meet the team
Benjamin Smetana D.C.
Dr. Ben was born and raised in Pine City, MN. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1999. Dr. Ben attended chiropractic school at Northwestern College of Chiropractic, receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree with Cum Laude honors in 2003.
Dr. Ben resides in White Bear Lake with his wife Jaclyn and their sons Moses and Axel. In his spare time, Dr. Ben enjoys traveling, fishing, hunting, playing hockey, watching sports and playing guitar.
Dr. Ben specializes in wellness chiropractic and is a certified Creating Wellness coach through the Creating Wellness Alliance. As a wellness chiropractor, Dr. Ben helps his clients regain their health and maximize their quality of life by working with them to improve their lifestyle and the function of their nervous system. His work is based on a simple but elegant understanding of health. First, we were born to be healthy. Our bodies are self-healing, self-regulating and designed to express health at all times. Second, our nerve system (brain, spinal cord and nerve network) is the master controlling system of our body. Finally, stress (which may be physical, chemical or mental/emotional) that is beyond our ability to adapt, overwhelms our nerve system and cause subluxations; a breakdown of the communication within our nerve network. Subluxations reduce the healing and regulating the ability of our bodies, leading to the loss of our health and quality of life.
In addition to experiencing tremendous relief from many physical concerns, many of Dr. Ben’s best clients have also reported experiencing numerous other side benefits as a result of his care. Benefits such as improved sleep, more energy, relief from other aches and pains, improved digestion and elimination, greater clarity of thought, improved outlook and attitude, fewer colds and improved immune function, greater stamina, decreased need for some medications and better overall health.
Dr. Ben has been trained to use the Insight Millennium Subluxation Station, a state-of-the-art technology that measures the function of the nerve system, to locate these nerve disturbances. He then uses a very gentle and specific method of the chiropractic adjustment to restore proper nerve function which leads to improved health. His approach is so gentle that it has been safely applied to infants as young as one hour old to those into their 90’s.
The gentle chiropractic spinal analysis and adjusting technique that Dr. Ben uses, in addition to traditional “hands-on” adjusting is called “Torque Release Technique.” The information below is to allow you to better understand the basis for this technique and how it affects your body.
- Torque release bases its technique on gentle touch and light thrusting by hand or instrument. This low-force adjusting method allows the nervous system to better integrate and understand the new corrective information and to process it throughout the spinal cord and brain.
- Your spinal corrections do not stop once you get off the table. They continue as you breathe and move. You may notice that you hear a click or popping sound in your spine later on the same day after the torque release adjustment. That’s your body realigning and correcting its own subluxations.
- Torque release teaches and empowers your body to make more corrections and healing with ongoing care.
- Because analysis and correction are not limited to just the area of pain and symptom, integration tends to be more complete and healing experiences are deeper in all areas of the body, mind, and emotions.
- Torque Release releases tensions on the spinal cord by correcting subluxations of spinal segments intimately connected with the meninges or attachments of the spinal cord. It leads to profound neurological changes that benefit everyone – no matter what symptom or level of health they are currently experiencing.
The primary intent of Torque Release Technique is to progressively reduce blockages and tension of the entire spinal system, to release trapped unresolved patterns in the body/mind, and to facilitate the reintegration of the nervous system, allowing a greater expression of one’s healing and performance capabilities.
In addition to experiencing tremendous relief from many physical concerns, Dr. Ben’s best clients have also reported experiencing numerous other side benefits as a result of his care. Benefits such as improved sleep, more energy, relief from other aches and pains, improved digestion and elimination, greater clarity of thought, improved outlook and attitude, fewer colds and improved immune function, greater stamina, decreased need for some medications and better overall health.
Heidi Salonek D.C.
Dr. Heidi was born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota. She received an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate of Science degree from Hibbing Community College and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin–River Falls to complete her undergraduate studies with a major in biology and minor in chemistry.
Dr. Heidi attended Northwestern College of Chiropractic and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2000. She also took a year of post-graduate studies to become certified in pediatric care. She practiced as an associate doctor for five years and in April of 2006, along with Dr. Smetana, opened up Oak Springs Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center.
In 2006, Dr. Salonek became a Creating Wellness Practitioner with extensive training in administering customized wellness programs for individuals. She went on to receive advanced training to be certified as a corporate wellness consultant and coach. Integrating her training as a doctor of chiropractic with Creating Wellness programs, she has become an outstanding coach, motivator, public speaker, and passionate advocate for creating a healthier community.
Dr. Salonek is a member of the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association and is certified as a pediatric chiropractor. Her specialty and passion lies in specific and gentle techniques to care for women and children. This training has helped a large number of women through the many body changes of pregnancy and also has helped alleviate numerous cases of childhood illnesses such as ear infections, colic, reflux, spinal stress, and torticollis.
Dr. Heidi is an active member of the North St Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Rotary Club and resides in Roseville, Minnesota with her family. She enjoys reading, exercising, playing outside, spending quality time with her family and close friends, fishing, gardening, and volunteering in the community.
Sarah Berg D.C.
Dr. Sarah grew up on a farm in a small town in northern Minnesota, where she completed high school before attending Minnesota State University Moorhead, intending to continue on to medical school. It was during her time at MSUM that she truly found her passion for chiropractic after seeing how it helped members of her family who had been unable to find relief with traditional medicine, herself included.
As she learned more about the benefits of chiropractic care, her interest only continued to grow. She continued to study the human body through her MSUM education, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with an emphasis in Health and Medical Sciences, and a minor in Psychology. From there, she moved to Bloomington, MN to obtain her Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern Health Sciences University.
While at Northwestern, Dr. Sarah learned how much more there is to chiropractic than just pain relief. The human body is designed to be in a state of health and wellness; anything less than that is an indication that something isn’t working at its best. We all know someone who routinely takes pain medication to feel normal. Dr. Sarah herself dealt with a year-long headache, which she “controlled” with over-the-counter medication. After seeing her chiropractor for the first time, she learned that the constant pain didn’t need to be her “normal”.
Our bodies let us know when something isn’t quite working right. When we pay attention, we can feel the signs: a little bit of stiffness here and there, problems with sleep and digestion, fatigue, just “feeling off” . . . the list goes on. The more we pay attention, the easier it becomes to notice these signs. Many of Dr. Sarah’s patients are surprised to learn that pain is one of the last things to show up when something is wrong and one of the first things to go away. Pain and illness set in when our bodies have simply had enough.
Dr. Sarah says that it makes her day when a patient tells her they want to learn how to attain overall wellness through natural healthcare. While she knows that chiropractic doesn’t solve everything, she loves teaching her patients how their bodies work and finding the best solution for them. Not only can chiropractic help to get her patients out of pain, but it can and should be used to keep their bodies moving and “working” the way they’re designed. Dr. Sarah is eager to help the people of her community achieve lasting health and wellness through chiropractic!
Tyler DePaulis D.C.
Dr. Tyler is a 2019 graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN, where he earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic. Prior to licensure, he completed his internship at The Natural Care Center of Woodbury & has practiced at Oak Hill Chiropractic in Mahtomedi.
Dr. Tyler grew up in Woodbury, MN, and currently resides in New Richmond with his wife Dr. Sarah. He enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, and camping. Dr. Tyler is looking forward to serving the community of Oakdale and the surrounding areas!
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