Yesterday, I had the pleasure of my first appointment with Dr. David Martin of Bella Vista Family Chiropractic, located at 826 Christian Street. The office is conveniently located on Christian Street, just 1/2 a block from the Italian Market, and the entrance is on the side of the building. Look for the skeleton, JawKnee Depp, lazily lounging outside, then pick up some cheese, charcuterie or a hoagie on your way home.
When you set up your appointment, they'll ask for your email address so that you can complete the new patient paperwork online before you even show up - how cool is that? Once you arrive for your appointment, the Office Manager, Shavon, greets you and gets your paperwork and payment in order. The best part? First-time visits are just $25 for South Philly Food Co-op Members and are donated to a local non-profit! You can choose between The Bethesda Project and The Food Trust, and you can read about each organization and general chiropractic terms while you wait.
Dr. Martin takes the time to explain everything he's evaluating and will let you know if x-rays or further tests are needed. He's extremely kind and knowledgeable and - judging by the army of little ones coming and going - very patient! (note: they have a play area and free coloring pages, too)
In addition, I noticed on their website and in the office that the office would be closed during Thanksgiving week. Not for the holiday, as perhaps you would expect, but because Dr. Martin and his wife, Karen, are heading to Peru for their annual service trip. There's lots more great information about Dr. Martin, the practice, chiropractic care and general wellness on their blog, so definitely check that out. They even participate in community events, like Teacher Appreciation Days.
If you have pain or other issues, or are just looking to maintain your general health and well-being, consider paying a visit to Bella Vista Family Chiropractic, you won't be disappointed! Of course, don't forget to show your South Philly Food Co-op membership card to take advantage of your Member Discount and snap a photo for our #ShopSouthPhilly Photo Contest!
-Jen Honovic Herczeg