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Meet Dana Celar of Celar Chiropractic in Hillside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Celar.

Dana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am originally from Niagara Falls, Canada. I moved to the US to go to chiropractic school at National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Il. After graduating in 2000, I was living in Lincoln Park and working as an associate doctor for a couple years to learn the business aspect of chiropractic. I met my husband, Dr. Mike Kochanski, and we started Celar Chiropractic in 2004. I always wanted to operate a family practice that offered great care and listened to patient’s needs. I wanted our practice to be a friendly, compassionate facility that people felt comfortable at. I wanted them to feel like they received excellent care and were not pressured into long, expensive treatment plans. Now that we have been here for 13 years, it has been great building strong relationships with our patients.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I love helping my patients feel better so the chiropractic aspect is very rewarding. The main struggle has been dealing with all the changes in insurance, Every year people’s insurance seems to get worse. Higher deductibles with less insurance benefits and payments. There is more paperwork to deal with and more third party companies that try to limit patient care so we are always trying to do great documentation for medical necessity. However, this is the case for all health professionals these days so we have to deal with it and try to stay on top of insurance changes the best we can.

Please tell us about Celar Chiropractic.
We treat families and patients of all ages. I am certified in pre-natal and pediatric chiropractor, so we have developed a niche of treating pregnant women and children.

We get lots of referrals from midwives and mom groups. We also have a ChiroThin weight loss program that has really helped people lose weight and improve their health.

It has been awesome adding this to our traditional services and impacting so many lives in a positive way. We also offer massage therapy and acupuncture at our office. I am proud of the fact that we have developed a “5-star” reputation around our area. I love the fact that people looking for a chiropractor see that we have so many great reviews.

When people come here, they know that they are going to be treated by either me or Dr. Mike, and both of us are invested in helping them improve their health.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I really would not have changed anything! You learn from each patient and each specific case on how to get better at your profession. You learn to trust your judgement on how to handle each situation and be confident in your treatment approach because you know from experience what works best for each condition.


  • Chiropractic Treatment $60
  • Acupuncture Treatment $60

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