I would like to enter a testimonial. One morning I woke up and couldn't get out of bed. What had happened? What did I do? I didn't fall or have and accident however my back was so sore that I couldn't straighten myself out. I thought maybe I need a rest. I booked 3 days off of work and stayed in bed. Howevever after 3 days I was worse. I went to my family doctor. He took x-rays and gave me a huge bottle of pills to help the pain. Only problem was that they make your stomach hurt more. Great, I thought to myself,I can't live like this, so I made an appointmant to see Dr. Kelly. Now let me tell you something about myself. I was 49 years old and up to that point had never ever been to a Chiropractor. In fact I didn't believe they worked at all. I just though it was for rich people to get a back rub. When I arrived at the office I as unable to stand up properly or even sit up. I knew I wouldn't be able to sit in the office long as even that was painful. Dr. Kelly saw me right away. He explained to me that it was a combination of my whole life that had brought that point. I thought no kidding, I've waterskied, snowskied, dirtbiked, skydived etc so I was wondering when I was going to pay for all my fun. I followed his advise and did my stretches and exercises faithfully. I am now happy to say that I have been pain free for over a year now and I got my life back. I don't know how it works but it does. I am most proud to say that I did it without drugs and I'm continually getting better. No pain-killers for me, just Dr. Kelly every 3 weeks. Thanks Dr. Kelly. You changed my life and gave it back to me. One more thing. I went bungee jumping for my 50th birthday. Whoo Hoo !
It was recommended, by my doula, that I attend regular chiropractic appointments, with Dr. Johnson at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness. Throughout my pregnancy, I did just that and now feel very fortunate that I was able to have a healthy pregnancy and a natural, drug-free labor and delivery. As this was my first pregnancy, I was nervous about the labor and became concerned and frustrated when early labor lasted well over 24 hours. Again, my doula, suggested that I go and see Dr. Johnson for an adjustment. When I called the clinic, Dr. Johnson was gracious enough to see me right away and proceeded to assess me and adjust my hips, back and legs. Within minutes, my contractions became regular (exactly 5 minutes apart) and more intense. My midwife assessed me when I got home and I was dilating well and she said it was time to go to the hospital. I delivered a healthy baby boy, weighing 7 pounds and 13 ounces about 8 hours later. I sincerely believe that the care I received by Dr. Johnson that day, helped to progress my labor and had an impact on my ability to birth naturally. Thank you Dr. Johnson and your staff, for providing such wonderful care and for all of the information and suggestions you've provided throughout my pregnancy. If I am lucky enough to have another baby, I will definitely come back to see you.
Kari - Red Deer, AB
During my pregnancy, I attended weekly chiropractic appointments with Dr. Joelle Johnson of Family First Chiropractic, and because of this I am happy to say I experienced a healthy pregnancy free of the normal discomforts such as back ache and was able to have the natural childbirthing experience I have always wanted.
The knowledge Dr. Joelle was able to share with me and the information she was able to provide me with made me empowered to avoid any interventions at the hospital, and I am happy to say my baby was born totally drug free.
Thank you Dr. Joelle for all you do for your patients. Red Deer is very lucky to have you!
Laura and Quinn born Saturday April 9th, 2011
My name is Shannon McQuaig and I work with the Red Deer Doula Association. I think the only person who loves their job as much as I love mine is Dr. Joelle Johnson.
Over the past few years I have gotten to know Dr. Joelle quite well. She has been a major supporter of the Doula Association and works with my clients day or night, depending on their immediate needs, to help them achieve their birth goals without having to use medical interventions. I can't tell you how many times I've called and not only during work hours, but weekends and evenings, and Dr. Joelle is always happy to open the clinic to assist my clients needs. She goes beyond the call of duty everytime.
I had talked to Dr. Joelle about having a "Meet the Doula Night". She right away not only told me that it was a great idea, but that we could also use her office...free of charge, to host the event. We were able to go there, re-arrange everything, and meet a lot of wonderful pregnant ladies. Thank you for your generosity!
I have written and re-written this testimonial because I want people to truely understand how much I respect Dr. Joelle and the job she does. She puts everyone else 100 percent ahead of herself, she is a devoted mother and wife, and she has a heart of gold. I'm honored to be able to call her friend and I know their is no-one else I would trust completely with my clients.
