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Chiropractor in Council Bluffs : Dr. Denise Woods

Palmer Graduate, graduating with honors, Cum Laude

Dr. Denise Woods, Council Bluffs Chiropractor

Dr. Denise Woods

Welcome! My name is Denise Woods. I was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa with one sister, Jeri, who works with me at the practice.

My Chiropractic Story

I attended Lewis Central High School where I played tennis. I graduated in 1982 and attended Northwest Missouri State where I studied business and biology. At Northwest Missouri State I continued to play tennis and I began to suffer from lower back and shoulder pain. As the pain increased I decided to seek medical attention, however, I was unable to find any sort of lasting relief with traditional medical treatments.

I decided to try chiropractic care and found that this method of treatment was the most effective. The experience sparked an interest in the health science field and procedures of chiropractic care, and although after I graduated and pursued a career in business, my interest in chiropractic care never waned.

I worked in business for several years and I continued to see a chiropractor for my chronic lower back and shoulder pain. It was at this point in time that I found out that my niece was terminally ill with cancer.

Dr. Denise Woods and her sister, Jeri.

Dr. Woods and her sister, Jeri.

After she passed away I was devastated. Losing my niece made me re-examine my priorities and career, and it also renewed my interest in medicine.

I decided to take classes at night to fill my pre-med requirements, however I was unsure whether or not I would attend medical school. I continued to attend classes at night and work during the day, but towards the end of my studies I re-injured myself, skiing. This was the final push that I needed to pursue a medical career, and it made me realize that chiropractic care was the right path for me.

Palmer College of Chiropractic Graduate

Dr. Denise Woods and mom, Paula

Dr. Denise Woods and mom, Paula

In 2000, I applied and was accepted at the renowned Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. I graduated Cum Laude and became a member of Palmer College of Chiropractic class of 2004 as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

After graduation I moved back to Council Bluffs where I opened Total Care Chiropractic. We started off as a small family practice with my sister, Jeri, helping me at the front desk. Today I am proud to say we have extended our family members to include my mother, Paula, our licensed massage therapist, Laura and our Chiropractic Assistant, Jalyn.

We have also recently expanded our Council Bluffs Chiropractic office, and are now able to offer more services that help us better serve you, our patients. I am Certified in the Graston Technique, and have also become a participating Bax Aura Bioveda Wellness Practitioner.

Outside the office

I am an avid “homebody” and I love design and DIY home projects. My husband and I always have a home remodel, home construction or landscaping project underway. During my spare time I enjoy a variety of forms of exercise including jogging, tennis and Pilates.

My husband and I are very excited to announce in June, 2011 our family will be expanding. Our daughter Katie and son-in-law John are expecting our first grandchild. Our oldest daughter, Beth, remains in Kobe, Japan enjoying life abroad.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for listening to my story and I hope that I get the chance to talk to you more in person. Thank you for visiting our site. Please give us a call or come and visit us anytime.


Total Care Chiropractic | (712) 329-1863
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