Dr. Ben Smetana and Dr. Heidi Salonek
Dr. Heidi was born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota. She received an Associate of Art degree and an Associate of Science degree from Hibbing Community College and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin–River Falls to complete her undergraduate studies with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. Dr. Heidi attended Northwestern College of Chiropractic and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2000. She also took a year of post graduate studies to become certified in pediatric care. She practiced as an associate doctor for five years and in April of 2006, along with Dr. Smetana, opened up Oak Springs Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center.
In 2006, Dr. Salonek became a Creating Wellness Practitioner with extensive training in administering customized wellness programs for individuals. She went on to receive advanced training to be certified as a corporate wellness consultant and coach. Integrating her training as a doctor of chiropractic with Creating Wellness programs, she has become an outstanding coach, motivator, public speaker, and passionate advocate for creating a healthier community.
Dr. Salonek is a member of the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association and is certified as a pediatric chiropractor. Her specialty and passion lies in specific and gentle techniques to care for women and children. This training has helped a large number of women through the many body changes of pregnancy and also has helped alleviate numerous cases of childhood illnesses such as ear infections, colic, reflux, spinal stress, and torticollis.
Dr. Heidi is actively serving in the Oakdale, North St. Paul, Maplewood Rotary Club, is a member of Eagle Brook church and resides in Roseville, Minnesota with her family. She enjoys reading, exercising, playing outside, spending quality time with her family and close friends, fishing and gardening.
Dr. Ben was born and raised in Pine City, MN. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1999. Dr. Ben attended chiropractic school at Northwestern College of Chiropractic, receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree with Cum Laude honors in 2003.
Dr. Ben specializes in wellness chiropractic and is a certified Creating Wellness coach through the Creating Wellness Alliance. As a wellness chiropractor, Dr. Ben helps his clients regain their health and maximize their quality of life by working with them to improve their lifestyle and the function of their nervous system. His work is based on a simple but elegant understanding of health. First, we were born to be healthy. Our bodies are self-healing, self-regulating and designed to express health at all times. Second, our nerve system (brain, spinal cord and nerve network) is the master controlling system of our body. Finally, stress (which may be physical, chemical or mental/emotional) that is beyond our ability to adapt, overwhelms our nerve system and cause subluxations; a breakdown of the communication within our nerve network. Subluxations reduce the healing and regulating ability of our bodies, leading to the loss of our health and quality of life.
Dr. Ben has been trained to use the Insight Millennium Subluxation Station, a state-of-the-art technology that measures the function of the nerve system, to locate these nerve disturbances. He then uses a very gentle and specific method of chiropractic adjustment to restore proper nerve function which leads to improved health. His approach is so gentle that it has been safely applied to infants as young as one hour old to those into their 90’s.
I addition to experiencing tremendous relief from many physical concerns, Dr. Ben’s best clients have also reported experiencing numerous other side benefits as a result of his care. Benefits such as: Improved sleep, more energy, relief from other aches and pains, improved digestion and elimination, greater clarity of thought, improved out look and attitude, fewer colds and improved immune function, greater stamina, decreased need for some medications and better overall health.
Dr. Ben resides in White Bear Lake with his wife Jaclyn and their sons Moses and Axel. In his spare time Dr. Ben enjoys travelling, fishing, hunting, playing hockey, watching sports and playing guitar.