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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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