Dr. Backhaus attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences with a specific focus on radiologic technology. Upon completion of his clinical internship and boards, he worked in the medical imaging department at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. During his four years there, he gained experience in X-Ray, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology while in the emergency, intensive care and surgical departments. Throughout his radiology career, Dr. Backhaus gained an appreciation for the treatments hospitals could offer but also became keenly aware of the extensive void of patient knowledge of preventative care. He first encountered chiropractic as a result of a back injury from lifting a patient. After learning more about how chiropractic care addressed the cause of an issue rather than masking it with medications, he decided to enter the profession. Dr. Backhaus earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Illinois. There, he learned the value of patient education and evidence-based medicine as part of a treatment plan. While in the program, he attended continuing education seminars, worked part-time in the admissions department and wrote a weekly blog that was featured on the university website. He was an active member of the Motion Palpation Club, Student American Chiropractic Association and Phi Theta Kappa. Dr. Backhaus completed his chiropractic internship at the NUHS Whole Health Center in Chicago’s South Loop. He also finished a rotation at the Chicago Salvation Army Clinic, which is a center for people struggling with substance abuse. During his internship, he earned his acupuncture certification from NUHS. He also obtained a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Committed to lifelong learning, Dr. Backhaus attends seminars to expand his knowledge, skills and
Arnel attended the Estelle Medical Academy where he earned his massage therapy license. He has gained extensive experience working in chiropractic offices, medical offices and spa settings. Arnel is an expert in many therapeutic massage modalities including: Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, cupping, hot stone application, reflexology, and PNF stretching. Arnel’s treatments focus on relieving discomfort and providing relaxation through physical touch and movement of patient’s muscles and joints. Whether through acute pain relief or continued maintenance care, his goal is to help his patients return to a state of wellness. Arnel loves to cook and enjoys strolling leisurely along the beach or nature trails, which makes him feel connected and grounded. Fluent in Filipino.