In 2020, Dr. Nichole “Niki” Sullivan purchased Gentle Force Chiropractic from Dr. Linda Force, after outgrowing her Woodstock practice. Since the move, she has expanded the Canton office to more than double its original size and has added services to benefit her patients.
Through a holistic approach to patient care, Dr. Niki takes a whole-body view to find the source of each patient’s problem, and uses integrated treatments (chiropractic, nutrition, muscle and physical therapy) to free each patient of pain. “We do not believe pain is a lifestyle,” she said. The goal is to “heal from within, not just treat the symptoms.”
Dr. Niki and her associates continue to educate themselves in the integrative model to fulfill her vision of serving patients with the latest methods possible, and incorporating a holistic approach that doesn’t require narcotics.
A personal experience with an injury as a college student fueled Dr. Niki’s desire to become a chiropractor. After her primary care physician gave her pain medication, she realized she could not function at school while medicated, and decided to visit a chiropractor for pain relief.
“After one adjustment, the pain was gone, and I knew this is how I wanted to help people, with an alternative to traditional treatment where narcotics tend to be prescribed,” she said.
“Chiropractic is unique to the individual, and offers many different avenues for treatment, from muscle work or nutrition, whatever the individual needs. It’s not the chiropractor who does the healing. The human body is made to heal itself. We just need to get out of the way sometimes. My job is to clear any interference and let the body do its job.”
The doctors and staff at Gentle Force Integrative Health treat patients from infancy to geriatric, addressing symptoms that include low-back and neck pain, joint issues, immune support, sports injuries and auto accidents. Treatment is tailored to each individual’s condition, and can involve: instrumental or manual adjusting; muscle stretching and strengthening; nutritional assessment; or decompression therapy.
“Our motto is, we have something for that,” Dr. Niki said. “We go beyond chiropractic, to work with you to bring total wellness to your body.”
Gentle Force doctors use the activator technique, as well as full-spine, which ensures each care plan is as unique as the individual. An activator is an adjusting instrument that offers a gentle, low-force and specific adjustment for treatment of TMJ or extremity discomfort.
“I love when patients say, ‘How did you know my knee was hurting?’” Dr. Niki said. “As we use the activator analysis to scan the entire body, we are able to determine any segment of the spine that is not in proper alignment, including joints not in position, so we can adjust and correct the issue.”
Dr. Niki, Dr. Jack Dahlhauser, Dr. Brent Greene and Dr. Betsy Carlo-Vega are Life University graduates with more than 50 years’ experience combined in chiropractic
Dr. Niki is advanced-proficient in the activator technique and her associates, Dr. Greene and Dr. Carlo-Vega, also are activator-technique proficient. Dr. Dahlhauser is a former Life University instructor and uses the Thompson and Gonstead adjusting techniques.
The doctors are trained in prenatal and pediatric care, and can create a lifestyle of wellness from infancy to geriatric. Gentle Force Integrative Health offers therapeutic massage therapy by licensed therapist Tamatha Willis, along with therapeutic exercise and stretching with Dawn Mitchell, CPT, CNC and CSF.
“When I came to Gentle Force to see Dr. Niki, I was a mess. Within six weeks, she and her wonderful staff got me out of pain and helped me so much. All of her staff are wonderful. They’re caring, patient and kind. Our whole family comes here now; we LOVE this practice! We love that they take a holistic approach.” — Brie K.