about us

Dr. Brian Mikula











Dr. Brian was grooving:  It was the early 1990s, and he taught classes in public speaking and radio/TV writing and direction at the awesome University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Yet in 1991, he was limping and could hardly walk.  Then, while limping through the Arbor Town Mall in 1991, Dr. Brian first learned about chiropractic.  Sciatica was plaguing him, and medical help proved fruitless.  Dr. Brian began regular (and frequent!) chiropractic care and adjustments, and soon his sciatica left.  Dr. Brian pointedly asked lots of questions; he didn’t blindly accept something without understanding it.

It was through this questioning that he understood the true value of the chiropractic adjustment:  more than symptom relief, chiropractic improves the function of the nervous system.  Since the nervous system regulates overall body function, removing problems (subluxations) in the nervous system means improving body function.

Shocking his family and friends with his new purpose in life, he moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina to study chiropractic at Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic.  Many in his family knew very little about chiropractic, or had even heard disparaging misinformation about chiropractic.  Despite family misgivings, he immersed himself in chiropractic philosophy, science and art in order to improve the heath of the families he would meet.

Schooling went from the Fall of 1992 until December of 1995.  Dr. Brian received the prestigious Milton W. Garfunkel award upon graduating.  This award is given to a student with high academic honors and who displays the best understanding of chiropractic philosophy, science and art.

Dr. Brian and Dr. Jean Mikula opened Mikula Chiropractic in January of 1996.  Since then, the office has had the pleasure of serving thousands of people in the community.  Dr. Brian has given many presentations to local schools and organizations to make people aware of the tremendous benefits of chiropractic.

Dr. Brian continued his role as classroom educator as well:  since 1997, he has taught courses in human anatomy and physiology to students at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dr. Brian is a member (and former officer) of the IFCO (International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations) and was a founding member of the Advancing Chiropractic organization.  These organizations serve as the vanguard of chiropractic for the public; Dr. Brian wants to make sure that his family, friends, and community will always be allowed the privilege of chiropractic adjustments.

Dr. Brian's three children live in Northeast Grand Rapids. When not in the office or the classroom, you can find Dr. Brian on the hockey rink, in the movie theater, on the softball field, or at the table playing strategy games

Dr. Jean Mikula


Dr. Jean Mikula graduated cum laude in 1995 from Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, in South Carolina.  Within one month of graduation, she and Dr. Brian Mikula opened their office to serve the families of West Michigan.  Dr. Jean has had extensive study and practice working with people of all ages:  from pregnant moms and seniors, to newborns and children.  Her focus is “optimal health and wellness for the entire family.”

Dr. Jean Mikula has become one of the leading health and wellness advocates in Grand Rapids.  Her belief that “the strength of the community depends on the health of its residents” spurs her contribution to education and promotion of health and wellness in Grand Rapids.  She has promoted child safety and educational topics for the local schools, including providing free “Backpack Safety” checks to the children of the community.  In addition, she is often found providing free spinal screenings at local health fairs and gyms.

Dr. Jean Mikula is a member of IFCO (International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations). She enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, gardening, biking, exercising, reading books and yoga.  She resides in the Northeast side of Grand Rapids with her three children:  Nick, Ben and Stephanie.

Katie Haefner, LMT
Katie Haefner

Katie Haefner, Medical Massage Therapist, graduated from Blue Heron Academy in 2018. In addition to being a massage therapist, Katie is also an artist.  Being an artist, Katie has a deep understanding of the universal flow that transcends across from her paintbrush to the massage table, allowing for both a soothing and effective touch.

With her individual adaptation to each massage, Katie is passionate about helping improve her client’s well-being. Having received both massage therapy and chiropractic care, Katie knows just how beneficial the pairing is, and she is thrilled to help impact your health.  From deep tissue massage, to trigger point therapy, to relaxation massage, Katie’s got you covered! Your health is her main concern, and she is happy to be of service.

Donna Jenkins
Donna Jenkins came to Mikula Chiropractic after working for many years in the public school system. Serving as a Front Desk Chiropractic Assistant, Donna's love for people is evident as she provides the outstanding service and support that the adults and children of our practice have come to expect. Everyone is greeted by her heartwarming smile as she manages our front desk with grace and ease.

With her years of experience in the public school system it should come as no surprise that Donna is a key part of our education program. She has dedicated her career to doing her part to educate every new practice member that comes through our doors.

In her free time you will find Donna spending time with family. Her other personal pursuits include gardening, volunteering, walking, and reading a good novel.
Merrilee Benchich

Merrilee Benchich is Mikula Chiropractic’s Billing Coordinator.  She received her experience in billing by working first for insurance companies, then for a large employer, and then finally for doctors.  Merrilee has seen all sides of the job, and likes working with practitioners and patients the best. 
Merrilee’s favorite hobbies include gardening and landscaping.  Her husband begins to worry when she gazes out at the yard…he knows she is planning something more to do!

Patricia McCullough

Patricia McCullough (Pat) graduated from Grand Rapids Community College with an Associates Degree in Accounting. Pat worked at her own company before deciding to retire. After retiring, she decided she would be of more help being back in the workforce, and meeting new people.  Pat has three children, and five grandchildren.  She enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her grandchildren. Pat looks forward to working with the dedicated team at Mikula Chiropractic, and she looks forward to meeting you!