SPRING HILL — Many new patients to Terlep Chiropractic Care come in after a car accident or other event that caused an injury. Others stumble on the practice when nothing else has worked and their primary physician gives them a referral.
It often takes that initial introduction to the mechanics of chiropractic care combined with substantial pain relief to convince a patient of the possibility of a pain-free life. And the treatment of a spinal adjustment, when done correctly and through skilled medical observation, can bridge the gap between learning to cope with pain and living without it.
Timothy Terlep, owner of Terlep Chiropractic Care in Spring Hill, began his practice 25 years ago with a belief that he could help his patients live their best lives. It wasn’t about masking pain through medications but becoming proactive in one’s own wellness plan.
“Do you want to be vital and vibrant or do you want to just not be sick?” Terlep said.
Terlep initially studied to be a surgeon. Then, he was inspired by a chiropractor who healed his aunt after doctors couldn’t identify the source of her suffering.
After bouts of faintness, an unsteady gate, unexplained pain, and an inability to function normally, Terlep’s aunt saw a chiropractor at the suggestion of her brother.
He found a plugged artery , Terlep said. Within seven weeks of her visit to that chiropractor, her symptoms were gone.
When given the opportunity to question that chiropractor, Terlep was blown away by the answers he received.
“Before the power of the healing potential of the body, he was quite humble,” Terlep said. “He told me, ‘All I did was remove the interference so the body could do what it was supposed to do. I was an instrument so the healing potential of the body could manifest itself.’”
Impassioned by that event, Terlep changed his area of study and opened his chiropractic practice, a young eager physician hoping to perform similar “miracles.” Today, the office operates out of its new location, just behind the building Terlep built 20 years ago.
“We outgrew our location,” he said.
Terlep Chiropractic Care, on Northcliff Boulevard just east of Commercial Way, is a state-of-the-art facility, customized with Terlep’s vision and dream. It was strategically planned, from the waiting area to the art décor in each of the exam rooms.
Terlep took careful notes while traveling, studying architecture and structural ideas to infuse into his new building.
“I wanted my patients to feel like they are being treated like VIPs,” Terlep said.
The practice uses infrared thermal scanning electromyography, which provides minimally invasive treatments.
“We are the only office using it,” Terlep said, bringing to Hernando County the technology typically found only in metropolitan areas.
There is also a licensed orthopedic physician on site.
The office is a one-stop care center with rehabilitative care on site. A physical therapy room provides various types of equipment for a full range of rehabilitation therapy. Eight examining and treatment rooms are available for patients between three chiropractic physicians.
The patient’s experience has been streamlined for convenience and comfort. The practice offers online patient intake prior to the a first visit and wait times in the lobby that last no more than 15 minutes.
It becomes a relationship, Terlep said. Most patients continue to see their chiropractor on a regular basis, initially to relieve pain and then to maintain wellness.
Terlep Chiropractic will be celebrating its silver anniversary with a “pay it forward” event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The office is combining its anniversary celebration with customer appreciation and a chance to help the SPCA find forever homes for orphaned cats and dogs.
The event will accept donations of pet products in exchange for an exam for new patients or a spinal adjustment, hydrotherapy or massage for existing patients. There will be live music and a barbecue and an assortment of adoptable animals will be on site with monitors displaying information about others at the shelter that are available.
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