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Chiropractor in Wichita : Dr. John Wheeler

Grandma kept giving me medicine, but the pain just wouldn’t go away.

Wichita Chiropractor, Dr. John Wheeler

Dr. John Wheeler

I was 9 years old when I went to spend part of my summer vacation with Grandma and Grandpa in Oklahoma. It was the second day of our summer trip, while having fun on the tire swing in the back yard that my head struck the oak tree with enough force to cause me to drop to the ground.

Grandma came to my rescue, doing her best to help, but three days later, the headache was constant and the neck pain severe. My parents came early to pick me up and they drove me straight to the family chiropractor. I was adjusted that morning and my headache was instantly relieved, completely gone before I arrived home. I fell in love with chiropractic over that experience.

A chiropractor in Wichita chose my path

During my high school and early college days, I worked for a medical supply company, traveling across south central Kansas, servicing oxygen equipment for ill patients in their homes. These were really sick people, most with terminal lung or heart disease. My experience in this job was very rewarding and yet I was so disappointed to see how poor health and disease have such devastating effects.

This challenged me to participate in the care of people in a way that can make a difference. I chose to be a chiropractor because we are trained in both the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Best of all, because of the tire swing at Grandma’s house, I knew that chiropractic worked!

My family chiropractor, Dr. B.J. Myers, was a real inspiration to me and a mentor in my early days of Chiropractic College. He highly recommended that I attend Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas, TX, and so I did.

Battle with cancer gives me a new perspective

In my third trimester of Chiropractic College, my life would change forever. My chiropractic intern discovered a lump in my neck. It turned out to be Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I took a year off from school to treat and heal. I learned more about sickness and health that year than any medical school could teach.

I learned what it is like to be a patient, both good and bad. I learned what it is like to be really sick, to be afraid and to face the unknown. I also learned the difference between a doctor and a doctor who cares. I gained such empathy from the experience that I am convinced having cancer was part of God’s master plan as he prepared me to be a better doctor for my patients. And now my remission is over 25 years.

Our office is unique

Our office is unique in a few key ways. We understand that a visit to a chiropractic or acupuncture office can involve a lot of unknowns, so we make everything as easy and comfortable as possible. Our practice is based on referrals, which means you won’t see our name in newspaper ads or junk mail marketing schemes. We don’t do spinal screenings or trade shows, nor do we give out coupons for free massages or x-rays. Instead, we build our practice the old fashioned way:
we earn it!

It’s called being “referable”, and that’s what we do here. We pride ourselves on caring more for you, valuing your time and keeping our focus and attention on you during each visit. Our patients know that we are quick and easy to get in to see. They know that the friends and family they refer to our office will be happy and that we go the extra mile to make it work for every person who comes to see us.

Meet my family!

My wife, Wendy, and I are late bloomers in some respects. We were in our thirties when we embarked on the marriage journey in 2005. Our first child was born in 2007. Being parents has opened our eyes to a whole new and adventurous world. Yes, it’s a lot of work and no, I’m not getting the great sleep I used to. But I wouldn’t give it up even a second! And our first child is what we call our little acupuncture miracle. My medical treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma made having children unlikely. But together with prayer, hope, acupuncture, and chiropractic (in that order), our family was blessed with an extremely happy and healthy boy named Vance.

Dr. John and Wendy Wheeler, New Years Eve 2007

Dr. John and Wendy Wheeler, New Years Eve 2007

After having one joy-filled experience with Vance, we hoped to expand our family. Since our first pregnancy was achieved more easily than anticipated and with no complications, we were disappointed when our second pregnancy ended in miscarriage at around 10 weeks. Through this process, we were reminded of what a wonderful miracle pregnancy is, and are happy to report we now have added two daughters, Rachel and Amber, to our brood!

But through our miscarriage experience, we were further strengthened in our commitment to couples who come to me seeking assistance in their journey to expand their family, and I continue to find great joy in treating those with infertility and similar difficulties.

I practice what I preach

If you have ever been told, “I told you so,” you know how flustering a comment like that can be. I like to lead by example and with that comes the responsibility of practicing what I preach. I recommend for the average person regular, moderate exercise, good eating habits in reasonable quantities, limits on medications to acute health crises rather than chronic “forever” problems, and lastly, try to avoid surgery at all costs.

It’s always easier to stay well than get well, but it’s never too late to change your path and start in a healthier direction. I get an adjustment at least every two weeks, but my preference is once a week. This is what helps me feel my best. I also take acupuncture treatment for both wellness and acute care. For example, I choose adjustments and acupuncture for illness rather than antibiotics.

I’m grateful that you have found our web site, Thanks for visiting. I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you. Check out what patients of Wheeler Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic have to say about us or call our Wichita Chiropractic office today!

Dr. John Wheeler Wichita, Andover and Derby KS | (316) 618-5550