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ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab

ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab is a locally owned chiropractic clinic in Altoona, opened by Dr. Thomas Pellatt. Dr. Pellatt grew up in Eau Claire and went to Regis High School where he played center for the varsity football team. It was while playing football and sustaining an injury that Dr. Pellatt was first introduced to the benefits of chiropractic. He experienced a quick healing time and noticed increased performance on the field after starting a regular treatment regimen.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2007 and decided to go on to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa for his doctorate of chiropractic. After graduation, Dr. Pellatt moved to Chicago where he treated patients in two large chiropractic firms over the course of three years. Dr. Pellatt worked with some of the very best chiropractors in Chicago and became specialized in many different techniques including Active Release Technique, Chiropractic Biophysics, Activator, and many more.

He decided to bring all that expertise and experience back to his hometown residents of the Chippewa Valley by opening a practice. ChiroElite is different than most chiropractic clinics. After working in insurance-based practices and seeing how expensive care still was for patients, Dr. Pellatt decided to make a change when he went out on his own. Rather than going through insurance, ChiroElite is strictly a cash practice. This decreases practice overhead for billing and non-covered services and passes savings on to the patients. Being a cash practice is not unique in itself but what sets ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab apart is memberships. One of the many possible payment options is the monthly, unlimited membership for either individuals, couples, or families. For a low, flat fee patients are able to schedule whenever they’d like and as often as they need for chiropractic care.

The membership serves two purposes. It makes receiving regular chiropractic care very affordable while at the same time incorporating a wellness approach to care. Healing and wellness through chiropractic takes time and multiple visits to have the best impact on a patient. Monthly memberships allow for patients to come and go as they please just like a gym and get the best possible value for their care. For those who have busy schedules, there are also punch cards and pay-per-visit options to accommodate just about any individual, couple, or family.

ChiroElite is also active in the community and hosts the Average Joes Evening Running Group every Wednesday at 5:30 PM. This is a group focused on improving cardio and endurance for beginning and intermediate runners. ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab is located at 903 S. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona, WI 54720. They can be reached at 715-832-9725 or visited on the web at

Parsley Medical Clinic: Is a direct pay practice right for you?

Parsley Medical Clinic, SC is a new direct pay Family Practice and OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment) clinic in Eau Claire. Direct pay practices are a growing trend nationwide and in Wisconsin. Parsley Medical Clinic opened to help provide care for individuals and/or families with high deductible insurance, health savings accounts, or no health insurance. This type of practice cuts out additional cost and markup by not billing insurance companies or federal or state health programs, which reduces office overhead in the process. This simplifies the process, and the savings are passed along to the patient by reducing charges for office visits, labs, and procedures, and offers traditional services that most primary care offices provide, such as physicals, sick/injury visits, minor office procedures, and medication refills when needed.

Direct pay practices, like Parsley Medical Clinic, take the guess work out of medical cost by making prices available before the visit. Payment is expected on the day of service after the visit, so there is no bill to worry about later. If requested, a coded receipt will be provided at checkout for patients to submit to their insurance for possible out-of-network benefits. If you have questions about reimbursement, call your insurance company before scheduling an appointment.

Jennifer Parsley, D.O., is an osteopathic physician who is board certified in Family Practice and is also one of seven board certified specialists of neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM) practicing in Wisconsin. In addition to treating all ages in her Family Practice clinic, she also specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems and uses a holistic treatment approach by combining her medical knowledge with manual manipulation (OMT) to treat problems like back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

“I enjoy making health care accessible and affordable to individuals who work hard to provide for their families but still have a tight budget. By simplifying our process, it allows me to take more time with my patients and improves patient satisfaction.” Osteopathic physicians offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today. Dr. Parsley adds, “Although we prefer you call ahead for an appointment, we currently welcome walk-ins too.” Parsley Medical Clinic is located in the Atrium Building at the corner of W. Clairemont Avenue and Highway 37. If you have a medical or musculoskeletal problem and would like more information, call our office at 715-514-3680 or visit the website at

Eau Claire Creates a Sustainability Commission

In December of 2013 the Eau Claire City Council created a new citizen commission called the Advisory Commission on Sustainability (ACS). Eight community members and one City Council member were appointed back in April. Members represent broad background in the environment, business, academia, and public arenas. Specific areas of knowledge brought are energy, waste, air quality, climate change, remediation, buildings, housing, food, and environmental public health.

After considering numerous projects, the commission recently developed an annual work plan. Continuing from the city’s previous Sustainable Bag Committee’s efforts, they will be devising an educational campaign to reduce, reuse, and recycle disposable shopping bags in the city. These recommendations will be considered by the City Council in early 2015. Other projects the commission is undertaking include: drafting a pollinator honeybee-keeping ordinance to protect the food supply, encouraging water efficiency and conservation measures, evaluating a construction and demolition waste ordinance to reuse salvaged materials, promoting or requiring green buildings, and increasing support for affordable community solar. Both Xcel Energy and Eau Claire Energy Cooperative are investigating solar projects. The ACS intends to conduct a survey in the fall to help gauge public interest in receiving power from a solar facility. The city is considering siting a larger solar electric array facility at the former Sky Park Landfill site.

Meetings of the commission are open to the public. If interested in attending, full commission meets in Eau Claire’s city hall at 1:00 p.m., the second Friday, every other month. Their sub-committees meet at 1:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month, at the same location. Visit the city’s website to learn more and keep up with proceedings, or call the Community Development Department at 715-839-4914 for more information.

Massage Therapy Awareness Week

Have you ever wondered if massage could be beneficial for your health condition?   What type of massage do you need to have to help manage your health issues?  Did you know that not every type of massage is good for all health conditions?  Sometimes there are contraindications to doing a specific technique or maybe one technique will offer better results for your condition than another. Wouldn’t you like to know which is which?

Massage Therapy Awareness week is October 19-25 and Globe University, local massage therapists and the YMCA are pairing up on October 23 at the YMCA on Graham Ave., downtown Eau Claire, Entrance A.

This day will include sample massages for a variety of health conditions, runners assessments, informational brochures and chair massages will be offered by donation with all proceeds going to the Livestrong program at the YMCA.

The LiveStrong program is a FREE program tailored to fit the special needs of cancer survivors who would like to improve their quality of life before, during and after treatment.  Personal trainers who have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, rehabilitative exercise and supportive cancer care will work with individuals one on one or small group.

You don’t have to be a member of the YMCA to attend the general public is welcome.

Affordable Energy Conference

November 8, 2014 from noon to 5:00 pm • Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire • No cost to attend

Conference Goal and Audience: Solar Power Wisconsin: Affordable Energy Conference is designed to promote solar  electric installations in the Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin. Speakers will address issues for businesses, organizations and individuals considering solar energy.  Attend to learn how solar energy can profit you, how to achieve a community solar project, and  about energy conservation.

Keynote Speaker: Tyler Huebner, Executive Director of RENEW Wisconsin

Breakout Sessions Include: • Solar Installations for Homeowners • Solar Installations for Businesses • Solar Installations for Churches and Organizations – Community Solar • Energy Conservation • Utilities Panel Discussion • Current Solar Policy

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