About Dr. Reaves - Chicago Chiropractor
My personal experience has inspired me to pursue this career to become a Chiropractor to help others as I have been helped. From the beginning, when I decided I wanted to become a Chiropractor back in 8th until today, with all the education and experience I've had, I've come to realize my purpose and passion has been to help and inspire others to live up to their highest potential and to the best of their abilities. To do this, we must be free of dis-ease whether it's disease of the mind, the physical body or our spirit and emotional self.
As long as I can ever remember, I have gone to a Chiropractor. My mom has suffered from headaches and migraines and lower back pain. She always brought me with to the Chiropractor and I would get adjusted as well. Once I started in sports and then began cheerleading, was when I began to have back pain from throwing girls in the air, jumping and tumbling. I had occasional low back pain but my real issue was with my shoulder pain. I had gone to an MD who then referred me to an orthopedist who gave me a couple exercises and sent me home and that was that. At this time, we had a new Chiropractor move into town and my mom decided we should check him out. I don't remember what he said or did but he gave me hope and helped me through all the 4 years of me beating up my body.
When decided what I wanted to do with my life, I always enjoyed biology and anatomy and the human body and the way it works. One day I decided to shadow my Chiropractor and I got to see how he was able to help people of all ages and different conditions and how grateful they all were and what an inspiration it was. Someday in 8th grade was when I decided I was going to be just like him and become a Chiropractor. And here we are, years later living my dream!
Throughout my Chiropractic education, my knowledge was expanded on everything we can treat and what Chiropractic really is. Ironically, during Chiropractic school I started to suffer from worse low back pain than I had experienced before. We spent hours and hours of sitting in class which was when it was the worst. After a series of different tests and finally an MRI, it was diagnosed that I have a disc bulge in my low back that was causing my pain. I began a series of decompression therapy and adjustments that were able to take my pain away completely. Today, I am able to stay pain free which allows me to help treat others with the same condition.
In addition, while I was in school and dealing with this low back pain, one possible treatment was to lose some weight and decrease inflammation. Growing up, my idea of what a 'healthy diet' was is not what is a true healthy diet. With this belief, I had gained a significant amount of weight over the years and was never able to lose any weight. To help with the pain, one idea was to completely change my diet and lifestyle and adapt an anti-inflammatory diet following a three week anti-inflammatory cleanse. It was a long road, but working on making these changes, after a year I was able to lose 65 pounds and continue to keep this off since.
Throughout all these changes I have made in my life, I was able to make these changes without medication and surgery and able to stay this way. I believe that when you find the real problem and not a quick fix for the issue/disease, you are able to live the life you have always wanted. I am able to continue with this healthy lifestyle and I practice what I preach to my patients. It is my goal to help others the best to my abilities with my education and to inspire others to live their best, healthy life they can and wish!
Education + Training
Dr. Joanna welcomes patients of all ages and demographics: the weekend warrior, the professional sitting at a desk all day, the yogi, the pregnant mother-to-be.
Dr. Joanna Reaves is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician who graduated from National University of Health Sciences. Previously, she received her B.A. in Biology with an emphasis in Health and Medical Science from Minnesota State University—Moorhead. Dr. Joanna has received additional training with certification in Acupuncture through Lincoln College of Post-Professional Studies. She is also certified in Webster Technique, which helps relieve the pain and discomfort of pregnancy while preparing the body for an easier birth.
I've been going to Joanna for 2+ years and whatever ailment i have, she fixes. it started with Neck Pain...gone. then hip pain....gone. If you are in pain, visit Joanna and it'll be gone before you know it. ~ Brent G
Joanna is an honest, reliable, and knowledgable chiropractor. I always leave her office feeling better. Thank you for your dedication and care. ~ Tiffany K
Dr. Reaves is a chiropractic rock star. Dr. Reaves did a phenomenal job in treating my lower back and IT band issues I had while training for the 2016 Chicago Marathon. Dr. Reaves is smart, kind, funny; she is a very talented chiropractor and is somebody you can trust to do a first class job. ~ David S.
I have been seeing Dr. Reaves for about half a year now on a weekly / bi-weekly basis, and she has consistently done a phenomenal job every time! I clearly see improvements over time. She's also very personable, caring, and funny and makes it feel like we are friends. ~ Tracy X
Dr Reaves was very thorough and knowledgeable concerning my needs and what would help my pain. I was seen immediately. The office was nice, clean and very relaxing. All the equipment was new and the staff was very friendly. ~ Colleeen S.
Dr. Reaves was very attentive and knowledgeable. She took time to ask me questions and put me in different positions to better determine the source of my pain. She then clearly explained to me what the problem was and the plan of action as to treatment and healing. By the next day my pain had subsided. I would definitely recommend Dr. Reaves. ~ Susan S.
Joanna was amazing. Really personable and was able to give me a very immediate assessment after we went through my range of motion activities. She adjusted me and did some muscle work and I feel a million times better even after one session. I would highly recommend her practice! ~ Casey S.
Instant pain relief! I've been to a few doctors for my back pain, but none were able to provide the answers that Dr. Reaves explained. She made the entire consultation relaxing and even started treatment in the first visit. I walked away with less pain and am excited to continue treatment. Great experience, glad to see an end of my pain in sight! ~ Chris K.
Dr. Reaves and her team made me feel very comfortable. I was seen very quickly and she clearly explained everything that she did. ~ Shelley N.
She was fantastic. Thorough, professional and also very gentle. I received treatment after the consultation and I feel amazing. She listened and responded accurately. I'm so glad I found her.... I can't wait to go back! ~Amy M.
I've had an amazing experience with Dr. Reaves. She's caring, knowledgeable and passionate about healing her patients. She goes beyond just adjusting and incorporates nutrition along with an array of different treatment modalities (acupuncture, ultrasound, etc.). I love Dr. Reaves and always look forward to seeing her :) ~ Lauren R.
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