One year ago, Dr. Cara VanWormer-Hartman opened the new home of Therapeutic Health, her chiropractic and internal medicine clinic off Ogden Avenue in the former home of Tommy R’s Catering kitchen. The storage freezers and industrial cooktops have been replaced with bright but calming treatment rooms and public spaces with lots of natural light.
In a way, the new medical office reflects Dr. Cara’s personality. She, too, is bright and welcoming, and she has a way of putting you at ease. Her patients—most of whom are visiting her for chiropractic care or clinical nutrition—call her Dr. Cara. After a year in practice in Hinsdale, you can tell she’s really settling in.
“Our goal was to create a healing center,” she says. Dr. Cara’s background is in chiropractic health—she’s board-certified through the American Council of Chiropractic Internists—but her services include a spate of Eastern medicine practices aimed to help heal the body from the inside out. She’s been practicing for eight years, and she says she always knew she wanted to go into the medical field—just not exactly where. “I knew I wanted to practice an area of medicine I could live by,” she says, which led her to chiropractic medicine and internal health.
Those two practices work hand in hand, Dr. Cara says. “Everything stems from your intestinal tract,” she adds, and usually when she’s treating a patient for disc herniations and other chiropractic issues she’s simultaneously treating internal health problems, whether it’s G.I. issues, allergies, or weight problems.
“The cases I get are complex,” she says. “I work with people who thought they had to give up running forever and now they’re painfree.”
So, just how does she help them get there?
It all starts with a treatment plan. A patient might come in with pain in the lower back, for example, so a series of adjustments or spinal decompression will likely be recommended. But during the course of a conversation, Dr. Cara also might learn the back pain started after an episode of weight gain, and the patient is also experiencing heart burn and is having trouble sleeping. This is the kind of patient Dr. Cara has built her practice to treat. “I like fixing a range of problems and not having to use medication if there are other options available.”
One of the newest options available at Therapeutic Health is called NET, which stands for the Neuro Emotional Technique. It uses a muscle test to find the triggers for stressors in our bodies that cause anxiety, depression, and other issues. “We are unconsciously putting stress in different areas of the body,” Dr. Cara says. It’s not just our heads that are affected by certain emotions; it’s other areas of the body too. Dr. Cara has integrated NET into her overall treatment plans for many patients because she says healing the body has as much of an emotional component as it does a structural component.
Dr. Cara clearly has a real desire to bring the latest technologies and treatments like NET to her patients. “I want to be an expert,” she says. “I want to be the best so I can get my patients better faster.” She regularly travels to conferences and other events to learn the latest techniques and meet with colleagues in her field to determine which evidence-based techniques are producing the best results.
And while her business depends on people who come to her because they’re feeling pain, Dr. Cara really just wants her patients to feel better and be pain-free. “I want to turn sick care into health care,” she says. “I want healthy people to come to my clinic as much as I want people who want to be healthy to come to my clinic.”
In addition to chiropractic care and internal medicine, Therapeutic Health also offers spinal decompression, acupuncture, massage therapy, food sensitivity testing, blood work analysis, iLipo body contouring, professional-grade vitamins, pediatric treatments, and more. “I want people to come in and experience the clinic and challenge conventional medicine,” she says. “This is a missing piece in health care that will improve such a large portion of their lives and their kids’ lives.”
This story was sponsored by Therapeutic Health. It is located at 230 E. Ogden Avenue, first floor, Suite B in Hinsdale, therapeutic-health.com