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Wascher’s: Family-owned expertise

March 4, 2008
By ALISSA EATON - aeaton@sungazette.com
The Wascher Chiropractor Center, 1905 Mill Lane, has been open for almost 40 years, and is a family owned and operated business.

The two chiropractors at the business are David G. Wascher and his son, Damon Wascher. Barbara Wascher, David’s wife, is the office manager of the facility and spends time working with insurance companies.

Dawn Wascher, Dana Wascher and Dartha Wascher, the three daughters of David and Barbara are also all involved with the family business.

Dawn is a massage therapist, whose clientele mostly has to pay out of pocket because most insurances do not cover message therapy.

“People that get massage therapy don’t necessarily need to get chiropractic work and vice versa,” Dawn said. “And my prices are pretty reasonable,” she added.

Dawn has been doing massage therapy for about eight years but she also helps Barbara with office management duties.

Dana helps out Barbara with many of the office duties and is also considered an office manager, but is not working right now for personal reasons.

Dartha also puts some time into helping the family with the business but also has her own career as a holistic health care provider.

David decided to start a chiropractic business because while in college, he was injured while playing football.

He went to a chiropractor, who brought him back from a “serious” situation, Damon said.

“He knew how much the chiropractor helped him and wanted to be able to help people too,” Dawn, said.

But not only to the Wascher’s help those who have been injured from sports, they can help people that are suffering from different things.

“Our tagline is 9 months to 99 years old,” Damon said, explaining the business can reach out to people of all age groups.

“Most of the time when people come in here they are hurting,” Barbara said. “We don’t see many people come in for “maintenance”,” Dawn said.

When clients come to the chiropractic center, they can receive X-Rays because the facility has its own X-Ray room. “We want to begin working with the people as quickly as possible and get them healed,” Barbara said. “We are pretty much a hands on facility.”

The Wascher’s can handle people with many different types of pain including, lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. They can also treat babies with colic and children with Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder and people with internal problems such as kidney stones.

“Some people think you just need to have a bad back to go to the chiropractor, but that is not the case,” Dawn said.

“We can help people with problems that are “system” wide,” Barbara said. “Chiropractors are nerve doctors. They help by freeing the nerves from sublixation which occurs when there is pressure on a nerve,” she added.

Although many people do not come in for “maintenance” chiropractic care, Dawn said they encourage people to come in monthly for treatment.

When a client first arrives at the Wascher Chiropractor Center for a problem, there is a period of “intensive care” treatment, which depends on the person and the situation they are in Barbara said.

“We customize care for each patient depending on their age and their condition,” Damon said.

The Waschers recommend that each person take care of themselves in different areas.

“We encourage people to drink a lot of water, get exercise, have a proper diet, a positive attitude and get chiropractic maintenance,” Barbara said.

The family really tries to help people by explaining their situations to them.

“We show them symptoms they may get in the future and explain other problems they may have that they didn’t know about,” Barbara said.

The facility takes most health insurances and bills each insurance company. “They (patients) just have to hand us their card and we check out their information,” Dawn said. “We try our best to make it pretty easy for them.”

Most insurances do not require a referral and the Waschers can treat most people without referrals, because they are considered a primary care facility.

“Not all insurances cover chiropractic care but if people call us with their insurance information, we can tell them over the phone if their insurance will cover treatment or not,” Dawn said.

Barbara said that Medicare and Medicaid also cover chiropractic work for people that are on that insurance.

But the facility also helps people who may not have insurance or whose insurance may not cover chiropractic care. “Our prices are reasonable and in line with others in the area,” Damon said.

Barbara said her favorite thing about her job is seeing the difference that chiropracty has made in the patients lives.

“We’ve had people that have literally crawled in and then walked out. It almost always takes more than one treatment, but it’s great to see them get better,” she said.

The office also has a handicap ramp in the back of the building for people who will need that.

Damon said that chiropractic work can improve every aspect of someone’s life. “It can help fight off diseases, keeps your immune system stronger and it makes people feel better and puts people in better moods,” Damon said.



Hours at Wascher’s are: Monday- 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 7 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.



Types of Massages offered customers include:

• pregnancy massage

• hot stone massage

• Therapeutic massage

• neuromuscular therapy massage

• deep tissue massage

Article Photos

ALISSA EATON/Sun-Gazette
Barbara Wascher shows a chart of sublixation degeneration which is available for patients to view. Sublixation is when one or more of the spine vertebrae move out of position and create pressure on spinal nerves.

 
 
 

 

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