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Meet Dr. Michael Aho and Dr. Amy Shevokas of Crosstown Chiropractic in Irving Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Michael Aho and Dr. Amy Shevokas.

Dr. Amy was introduced to chiropractic as a child. Her mother suffered from severe migraines and low back pain that was helped with chiropractic after other treatment options failed. Dr. Amy personally began receiving chiropractic care to help manage sports related injuries as a teenager. She knew early on that chiropractic would be her career choice.

Dr. Aho studied neurobiology and physiology at Purdue University and was intrigued by the concept of reducing pain by improving function. He interned at a hospital while in college and found he preferred a more natural approach to healthcare. He decided to do an internship with a chiropractor and was amazed by the results he witnessed.

Dr. Amy Shevokas and Dr. Michael Aho met while they attended Palmer College in Davenport, IA. They gained experience interning, working, and touring countless offices. This helped them create a system that is unique and truly a collaboration of some of the best treatments and techniques they have found over the years.

Crosstown Chiropractic strives to maintain a personalized experience for patients. The goal at the office is to not only reduce pain, but to also to modify activities and habits that caused the pain to start with.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The most difficult part about chiropractic is explaining to people what it is. Chiropractic treatment helps your body move and function better! A chiropractic treatment is called an adjustment. Chiropractors often incorporate other therapies such as stretching, exercise, and massage therapy. For those that have not been introduced to chiropractic before, the fear of the unknown is the biggest obstacle!

For some, the treatment can seem intimidating or even scary. Not only can chiropractic be very helpful at reducing pain, the treatment is often easier than patients imagine. Patients are sometimes hesitant to start care, but once they do, it is easy to understand how and why it works!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
The difference between our office and many other chiropractic offices is that we are trained to work on the full body, not just the spine. Our doctors often work on shoulders, hips, knees, and feet to maximize results. Multiple body parts often play a role in many conditions!

Both chiropractors at Crosstown Chiropractic are Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioners (CCEP). CCEP’s have post graduate education in treating conditions related to the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot, and jaw. The course was highly recommended to Dr. Amy during her preceptorship with one of the chiropractors for the Indianapolis Colts. The program really changed the way the doctors at our office practice and has enhanced patient outcomes.

What were you like growing up?
Dr. Michael Aho: I really liked playing sports. I played dodgeball, kickball, and basketball. Having an older brother instilled a competitive spirit in me. We played outside most of the time and were very active. In high school, I enjoyed science and math. My biology teacher nominated me for a kindness and compassion scholarship which I was fortunate enough to receive. The honor motivated me to serve the community and pursue healthcare.

Dr. Amy Shevokas: Growing up, I always loved school and learning. When I was in elementary school, I would create birth certificates for my grandma’s cats and dogs complete with ink paw prints. In 8th grade, I had a really great science teacher that further sparked my interest in science. He taught us how to identify trees, mimic bird calls, and make rockets. I am certain my love of science helped pushed me towards a career in healthcare.

What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
Dr. Amy Shevokas: As a child, my most fond memory in the neighborhood was attending the Bozo show at WGN with my mom and brother. I remember being star struck when I met Bozo and thinking the stage was so big! It is funny to think that I was enjoying my current neighborhood 20 years before I finally settled here as an adult!

Dr. Aho also has fond memories of the neighborhood when he attended his first Cubs game. “Even though I am from Indiana, I grew up a Cubs fan because Indiana does not have a baseball team. I love everything about the stadium!”

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