Dr. Jim Schaffer, DCAt an early age I experienced first-hand how chiropractic care helps heal the body, without the intervention of drugs or surgery. As a young boy I crashed my bicycle, flipping over the handle bars and smashing my forehead into the ground. At the time, the concern was for the gash on my forehead, and once that was attended to, my parents assumed everything was fine. Years later, in high school, I began to experience terrible back pain. After consultations from many medical doctors—all of whom wanted to treat me with prescriptions for the pain and wearing a brace covering my entire midsection—my father took me to see a chiropractor.
After a brief consultation, the chiropractor found that the bones in my neck were knocked way out of their natural position. We were able to trace the root cause of that spinal misalignment all the way back to my childhood bike accident. Although we’d fixed up my forehead, the bones of my neck and back were never returned to their proper place, resulting in the bones of my neck fusing together. This fusion then forced my spine to overcompensate, which caused further damage along my spine.
That chiropractor proposed a treatment plan for me that included neither painkillers nor an awkward brace no teenager would tolerate. He was able to help the majority of my spine return to its natural position, restoring my overall health and relieving the pain. Unfortunately, the bones in my neck—though fixable at the time of the accident—had so thoroughly fused over the years that he was unable to fix them.
Since that first experience with chiropractic decades ago, I have gone on to attain my bachelor’s at Penn State as well as my doctorate from the PA College of Straight Chiropractic. Through this education and more than 20 years as a practicing chiropractor, I have learned that Chiropractic is about so much more than back pain: it’s about overall health, achieved by making sure the spinal bones are where they belong so that the nervous system can flow freely through the body.
After founding my first practice in 2000, I met my wife Lisa, who has become both my partner in life and at the practice. In our spare time we love to go kayaking with our four children, spend time in Cape May with our extended family, and hike with our dog Bernie.
Family has always been important to me; I am extremely passionate about sharing what I know and helping as many families as I can to avoid the pain and suffering I’ve endured. That’s why Kimberton Chiropractic is a family-based wellness center with an emphasis on whole-family health. We love what we do and are grateful to have the opportunity to help so many people in the Phoenixville area.
I look forward to helping you!
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Dr. Byron Fernholz, DC
I was born and raised in Chester County, and I am glad to call it home once again! Nothing compares to the beauty that southeastern Pennsylvania offers.
Growing up, I was involved in martial arts (and all the injuries that came with it). I began to see a chiropractor in my early 20s due to some upper back pain from repeated childhood traumas. At the time, I thought chiropractors only worked on addressing back pain; however, with the care and education that the chiropractor gave me, I learned that chiropractic does so much more by addressing the nervous and immune system. I began to see how chiropractic care was changing my life because my severe allergies weren’t as bad, and I was feeling better overall.
Fast forward a few years, I was working as a personal trainer and was training for a strongman competition. While performing a 700 lbs. deadlift, I injured my back. I couldn’t feel my leg and I could barely move at all without being in excruciating pain. I went to the ER and was told by several doctors that they wanted to perform surgery on my low back. I didn’t feel like that was the best option. I knew that post-surgery I would still be in pain and not 100%. I went back to my chiropractor and after the first visit, my pain was reduced by half! After a couple of months, I started to feel almost 100%. At the time I was in school working on my bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a focus in physical therapy; needless to say, I changed my path and graduated from West Chester University with my bachelor’s in exercise science, pre-chiropractic.
I then made the move to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Life University to pursue my doctorate in chiropractic. While at Life University, my education reinforced how chiropractic supports the nervous system so that the body can function overall and heal itself. I was fortunate enough to assist with teaching technique classes and help future doctors perfect their skills
When not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my other half, my family, and friends. I like to travel, explore new areas, and getting back into the gym (after taking a few years off). Most of all, I love to spend time spoiling my American bulldog/boxer mix and my cat. I am a huge animal lover and plan on expanding my education to incorporate animal chiropractic into my repertoire.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your families and addressing your chiropractic needs.
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