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What Our Patients Say

Here are a few things some of our patients have said about us over the years. If you have a story you'd like to share with others, please email it to [email protected]

385-0322 quickly became a well remembered number in our household. We relocated from the east coast back in the mid 1970's and were promptly introduced to small town values. Mother had a severe sciatica attack and could barely move. Our neighbors, the Mannings, recommended Jim Carlson. He came out to our house, gave mother several adjustments, recommended some exercises and relieving treatments until she was able to get into the office. With my father having been a physical therapist and homeopathic physician we were well aware of the benefits of chiropractic treatment. Therefore it was no surprise the whole family soon became "regulars of Carlson's".

My being a caregiver for over 20 years meant taking care of myself. When my back and sciatica started giving me messages, it became evident that it was time to establish a wellness program with Janel, having regular adjustments, massage and acupuncture.

Celebrating my 90th birthday recently and well on my way to 91, I can honestly say it's been a comfort to know I have "hollering rights" and a delight to watch 3 generations of Carlson's grow. My best to you all.

Clare B. Lacey

Today, I sing that song with a joyous feeling, because of Carlson Chiropractic, natural health center, in Port Townsend, WA.

Moving to PT in 2001, I had more than 150 "boxes" of books, magazines, newspaper clippings, a few clothes, some furniture in storage for 20 years. I love waking up early; however, the next morning after moving : .. damn ... DAMN! I couldn't move ... PAIN! I could not move ... called my friend Ida ...I was NOT going to a chiropractor, no way. DAMN! I can't move ... OK ... I give up, she took me to Dr. Janel Carlson, who "put me together!" With a little bit of help from Dr. Melissa Carlson.

She changed the way I walked, the way I sleep, and what I was eating. In August 2010, Christi Deputy, dietician/nutritionist, suggested whole food dietary supplements. Within a week, I knew I felt better.

Today, July 2011, my lungs are clear. My health, at 81 years old, is fantastic! No diabetes, no heart problems, no strokes, and no hip/knee replacements. I made some dramatic changes in my health which started with Carlson Chiropractic clinic! Yes! I feel good!

Joyce L. O'Neal

My Chiropractic Angel

Dr. Janel Carlson was my angel one very early morning in July 1997. At 4:30 or 5 am., noises from outside awakened me and my cranky response was to hurry over and slam the window shut. It was a long reach to grab hold of the window and I tripped on my husband's shoes doing it. Suddenly I was seized with the most excruciating pain in my lower back that I've ever experienced. It was the beginning of a long, painful period with no comfort zone in any position.

My husband had never seen me cry but I was sobbing, shrieking sometimes, this early morning. He phoned Dr. Janel at her home in spite of the hour and soon she was in my bedroom with her portable devices. I expected immediate relief as I usually had from a chiropractic treatment but that was not to be and for the next few days she made house calls, sometimes twice a day, until my primary physician could admit me into the hospital. Fortunately the herniated disc did not require surgery and some administered pain relief helped me achieve a level of comfort.

During the time Janel was seeing me she was also seeing to her daughter in childbirth.

Recently, nearly 15 years later, Dr. Janel made another house call on my behalf. I had been in an automobile accident and although I "only" had a broken arm, my body was badly in need of an adjustment. Since I couldn't drive, my chiropractic angel came to my rescue. Not only did she come to my home, she picked me up and took me to the office for more adjustments in the weeks that followed.

Dr. Janel has said this personal service is part of small town living. I think it is also her caring nature and belief in her ability to do the best for all her patients.

Phyllis Scidmore

For the wonderful women at Carlson Chiropractic Center, here's my story:

There is an art to being a good practitioner of any healing art. And, there is an art to being a good patient, as I have been humbly learning for the past five years. For me, being a good patient includes primarily listening for, and being accountable to, the small wise voice of my "inner physician" or intuition. And secondarily, it means knowing how to ask the right questions from the right
practitioner/s at the right time. The quality of my life improved immensely when I followed the advice of my inner physician and asked for help from the healers at Carlson Chiropractic Center in September, 2008.

Janel Carlson, Melissa Carlson, and Christy Deputy embody and practice steadfast confidence in our BodyMindSpirit's miraculous design for self healing. The diagnostic and treatment methods they practice in words and deeds honor the wisdom and unique inner timing of each individual's process.

With the help of gentle Structural adjustments, Nutritional and Neuro Emotional support, my BodyMindSpirit is healing from a myriad of problems throughout my body.

Quoting Lakota Chief Oren Lyons: "The Peace Maker said, 'Never take hope from the people. Give the people hope. And what is hope? It's leadership. It's principle. And that means the leader's got to be out there, front.'" I offer my heartfelt gratitude to everyone at Carlson Chiropractic Center for steadfastly and skillfully shining the Light of Hope out in front of me through my process of regaining vitality on all levels. We are designed to Heal!

Sincerely and with much love and good wishes for another 40 years,
Lois Barnett