Dr. Trevor A Penning
I had never visited a chiropractor before, but knew I wanted to be one when I got older. According to my 8th grade career interest survey, the healthcare field would be the best road for me to take. I started looking into healthcare professions and chiropractic looked to be the most intriguing. Working construction in my high school years led me to value the basic structure of any house, while chiropractic led me to value the basic structure of the spine and the human body. My undergraduate course work started out at Mankato State University with a pre-chiropractic major. I started diving into chemistry and biology, then some business classes, and finally exercise science. Needless to say, I ended up taking enough credits to receive several bachelor degrees. It never really changed from the beginning though, my focus was always going to graduate school and becoming what I set out in 8th grade. While at Mankato State, I had the opportunity to work at the largest chiropractic office in the area for 4 years. I witnessed miracles daily and this experience solidified so much why I wanted to become a doctor of chiropractic. Seeing a patient literally crawl into the clinic for an appointment and then proceed to WALK back out was a weekly occurrence.
I choose to attend Northwestern Health Science University because of their solid foundation in the clinical sciences and diagnostic skills. It was also the closest to my family and friends in southern Minnesota and the family farm in Kiester. One instructor that made a major impact for me was a radiologist named Dr. Rich. His clinical imaging and case studies class was very precise. He had great enthusiasm for his job and fellow colleagues. He took the time to show me exactly what things could benefit a patient and the benefits of alternative treatments. This is something that I use every day.
My goals for practice are very simple and straightforward. Most people are drawn to chiropractors because we specialize in pain management and relief. Therefore, my primary goal is get you out of pain as quickly as possible so that you can resume your daily activities without discomfort. Corrective and rehabilitative care is always an option for you, which can decrease your chance for future aggravations of the same condition. My goals are to assist the patient down either road so they can get back to the things that mean the most. My care is always patient centered and patient choice. I give honest and sincere advice and allow the patient to make the ultimate choice of care.
I grew up on a farm in a small southern Minnesota town. This experience has been invaluable to me in regards to work ethic and trying to be a humble person. While in high school I enjoyed playing a variety of sports and being active. I worked construction in the summer months and enjoyed every second of it. I met my wife, Brittany, at Mankato State and we have been married a little over one year now. We purchased our first home soon after and it definitely feels like adulthood now. She is an analytical lab technician at SGS, Int. here in Brookings. We do not have children yet, but do foresee some in the future. We are both Minnesota natives, so we created a South Dakota bucket list and spend time completing it. We go to the gym together most evenings, spend time with our two puppies (Winnie and Oreo), and generally find ourselves relaxing with family and friends. I enjoying working with all types of patients and especially with high school and college athletes.
My wife and I receive regular chiropractic treatments and encourage my patients to do the same. We maintain active lifestyles and feel that chiropractic adjustments, along with a good diet and exercise, help balance our daily work and stress levels.
Brookings Chiropractic Center has been established since 2005. We have a team approach to healthcare. Our facility has five chiropractors (Drs. Chad Munsterman, Jon Schneider, Steve Clites, Mike Nass and myself), a physical therapist (Brenda Buus PT), a massage therapy (Cindy Koppatschek CMT), a podiatrist (Dr. Kham Ung, DPM 605-693-7246) and Brookings Pain Management Center (Dr. Fred Fisher, MD 605-693-7246).
I encourage you to consider Brookings Chiropractic Center (605-695-7222) as a resource of information and education to help achieve your health goals and maintain the most precious asset you will ever own – YOUR HEALTH.