A formal statement testifying to someone's character and qualifications or achievements.
My purpose for being a doctor of chiropractic is to:
- Identify the underlying elements interfering with patient health
- Develop a treatment plan to restore patients to their optimal functionality, and
- Educate and empower them to take ownership of their healthcare process
Healthy, satisfied patients are any doctor's reward for their profession and although I am unable to include all of the letters I have received since beginning my practice, this is a cross-section sampling of the various health issues which can be effectively treated by a doctor of chiropractic. The following, in an attempt to be sensitive to your time, are exerpts of the original patient letters and I thank each one for trusting me with their chiropractic needs.
We value our patients' experience at Atlas Chiropractic. If you are currently a patient, please feel free to complete the following Client Experience Questionnaire. The Questionnaire is in Adobe Acrobat format, and requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.
Dr. Michael J. Schmitt
7/1/15 - I went to Atlas in hopes of improving my back pain. I had gone to my primary care provider for severe pain in my lower back expecting to have to go to physical therapy. She said I was so twisted up that I needed to see a chiropractor. The one she sent me to used old techniques was very rough, and I was concerned my back would be broken. A friend sent me to Dr. Schmitt - his more modern techniques and equipment gave me confidence and gradually fixed my issues.
With treatment from Atlas Chiropractic, I was able to do my daily activities without pain or being super cautious about how I move. I come every 4-6 weeks for a "tune-up" and at 75 years old, I am active and without back pain most of the time.
5/29/15 - I came to Atlas Chiropractic to improve my headaches. Before coming here, I tried acupuncture, improving my vision with Lasik, and vitamins - all without any luck.
Since starting treatment, my headaches are 90%-95% GONE! I have had headaches since I was a little girl, about 6 or 7 years old. Nothing I have tried worked to improve my condition. With Dr. Schmitt's help, I am almost headache-free! I no longer have to carry painkillers everywhere I go and I have a lot more energy to do things around my house or play with my son. I am so happy I don't have to take painkillers like I used to.
REFFERAL PHYSICIAN RECOMMENDATION
May 8, 2012 -- Since 1998, Crown Point Family Physicians has referred over 1,000 patients to Dr. Michael J. Schmitt for treatment of various neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. We send difficult cases to Dr. Schmitt knowing that he will co-manage them with other relevant specialists to maximize outcomes if the need arises. This trust enables us to convey confidence to the patient that they will be guided in a cost effective and productive course of care.
Many of the patients sent to Dr. Schmitt are very and difficult to treat. They have failed self-care, rounds of medication, and other forms of therapy. Dr. Schmitt seems to have a gift for helping my patients recover and ultimately this will result in lower medical costs.
Marshall P. McMillan, M.D.
May 1, 2012 -- I suffer from chronic migraines without aura and cervicogenic migraines. My occipital condyles are asymmetrical and do not hold my atlas in alignment properly with my cervical spine. I am a Registered Radiologic Technologist. These migraines are debilitating. If the migraine is triggered by the misalignment of my atlas and I do not get an adjustment, the migraine continues to worsen until I do. I cannot think. I cannot function. Plans are constantly cancelled and my life revolves around my migraines. I am unable to work any longer because of my chronic migraines. The only thing I have found to help me function and alleviate the cervicogenic migraines is getting a chiropractic adjustment. The AO method is the only kind I can tolerate, so I was so happy to find Dr. Michael Schmitt three years ago. He is one of the most compassionate people I have met. There is not a more dedicated man in healthcare. He is honest, and very knowledgeable. Dr. Schmitt has done more to help with my migraine management than my other physicians. I honestly do not know what I would do without his care. Not saying this lightly, I would possibly be suicidal from the endless migraine pain that I would have if I could not get my atlas adjusted with his AO method as needed. I find comfort in the fact Dr. Schmitt is there to care for me.
NECK AND BACK PAIN
May 1, 2012 -- I am so thankful that my primary physician recommended Dr. Schmitt for my back and neck pain. I could not sleep at night with the pain and leg pain all day. I even tried support hose, but to no avail. I started going to Dr. Schmitt the 15th of February, 2012. I appreciated his honesty in my first consultation. Each week I have noticed an improvement. I started out with a 9 on a scale from 1 to 10. Now it is approximately a 3. He is a great chiropractor and I would recommend him to anyone in need of pain relief.
