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‘Believing in the power of touch’: Hometown Wellness provides chiropractic, homeopathy and massage therapy

Patients turn to health practitioners at Hometown Wellness in Hebron when they seek wellness care or pain relief without the use of prescription drugs.

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Hometown Wellness includes at left, massage therapist Carrie Fandrich, health practitioner Theresa Kuhn, receptionist Colleen Funk and chiropractor Dr. Sandee Funk. (Linda Sailer/The Dickinson Press)

Patients turn to health practitioners at Hometown Wellness in Hebron when they seek wellness care or pain relief without the use of prescription drugs.

Hebron native Dr. Sandee Funk opened the practice opened five years ago to provide chiropractic services.

Located at 725 Main St., Hometown Wellness also offers core synchronism and homeopathy by Theresa Kuhn and massage therapy by Carrie Fandrich.

“When I adjust the spine, it allows the nerves to start healing the body,” Funk said. “I do some muscle work. Everything I do is with my hands. I believe in the healing power of touch.”

Clients from throughout western North Dakota have found their way to the practice.

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“Most people come to me because they hurt,” Funk said. “It’s a mix of people. I see oilfield workers, I see farmers and ranchers, I see the elderly. I see a lot of kids in sports.”

Funk encourages parents of newborns to have their babies examined.

“If their nervous systems aren’t functioning properly, they may exhibit a multitude of symptoms,” she said. “Sometimes they are cholicky or not sleeping. Some structural problems, if not fixed early, can be problems into adulthood.”

The elderly come because they want to feel good, Funk added.

“Some might not walk as well anymore. Sometimes, it’s a vertigo issue,” Funk said. “It runs the gamut. A lot of times, they don’t feel well and it could be an improperly functioning nervous system.”

Funk is the daughter of Jim and Colleen Funk, who own a farm along the road to Golden Valley. Her mother works as receptionist for the practice.

Funk started high school at Hebron, but graduated from Bismarck High School after her parents moved there. She had planned to enroll in medical school after graduating from the University of Mary, but then she consulted a chiropractor during pregnancy.

“After seeing her and explaining what a chiropractor is, I reflected on what she said,” Funk said. “It’s not just for pain. It’s so much more,” she said.

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She appreciated chiropractic’s natural, drug-free approach to health care.

When a patient comes to the clinic, Funk does a health risk assessment about lifestyles. She inquires about eating habits, exercise and state of mental health. It’s the balance of all three in conjunction with a properly functioning spine that fosters wellness, she said.

“So once I realized what chiropractic was, I thought it was a much better route for who I am.”

Funk was accepted to Northwestern Health Sciences at Bloomington, Minn. Following her internship she worked in two chiropractic offices - one at Bismarck and another at Columbia, S.C. She was married by that time and felt Hebron would be a good place to raise a family of three sons - Justice, 12; Micaiah, 5, and Christian, 3. She returned to

Hebron in the summer of 2011 to open her practice.

Funk doesn’t hesitate to make referrals to other health practitioners as warranted by her diagnosis.

“Most people come to me because they hurt, but it’s my job as a practitioner not to tell them what they want to hear, but what is going on,” she said. “Structural issues or lifestyles may be affecting them. I like the education aspect of it.”

Her connections with the medical community have led to a decision to open a second chiropractic practice in Bismarck.

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“I have a good friend who is a medical doctor, and she is starting an independent medical office in Bismarck,” she said. “My friend asked me to open a business within her office. I thought long and hard about it. It sounds like multiple providers will be under one roof. It will be a good opportunity, not only for my family, but for my patients.”

When the office opens in upcoming weeks, Funk will work in Bismarck three days a week, and Hebron two days.

“It’s really exciting,” she said. “I’ll be working with other practitioners who have a heart for helping others.”

Core synchronism and homeopathy

Theresa Kuhn is a core synchronism and homeopathy practitioner.

Core synchromism is designed to assist nature in establishing harmony to all parts of the body and to activate an individual’s self-healing ability, she said.

“It is basically energy work, aligning bones, muscles and joints internally with a light touch,” she said. “A lot of times, people will feel heat or have a funny feeling in their feet.”

Kuhn started when her youngest daughter was constantly on antibiotics for ear infections.

“I figured there must be something else to help her get over it,” she said. “I started taking classes basically to help her.”

Kuhn also was trained in the use of homeopathy, described as a gentle and natural system of healing that works with the body to restore itself. Homeopathic medicines, known as “remedies” are made from natural sources such as plants and minerals and considered safe even for children, she said.

Kuhn was trained in Montana to use the “remedies” - pellets placed under the tongue to be dissolved to relieve symptoms associated with colds, ear infections, migraines and sore throats.

“I have five children, so if one gets sick in the middle of the night, that’s what I’ll go to first. It’s good for treating vomiting and diarrhea.”

Massage therapy

Licensed massage therapist Carrie Fandrich owns Massage by Carrie out of Richardton, but comes to Hebron once a week.

“I relive pain and muscle tension,” she said. “I have repeat customers who come mostly with shoulder and neck pain, some with hip problems - it’s a lot of people who work on computers.”

After a treatment, comments are similar, she said: “Oh, thank you. I’m ready for a nap.”

“Depending on the client, a lot of times, I focus on the upper body and shoulders. I do full body massage, including the glutes.”

Frandrich credits her father for an interest in massage therapy.

“He lost his right arm in an accident, and I was working his shoulder when he told me I had strong hands and should consider massage therapy,” she said. “It’s rewarding. I love helping people.”

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