By Daria Belov
California is a place where chiropractic care appears to be growing increasingly popular and there are doctors of chiropractic practicing in many different parts of the state. Some practice in or nearby coastal communities such as San Francisco, Monterey, Oxnard, Huntington Beach, Oceanside, San Diego, and others, while others opt for the northern borders of Mexico, and even the southern borders of Oregon. Then there’s the inland chiropractic locations like Riverside, Victorville, Bakersfield, Modesto, and Fresno. One California chiropractor on the list is Dr. Steven Hansen of Elk Grove.
We contacted Dr. Hansen for a Planet Chiropractic interview and he shared with us his reasons for becoming a chiropractor, as well is information about his practice and community. We added a bonus story as a result of the interview (20 years later in Elk Grove) which was posted to the blog pages. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Steven Hansen.
Steven B. Hansen, D.C.
Peak Performance Chiropractic Center
8580 Elk Ridge Way., Suite B, Elk Grove, CA 95624
PC: Did you visit more than one chiropractic school before choosing the one you ended up attending?
SH: After visiting 3 California Chiropractic Colleges I chose Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California for its strong emphasis on wellness philosophy and adjusting techniques.
PC: That’s interesting because among chiropractors we’ve interviewed, Life West has consistently been receiving some of the highest marks. Did you apply the techniques learned at Life West into your chiropractic practice?
SH: Our office specializes in 3 chiropractic techniques known as Gonstead, Biophysics and Bio-Cranial, but we provide care using other techniques as well. Methods of chiropractic care often used in our office include: Activator, SOT, Diversified, Gonstead, and Flexion Distraction.
PC: Wow, that’s 7 different forms of chiropractic technique. I bet many consumers don’t even realize there’s more than one or two ways to adjust the spine. Do you provide any other services besides chiropractic adjustments in your practice?
SH: Our office ia a true cutting edge wellness center providing specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments. We have massage therapists, personal trainers, detoxification and weight loss programs and weekly classes on how to create a wellness lifestyle.
PC: How do people typically pay for services in your practice? Do you accept payment from insurance companies?
SH: We offer affordable cash plans, care credit and accept most insurances.
PC: What’s your practice location like? Are you located in an office building, freestanding facility, shopping center, or other?
SH: Our office is located in a professional building, just off Elk Grove Blvd next to Goodyear Tires. We have state of the art digital x-rays just like Kaiser Hospital. We are conveniently located in the Blockbuster, La Bou Bakery & Cafe, & Dollar Tree shopping center.
PC: Sounds like there’s plenty of businesses around you. What kind of other businesses are located nearby that you find are of value to your patients and/or community?
SH: We are fortunate to have both a Trader Joe’s and a Nugget Market located within a mile from our office. The Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to pick up healthy snacks. Good nutrition is important to our goal of helping people stay healthy.
PC: What’s the city of Elk Grove like? Did you move there after graduating from chiropractic college or were you familiar with the area before deciding to become a chiropractor?
SH: I was born and raised in Elk Grove. In Fact, my grandparents raised 8 children here. There is a street named after my mothers’ family, Eisenbeisz St.
PC: That’s very neat. Sounds like there’s quite a long family history for you in the Elk Grove area. Was there anyone in your family that motivated you to become a chiropractor?
SH: While growing up I developed a keen interest in staying healthy because both of my grandfathers died of strokes in their early 50’s. Then my father in his early 30’s developed rheumatoid arthritis, which caused my father a great amount of pain and deformity. My father was constantly being used as a guinea pig and was given many different kinds of drugs and experimental drugs. All of which had moderate to severe side effects. One of my uncles and two of my aunt’s also developed rheumatoid arthritis.
SH: Also, while growing up my mom developed headaches and anxiety and had a lot of neck, shoulder and chest pain. The medical doctors told her that she needed trigger point injections. When the medical doctors gave the injection in a chest muscle, he put the needle in to deep and collapsed her lung. My mother spent two weeks in the hospital and almost died.
SH: Needless to say I was not very impressed with the medical profession and yet I knew I needed to learn what it took to be healthy and I figured there was no better way then to become a medical doctor.
PC: It’s unfortunate but I’ve heard many similar stories. In hopes of making the world a better place you decide to become a medical doctor, and then you discover an even better way to help people. When did you make the switch?
SH: So I attended San Joaquin Delta College and then Sacramento State University as a pre-med major. While attending Sacramento State I sustained a severe low back injury and went to the campus medical doctor who gave me drugs and told me I had a strained muscle. Two weeks later I was still crawling to the bathroom in the morning and if I sneezed or coughed I would end up on the floor in severe spasms. I returned to the medical doctor who sent me to a physical therapist who told me to put heat and ice on my back and stretch my muscles. Another two weeks went by and I was not more than 5 to 10% improved since the original injury. That is when my father took me to see an old retired chiropractor that he knew. I, at that time had never even heard the word chiropractic and did not know what a chiropractor did. When I received my first chiropractic adjustment I got off the table and was immediately 70% improved. I then stayed with my chiropractor for the summer and was completely healed. I then returned to Sacramento State University and took a few more courses in chemistry and physics and entered Life Chiropractic College West.
SH: Four academic years later I graduated from Chiropractic College as valedictorian of my class. I have been practicing chiropractic since 1986 and now have one of the largest solo practices in California.
PC: If a patient asked, are there any particular chiropractic schools you would recommend they attend?
SH: Over the past 20 years 8 of my patients were so inspired by their chiropractic experience that they became chiropractors themselves.
PC: Local news reporters drop by your office to ask what it is you do. You answer?
SH: If you are looking for a committed, passionate, and caring doctor of chiropractic who has 100% faith in his ability to help you, call today and join Dr. Hansen’s family of thousands of enthusiastically satisfied patients.
PC: Thanks for being a part of our Planet Chiropractic interview series Dr. Hansen. We are finding this is a spectacular way for the world to find out more about you. It also helps other chiropractors make referrals when seeking someone practicing in areas like yours. Thanks again!
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