Hi I am Dr. Brian Thalhamer, DC founder of Wellness Chiropractic in 1999. I graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward California that same year. I am a Sonoma County Native born in the city of Petaluma. I live right here in Santa Rosa with my wife and three kids (Two Boys and a Girl). I consider myself one of the truly blessed individuals that actually loves what I do. I have always believed Chiropractic chose me I didn't choose Chiropractic. When you come to my office as many of my patients will testify it is my goal for each patient to be successful not only in health but in life as well. I am a motivator, a healer and a coach of healthy lifestyles. It is my professional purpose not just to get people out of pain but to change lives using advanced chiropractic care.
Here's my story: When I was 12 years old while playing pop-warner football I suffered my first lower back injury. I spent the next 7 years with Low Back pain. I would roll on footballs, basketballs anything to get some relief but it never really slowed me down, it just "Hurt!" Then one day when I was 19 years old while weight training for college baseball I really hurt my back. In the middle of a heavy squat something popped and I had shooting, burning pain down my right leg. Needless to say "I was scared" not to mention I could barely walk. As fate would have it my childhood friend that I was training with was a chiropractic patient . Just as many of "my" patients do...... he referred me to "His Chiropractor". That was the day my life changed forever. I have been a chiropractic patient ever since, which has ultimately improved and enhanced my life in more ways than I can express. As I look back over my life and all my experiences I realize there were many suggestions pointing me in the direction of becoming a chiropractor it just took me a few years to realize my destiny. As a matter of fact here is just one of the many stories which came from one of my elementary school classmates Burt W. he shared this story with me on my Facebook page:
"I feel indebted to tell you this since I see the profession you chose and I'm sure this story is close to the origins of it. I remember it very vividly a day you actually 'decompressed' my spine. Here is the surprising twist. We were both in the 5th grade! I'm not kidding, and I'm certain of this, because I remember it blowing me away. I don't know if you already have an 'I was doing this when I was in elementary school' story, but I will vouch for it... In fact, I can still tell you exactly how you did it... Maybe nothing has changed." (It has Burt)
"So here it is, your chiro-origins. My back was sore (my father always had me doing a lot of pick and shovel excavating old school style) and I was showing how I was using push pins as a distracting sensory to deal with it. You politely told me you had a better idea, asked me to cross my arms in front of my chest and you backed up to my back. At that point you reached behind, grabbed my elbows and bent over yourself, lifting me off the floor and essentially rolling me over a barrel. My back popped like a stick running down a washboard and after I got over the obligatory initial chiropractic scare reaction, I realized that felt really good. For the remaining 28 years I have been doing it to other people, but frankly, they never get it right in return... Needless to say, that was the first day I was impressed with your maturity. You don't expect that from a 5th grader. Even if you are in 5th grade yourself." (Burt W.)
That is a true story!
I look forward to becoming a part of your health team and having an opportunity to change your life!
In good health and God Bless,
Dr. Brian Thalhamer, DC