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Chiropractor in Amherst | Our Chiropractic Team

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Two heads are better than one.” We’ve taken that to heart at Balanced Living Chiropractic Wellness. With multiple chiropractors on staff, you get the benefit of extra brainpower. Especially with difficult cases. Read more to find out how Amherst chiropractic can help you!


Amherst Chiropractor, Dr. Steve Niemiec

Dr. Steve Niemiec, DC

Dr. Steve Niemiec, DC

Becoming a high school teacher was not going to be enough… After student teaching and taking classes towards a masters degree in education, I kept thinking about how spinal adjustments helped me without drugs or surgery. I was working in one of Buffalo’s largest chiropractic offices. Week after week, I would teach health and wellness classes about how health and healing comes from within each and every one of us (an innate response), and yet Americans continue to look for outside quick fix remedies for health. Could I be the only one who experiences the side affects listed on the labels of medications? I kept thinking that chiropractic care has a positive side affect… improved function of the body… naturally. Read more…


Dr. Kevin Phalen, DC

Amherst Chiropractor, Dr. Kevin Phalen

Dr. Kevin Phalen, DC

I never really knew much about chiropractic care when I was younger, but I always like a more natural approach regarding my personal health… A native of Buffalo, I graduated Cum Laude from Canisius College in 1981 with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies. I was originally intending to enter the Seminary but was still uncertain at graduation, so I decided to take a year off and took a job in retail with the former Adam, Meldrum and Anderson Department Stores. Every one remembers AM&A’s and its slogan it’s AM&A’sing! With hard work and rapid promotions, I became the youngest General Manager in the company’s history. My favorite part of my fifteen years in retail management was always the close contact with people, both employees and customers. Read more…


Dr. Katelyn Niemiec-Klimek, DC

Dr. Katelyn Niemiec-Klimek

Dr. Katelyn Niemiec-Klimek, DC

I was eight years old when I received my first Chiropractic adjustment; little did I know how such a small thing would change my life forever… Every Doctor and patient has their story on how they discovered Chiropractic, for me I do not know life without Chiropractic. I was eight years old when I received my first Chiropractic adjustment; little did I know how such a small thing would change my life forever. My parents were smart enough to take me to a see my first doctor of chiropractic, Dr. Todd Plinke, after being knocked around from a school bus accident. Since then I have continued care because of the great results I get anywhere from being stressed out from academic life, to improved physical well being. It became more than just a pain in my neck to overall body function, health and wellness. I’d realized that Health wasn’t about how you felt but how you function! It was after this at the age of twelve years, I decided to become a Chiropractor. I knew then I wanted to dedicate my life to teaching, and helping people realize how amazing their body is and how they can reach their health potential with Chiropractic care. Read more…

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Dr. Mark Van Volkenburg, DC

Dr. Mark Van Volkenburg, DC

My name is Dr. Mark Van Volkenburg and I proudly can say I’m born and raised in Buffalo, NY.  I always had a passion for health and wellness. Ever since I was younger, I always knew that I wanted to be in health care but to what capacity I didn’t know. So it wasn’t until I visited the local chiropractor for an injury from playing hockey. While talking to the chiropractor, he explained to me how the body has innate ability to heal itself. It made complete sense to me!! While playing hockey and being on the ice 5-6 times a week injuries are going to happen. Low back, mid-back, shoulder, musculoskeletal injuries were part of playing a fast physical sport. Over the counter medications were used only to find that it was masking the pain. So visiting the chiropractor and being adjusted, I was healing quicker. The problem was being address! With continued chiropractic care, injuries were decreasing. That’s when I knew what I wanted to be a chiropractor.

I attended Buffalo State College and majored in Biology with a minor in chemistry. While I was doing my undergraduate work, I was lucky enough to work with a microbiologist on his research. We researched antibiotic resistant bacteria, environmental microbiology, and survival of bacteria in aquatic environments. After graduating from Buffalo State College, I attended New York Chiropractic College. While taking the rigorous course work, I was involved in motion palpation club. I have advanced training in deep tissue laser therapy, scientific basis of medical lasers, general laser therapy, activator methods technique, and myofascial trigger point therapy. Upon graduating from New York Chiropractic, I was selected for the Libero A. Violini health center award for the intern that performed at a high level of excellence in the area of patient evaluations and procedures and in assisting fellow interns in development of similar skills.

When I’m not at work, I still enjoy playing hockey. So once a week, you’ll find me on the ice. I also enjoy mountain biking, snorkeling, being outdoors, playing guitar, and traveling. But most of all, I love being with my family! Family is very important to me and I couldn’t do what I do without my family.


Dr. Emily K Patrick, DC

I am Emily Patrick, a graduate of D’ Youville College in Buffalo, NY and was part of the 7 year combined biology and chiropractic program at the college.  Working as a graduate assistant in the Chiropractic department which allowed me to encourage aspiring chiropractors to pursue their chiropractic education.

I have a special interest in prenatal and pediatric care. Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both mother and baby throughout the pregnancy and birth. I am certified in Webster Technique, which allows me to better help patients achieve the best possible birth outcome. My patients include people from all walks of life – not just women and children. Everybody deserves to achieve optimal wellness through chiropractic care.

Looking back as a child and teenager,  I always had back pain.  It kept me up at night, made it difficult for me to sit in class and thought it was normal to have pain.  It affected me everyday for so long that it became my normal.  I would rely on ibuprofen constantly to dull the pain, but it never fixed the problem.  Then I started getting adjusted and it felt like my entire life changed.  I no longer had to struggle to sit through lectures and my sleep improved so much that I felt like an entirely new person.  Chiropractic has led me on a wellness journey that has allowed me to function better in every aspect of my life.

When I’m not at work I am usually engrossed in some kind of arts and crafts projects, usually knitting. I love animals and enjoy bird watching when the weather is nice. I spend a lot of time with my family, where we always find something to celebrate.

I encourage you to come in to Balanced Living and let me assist you on your wellness journey.


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