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Meet Cody Chiropractor : Dr. Vince Kalkowski

How it all began…

Dr. Kalkowski

Cody Chiropractor, Dr. Vince Kalkowski

At age 13 I had a bad crash on my dirt bike that left me with 2 compression fractures in my thoracic spine. Since there is not much that can be done for compression fractures, I was given pain medication and told that the pain would get better with time.

As the fractures healed, the intensity of the pain reduced but never went away. By the time I was 14, I was experiencing constant pain and muscle tightness in my mid back. I also started to develop headaches that would cause visual disturbances, sweating and nausea. I was evaluated by a number of different medical specialists and none of them had any answers other than to continue controlling the pain with medication and steroid injections. This plan offered little relief and plenty of bad side effects.

After I had turned 15, my Father recalled going to a Chiropractor years before for neck pain. He had good results, so with nothing to lose I tried Chiropractic. The first adjustment to my mid back was very startling, but I could tell right away that the root of my problem was being addressed. Within 4 or 5 adjustments, I was a new kid and for the first time in two years, I knew we had found something that was helping and it did not involve any drugs or shots!

Chiropractic Had Given Me My Life Back

Chiropractic had given me my life back. It had also sparked many questions in my mind, mostly wondering how and why this “Chiropractor” knew what to do for me yet all of the medical “experts” didn’t. Needless to say, I was absolutely inspired from that point on to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.

“With nothing to lose, I tried Chiropractic. It changed my life forever.”

My Chiropractic Education

I went to Palmer – Davenport. I went there because numerous practicing Chiropractors told me it was the best. Also, as a college rugby player, Palmer offered an opportunity to play for one of America’s best Men’s Premier league teams and possibly earn a scholarship to help pay for my Chiropractic education. I was able to secure a scholarship from second trimester through tenth trimester. One of the most helpful, unplanned, fulfilling twists in my life.

Probably the most surprising thing about my education at Palmer was the reality of how demanding the curriculum was. The curriculum combined with rugby forced me into a level of personal organization that was as much a part of my education as anything.

I am very grateful that I was able to have Virgil Strang DC as an instructor. His ability to support all aspects of Chiropractic philosophy with the best available science was incredible. He drilled into our heads the differences between scientific conjecture, hypothesis, theory and law. Being able to know which level of science one is dealing with is very helpful as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Family & Community Are Important To Me

I am married with two children. We have a ten year old girl and an eleven year old boy. I met my wife in the Quad Cities while attending Palmer–Davenport. As a family we enjoy putting God ahead of anything else. After that we enjoy almost anything in the outdoors. Some of our favorite activities are camping, hiking, driving our side by side UTV, motocross and dirt bike riding in general, fishing, hunting, alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding (kids only), snowmobiling. Our son also plays soccer and football. Our daughter plays soccer and does gymnastics. When we are tired out we like to gather up and watch a good movie.

Individually, my favorite things include:  spending time with my family, Crossfit, being all alone on a freshly prepped motocross track, skiing fresh deep powder, floating on my snowmobile through fresh deep powder, climbing to the top of a new mountain, fly fishing a mountain stream, hunting bull elk in the high country, and watching Palmer Rugby.

I am a coach for our town’s competitive soccer association and I try to always be involved with a mens bible study

I Walk the Talk

I get adjusted 1-2 times per week. I do Crossfit four times per week and compete in the 45-49 masters division of the Crossfit Open and some local events. I would classify my diet as fairly clean, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of protein, plenty of good fat, a reasonable amount of carbs, good supplements, and some kind of good dessert almost every day. My wife does most of the cooking so we all eat about the same diet except for my increased protein intake and size of dessert plate.

I think vaccinations make sense whenever their risk/benefit ratio is safer than the risk of what the vaccination is trying to prevent. I think this is rare and that unbiased information should be made readily available to anyone interested so that people can make their own informed decision about what they put into their body or their kids bodies. I think antibiotics are good anytime a bacterial infection has overpowered the body’s ability to fight such an infection on its own or in a prophylactic mode for surgeries. There are other circumstances where antibiotics could make sense – but not many. Any antibiotic treatment should be followed by increased probiotic intake for a recommended period of time. I think otc painkillers and NSAIDS should be avoided.

Enough about me! How can we help YOU to become a better you? Give us a call so we can help you take your first steps towards better health.


Dr. Vince Kalkowski | Kalkowski Chiropractic Center | (307) 587-1500

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