A local doctor is changing lives with a simple adjustment. He is the only pediatric chiropractor on the Western Slope and patients come from all over so he can help their children.
When Karen Hobbs three month old daughter wouldn't stop spitting up she took an alternate route to health care and on a friends referral went to see doctor Wes Sheader at New Life Chiropractic.
"When we came in and met with Dr. Wes after the first adjustment that stopped and so it really caught my attention as far as how he might be able to help him further,” says Hobbs
Now she makes the trip all the way from Gypsum to continue her daughters treatment and now even her six month old son is a patient.
"Most people think of chiropractic care for back disorders but with children I hardly ever see that,” says Dr. Sheader.
According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, pediatric patients can be treated for a number of problems - everything from ADHD to ear infections to coordination problems and autism. And it's helping children that drives Dr. Wes.
"I went on and decided if I could help a single child not suffer like I suffered through school, then it would be worth it,” says Sheader.
Dr.Wes says as a child he had struggled in school and was almost a high school dropout. Then, in his late 20's he was diagnosed with learning disabilities.
"I was 27 years old and I was reading at a 5th grade level and writing at a 3rd grade level, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and learning disabilities.”
Dr. Wes credits his own success with the help of a chiropractor when a back injury landed him in a chiropractors office. He found the treatment helped with his learning disabilities.
He then made it through college and is now one of only about 153 pediatric chiropractors in the world.
"Huge impact in my life. It completely turned my life around,” says Sheader.
Some of his patients say he’s turning other people's lives around too.
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