2010-09-02 / Business

Glad to be back, treating backs

West alumni returns to Lapeer to open chiropractic office

Teresa Cummings stands with her family outside her new office, which opened yesterday. Photo by Abigail Wise Teresa Cummings stands with her family outside her new office, which opened yesterday. Photo by Abigail Wise LAPEER — Lapeer West High School alumni Teresa Cummings has returned to Lapeer and opened her own chiropractic office — Cummings Chiropractic.

After three and a half years at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and a year of interning at Corbin Chiropractic in Clio, Cummings is excited to open her chiropractic office in her hometown. She said, “I feel so blessed to be able to open my practice here in Lapeer. I feel like a dream that I have always had is being fully realized.” Cummings Chiropractic opened yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 1, and Cummings is currently taking calls for anyone interested in setting up an appointment.

Cummings graduated from high school in 1997, then attended the University of Michigan in Flint, where she majored in biology with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She said that, at the time, she knew she wanted to be involved in medicine or health in some way for her career, but she had not yet found the right path. She moved on to learn the art of massage therapy and thought she had found her niche, but after an attempt to buy her own business failed, she decided to try something new and discovered chiropractic care.

Since deciding to switch to chiropractic, Cummings said everything has worked out much easier in her life. “I kind of believe that when you’re on the right path things will open up really easily,” said Cummings. After Cummings decided to attend chiropractic school, it only took six months total for her to be accepted at Palmer, as well as for she and her hus- band, Ben Cummings, to move to Iowa and to start her classes.

Cummings said one of the best experiences she had while at Palmer’s was in the Clinic Abroad Program, a program where chiropractic students travel to one of several countries chosen by the school and offer chiropractic and other medical care to needy families. Cummings chose India and said, “It was wonderful to give medical care to people who couldn’t afford it.”

Despite taking 26 to 36 credits a trimester, having her son Mason in the middle of attending Palmer’s and being pregnant with her youngest, Nola, during her last trimester, Cummings graduated Magna Cum Laude, received the Presidential Scholar Award and was inducted into the Chiropractic Honor Society.

Cummings will offer several different treatment options at her office, including chiropractic care adjustments, therapeutic massage and traction. Traction is used to adjust the spine and is done on special tables. The two types of traction that Cummings will offer are flexion/distraction, which relieves pressure in the spine and lumbar by lowering the lower body at the waist, and intersegmental traction, which helps ease stiffness in the middle back by rolling a roller inside the table up and down the spine. Cummings said, “Each person is different, and you have to treat them that way.”

Cummings Chiropractic, 452 S. Main St., will have an open house on Friday, Sept. 17 starting at 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce. Cummings said she encourages people to come in and meet the staff. Festivities at the open house will include free chair massages, food and drinks and a couple raffles.

The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to make an appointment is encouraged to call the office ahead of time, though walkins are welcome. Details 810-664-4185

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