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.

Amber Devers, LMT
Amber Devers

Amber Devers, Licensed Massage Therapist, received her certification in massage from Blue Heron Academy in 2011.  Amber is dedicated to providing professional  medical massage suited to meet the individual needs of her clients.

Helping people is her passion!  Amber suffered from migraines since the age of twelve.  At that time, she was seen by many doctors,  was placed on multiple types of medications, yet found no relief.   By the time Amber was fourteen, she decided to try a natural approach to her health. She went to a chiropractic office and began a steady treatment plan with massage therapy.  Her headaches started to improve within two weeks!  Amber was hooked ever since!

Amber is motivated to help you receive the best care possible, whether you are seeking general relaxation with massage, or if you are experiencing an ache or pain.  Amber specializes in myofascial release and trigger point therapy.  She is a firm believer that massage can help you too!

Lori Possehn, LMT
Lori Possehn

Lori Possehn, Licensed massage Therapist, is a graduate of Everest Institute. She is licensed by the State of Michigan, and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Lori has been a massage therapist for five years, and she truly enjoys her work. She is passionate about the positive effects of massage therapy on the body and mind. Depending on your specific needs and priorities, she will intentionally create a massage experience that will enhance your overall health and well-being.

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!

Barb VanderWerf

Barb VanderWerf graduated from Aquinas College with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. She has over twelve years experience as an office assistant and bookkeeper. Barb excels at customer service, and will assist you with professionalism and compassion.

Barb enjoys cooking, swimming, walking her Golden Doodle, going to the movies, and watching  the Detroit Lions. Her true passion is spending time with family playing cards, trivia games and board games.