from the body. With I-Lipo, it’s the first time we’re able to spot reduce.”
“Everything that I’ve done in my working career is compiled together in this office for the betterment of the human body,” says Dr. Wehrend.
For more information on services or to schedule an appointment, visit physicianssports.com, or call 630-323-2225 to take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.