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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 rDeceived 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…

Dr. Justin Dritschel, DC


Dr Justin Dritschel, DC

My name is Dr. Justin Dritschel, better known by our practice members as “Dr. Justin.” I am from Wilson, NY. I chose to become a chiropractor because far too many people look to manage their condition by masking their symptoms with prescription or non-prescription drugs rather than by correcting the root cause. My mission as a chiropractor is to clear interference throughout the nervous system in order to restore balance to the body. The body has a natural ability to heal itself provided the nervous system is free of any interference. My main focus is to restore the patient to an optimal level of health, allowing them to return to doing the things that they love the most. The most challenging aspect of being a chiropractor is working to change the public’s perception of true healthcare.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University at Buffalo. I then pursued my chiropractic education at New York Chiropractic College where I became a member of the Phi Chi Omega Chiropractic Honor Society. I graduated cum laude on July 27th, 2015. The highlight of my educational experience was becoming the first university graduate and first doctor in my family!

Through advanced coursework with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, I am able to specialize in Pediatric & Maternal Care. I work to improve my community by helping future generations. I have also earned an advanced degree in Sports Science & Human Performance through New York Chiropractic College. Specifically, I am certified through the Titleist Performance Institute to work with golfers on improving their biomechanics and power. Proper spinal alignment and optimal nerve flow are essential for human performance. I am dedicated to helping children, teens and adults maximize their potential for a healthy, beautiful life.

When I’m not in practice, I am an avid hockey player. I have been playing since the age of 3 and have been coaching for the last 5 years. I also enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities. I am honored to work with Feed My Starving Children (a non-profit organization that produces and distributes life-saving meals to over 200 mission organizations in 70 of the world’s hungriest countries). I am so proud to support children in times of need, and always.

Dr Deborah (Debbie) Backman, DC

Dr Deborah (Debbie) Backman, DC

Dr Deborah (Debbie) Backman, DC

Deborah Backman, D.C. grew up in a small town just north of Toronto, ON and began her trek south for her undergraduate degree in Bio molecular Science at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. From there, she attended New York Chiropractic College in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY. She graduated in 2012, married her wonderful husband, Brad, in 2013, and began her own practice in Lockport in 2014.

She joined Balanced Living Chiropractic Wellness in December 2017 to further her passion for healing and teaching the benefits of Chiropractic to patients in the Buffalo Area. When she isn’t practicing Chiropractic she enjoys hiking, golfing, and exploring everything that WNY has to offer.

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