Luke Blackburn, DC
My journey as a chiropractor began shortly after graduating from the University of Kentucky. My brother in-law , a chiropractor in central Kentucky, told me on many occasions that I should visit his office. After getting the opportunity to spend a day at his practice and seeing firsthand the positive effects of chiropractic care, I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life.
My chiropractic journey has taken me all across the United States and abroad. I moved from Kentucky to Davenport, Iowa to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. While at Palmer, I participated in a clinic abroad trip to Fiji where I gained valuable experience providing chiropractic care to those in need. I went through my entire chiropractic schooling with the intention of moving back to Kentucky to work with my brother in-law. My plan of action soon changed after I met my lovely wife, Sara. She was offered a great job opportunity in Seattle, Washington and as a chiropractor I have the luxury of practicing anywhere.
We relocated to Washington where I had the pleasure of working at one of the top chiropractic clinics in the country, Collins Chiropractic. Collins Chiropractic is located in a small town outside of Seattle. The clinic was highly involved in the community, family oriented, accepted every patient with open arms, and utilized a chiropractic biophysics (CBP) technique. After working at Collins Chiropractic, I knew I wanted to open a similar office one day.
After finishing my associateship in Burien, my wife and I decided to return to her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska where we could build a chiropractic clinic that can help make a healthier impact in the community.
My goal is to help everyone I work with understand that health isn’t just the absence of disease, illness, and pain. Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Everyone has a general adaptive potential (GAP). GAP refers to your bodies ability to adapt to negative stress. If person A eats Burger King five days per week, doesn’t get off the couch, and has a lousy sleep schedule they will have a narrow GAP. If person B eats healthy, exercises, and gets adequate sleep they will obviously have a wider GAP. The narrower a person’s GAP becomes the easier it is for them to become sick and the wider a person’s GAP the less likely they are to become sick. In order to achieve maximum health potential, a fully functioning nerve system is required. The only way to naturally achieve a fully functioning nerve system is with chiropractic care. As a chiropractor my main objective is to find where stress is being applied to the nerve system and remove it. Diet, exercise, and adequate sleep are all important, but become more beneficial with a fully functioning nerve system.
Chase L'Heureux, DC
Chiropractic has been a part of my life since the 8th grade when I suffered a minor back injury playing football. I was taken to a chiropractor by my parents who were big advocates of the profession after my mom was referred to one by a spinal surgeon as a last-resort to prevent major back surgery. The treatment saved her from undergoing surgery, as well as has provided her essentially 25 pain-free years… and counting.
I attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for undergrad, studying Nutrition Science. It was at that point that I realized chiropractic is more than just a fix for back pain or headaches – it’s a lifestyle. In our culture, there are some incredibly poor perceptions which lead to extraordinary misinformation of what health is as well as methods of achieving it.
It was while studying at Palmer College of Chiropractic that I learned that oftentimes, improper biomechanics of the spine manifest from muscle imbalance or overuse injuries, but poor diet and lack of exercise are also very impactful and easy to overlook.
I have been getting adjusted regularly since that first visit when I was in the 8th grade. I currently get adjusted monthly, unless I have an acute flair-up that needs more frequent attention. The musculoskeletal system works as one unit. It is impossible to have one without the other. I maintain an active lifestyle & continue to enjoy recreational football and basketball leagues. I have never suffered a major injury that has kept me out for longer than a week or two. I attribute that to chiropractic care and its direct influence on my nervous system and biomechanics.
Ashley Rutan, LMT
I moved to Omaha in 2009 from western Nebraska to attend school at the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare. Born and raised in Cozad, NE I was living in North Platte when my husband and I decided to head east to further our education. With a background in exercise science, I knew that I wanted to work in a profession focused on injury repair and prevention. I work primarily with clients experiencing pain due to life’s everyday stressors, providing them with a natural, yet effective alternative to pain relief. I specialize in trigger point, deep tissue, myofascial, and positional release therapies. Along with working at Millard Oaks Chiropractic, I am an instructor at the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare.
Betty Kunz, RT(R)
My husband and I returned to southeast Nebraska from southern California following his end of active duty with the United States Marine Corps. During my clinical experience while earning my degree in Radiology, I worked in emergency, trauma, surgical, inpatient and outpatient departments, as well as observed procedures such as port placements and kyphoplasties in Interventional Radiology. These procedures were necessary by the time I was working with these patients, and I recognized my drive to contribute to a healthcare pathway that would not only potentially prevent the need for some invasive procedures, but also increase the overall quality of life in those individuals. When the nature of the correlation of my posture and spinal X-rays was explained to me, the science behind the technique of Chiropractic Biophysics (the most- published named technique within the Index Medicus) became a significant influence in my life, and ignited my passion for increasing the education of others on the body's potential for recovery from a myriad of health concerns. I have had the opportunity to work in multiple departments in Chiropractic and healthcare facilities, to include radiology, rehab, marketing, claims, and office management. I am licensed as a Medical Radiographer, am a Registered Radiologic Technologist with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and am a member of the Nebraska Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Raised in small town Homer, Nebraska, I moved to the big city of Omaha directly after graduating to pursue my massage therapy journey in 2016. I attended Omaha School of Massage gaining my diploma in Therapeutic Massage in August of 2017, and soon after landed my first job opportunity. I have done nothing but prosper within my first year of being a LMT. I am a high-energetic person with a positive view on life. I take a lot of passion, pride, and confidence in my work. I enjoy using many techniques while working such as deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, cupping, stretching, and hot stones. I am also available to do 30, 60, 90, and 120 minute sessions. I love being a member of the holistic health field, helping ease everyday ailments. I am a strong believer in practicing the same life style techniques that I stress to my clients. I am very blessed to be a member of the Millard Oaks Chiropractic team.
Liz Waldner, LMT
Born and raised in South Dakota, I moved to Omaha 5 years ago. My passion for massage started when I was a kid and experiencing frequent migraines and tension headaches. Between getting regular chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, the headaches were occurring much less frequently. I started my career in massage therapy in 2016 by attending the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare and graduating the following fall with a license in Massage Therapy. I specialize in Deep Tissue, Swedish, and Trigger Point Therapy, and I help people find relief from stress, tension, and pain.