Dr. Jonathan Schneider
I am originally from Huron, SD and I attended South Dakota State University where I played on a conference winning baseball teams. Upon graduation I attended Northwestern Health Sciences University, a chiropractic college, in Minneapolis, MN. I choose this school because of its philosophy of total health care. My practicing philosophy has to do with the helping patients achieve their goals. A lot of times it has to do with an inability for that patient to do something. Whether it be work, sports, or just getting out to play cards with friends, usually patients have a need to get back to doing something that they currently can not do due to their pain levels. Our goal initially is to get rid of their pain and restore their function. There is a difference in that patient who just wants pain control and that ‘athletic’ patient who needs to be able to run, jump, and do things at a higher functionality. This doesn’t just represent athletic patients but those who have specific jobs who need to be able to get back and perform at a high level. Another type of care I provide is supportive care. This refers to that patient who may not have unbearable pain but wants to stay functioning and not have any specific problems. I see these patients about once a month or so to help them maintain their current level of capacity. I have a wife, Ann and three children. Our kids are quite active and keep us on the move. Ann and I met at SDSU when she was on the softball team and I was on the baseball team. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and watching my kids's activities. Thank you for your interest in chiropractic care. I am here to assist you in reaching your goals and get you on with your life!
Dr. Steven Clites
When I started chiropractic school, I immediately took an interest in anatomy and embryology. Learning how the body developed and how the different parts functioned fascinated me. A friend of mine attended the Mayo Medical School at the same time and I found it interesting how similar the curriculum’s were. It made me more confident that I was receiving a high quality education that would help me provide a high quality of health care in the future .My decision to pursue chiropractic came about gradually. I spent my first two and half years of college at SDSU pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. About two years into the curriculum I decided to explore other options. My father suggested I talk to a local chiropractor that was also a friend of the family. After spending some time talking with this Doctor I decided to switch majors and start taking my prerequisites for chiropractic school. I graduated with a BS in biology and went on to attend Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota. Once I had to opportunity to begin treating patients, I could see the impact I could have on their health by utilizing the skills I was taught in school. This was when I knew I had made the right decision.
My goals are to provide the best treatment in a quick and effective manner that best fits the patient’s treatment goals. Once the patient’s goals are determined, an accurate diagnosis of the problem must be reached. I must determine if the patient’s problem is one I can help with. If the problem can be helped by chiropractic, my goal is to help the body function by correcting body’s mechanics (structure). If I can correct the structural problems that occur the body can then function optimally. Education regarding nutrition and physical activity can often help address a problem that goes beyond a simple mechanical problem. If a patient’s problem cannot be addressed by chiropractic, then I need to point them in a direction to where they can receive the proper care.
I grew up in Brookings and after high school attended SDSU, where I received my BS in biology. I was a member of the baseball team through my sophomore year. During my junior year of college I met my wife Jennifer while she was on Christmas break from the USD school of law. We have two children, Benjamin and Anya, and one dog named Coco. Ben is five and just started kindergarten this fall at Hillcrest Elementary. Anya is two and her switch is on “go” from morning to night. In my free time I enjoy relaxing at home with my wife and kids, golf, softball, and spending time with my large extended family in the Brookings area.
My family gets adjusted every couple of weeks, or more if they are not feeling well. While we seem to be constantly going from one activity to another we still find the time to eat mostly home cooked meals. Most of the snacks our children eat consist of fruits and vegetables. We recently began juicing our own fruit and vegetable juice, which the kids enjoy making and drinking. The kids are involved in many activities to get their exercise including soccer, t-ball, gymnastics, ice-skating, tae kwon do, and swimming. When the weather allows, my wife and I enjoy going on walks around the neighborhood with the kids. I personally enjoy biking for my main method of exercise.
Thank you to Brookings Chiropractic Center for the opportunity to be a part of this great facility. I look forward to being a part of the team.
Dr. Trevor A Penning
I have always been interested in healthcare and knew it would be the best road for me to take early in life. 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 where I had the opportunity to work at the largest chiropractic office in the area for 4 years. This experience very much solidified why I wanted to become a doctor of chiropractic. I choose to attend Northwestern Health Science University for chiropractic school 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.
My goals for practice are very simple and straightforward. Most people are drawn to chiropractors because we specialize in pain management and relief. My primary goal is get you out of pain as quickly as possible so that you can resume your normal 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 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.
In my own life, an active lifestyle and regular chiropractic adjustments, along with a good diet and exercise, help balance daily work and stress levels. I encourage you to consider Brookings Chiropractic Center (605-696-7222) 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.
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