Welcome to my Charlevoix Chiropractic Practice!
My name is Dr. Jeffrey Ricks. I’ve been a chiropractor since 1975, and I’ve served Charlevoix and the greater Northeast lower peninsula of Michigan for over 39 years. Supporting me in this service is my wife of 40 years, Patricia.
I’m joined in practice by my daughter, Dr. Kristen McClure, who is the eldest of my five children.
Chiropractic and Polio…My Story
How did I discover chiropractic care?
In the summer of 1954, I was one of many children of that era who was stricken with Polio. I was paralyzed from the waist down. I spent 6 months in the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I was thankful for their care, but it was not a complete recovery.
For the next seven years I suffered from swollen knees, and constant cramping in my right calf. Both of these problems were so painful that, at times, I could barely walk. Medicine of the time could not help me, and a surgeon recommended an experimental surgery that would fuse my upper and lower legs, so my knees would not be able to bend.
My family discovered the value of a healthy spine.
My brother started going to a chiropractor for migraines. My family was impressed that my brother’s migraines disappeared after the chiropractor adjusted his upper cervical spine (upper neck). My mother suffered from a terrible condition that affects hearing and balance, called Meniere’s Disease. After the success of my brother’s migraines, she went to the upper cervical chiropractor. And after her upper cervical care, she got better.
So, they started taking me to the chiropractor to see if it it might help the swelling and pain I had leftover from polio.
Chiropractic Changed My Life
I thought I might be facing a future of pain and disability. But within six weeks of getting upper cervical adjustments, my knees stopped swelling, and my right calf stopped cramping. I was no longer in pain. And right then and there, at the age of 15, I decided I wanted to be a chiropractor.
I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and received further training in the upper cervical spine from Dr. David Bloom, Dr. Ralph Gregory, and the seminars of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association.
Chiropractic education and memberships
- Palmer College of Chiropractic, Class of 1975 (Magna Cum Laude)
- Western Michigan University, B.A., 1970
- NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association), part 2 certified
- Member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractic (MAC)
- Member of International Chiropractors Association (ICA)