Meet the Practitioners

Michael J. Dalan, DC, CCSP
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Dr. Dalan was born in sunny Westminster, California where he stayed for most of his first five years. Near Lancaster, home of the proud Pennsylvania Dutch, he then resided ten years in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. In 1979, he finally moved to sleepy Johnsburg, Illinois when he was 15 years old.

Dr. Dalan attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa; College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL; and Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL on his way to receiving his B.S. degree is in Human Biology.

Dr. Dalan was awarded his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in 1989 by National University in the "Lilac City", Lombard, Illinois

He completed 100 additional post doctoral hours in the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians (CCSP) program at National with successful certification completion at its terminus.

Dr. Dalan worked diligently as an associate doctor in two local practices where he refined his clinical skills and learned how to treat the person behind the condition.

In 1993, Dr. Dalan opened the Chiropractic Wellness Center, PC, where he has been for fifteen years.

Dr. Dalan's personal practice interests include all types of sports injuries and stress related disorders. He is intrigued by all malfunctions of the body, whether he ends up treating them or sending them to other professionals for specialist intervention. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact the CWC.

Carol B. Low, Psy.D.

The Center for Conscious Living, the clinical psychology practice of Dr. Carol B. Low, has been housed within CWC since 1996. Dr. Low specializes in medical problems that have a psychological component. These include Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other functional digestive disorders; autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): allergies and asthma, and chronic pain problems from low back pain to neuropathy to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and headaches. In disorders such as these, there is impaired communication between brain and body that needs to be fixed for healing to proceed. For example, in RSD the thalamus in the brain that gates pain signals has failed to register that the painful limb has healed. In allergies, the body is reacting to otherwise harmless substances as if they are toxic.

Dr. Low uses a relatively unique set of treatment techniques including clinical hypnosis, cognitive and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), and sensorimotor psychotherapy (SP) to reestablish the mind-body connection at a higher level of functioning. Research on clinical hypnosis abounds demonstrating its efficacy in such mind-body disorders as well as in preparing for surgery and childbirth, stopping smoking, losing weight, and getting over anxiety and depression. REBT is one of the most effective tools for alleviating depression, anxiety, phobias, and processing change at a cognitive level while the hypnosis works at a more intuitive level. SP is a specialized technique for working through body memories of trauma that is often used in conjunction with other techniques.

Psychological services also include family and couples therapy and weekend intensives for out-of-town clients. Dr. Low has training in early childhood education and childbirth preparation, as well as a Masters in Applied Family and Child Studies, and a Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Laura Slodkowski, CMT
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Laura Slodkowski, CMT, received her training and graduated from the Wellness and Massage Training Institute in Woodridge, IL in 1999. Laura, a certified massage therapist, has been working with The Chiropractic Wellness Center for the last nine years in conjunction with Dr. Dalan to provide patient care. Her massage therapy focuses on relaxation, specific pain relief, and aids in muscle preparation to optimize adjustment effectiveness.

Laura's goal is to create the most original and effective bodywork through integration of massage techniques to provide rehabilitation and relaxation. She customizes each client's massage by tailoring bodywork to their exact needs. She is a dedicated professional and provides an environment that combines elements of science and nature with human touch.

Laura's specializes in Deep Tissue Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Range of Motion Restoration, Acupressure, Reflexology and Positional Release. She also provides clients with active assisted stretching and guidance on continued, at home, care.

Dr. Dalan and Laura frequently collaborate on an individual patient's care to provide more exacting results. Patients who have intense pain or chronic compensatory changes may see Laura for a few sessions before embarking on the chiropractic portion of care. Many patients also use massage as an interventional tool to maximize the effectiveness of their adjustments with Dr. Dalan.

You can schedule an appointment with Laura on Wednesdays between 10:00am and 6:00pm, and on Fridays between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. Massage rates are $43 for 30 minutes, $71 for 60 minutes, and $99 for 90 minutes. We suggest beginning with a 30 minute appointment to get a good feel for massage and to allow the therapist a chance to get to "know" your body. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, contact the CWC.