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M. Todd Staker, DC
Ben Schemmel, DC
Trevor Williams, DC
STAKER CHIROPRACTIC CENTER

3550 NW Cary Parkway, #104
Cary, NC 27513
Telephone: (919) 460-1515
www.stakerchiropractic.com

Chiropractic: Many Paths to Healing

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Todd Staker, founder of Staker Chiropractic Center in Cary, with the guidance of his wife, Liddy, a CPA, has eased the bumps and bruises of thousands of clients of all ages while building a flourishing practice. Its roster of providers, in addition to Dr. Staker, includes Dr. Ben Schemmel and Dr. Trevor Williams.

Chiropractic care, as offered at Staker Chiropractic Center, offers many paths to health and healing, including hands-on spinal manipulation, as well as other alternative treatments. Their mantra is simple: If the body is properly aligned—particularly the spine—it will be able to heal itself naturally without the need for surgery or medication. They support that view with nearly 40 years of combined experience in treating a wide array of injuries—many for world-class athletes.

Meet the Doctors: Dr. Todd Staker

Dr. Staker

My desire to become a chiropractor began at Miami University in Ohio, where I earned a BS in Chemistry in 1988. During my four years there, I was an active athlete and a starting basketball player, bothered by an old ankle injury that led to some back issues. At the time, my brother Marty was in chiropractic school and suggested I get chiropractic care for my injury—which I did. I soon discovered its benefits, and decided to pursue my own career in chiropractic. I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1995 and moved to Raleigh in July, with my wife Liddy, and we opened this practice in 1997, and moved into our present location 10 years later.

The fundamentals of chiropractic haven’t changed much since 1895 when it was first discovered by D. D. Palmer—which is a good thing. The essence of this treatment is to attain and maintain healthy spinal alignment.

But, because we see many athletes in our practice, we wanted to learn how to do soft tissue treatment. One of our patients, hockey player Gary Roberts, who played for the Carolina Hurricanes, told me about the Active Release Technique (ART) and how it helped him come back and play in the NHL. He was so passionate about it that it inspired me to check it out. In September of 1997, I learned how to do ART, a specialized form of myofascial release to treat muscles and tendon injuries, muscle adhesions and knots, and scar tissue and spasms. I was one of the first in the state of North Carolina to be certified in this now very popular protocol.

Some years later we discovered effective treatment procedures for spinal decompression, and introduced Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) therapy to our practice—a very significant addition to our treatment protocols.

I’ve been team chiropractor for the Carolina Hurricanes since 1997. We’ve gone from treating professional NHL hockey players like the Hurricanes to Olympic athletes to many collegiate athletes in the area. We are blessed to have some tremendous schools around here that need chiropractic support. That’s when we came up with our slogan for Staker Chiropractic: a family Chiropractic practice for the sports-minded patient. We treat high school kids as well as 50-year olds with back injuries and 75-year olds who injure their shoulder or neck working in the yard or playing golf.  Treating a variety of patients is what I cherish most.

Meet the Doctors: Dr. Ben Schemmel

While playing quarterback during my sophomore year in high school, I injured my lower back. Some of my teammates had gone to see a local chiropractor, so I went, as well, and after two or three visits I felt so much better; I was amazed at what he did for me. I continued playing football, basketball, and baseball, and found myself needing to go back to this chiropractor quite often. And, over time, I recognized how much chiropractic had done for me, both in my health and sports. And I realized this would be a great field to study, to help others achieve their goals, whether that be playing sports or just staying active.

Dr. Schemmel

I got a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College in Michigan—where I was a four-year starter on the baseball team— after which I earned a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in 2000. Shortly thereafter, I moved to this area in search of warmer weather, met Dr. Staker, and joined the practice in 2002.

In the broad scheme of health care, I think society generally is tired of getting pills for everything. You’ve got back pain—here’s a pill. You got knee pain—here’s a pill for that. Today, people are looking for results without medication, and thus chiropractic is growing, making it a great part of the health care system.

Because of my experience and love for sports, I enrolled in a post-graduate course, becoming a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician—and all three of us are certified providers of ART, the active release technique. Chiropractic is particularly valuable in healing sports injuries. If a player wants to excel and achieve optimal performance, he or she needs proper alignment and function throughout the spine and body. I’ve also served as team chiropractor for the North Carolina Football Club professional soccer team since 2006.

I absolutely love what we do here. They say you have to be passionate about your work, and we are. We like seeing people walk in, who may have a lot of pain and misalignment, and after treatment, for a week or a month, as needed, they are much better, ready to relate to every-day life events in a much better way.

Meet the Doctors: Dr. Trevor Williams

Dr. Williams

Throughout my life, chiropractic care has helped me and my family overcome sports-related injuries and unwanted pain. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Laura, who was a soccer player. At one point, she had a pretty strong neck and lower back injury, so I’d drive her to the chiropractor. While on the crew team at Texas A&M, I had a tight lower back, which wasn’t really debilitating, but it was frustrating. I tried to do all the right things: stretch, be conscientious of posture, but it wouldn’t improve, so I visited a chiropractor and it felt better. At the time I was in pre-med, getting my degree in biomedical science and allied health.  But when it came time to apply to grad schools, I decided on chiropractic and went to Texas Chiropractic College in Houston. I’ve been in this practice for about three years.

I made the switch from medical school to chiropractic because I like the natural approach: addressing issues at the source, rather than masking them. This is important, especially in sports. Chiropractic fills a void in modern medicine, by helping to identify the underlying source of pain.

Our bodies get injured over time by cumulative stresses, with the nervous system being so closely integrated with the spine, and biomechanics being so closely integrated with movement patterns. Our task is to identify what’s going on and fix it. Ultimately, as the body slowly degenerates, we try to halt that process, slowing it down by ensuring things are moving better, helping the patient age more gracefully.