Dr. Joelle is a truly caring professional, who educates her clients about their bodies, so they can become active participants in their one health concerns. What greater gift can a professional practioner give a client?
I have been a patient for several years and I have observed Dr. Joelle's office environment develop into a kind and loving family practice where you are remembered by your first name and always greeted cheerfully.
Dr. Joelle is skilled, professional and above all provides me with excellent Chiropractic care. Her care has made my physical body challenges manageable while working at a job that is a constant physical stress and her care has made me realize that I can move towards my retirement years with glee! Thank Dr. Joelle for easing my mind and body.
Debra, Red Deer, AB
Dr. Joelle has been my family chiropractor for approximately the last 5 or 6 years. From the first appointment, she has been engaging and friendly, making the visit comfortable and helpful. She is highly knowledgeable about the techniques and current studies, and she ensures that concepts are explained clearly.
As a student in high school she took an avid interest in both my academics and me, encouraging me towards the Sciences. After applying to the University of Alberta, Dr. Joelle supported me through this difficult change and she offered words of encouragement and optimism. Every holiday that I came home, Dr. Joelle helped realign my back and my goals. She even gave me her private number so that I would be able to get an adjustment when I came home.
I recently made the choice to go into chiropractic, and Dr. Joelle has been nothing but supportive and helpful along the way. She was willing to meet me on her own time, offering priceless advice and giving guidance about choosing schools. Dr. Joelle wrote me several reference letters that are helping me gain acceptance to chiropractic schools and she still remains involved in the process.
Dr. Joelle is a role model for every future chiropractic student and myself, as she is a successful female chiropractor, while being able to maintain a family life. I both admire and respect Dr. Joelle, and I am deeply grateful for all that she has selflessly done for me.
Dr. Joelle and her concerns and involvement with prenatal care were first brought to my attention when she brought the movie "The Business of Being Born" to Red Deer. I contacted her directly as I was not able to attend the viewing of the movie to see if I would be able to borrow it following the public viewing. Even before I met her in person, I was impressed by her loving phone manner.
Several days after first talking to Dr. Joelle, I began to have a foot go numb for no apparent reason other than my pregnancy. I immediately booked an appointment to meet Dr. Joelle in person and discuss prenatal chiropractic care.
Dr. Joelle went out of her way to be available for an appointment when I was available. I was impressed by her knowledge of prenatal chiropractic techniques and the ease with which she was able to convey the valuable information I needed.
Following my very first chiropractic adjustment, I noticed several things: firstly, my foot was no longer going numb and secondly, I was able to sleep a couple of hours at a time. (I should qualify that last statement: when I first became pregnant, I had to urinate at least every 45 minutes including at night - being my first pregnancy, I just assumed that was normal. Apparently, its not normal for the first months of pregnancy and following my adjustment with Dr. Joelle, I was finally able to sleep more than 1 hour at a time!)
I have been in Dr. Joelle's care for over four months now. The aches and pains that are a part of pregnancy have been eased by Dr. Joelle, the adjustments and her loving, caring manner. She is generous with her time, even on busy days. She has a compassionate manner that is seldom experienced when dealing with those in the medical professions. And she has a wealth of knowledge and personal experience regarding prenatal care that she loves to share.
I am truly grateful that Dr. Joelle has been a part of my prenatal experience.
Red Deer, Alberta
Getting Regular adjustments from Dr. Joelle for my whole family has made such a huge difference in all of our lives. Personally during my pregnancy, using the Webster's Technique helped to get my baby into the best possible position to minimize discomfort in the last few weeks which also set me up for the best possible labor. Adjustments during labor helped assist my baby into the best positioning so that she would be born naturally. After giving birth, having my daughter adjusted helped to make sure breastfeeding went smoothly. I can see a difference immediately after an adjustment, she is calm and content and her bowels movements are more regular. We all can't imagine our lives without chiropractic care.
Dr. Joelle, You have been a terrific chiropractor for me and my family!!! Not only do you keep me aligned and my headaches at bay but the change in my granddaughter was amazing after only a few treatments. Thank you so much for your continued care!