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.
Jordan Meyer, D.C.
I grew up in a small country town just west of Guttenberg, Iowa. I am the middle child of three, with an older and younger sister. After high school I attended the University of Northern Iowa and pursued a degree Biology with a Biomedical emphasis and not sure where I wanted to go with the degree. I have been under chiropractic care since Middle School and had never thought of Chiropractic as a career until after my sophomore year in college. One morning I woke up with severe mid-low back pain, went to my chiropractor and found out I had “twisted 3 vertebrae and moved 2 ribs”. I spent a good portion of the summer receiving treatments. That was when the “light bulb” went on and I started my path of becoming a chiropractor. After graduating from UNI, I enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic and earned my doctorate.
Education: University of Northern Iowa, 2012; Palmer College of Chiropractic, 2016
Certificates: Board certified in physiotherapy and chiropractic with licensure in both Illinois and Iowa.
Hobbies: I am an avid music listener and collector. One of my favorite things to do is peruse record shops looking for hidden gems. I like movies, cooking and trying new recipes. I am a dedicated Packers, Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, and attending games when I get the chance.
Amber N. Padgett, DPT
I am from Kansas, born and raised in a small town. I grew up on a farm, which is where I spent most of my childhood and brought about my love for outdoors. From these experiences, I learned the meaning of hard work and strive to continue that every day. Alongside my parents, I have one sister who also works in the health field as a Speech and Language Pathologist. I played various sports growing up and became introduced to the benefits of physical therapy when I injured my shoulder playing volleyball in high school. Ever since then, this profession and the results that conservative care can provide captivated me. I pursued my physical therapy career by attending Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS receiving my Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. I then continued onto Wichita State University in Wichita, KS to attain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
What it means to be a physical therapist is to be an expert in movement and function of the human body. Our goal is to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. One of the many reasons I chose physical therapy is how rewarding this profession truly is; the opportunity to be able to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives is unique and for that I am grateful.
Education: Kansas State University, 2013 ; Wichita State University, 2016
My hobbies include reading, spending time with my family, snowboarding, early morning gym sessions, volleyball, and basketball, taking my dog for walks, swimming, and being outdoors.
Affiliations: American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section; Kansas Physical Therapy Association, Kansas State University Alumni Association, Wichita State University Alumni Association
Certifications: CPR Certified
Damon Thomas, LMT
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.
Anna Julius, LMT
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.
Wanona Wellspring Ceisel, LMT DN
I became interested in body work in Austin during my early college years in 1970. I learned techniques from massage therapists and chiropractors and quickly saw a correlation between our emotions and the muscle tension. I have always been a spiritual person so I studied counseling skills which helped me listen attentively to patients' needs and complaints. I found amazing support through the medicinal use of herbs when I was bitten by a spider and the venom was circulating in my bloodstream. I have used herbs and natural remedies from herbs and essential oils to raise all four of my children; three of whom were born at home. I love to teach and have owned two massage schools; Austin Centre of Well Being, and Wellspring Center of Natural Healing Arts. I developed the curriculum and taught the programs in Austin, Texas and in Naperville, Illinois. When I moved to Illinois in 1995 there was no licensing for massage therapy, but the Naprapathic license had just been initiated. I was thrilled to be able to continue my profession as a soft tissue expert. Wellspring Massage incorporates bodywork and energy balancing along with Naprapathy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Myofascial Therapy.
My husband and I retired to Stephenson County and found a beautiful piece of land just north of Lena. We love to garden and use organic practices and grow a variety off lowers, fruits and vegetables.
Education: University of Texas at Austin, Studio Art major; National College of Naprapathic Medicine,1999 graduate, Doctorate of Naprapathy; Highland Community College, Associates Degree in Art 2018
Publications: Aromatherapy for Pain, appeared in 2011 in the Journal of Prolotherapy
Fundamentals of Facial Therapy, AMTA publication date 2012
Memberships: Illinois Naprapathic Association, American Massage Therapy Association, Lena Historic Society, University of Illinois Extension Office Master Gardener
Interests: Gardening,sewing, guitar, singing, crocheting, crafts, painting, walking, weight lifting,aromatherapy, yoga, and dancing, enjoying mornings with my Blue Heeler and cats.
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 myofascialrelease.com.