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Dr. Patricia Henthorn, D.C.

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Henthorn grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Information Resource Management with a minor in foreign languages from San Jose State University. She worked at Stanford University for a number of years, and then attended Palmer College of Chiropractic West, in San Jose, California. She graduated from Palmer in 1996, Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Henthorn later moved to Arizona with her husband and son in 1999.

Dr. Henthorn is the chiropractic coordinator for the Phoenix chapter of Flying Samaritans and has been flying down to Mexico with them since 2001. The Flying Samaritans fly down to Mexico once a month to administer health care of every specialty.

Dr. Henthorn has a certification in Whiplash and Brain Traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego (2006). She is a member of the Institute of Personal Injury Physicians. Dr. Henthorn is also certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, and enjoys adjusting animals of all types, as long as they have a spine.

Dr. Eric Poole, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Eric Poole was born and raised in southern California where he was actively involved in competitive sports; including soccer, water polo, and swimming. Dr. Poole was awarded an All-American ranking his senior year in high school in the sport of Water Polo and was recruited to play in college at one of the top 5 water polo colleges in the United States, UC Irvine.

After his freshman year, Dr. Poole decided to serve a 2 year religious mission for his church in Argentina. The love for those people and their most adored sport, ?futbol?, inspired Dr. Poole to focus on collegiate soccer after his 2 year service mission was complete and attended Utah Valley University to study Integrated Studies with emphasis in Biology and Spanish while playing soccer for 3 years. His interest in Anatomy, Physiology and Physics sparked an excitement to continue the long family tradition of specializing in Chiropractic care.

Dr. Eric Poole was raised in a health care serving family where his father, grandfather, and great aunt were dedicated to the specialty of Chiropractic care, providing millions of treatments to those is need since 1920. Eric gained his chiropractic education at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and graduated in 2003. His love for sport and physical challenges drove a desire to expand his knowledge and focus in spinal rehabilitation.

Post-graduate studies and continuing education in neuro-musculo-skeletal correction and rehabilitation has been his greatest interest. Dr. Poole has participated in over 100 hours of education and training through the Pettibon Institute/System in spinal rehab. He has been trained to perform MUA (Manipulation Under Anesthesia) working alongside medical doctors. Dr. Poole has gained extensive knowledge in caring for car accident victims with more than 75 hours of study with the American Academy of Motor Vehicle Injuries to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of injuries from accidents. He finds great satisfaction in helping his patients obtain maximum improvement in their health and achieve the enjoyment of optimal living.

Dr. William Risley, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Risley is an Arizona native and a third generation, Palmer College of Chiropractic physician. His father, a retired chiropractic physician, started his practice in the early 1960's in central Phoenix where he was in practice for 30 years. He also has an uncle in Florida who recently retired after over 40 years of practice. His Great Uncle in Pennsylvania practiced in Pennsylvania for over 50 years up until death a few years ago.

"Chiropractic has come a long way since the days of my father?s practice. He and others like him, despite ignorance, prejudice, and persecution, were instrumental in its early development, maturation, and growth. We have seen great strides in chiropractic?s perception, acceptance, and scientific research in the past decade. It has become a mainstream licensed health care profession, the third largest after medicine and dentistry."

Dr. Risley's practice emphasis is on the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. He utilizes very specific joint assessment, manipulation and rehabilitation in his practice to help patients minimize pain and maximize function to the body.

"Assessing neuro-musculo-skeletal problems requires a multi-dimensional approach. One must address the area of complaint but also address the whole spine as a complex functional unit. Due to the great complexity and interconnectiveness of the body, lower extremity problems can manifest into spinal problems and vice versa. The body can be viewed as a dynamic kinetic chain, each region affecting higher and lower areas of function."

Dr. Risley also evaluates other important areas such as nutrition, ergonomics, muscle function, posture, flexibility, fitness and activity levels.