CHASSELL - For Dr. Tyler Roy and Dr. Jinny Sirard, settling into their new chiropractic office has come quite easy.
On May 10, the husband and wife team joined with Superior Family Chiropractic in Chassell, where Jinny had once been a patient herself.
"When I was a student at Michigan Tech I used to come here," she said. "They were looking for another team to join their practice so we've been in contact for a while."
Husband and wife chiropractors, Dr. Jinny Sirard and Dr. Tyler Roy, joined Superior Family Chiropractic of Chassell, providing chiropractic care for the whole family. Calling themselves Superior Chiropractic Associates, Tyler and Jinny will be hosting an open house Thursday, June 10 at the Chassell clinic.
Calling themselves Superior Chiropractic Associates, Tyler and Jinny remain a separate entity from Superior Family Chiropractic, which opened eight years ago.
One aspect that drew the couple to Superior Family Chiropractic, owned by husband and wife chiropractors Dr. Mischa Doman and Dr. Kemmy Taylor-Doman, was their shared philosophy on patient care.
"There are a lot of chiropractors out there that focus entirely on pain and we're more wellness-based," Tyler said. "We not only want to help patients with their pain, we want them to reach their full potential so that their body can function optimally."
Jinny and Tyler specialize in chiropractic care for the whole family, from newborns to elderly. Depending on the patient, Jinny said they tailor their technique to meet each individual's needs.
"The youngest child I've adjusted was a three-day-old infant who was having trouble sleeping," she said. "With an adjustment for a baby, you use a pinky finger and very gentle pressure. It's really comfortable. A lot of times they just fall asleep."
Jinny, who specializes in pediatrics and pregnancy, provides chiropractic care for expecting mothers as well. Utilizing Webster technique, designed to keep the pelvis and spine in alignment during pregnancy, helps to minimize discomfort and ensure everything is functioning optimally.
"It's a unique technique to the area," she said. "It helps women during all stages of pregnancy."
More and more patients are turning to chiropractic because of the fact that it's gentle, non-invasive and drug-free.
In addition, Tyler said it's helping people to live better lives without the side effects or risks associated with other options.
"One thing that we do is we help the patient set some health goals for themselves because we think that's important," he said. "Whether it be changing their diet or exercising more, we help them set some of those goals and hopefully help them to achieve those goals as well."
Educating patients is key.
"We not only educate them on chiropractic, but on how their body functions," Tyler said. "A lot of times, people have the perception that 'if I take a Tylenol, my symptoms may go away,' but that doesn't always translate into health."
To sum it up, Jinny said, chiropractic care is about the getting the body functioning at its best.
"That's really what our goal is," she said.
Both Tyler and Jinny are actively involved in sports, which Tyler said is a benefit for a number of their patients.
"We're able to relate to patient athletes and the demand that puts on their body," he said, adding he played four years of soccer in college and still today competes athletically. "I used chiropractic to help me function at my best. You have to make sure you're taking care of your body and spine the way you should."
For new patients, a typical appointment begins with a detailed health history, followed by a thermography scan of the spine to locate areas of pressure on the nervous system.
Next, Jinny said they perform an exam to look at posture, muscular imbalances, areas of tenderness and inflammation along the spine.
"Typically, on most of our adult patients, we take X-rays of the spine to see if there are any areas that are misaligned," she said. "From that, we can show the patient what's going on."
At Superior Family Chiropractic, patients feel at ease from the moment they call to set up an appointment to the time they leave. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the staff get to know practice members on a first-name basis.
"It's very personalized care," Jinny assured. "We get to know our patients and we take time with them. They're never rushed."
Born and raised in L'Anse, Jinny earned a bachelors of science degree with a pre-medicine concentration from Michigan Tech in 2004. In the fall of 2004, she began Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Fla., where she was active in a pediatric club, which sparked an interest in Pediatric Chiropractic.
Tyler is a 2004 graduate of Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass., where he received his bachelor of science; and a 2007 graduate of Palmer College.
Both Jinny and Tyler were clinical teaching assistants at Palmer, which is where they first met.
Tyler, who is originally from Massachusetts, worked as an associate for two years at Tri-City Chiropractic Center in Saginaw, Mich.
Jinny worked at Maillette Family Chiropractic in Bay City, Mich., for two years, meanwhile she began her advanced degree in pediatrics and pregnancy through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
On Thursday, June 10, Superior Chiropractic Associates is hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their Chassell office. The community is welcome to stop in for snacks and refreshments, tour the office and meet Tyler and Jinny.
"We want to introduce ourselves to the community," Jinny said. "We will have information available on the services we offer and can answer any questions."
Returning to the area has been a dream of Jinny's for quite some time. She and Tyler married in Houghton two years ago this August. Together, they have a three-year-old daughter, Ella, and in August, will welcome their new baby.
"The Keweenaw is a great community to be a part of," Jinny said. "Having lived here most of my life, I am very familiar with the area and always hoped for the right opportunity to bring me and my family back here."
Mischa said he couldn't have found a more highly educated team to help with the increased patient load he's seen in recent months.
"We were really looking for the right fit and we found it," he said. "We've all known each other for quite some time and always hoped they would return to the area."
Superior Chiropractic Associates is located at 45070 U.S. 41 Suite B in Chassell. Patient hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
For more information, call 482-2400 or visit superiorfamilychiropractic.com.
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