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Bizwatch: Edwards, Colorado chiropractor Jacqui Slavin

Business name: Functional Wellness, LLC

Location: Edwards, Colorado

Opened: April, 2008

Owner: Jacqui Slavin D.C.

Contact info:

Phone: 970-376-7779.

Web: www.functionalwellnessonline.com.

What goods or services do you provide? Functional Wellness provides comprehensive health and wellness care for the whole family. My primary training is as a Doctor of Chiropractic and Functional Nutritionist.

Along with general chiropractic, I have additional training and specialization in women's and children's issues, as well as functional endocrinology, which is an alternative treatment for hormone balancing, thyroid management, menopause, infertility issues, high cholesterol, diabetes, and stress management.

I am trained in medical acupuncture, which can speed the healing process and reduce pain. I also assist many clients with inflammatory bowel and digestive issues including Celiacs disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? As health care providers, we generally work together, and don't really consider each other to be competition. As the only female chiropractor in Edwards, I provide an option for women who prefer a female doctor for either themselves or their children's care. Many women seek chiropractic care during pregnancy for relief of low back, rib, and hip pain. Women in the valley are very active during their pregnancies, and sometimes their strong muscle-tone or dominant leg can misalign the pelvis during pregnancy.

To ensure proper positioning of the uterus I assess the mom's pelvis, sacrum and musculature and make any necessary corrections to optimize uterine space for the developing baby. I also provide gentle chiropractic care for those that prefer not to hear the "crack".

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? I have a comprehensive approach to health and wellness, and deal with many aspects of the body when caring for a client. I spend a lot of time with my clients. The first appointment is very detailed and I delve deeply into my client's history, as well as current lifestyle.

I assess my clients' general functioning in many key areas including: digestive and dietary health, blood sugar balance, stress response, thyroid function, and male / female hormone patterns.

Emotional well-being is also a key component in healthcare, and many of my clients feel confident and comfortable talking with me or requesting a referral. If testing is required, I utilize the newest, most appropriate testing methods, including DNA and saliva, and belong to a professional co-op which allows clients to save hundreds of dollars, as compared to the local laboratories frequently used here.

I want to be resource for the community for health and wellness information. There is so much data out there, sometimes it's conflicting, and it's difficult to figure out the best thing to do for yourself and your family. Give me a call. This is my passion.

Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I moved to the Valley in 1996 for the small town, fresh air and gorgeous mountains. I am originally from South Africa, another wonderful country, so the natural beauty here in Colorado is dear to my heart. My undergraduate studies were at the University of California, San Diego and I completed my doctorate degree at New York Chiropractic College in upstate New York, and Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. I am also a candidate for a fellowship from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? One day I was talking on the phone and a client overhead me use the abreviation "func. endo," which is short for functional endocrinology. She knew I used to be a spinning instructor and thought I was incorporating some kind of new "funk aerobics" into going over the handlebars.


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