meet our team
Chiropractor & Clinical Nutritionist Gary Saks D.C.
I am still amazed at all the conditions that chiropractic care can help! It surprised me when I was a patient, but even more so when I became a doctor.
The reason I became a chiropractor was that as a patient I was impressed at what chiropractic did for me. I had a headache that lasted for six months. I went to a chiropractor and in very short order, the headache disappeared. Rarely do I have them now, and that was over 40 years ago!
I graduated from Wayne State University as a teacher in 1972. That turned out to be a very good base because I love to teach about being healthy. I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1976. I received the traditional chiropractic education coming away with the Palmer Package of adjusting techniques. However, while attending Palmer I developed a passion for Applied Kinesiology (AK) and clinical nutrition. In fact, I was the Founder and President of the Palmer Applied Kinesiology Club. Currently, I am board qualified in AK. I learned from the creator of the technique, Dr. George Goodheart, I have logged in over 1000 hours of post graduate education in the realm of clinical nutrition and am now certified in Nutrition Response Testing.
The Key to Healthy Living
I feel that our current health model is going down the wrong road. Being healthy isn't just about getting rid of symptoms quickly and assuming that you have fixed the cause of the problem. There are a lot of ways to help the body to heal itself. When that occurs, you have achieved a level of health that is not dependent on medications. Once that occurs, health actually comes down to a day by day, moment by moment decision on how we conduct our lives and treat our bodies.
The key to living healthy is to prepare your body to run in an optimal state. Chiropractic care, proper nutrition and exercise are just a few of the essential components for well being. Chiropractic care is the largest health care delivery system that doesn't use drugs or surgery. It is gentle and works in harmony with the body, and does not cause side effects.
On A Personal Note
My time outside of the office is spent cutting firewood, cross-country skiing or working in the garden. I am a devoted practitioner of Yoga and meditation. I enjoy backpacking in remote places like Alaska and Isle Royale.
I live the lifestyle I ask my patients to follow. We take into consideration a person’s overall health, the way they eat, what level of activity is within their daily practice, and their mental and emotional health.
See How Chiropractic Can Help You
As a Chiropractor in Gaylord since 1976, I have had the opportunity to work with a large variety of people and conditions. I continue to be impressed with how the body can heal itself given the right help from the outside and the right efforts from the patient.
I consider myself an excellent listener and hope I get the opportunity to meet you in person and discuss your specific health challenge. Give our office a call.
Theresa Schmidt - Clinical Nutritionist
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Theresa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Grand Valley State University. After working in a Physical Therapy office in Plymouth, Michigan for six years,
Theresa moved north and started the next phase of her career in Gaylord. She started at Saks Wellness Center, PC. 26 years ago, at first in the billing department, went on to be the Office Manager and then to the Administrator position. Eleven years ago, after assisting Dr. Gary Saks with his nutrition patients, she decided to build on her biology degree and return to school to study Clinical Nutrition at Ulan Nutritional Systems, Inc. Theresa has been practicing Clinical Nutrition at Saks Wellness Center, PC since 2009. She is very family oriented and enjoys helping entire generations of families achieve optimal health.
Kelli Weismiller - Office Manager and Certified Personal Trainer
Kelli has been with Saks Wellness Center since 2004. She is our Office manager and serves as the Patient Advocate along with handling all of the billing needs for the office. She graduated from Davenport University with honors, obtaining a B.S. with a minor in marketing and has been a certified personal trainer since 2008.
Kelli has two boys who are in college. She enjoys volunteering, spending time outside and with friends, taking care of her hobby farm, running, and watching patients achieve optimal wellness.
Megan Monarch - Massage Therapist
Megan attended the Blue Heron Academy graduating in medical massage therapy in 2006. She then went to Baker College of Flint and got her Physical Therapist Assistant degree graduating in 2008. She has been practicing massage therapy since 2008 specializing in therapeutic and deep tissue massage. She has worked for Saks Wellness Center in the past and just recently moved back to beautiful Northern Michigan rejoining our team. At Saks Wellness Center we feel Megan is the best massage therapist in Michigan.
Shelia Thorpe - Schedule Coordinator
Sheila Moran-Thorpe brings a background of excellent customer service and is excited to put those skills to good use with the Saks Wellness family. When not at work, Sheila spends many hours on the bleachers at her children’s’ various sporting events, gardening, creating wedding and special occasion cakes and enjoying her new home.
I'm a transplant to Northern Michigan. In 2010 my daughter and I moved to Gaylord from the Detroit area to get closer to other family in this area. Getting out of the city and now living where I used to vacation is amazing! I myself have always practiced holistic health which lead me to my interest and becoming certified in Reiki I and II. Working at Saks Wellness Center is a perfect fit for me. In my free time, I enjoy family, Nature, and just having fun!
Born and raised in lower MI, I moved north 11yrs ago with my husband and 2 children. I have a college education in Civil Engineering and used it working for the state of MI and a private company. I found my passion for health when I decided to start taking better care of myself and my family. This path led me to working out 5 days a week, watching and cooking better for my family and wanting to be involved in helping others.
This passion led me out of construction and into Saks Wellness Center. Along with health, I have an interest in crafting, love being part of my church family, love laughing and tattoos.
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