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Hidden Gems: Meet Thomas Kauffman of Elite Spine and Performance

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thomas Kauffman.

Hi Thomas, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Absolutely. It may sound a little cliche. Mine wasn’t that much different. It seems that most chiropractor journeys’ always begin with an injury, finding help from a local chiropractor, and choosing to follow their steps.

In 2011, during one of my tumbling practices for cheerleading, I landed straight on my head while performing a back flip. That was the first time I heard my bones pop. It was not as satisfying as when you get adjusted. It was a little scary. I wasn’t rushed to the hospital, but oh boy, did I have a headache. That next day I went to Urgent Care, got x-rays are taken, and I remember the doctor being surprised at how good my spine looked. He even mentioned that my injury wasn’t as severe as he would’ve thought because I was active at the time.

This wasn’t the injury that led me to chiropractic. This injury led me down the path of rehabilitation and strength and conditioning, which plays a major part in working with patients in our office. The injury that introduced me to chiropractic happened in 2013 when I hurt my back while practicing cleaning and jerking. Looking back at that moment, I was going too heavy too soon. Like many patients, I didn’t hurt until the next day and talked about hurting. I was in so much pain that I could not stand straight or sit for long periods. It was quite annoying and debilitating. It freaked me out. At this time, I had to call my boss and let him know I couldn’t come to my internship shift because of the injury. This was my first time being referred to chiropractic care.

Being in so much pain, I made my appointment as soon as possible, and after my three sessions, I was back in training. It was quite impressive! After that, I started looking deeper into chiropractic. In 2015, 2 years after graduating and working as a strength coach, I decided to continue my education, obtain a chiropractic degree, and merge the practice of strength and conditioning with chiropractic care.

Elite Spine and Performance was founded in September 2019. Originally it was Elite Spine Plus, but at the beginning of 2021, we switched the name from Plus to Performance. Currently, we work with active individuals seeking to improve their performance and leave pain in the past. About 30% of our patients are online clients whom we work with remotely, and the rest we see at the office on a monthly or bi-weekly basis, dependent on their care plan.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Oh, it sure hasn’t been a smooth road. Opening the office 6 months before the pandemic of 2020 wasn’t exactly the best move, but who knew that was going to happen? 2020 was rough, but we were able to help people through remote care. As many businesses went online, we decided to give it a shot and provide remote care. At first, many of our patients were skeptical but soon realized that they didn’t always need to adjust to get pain relief and improve their health. With some patience and proper communication, I can accomplish a lot. Currently, about 30% of our patients are online/remote-based. We would love to grow that number and help more people in pain who want to get back to their sports and daily activities or improve their overall health with less pain.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Elite Spine and Performance?
Elite Spine and Performance is a holistic health and performance chiropractic clinic focused on helping our patients live limitlessly. By combining chiropractic care, rehab, and performance training, we help our patients get past their pain and improve their health and lives to live limitlessly. At Elite Spine and Performance, we specialize in helping patients overcome their limitations without long-term treatment plans by focusing on various therapies and strategies that will provide them with long-term sustainable outcomes. At Elite Spine and Performance, we offer in-person and remote services, as well as pay-per-visit or membership options that are budget-friendly to meet the needs of our patients.

What matters most to you?
Providing the best care possible at an affordable price to help our patients overcome their limitations and live a full and limitless life.

Pricing:

  • New patients $175.00.  Includes a one-hour-long virtual or in-person consultation to discuss injury rehab, pain management, programming or technique.  A structured rehabilitation program for the patients goals and needs, one pre-booked virtual or in-person follow up consultation, video demonstrations and support & unlimited, open-ended email/text support.
  • Recovery and rehabilitation session $60.00.  Includes a 30-minute virtual or in-person consultation to discuss follow up rehab, pain management strategies, programming or manual therapies as needed.
  • Chiro-tune-up session $50.00.  Includes a 20-minute in-person consultation, manual therapies including spinal adjustments, soft tissue mobilization, and dry needling.

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