Dr. Bonnie Verhunce


Dr_Bonnie_Verhunce_G_1_1.jpgDr. Bonnie Verhunce graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic (the Fountainhead of Chiropractic) in Davenport, Iowa in 1999. She started Vitality Chiropractic in Des Moines, Washington 8 years ago and is active in the community. She has been active in the Des Moines Rotary for 7 years, including acting as Secretary for three years, and was the first female President of the West Seattle Early Birds Toastmasters group. Dr. Bonnie, as her patients affectionately call her, is an avid runner and cyclist. She has participated in many triathlons (Seattle and Austin, TX) and she also rides regularly in bicycle tours, including the RSVP, a two-day bike trip from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., and Swervin' & Curvin' in the Yakima Valley.

Dr. Bonnie is a member of the Washington State Chiropractic Association (WSCA) as well as the International Chiropractic Association (ICA). She received certification from the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association (ICPA) as a pediatric/obstetric chiropractor, and has adjusted hundreds of infants and expectant mothers. Dr. Bonnie specializes in helping women balance their hormones naturally through the use of saliva testing and supplementation.

My Chiropractic Success Story:
About twenty-five years ago, my life changed forever. I was attending college in Madison, Wisconsin and was having a difficult time with classes because of daily headaches and migraines. By the age of 20, I had already been under medical care for several years and was constantly medicated with the "latest and greatest drug." Not only were the medications ineffective at reducing my pain, they actually caused more problems and seemed to increase the intensity of the headaches.

It was a friend that suggested I see a doctor of chiropractic. She explained to me that her entire family saw a chiropractor regularly for all types of health problems. They began chiropractic care because her mother had suffered from headaches and severe dizziness for several years. Before that her mother had been shuffled around from doctor to doctor, taking all sorts of different medications only to find that her headaches gradually got worse. After thousands of dollars spent on tests and medications, medical doctors told her "there was nothing more they could do." Eventually a neighbor suggested she try a doctor of chiropractic, and even though she didn't believe in it, her pain had gotten so intense by then that she was willing to give it a try. After only a few treatments her headaches and dizziness were gone. After hearing this story, I asked my friend why she saw a doctor of chiropractic when it was her mother that suffered from headaches. She explained that her mother had learned from a neurologist that headaches and migraines could be hereditary and she didn't want any of her children to grow up experiencing the kind of problems she had, and up to then my friend had never had problems with headaches.

Frustrated by my experience with medical doctors and medication, and in constant pain, I decided to ignore my skepticism and take my friend's advice by trying chiropractic. Dr. McKnab did the exam, took a few x-rays, and started care that day. I was amazed to discover that the morning after my first adjustment I woke up without a migraine or headache for the first time in years. It was as if someone came in to my room that night sprayed Windex on my eyeballs and squeegeed them dry because for the first time I felt clear headed. The daily headaches, the cloudiness, and my lack of focus had all disappeared. Soon after that I also started to notice my allergies, asthma, and life long digestive problems slowly disappeared as well.

I was so inspired by my success with chiropractic that I needed to share it with the world. I changed my major and and moved half way across the country to achieve my dream of becoming a chiropractor and now I am so happy to be able to help my patients achieve the same health and wellness that chiropractic gave me!

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