New wellness center brings chiropractic care to Nocatee community

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For Dr. Ryan Heinz, chiropractic care is more than a few cracks to the back. When patients visit Dr. Heinz’s new Nocatee practice, they receive far more than the five minute spine-snapping visit that many chiropractors offer. Nestled in the heart of the Nocatee Town Center, True Wellness Health Center is a haven for patients of all ages to receive a customized treatment plan for their health needs.

    “I’m not selling my patients on 30-visit plan packages,” said Dr. Heinz, explaining that chiropractic care is not one size fits all. “I come up with a treatment plan that is customized to the specific condition of the patient and we re-evaluate the progress at each visit,” Dr. Heinz stated, going on to say that he likes to spend at least 30 minutes per visit (or even longer at the initial appointment) with patients to get a deeper feel for their health needs.

    Dr. Heinz is a Jacksonville native who recently went back to his roots after living in New Jersey. As a college baseball player, Dr. Heinz suffered a stress fracture in his lower spine and was unable to find any relief. Medical professionals couldn’t help him and he was at a loss, his quality of life and his sanity dwindling. It wasn’t until he visited a chiropractor while he was at home on Christmas break that he finally found relief. It was then that Dr. Heinz decided to leave his baseball days in the rearview mirror and pursue a higher education in chiropractic care.

    Dr. Heinz practiced in the New Jersey area for a number of years, but when he felt it was time to open his own clinic he knew that returning to his roots was his best option. Around Thanksgiving in 2019, Dr. Heinz packed his bags and began his journey to opening his chiropractic clinic in Nocatee.

    “I love working with the Nocatee and Ponte Vedra community because everyone is so welcoming,” Dr. Heinz explained, emphasizing that New Jersey lacked the ‘at-home’ community feeling that is so prominently felt in the Ponte Vedra area. “I’ve gained a lot of business through word-of-mouth, just because patients are sharing their experience here with the rest of the community,” Dr. Heinz said, stating his love for the Ponte Vedra area and explaining that even the art on the walls of his clinic all comes from local Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville artists. “Ponte Vedra has a very special, family feel,” added Jennifer McLendon, Office Manager at True Wellness Health Center

     For Dr. Heinz, providing chiropractic care to the Ponte Vedra community is not just a job – it is a passion. Helping patients improve their quality of life and reduce their pain is something that brings Dr. Heinz great joy. Given that he has a personal connection to the impact of chiropractic care, Dr. Heinz truly has a heart for his patients.

    Although True Wellness Health Center has only been open since June 2020, their business is already growing. They celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting on Thursday Aug. 27 and the team is very excited to continue their journey providing care to the Ponte Vedra community.

    True Wellness Health Center is open Mondays from 10-6, Tuesday-Thursday 9-6, and Fridays 9-12. They can be reached by telephone at (904) 626-2681 for inquiries and appointments.

    “The most rewarding part of my job is watching a patient come in with pain and seeing their smile come back by the time they leave,” said Dr. Heinz.

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