Louisiana Chiropractic and Wellness Centers
Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Louisiana Chiropractic and Wellness Center was founded in 2005. The core purpose of our Doctors and staff is that Youthful Health can be restored, severe injuries can repair, and all of us have the right to feel young, strong, and flexible again through the natural, safe methods of Chiropractic, Massage, Physical Rehabilitation, and nutritional support.

To help our patients get back their health again, our clinic offers: Chiropractic spinal care for the entire back and neck including shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. Also available is Physical Rehabilitation to recover strength, flexibility, motion, and normal function. We have licensed Massage Therapists, and Acupuncturists on staff to assist with muscle tension, spasms, and to lower stress from injuries and our busy schedules.

Our clinic and our staff are very involved in the Calcasieu Parish community. We show our support for the Sheriff’s Department and the teachers and staff of the Calcasieu Parish School Board by providing appreciation days for those who teach and protect our community.

Our Doctors are specially trained to provide pain relief caused by pinched nerves, structural misalignments, headaches, and a number of other sources of pain that can be treated with natural, non-invasive methods. Contrary to popular belief the answer to pain is not a prescription. Yes, a prescription can provide a temporary fix to a permanent problem, but our staff can provide a permanent solution through Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Physical Rehabilitation, and proper nutrition.

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Our office is located at 2301 E. Prien Lake Rd. in Lake Charles, LA 70601, behind the Hobby Lobby, on the corner of 7th and Prien Lake Rd.

About Dr. Gary V. Mertz
Dr. Gary V. Mertz has been a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic for over 20 years. He studied Biological Sciences, Human Biophysics, and Spinal Biomechanics at San Jose State University in San Jose, California and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Sunnyvale, California. Dr. Gary received advanced certifications in the field of Chiropractic including: Electro-Diagnostics and Advanced Studies, and Certified Instructor of Spinal Mechanics and Human Biophysics.

Dr. Mertz has participated in: The American Biomechanical and Bioengineering Association, The International Chiropractic Association, The Vertebral Subluxation Research Institute, The World Chiropractic Association, and The American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Mertz attributes his decision to become a Doctor of Chiropractic after his own crippling injury and recovery due to Chiropractic Spinal Care. When Dr. Gary was 16 years old, he was paralyzed by a football injury. Several bones in his back were broken. The injury caused pressure on his spinal cord due to misalignments known as vertebral subluxation. He was unable to walk or even sit straight up and had no control over his lower body. Doctors told his parents that back surgery was necessary to repair his spine, and that he would never play sports again.

His parents decided to get a second opinion from a Chiropractor. Within a few short weeks of gentle Chiropractic adjustments he was able to get up and walk again. Within 6 months of Chiropractic Rehabilitation he was able to play football and even participated in the California State Championship in springboard diving for his high school swim team. Since his amazing recovery, attributed to Chiropractic care, Dr. Gary and his family have sought to expand the public awareness of this natural approach to healthcare.

Dr. Gary Mertz has two brothers who also became Chiropractors due to sports injuries. Together the three of them have been very influential in the field of Chiropractic. Their inspiration for advancing the field developed into teaching to the profession of Chiropractic. The Mertz brothers have traveled the world teaching spinal adjusting techniques, postural correction, and Chiropractic technologies, philosophies, and sciences. They have taught these methods in Australia, Europe, Central America, and throughout the United States. As leaders in the profession, one of the brothers, Dr. CJ Mertz, is a past President of the International Chiropractic Association (ICA).

Dr. Gary Mertz is highly trained, with over 20 of experience in the treatment of severe trauma, and accident injury victims such as spinal 'Whiplash' from auto, motorcycle, and 18-wheel truck crashes. Dr. Gary has also worked with professional and Olympic athletes, including rodeo teams. He has helped these athletes recover from injuries and increase their performance output levels.

WELCOME Dr. Frederick Hannie Jr. Chiropractic Physician

Louisiana Chiropractic and Wellness Center is very proud to welcome Dr. Frederick Hannie, D.C. as our newest Chiropractic Physician. Beginning June 2013, Dr. Frederick will practice here in our Lake Charles office. As our practice is expanding, we are fulfilling our patient needs with additional staff to serve them. We are confident, with his outstanding background, he will be an asset to our community.

Dr. Frederick was born and raised here in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School and McNeese State University where he is a former Track and Field record holder in the hammer throw.

A graduate of Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, Dr. Hannie received his Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) and also served as class president. His internships included McVey Chiropractic in League City, Texas and RICE University in Houston where he treated Rice University athletes in basketball, swimming, track and field, softball, baseball, football, and volleyball. While in Texas he was an active member of the Texas Chiropractic Council on Sports Injuries. Dr. Frederick has extensive training in functional movement, biomechanics, and specializes in sports injuries from prevention to rehabilitation. We are certain that his talents will benefit all of our patients.

Dr. Frederick is married to Sara Hopkins Frankovich Hannie. They both compete in powerlifting and he also competes post-collegiately in the hammer throw. Many of their date nights are spent at the gym. He trains every week to compete with the best in the nation in the hammer throw. His personal best was thrown in March 2012, 63.99 meters, one centimeter under the 2012 USA Track and Field Olympic trials provisional mark.

Dr. Frederick is very active in his community; he is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, was a volunteer coach for University of Houston track and field athletes, has also been assistant football coach for Oak Park Middle School here in Lake Charles, and coaches many local track and field athletes power lifting athletes in correct technique and proper biomechanics to minimize injury and maximize performance. Dr. Frederick Hannie is a dedicated, highly trained Doctor and is genuinely in

Years in Business

Louisiana Chiropractic and Wellness Centers has been in business for 5 years.
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My chiropractic story is one that I am willing to share with anyone who will listen. I have been faithfully attending Louisiana Chiropractic and Wellness Center for 8 months. I am dedicated to improving my health through chiropractic. They do an excellent job of making me feel comfortable. My body has been put through a series of adjustments, stretches, and exercises. I cannot say enough how great my body feels. When I go to bed at night, my rest is so peaceful. Before I started getting these treatments, I was restless and had a lot of pain in my body at night. Lastly, I would definitely recommend this center and its wonderful staff to anyone who may inquire about body wellness. I know thus far I have had a life changing experience and I am happy with the results. I am so looking forward to my next visit! I am on my way to not only a healthy tomorrow, but a healthy future!
Paula M., Lake Charles
Since coming to Louisiana Chiropractic and Wellness I have experienced a reduction in the constant numbness that I had in my leg and pain in my lower back. The pain and numbness I experienced was a result of an epidural accident that happened while delivering my first child 13 years ago. I just learned to live with the pain and discomfort. I was given the opportunity to come in last May, and I came with no expectations. I was extremely surprised to find that after a few short weeks I was feeling so much better with less numbness and pain! I feel more relaxed and sleep better and I look forward to coming to my appointments each week!
Ann B., Lake Charles
I started coming to Louisiana Chiropractic & Wellness Centers in May of 2011. I had been suffering with a pinched nerve and pulled muscles in my neck. I am a teacher, and all school year I was suffering with pain radiating down my right leg, and headaches almost daily. How could I be an effective teacher and mother with all this pain? After about a month and a half of receiving adjustments and therapy to my spine and hips Ihave no pain in my neck, back, leg, or head. I feel like I have more energy, a better posture, and more mobility in my neck. I decided that if I don’t take care of myself, how can I enjoy my family and be an effective teacher.
Michelle Y., Sulphur
Louisiana Chiropractic and Wellness Centers  -  2301 E. Prien Lake Rd.  -  Lake Charles , LA 70601  -  337-477-0600