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.
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 interested in the health of his patients.
A Message from Dr. Frederick:
"I believe the most important thing in life is function. Chiropractic covers a variety of tools to help people function as efficiently as possible. Adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and corrective exercise can improve every person's quality of life. I consider chiropractors to be mechanics of the human body. Whether you consider yourself a Jaguar, BMW, a civic, a jeep liberty, a monster truck, or a minivan, you can always perform better with a mechanic. I am excited to finally be home and ready to serve the community!"
Wendy Taylor, ARRT
Radiological Technologist/ Chiropractic Assistant
Wendy joined our practice in January of 2013. She is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelors of Science in Radiology. Wendy assists with all examinations, posture analyses, and x-rays. Along with ensuring the best care for our patients, she assists our Doctors with case managing and documentation. Wendy has been an amazing asset to our team here at Louisiana Chiropractic.
Phillip Savoy, LMT
Physical Therapy Aide/ Rehab Tech/ Massage Therapist
Phillip Savoy began working with Louisiana Chiropractic in October of 2010. In addition to being a Licensed Massage Therapist, he is a Licensed Physical Therapy Aide and has several certifications in Rehab including: trained in RockTape application and Certified as a Functional Movement Expert in the Functional Movement System and Cage Motion which utilizes corrective exercises for proper performance and function of the human body.
Irina Rice, LMMT
Medical Massage Therapist
Irina has been performing medical massage with Louisiana Chiropractic since 2006. She has extensive training in massage and has gone over and beyond to learn the greatest techniques in soft tissue therapy. Her training includes deep tissue, myofacial release, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, trigger point, and medical massage.
Front desk/Chiropractic Assistant
Samantha is a life-long patient of chiropractic and has been getting adjusted since birth. She began working part time in 2006 while attending high school and later McNeese, and now runs the flow of the entire office. She holds a certification in x-ray proficiency and is our team quarterback.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Lynda is a graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies. She has been an advocate for natural healthcare and began as Community Outreach Coordinator for Louisiana Chiropractic in March of 2010. She enjoys being actively involved in the community.