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By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune 

Local chiropractor serves with a special touch

 

Last updated 2/6/2022 at 6:58pm | View PDF

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Dr. Dennis Campbell's staff, from left, massage therapist Kim Kidd, Dr. Dennis Campbell, accounts receivable manager Melissa Campbell and chiropractic assistant Maria Salinas.

Dennis Campbell stated that he always wanted to be an attorney; however, he took another path after a serious automobile accident that led him to founding Campbell Chiropractic.

"I saw a chiropractor at my doctor's suggestion, and fortunately it was someone who was able to help me," he said. "I changed my career to become a chiropractor so I could help others like I was helped."

Campbell is from Coos Bay, Oregon, and he graduated from Portland State University followed by four years at Western State Chiropractor University. His first licensed position was working in a "stress clinic."

"An opportunity came up overseas with the American Chiropractic Foundation in Budapest," Campbell said. He stayed there for two years.

He said that the Swedish ambassador needed chiropractic treatment, and Campbell made outside calls.

Upon returning stateside, he looked for practices that needed help. He was contacted by a friend who told him about a chiropractor in Shafter and that the chiropractor wanted to move his practice to Taft. After Campbell spent some time in the Shafter office, Campbell told him it wouldn't be feasible to move his practice. The chiropractor left the Shafter practice and Campbell absorbed it and opened an office in Wasco.

"After meeting with the chiropractor, I was asked to come into work the next day, and I showed up in a white T-shirt and black jeans wearing the white coat over my street clothes," he said. "It was the day after I interviewed, and I didn't have any of my work clothes with me and I was staying at the Wasco Inn."

During the beginning of his time in the Wasco office, "investment broker Melissa Hodges came in for treatment for a broken shoulder," Campbell said. "I was smitten."

Campbell became familiar with brokerage terminology and requested a private meeting with Hodges so he could impress her with his knowledge.

During their conversation, Hodges asked him if he was really interested in investments or was it something else. His honest reply? "Something else." The rest is history for these two. They have two children and grandchildren.

Melissa Hodges is a 1979 Wasco High graduate. "I was born in Wasco, delivered by Dr. Mary," Hodges said. "I love coming from a small town and knowing everyone."

Campbell Chiropractic is one of only a few hundred who practice the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Method.

Campbell went to continuing education classes and is now one of 15 advanced instructors in the world and is a professor at Chiropractic College in Hayward. He received the Chiropractor of the Year Award in 2004.

Since 2000, he has been the team doctor tor the Wasco High athletic teams and Bengals. He provides team physicals for the players and cheerleaders.

Campbell works in collaboration with Dr. Coleman's office in Shafter; however, since the pandemic, he has been working only in his Wasco office.

While Campbell Chiropractic does not accept insurance plans, they do work with patients regarding payment.

"We are very much like an old-fashioned doctor-patient relationship," Melissa Campbell said. "We treat our patients like family and want everyone to come in and get their bodies fixed."

Additionally, the office offers the services of massage therapist Kim Kidd.

The Campbell Chiropractic office is at 620 E. St. and can be reached at 661-758-5131.

 

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