After working as an independent general chiropractor for nearly 10 years, Dr. Brittany Sullivan last year opened Elite Spine & Wellness, 6833 Stalter Dr., Suite 203, in Rockford.
“Our office is brand new, and it’s got a modern and hip vibe to it. That’s part of what makes our experience pretty great,” she says. “I’ve been in this field for eight years, and my massage therapist, Jennifer Carrig, has been massaging for 18 years. We like to call ourselves a one-stop-shop because you can come here, get treatment and go home feeling better.”
Dr. B, as she’s called by her patients, spent four years as an associate in Rockford before becoming an independent contractor in Loves Park, Ill. After four years in that location, she was ready to launch her own practice.
“I knew I wanted to be a doctor, and I wanted to help people heal as naturally as possible,” Sullivan says. “I took the chiropractic lane and I absolutely loved it from the beginning. Musculoskeletal dysfunction is our area of expertise.”
Sullivan works with patients who suffer from any type of pain in the back, including muscle strains, misalignments, arthritis and lifting injuries.
She also specializes in flexion/distraction, which helps decompress the spine after a disc injury.
Sullivan uses the activator method of chiropractic and a unique hand-held tool that allows her to do manual adjustments with low force.
“It’s a tool that’s used for people who don’t like the popping sound, or for people with brittle bones,” Sullivan says.
Sullivan emphasizes wellness through all of her services.
“We start with acute care,” she says. “We’ll do adjustments, and we’ll do passive therapies like muscle stimulation, ultrasound and massage just to keep their pain down. Once their pain goes down, we’ll do rehabilitative treatment where they’re doing strengthening exercises just to get them back to being functional again.”
The Rockford native earned her bachelor’s degree from Rockford College before attending Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Florida. She later returned home to Rockford and began her career.
When she’s not practicing, Sullivan spends her time with her 8-month-old son, Declan, and her husband of two years, Matt. ❚