Meet the Doctor

Dr. Mackenzie is a Shullsburg native and is proud to be back in her hometown taking care of both people and animals. After graduating high school she attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to receive her bachelor's degree. She initially had plans to go on to veterinary school, but decided to become an animal chiropractor instead. Since laws require that a person has to be a veterinarian or a chiropractor to practice animal chiropractic, Dr. Mackenzie's only option was to attend chiropractic school. She chose to study at the founding school of chiropractic which is Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. After receiving her doctorate degree from Palmer, Dr. Mackenzie had one last step of schooling which was to obtain her certification to adjust animals. After completion, she opened her own practice where she now takes care of animals of all kinds along with people.

Dr. Mackenzie lives between Shullsburg & Benton with her fiancé Morgan, their son Macon, and blue heeler Hazel. In their spare time they like to ride horses and attend a lot of ropings in the summer.

Common Misconceptions

#1: Chiropractors are not real doctors

A Doctorate of Chiropractic degree is earned from an accredited college and doctors of chiropractic can be licensed primary care doctors. The chiropractic curriculum is extremely rigorous: in fact, chiropractors have more classroom education than medical doctors (4,485 classroom hours compared to 4,248, according to Center for Studies in Health Policy, Inc., Washington, DC. Personal communication of 1995 unpublished data from Meredith Gonyea, Ph.D.). A residency is also completed, where students work with real patients under the guidance and leadership of licensed doctors of chiropractic. Upon completion of school, students must pass four sets of national board exams. There are some states, like Wisconsin, that have a passing requirement higher than the national requirement. Wisconsin also requires 48 hours of additional nutrition classes and testing.

#2: Once you start chiropractic care you have to go the rest of your life

First, you don't have to do anything; the choice of health is always yours to make. Most of our Practice Members choose to continue consistent chiropractic care because of the health benefits they receive, just like most people choose to brush their teeth regularly.

#3: People can adjust themselves by cracking their own neck or back

The only things we crack are jokes and eggs. A chiropractic adjustment is a specific modification of a subluxation, or joint misalignment. During certain adjustments, a sound or "cavitation" is heard, but not always. When the adjustment is made, joint spaces are opened which creates an expansion of air and gas, causing a sound. A chiropractor is trained to be specific in the adjustment, but when done by one's self, the joint is being taken through nonspecific motion, which can cause serious harm. While you can recreate this sound, "self-adjusting" is extremely dangerous and should always be avoided.

#4: Chiropractors are just low back doctors

Although chiropractors are great with neck and back pain, pain is only a small part of what they do. Chiropractors work with the nervous system, the most important system in the human body. The nervous system coordinates and controls all functions of the body. In addition to pain, chiropractic can help with asthma, allergies, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, sinus problems, ear infections, immune system, metabolism, fatigue, and stress.

#5: Chiropractic care is only for adults

No person is too young to be checked by a chiropractor and adjusted when necessary. In our office, infants are checked as soon as possible after birth, as subluxations (misalignments) of the upper vertebrae can occur during the birth process. Monitoring and managing nervous system function with our state-of-the-art technology can assist infants and children with problems such as colic, asthma, allergies, bedwetting, sleeping concerns, and behavior disorders.

#6: Spinal adjustments hurt

Normally, spinal adjustments will not hurt at all. In fact, most Practice Members experience a great sense of relief during adjustments. Depending on the condition and severity of subluxations, along with other factors like swelling, muscle tightness, inflammation, and duration of time between adjustments, some discomfort may be expected during and following an adjustment. Similar to being sore after working out for the first time in a while, it is normal and short-lived, and we will work with you to help your adjustments go as smoothly as possible.