REBUILDING IS NOT OVERNIGHT
April 30, 2012 -- I have been receiving excellent care while being treated by Dr. Michael Schmitt. I have been to approximately 3-4 different doctors concerning my neck and right arm problems and the Atlas Chiropractic center has been the only place where I have been receiving promising and actual results...I would like to commend Dr. Schmitt for his efforts and continuing process to my recovery...I believe Dr. Schmitt is handling my case appropriately due to the changes in my treatment plan to adjust for current/reoccurring symptoms. My health is still a work in progress but I do understand that with the injury(s) I have sustained that I cannot be treated overnight.
Ryan B. D
LIGHT AT THE END OF A LONG TUNNEL
April 24, 2012 -- I have two beautiful boys who happen to have special needs that create a demanding day for me. For YEARS I have suffered from terrible headaches and reoccurring neck/back/hip pain. I went to one primary care doctor after the other and no one was willing to delve into the problem and help me find an answer. Most doctors wanted to put me on anti-depressants or said I was taking too much OTC pain medicines, but no one offered to run tests. Finally I saw a local neurologist and spine doctor who scheduled me for an MRI, which showed multiple bulging discs. Dr. Welshofer at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine recommended PT and Dr. Schmitt. The PT made it worse, so then I went to see Dr. Schmitt who uncovered other medical problems. He has been able to successfully relieve my pain and has also referred me to Dr. Park at Southeast Pain Clinic. But Dr. Park stated and advised me that in order to get the best results that I needed to remain in Dr. Schmitt's care. And that is what I am doing. Without the chiropractic care of Dr. Schmitt, I would still be in unmanageable pain and my quality of life would certainly suffer and so would that of my family.
LIMITED RANGE OF MOTION
August, 2011 -- After seeing two orthopedic doctors 9who could not agree on a diagnosis), getting cortisone shots, weekly sessions of deep tissue massage, and supervised physical therapy for eight weeks, the pain in my shoulder was such that I had lost at least 75% range of motion, could not sleep through the night, and could no longer effectively play my favorite sport--tennis. LONG story/SHORT version: The treatments by Dr. Schmitt were not terribly painful and I slowly began to notice improvement. Total recovery took much longer than four weeks, but I'm now enjoying almost total range of motion and am again playing tennis. My treatments are now only once a week and I'm sure when I'm 100% again, I'll just be returning for maintenance periodically. I am now a firm believer that if Dr. Schmitt says he can help you--he can!
June, 2011 -- About thirty years ago, I sustained permanent impairment in the right side of my neck and my right sciatic nerve as the result of a car accident. Over these past three decades, I have seen my share of both good and bad chiropractors and doctors and I can tell you that none of them came close to achieving the level of care I receive from Dr. Michael J. Schmitt, DC.
When I became his patient 15 years ago, I was very impressed with his honesty in telling me that if he could not help me within four weeks he would tell me so. When the month of treatment ended, he took a follow-up x-ray to compare it with the original consult (a first) and carefully explained the visual improvement that supported my increased flexibility and decreased headaches. Over the years I have been amazed by not only his professional acumen (quickness, accuracy and keen judgment), but also by his personable concern for the total well-being of his patients--a lost art in these days. I have now graduated to that distinct place in life called a "Medicare Recipient" and daily watch my health benefits evaporate. However, if Medicare would replicate nationwide, the quality of patient care received at Atlas Chiropractic, perhaps it would prevent further loss of benefits, and save money unnecessarily spent on expensive back surgeries.
Due to several autoimmune illnesses and their treatment medications, my back has degenerated significantly these past six years; however, thanks to Dr. Schmitt, my pain level has not increased with these changes. Although I am a back surgery candidate, neither my neurologist nor orthopedic surgeon recommends it. Their advice is to go back to Dr. Schmitt because he...
"Has the string to hold you together."
Thank you so much Dr. Schmitt! Judy Hicks-Charlotte
5/17/2011 -- I had been suffering from constant dizzy spells. I had been to my personal doctor, a neurologist and a eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist. No one could help me. I finally came to Dr. Schmitt because he helped me in the past with a problem with my back. After X-rays it was found that my Atlas was out of position and Dr. Schmitt assured me he could bring some relief to my situation. Well, five weeks later I am so much better that I feel like a new person and the spells have all but disappeared. Again, thanks to Dr. Schmitt for his help and thanks to God for helping me find help.
J. C. J