Paul M. Theisen,D.C.
I am from the great state of Iowa, home of the Hawkeyes and Palmer College of Chiropractic. I grew up playing many sports, including baseball, which I continued on into college. While at Loras College I majored in Sports Medicine and was a trainer for various athletes.
My first contact with chiropractic was after I injured my shoulder in baseball. I learned very quickly that the conservative and natural method was going to keep me in the game. Drugs or surgery would have kept me from playing from baseball and injured my body in the long run.
After graduating from Loras College in 1994, I enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic. Not only did I learn about the wonders of Chiropractic, but I also met my wonderful wife Dr. Tara Hulsebus-Theisen. Tara was also a Palmer Chiropractic student at the time and a soon to be 3rd generation of chiropractors. The 2nd was her father, Dr. Roger Hulsebus. Wow!! What a mentor to have for my profession.
My wife, Dr. Tara, and I moved to Freeport in October of 1998 and had a son Brock in July of 2001 and two daughters, Ava in August 2006 and Ivy in 2013. Who knows possibly a couple of 4th generation chiropractors? Our family enjoys spending time with friends and the community. Freeport has a lot to offer, I am glad that we may call Freeport our home.
Education: Waldorf College - A.A.in Liberal Arts, 1992; Loras College Bachelor's of Science (Sports Science) 1994; Palmer College of Chiropractic - Doctor of Chiropractic, 1999
Certifications: OSHA Compliance and Safety, Lumbar flexion-distraction technique and board certified in physiotherapy as well as chiropractic with licensure in Illinois.
Affiliations: International Chiropractic Association, Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association, Palmer Alumni Association, Waldorf Alumni Association and Loras Alumni Association.
Community Involvement: President of Freeport Sunrise Rotary, Former Aquin football team doctor, St. Thomas church, ergonomic and low back industrial classes, school scoliosis screenings, American Legion and United States Army Reserve where I was honorably discharged in 1998 after serving during the 1st gulf war and abroad in both Guatemala and Honduras.
Hobbies: Golf, skiing, spending time with friends and family, basketball, swimming, scuba diving, and playing cards.
Tara Hulsebus Theisen,D.C.
Chiropractic has always been a big part of my life. I am a third generation chiropractor, my father is Roger Hulsebus and my Grandfather was Robert Hulsebus, all of us attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. I was raised in Freeport Illinois, and I think Freeport is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and practice chiropractic. I enjoy working with all types of chiropractic patients from infants to the elderly. I especially enjoy working with difficult and challenging cases. 'Send me your worst cases and expect my best!' Dr. Tara Hulsebus Theisen is married to Dr. Paul Theisen. we have three children, Brock, Ava, and Ivy.
Education: 1998 Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport IA, Doctorate of Chiropractic ; 1995 University of St. Thomas, St Paul MN, BA Biology; 1991 Aquin High School, Freeport IL
Memberships: Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractic Association, St Thomas Aquinas Church, past president of Pecatonica Rotary
Interests: Sprint triathlons, running, swimming, biking, ice hockey, skiing, book club, volunteering, golf, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Nicholas A. Wells, DC is a Chiropractor specializing in Chiropractic care for drug-free pain relief, injury rehabilitation, and wellness care. He has been practicing in Northern Illinois for the past decade.
Previously, Dr. Wells attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding school of Chiropractic. Dr. Wells received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with an emphasis on Cellular Physiology and Chemistry.
When outside of the clinic Dr. Wells enjoys being involved with the community. He is a member of the church, Illinois Lions Club, and mentor. Dr. Wells enjoys talking about Chiropractic and Health, and is available for public speaking events.
