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Chiropractic Staff

Derek J. Hartmann, D.C., Cert. MDT, C.S.C.S.

Head chiropractic physician and President of The Hart Wellness Center. Dr. Hartmann was born and raised in the Homewood-Flossmoor area. He was a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School where he became a 6-time state champion gymnast. He went on to attend The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana on a Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship where his major was Sports Medicine and Kinesiology. He then attended The National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. He was awarded a second Bachelors degree in Human Biology and eventually went on to receive his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. He has been practicing the skill, art and science of chiropractic locally for a decade. Dr. Hartmann specializes in the treatment of disc injuries of the neck and lower back, extremity problems and uses innovative ways to bring healing to difficult cases. He is credentialed by the International McKenzie Institute and practices the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Currently, Dr. Hartmann is 1 of less than 100 chiropractors in the United States that holds this certification. He is trained in and practices Functional Dry Needling. Dr. Hartmann is also full-body certified in Fascial Distortion Model. He is trained in the evidence-based technique for inner peace and wellness known as Transcendental Meditation and practices daily. Dr Hartmann’s philosophy in practice is simple…patient education, self-treatment strategies and being proficient in manual therapy techniques. What results should I expect when I see Dr. Hartmann? We will work to FIX your problem as fast as we possibly can; so you can get you back doing the things that you want to do pain-free. For every new patient that enters our office, we expect complete resolution of your symptoms in less than 6 visits.

Connect with Dr. Derek J. Hartmann @ drhartmann@hartwellnesscenter.com

Kevin J. Curtin, D.C.

Dr. Curtin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences. While maintaining a private practice in is hometown of Homer Glen, IL, and providing practice coverage for vacationing and sick doctors, he was given an opportunity to teach Anatomy and Physiology at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL on a part-time basis. After his first week of teaching, he knew that he wanted to make a career out of educating students. Following a yearlong assignment as an adjunct instructor of Anatomy and Physiology, he was afforded the opportunity to join the Clinical Sciences Department at National University of Health Sciences as a full-time faculty. In 2016, Dr. Curtin was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences. He is the co-author of a truly innovative video book series titled Advanced Manipulation: Theory and Technique. In November of 2013, Dr. Curtin joined The Hart Wellness Center where he offers a combination of biomedical acupuncture/functional dry needling and gentle comprehensive chiropractic care to his patients. His clinical interest includes management of chronic pain with electro acupuncture.

Connect with Dr. Kevin J. Curtin @ drcurtin@hartwellnesscenter.com

Alexander J. Buechter, D.C.

Dr. Buechter was born and raised in the small town of Baldwin, WI where he went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Human Performance. Dr. Buechter then made the transition to Illinois graduating summa cum laude from National University of Health Sciences in 2017. He has completed the first 2 courses in the training for the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and is looking forward to completing the series. Dr. Buechter is excited to begin caring for patients at the Hart Wellness Center focusing on musculoskeletal disorders.

Connect with Dr. Alexander J. Buechter @ drbuechter@hartwellnesscenter.com

Brianne Holmes, D.C.

Dr. Brianne Holmes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in June 2014. Since then she has been expanding her knowledge on functional medicine and functional neurology especially concerning the health of children and women. She is currently working on her neurology diplomat at the Carrick Institute. Dr. Holmes’ focus includes the pediatric care of spectrum disorders, colic, ear infections and cyclical vomiting and the women’s health issues relating to thyroid dysfunction, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, infertility and migraine headaches.

Connect with Dr. Brianne Holmes @ drholmes@hartwellnesscenter.com

Amy Lambert, LMT – Massage Therapist

Amy joined The Hart Wellness Center in 2011. She is a graduate of Redfern Training Systems School of Massage Therapy. She brings many years experience from the spa industry and specializes in deep tissue massage. She has a wide variety of experience in clinical bodywork, athletes, Swedish and geriatric massage, and hot stone massage techniques.

Paul Arrivo, LMT – Massage Therapist

Paul joined The Hart Wellness Center in 2013. Born and raised in Homewood, my first experience with massage was through my own sports injury. Clinical massage gave me the most relief and allowed me to recover much faster from my surgery. I graduated from Kaplan College in June 2011 with a certificate in clinical massage therapy. I specialize in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and have recently picked up warm Bamboo massage as well. Bamboo massage utilizes heated bamboo sticks that can be used for both relaxation and deep tissue massage making it a multifaceted modality.

Santina Branch, LMT – Massage Therapist

Santina is a graduate of The Soma Institue of Massage Therapy. She also attended Saint Xavier University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Santina has experience with pregnancy massage, athletes, and specializes in Swedish, and Deep Tissue. She first encountered the benefits of massage therapy working as a volunteer therapy aid at Saint Michales Special Education on the Navajo Reservation. Santina became inspired and noticed significantly how massage therapy aided in the student’s physical and cognitive well being.

Marie Rzab, RYT – Massage Therapist

Marie started her journey as a physiotherapist in France. During this time, she discovered Chinese medicine and became a shiatsu therapist. She understood that the healing process requires a fluidity in the energy channels and in the mind, that can re-connect body and mind. So along with the manual therapy she was already performing, she was wanting to discover more about Chinese medicine. She began plantar reflexology, Tai Chi Chuan Chen with a Chinese master in Paris and became certified to teach Tai Chi Chuan. Upon arrival in the US, she had the opportunity to try yoga and immediately fell in love with this philosophy and science that she believes to be most beautiful and complete. The one that brings the student to be his own healer thanks the discipline that it requires. In this way, liberating his own energy and mind. After getting certified in a 200 hour teaching program, she studied Ashtanga, with Manju Pattabi Jois and Alexia Bauer. She found freedom in the challenge of the poses, discipline in its practice and beauty and calm with the chanting and pranayama. The codification of the sequences in Ashtanga that is cleverly built, brings the student to a higher level of liberation in body and mind.

Candace Zavoral – Office Manager

Candace joined The Hart Wellness Center in 2010. She provides a friendly and outgoing personality at the front desk and makes everyone feel warm and welcome. She brings many years of practice operation experience from working in the dental industry. She has a thorough knowledge of insurance, billing and coding to make a stress-free patient experience.

Connect with Candace Zavoral @ – candace@hartwellnesscenter.com