Dr. Wells also enjoys outdoor activities like swimming, biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, cross country skiing, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Her first introduction to chiropractic, came while she was in high school seeking care after performing in the school marching band with various sized drums carried over her shoulders. She not only had improvements in her back pain but the experience was one of discovery on a personal level. She discovered chiropractic and had a new found passion for understanding the human body. Shethen pursued as much anatomy and physiology knowledge as she could get her hands on up until finding Palmer College of Chiropractic. She came to the conclusion that chiropractic was something that took every interest in science and health care that she had, and rolled it all up into one amazing, life changing career. Throughout her time in college she enjoyed educating her family members and teaching them how they can benefit from chiropractic. She actively wanted to continue following this new purpose in helping being a part of the body’s amazing ability to heal itself through the assistance of chiropracticmanipulation. Being able to be a part of patients’ road to recovery, from small improvements tobig life changing ones, is a real gift. In her free time Dr. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her spouse and cat, watching movies, painting, doing crafts, singing, reading books, gardening, swimming, bowling and playing card games with family.
Stephanie GarnerLMT, BCTMB
I provide a focused treatment for clients looking for therapeutic and relaxing massage and bodywork. My future plans include furthering my education with pursuing my Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Education- December 2010- Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy from Rasmussen College in Rockford, IL
September 2018- Bachelors of Nutrition & Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, WICertifications –
Prenatal Massage, Infant Massage, Qigong Instructor, Cupping, Gua sha, Tui Na, Moxibustion.
Hello My Name is Damon Thomas, I am a proud father of 3 beautiful children, two girls and a boy. I have been practicing massage therapy and Qi Gong for 4yrs and currently training in Wu Style Tai Qi.
I truly enjoy the job of massage therapist because of the influence and the change massage therapy can have on a person for the better. I have learned to blend the arts of Qi Gong and Massage Therapy together to give my clients the best results from each session. I recently became certified in the Niel Asher Technique to treat frozen shoulder, I am also certified in Russian Sports Massage as taught by O Wellness Inc. I am also offering Qi Gong classes to small classes.
I believe that each person has the power to be healthy and pain free on their own, but from time to time need the assistance of massage and proper breathing techniques.
So together we can bring the mind, body, and spirit back into Balance.
Hello, I am Anna Julius. I am married and have one daughter and a step-son. The farming community is my origin of work ethic. I received my Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate at Highland Community College in 1996, and have worked in the health care system for most of my adult life. I believe that a person’s health is more than the physical. I received my Licensed Massage Therapy Degree at Rasmussen College, and earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Complementary and Alternative Health at Ashford University.
Education: Highland Community College- 1996; Rasmussen College- 2012; Ashford University- 2014
Memberships: AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
Hobbies: I enjoy sewing and crocheting blankets in my spare time, and I’m an avid rock collector.
Hello, my name is Sara Horn, and I live here is Freeport with my husband, our three kids, and our three pets. Before becoming a massage therapist, my previous educational background was in dance. I have a BFA in Theater and Dance performance from NIU DeKalb, and I taught ballet and contemporary dance for over 15 years. During my years of dance training, the seeds were planted that would blossom into a passion for therapeutic massage. My dance studies included anatomy and kinesiology, specifically muscle actions and planes of movement. More importantly, I developed an interest in achieving correct body alignment, and learning to move more freely and efficiently, without pain or tension. I learned that correct body alignment and efficient movement patterns are not only necessary for dancing beautifully, they are the keys to preventing injury and chronic pain. As a massage therapist, my goal is to help my patients release tension, relieve pain and increase mobility so that better body alignment becomes possible, and movement becomes easier. Since completing my massage training at SOHMAR (School of Holistic Massage and Reflexology) in Downers Grove, IL, and becoming licensed as a massage therapist in 2013, I have continued my education through the study of John Barnes Myofascial Release technique. Myofascial Release is a slow, gentle releasing and stretching of the body’s connective tissue, called fascia, and has been my most effective tool in releasing chronic tension. Most recently, I have completed courses in Myofascial Release designed specifically for releasing the head, neck, shoulders, and thoracic region, and for the lumbar spine and pelvis. If you would like to learn more about Myofascial release, please visit Myofascial release.com.