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What Our Patients Say

What others say about chiropractic care can help you make the right health care choice. Review a selection of River Chiropractic & Wellness Center patient testimonials below, and please email me or contact the office if you have any questions.

Health and Happiness,
Dr. Laura Thornton Vernallis

  • Keep up the friendly healing atmosphère.

    -Anne S.
  • Doctor-prescribed pain meds and physical therapy did nothing. Chiropractic care completely eliminated the cause of my extreme discomfort.

    -Gary R.

Feeling Great With ZYTO™ LSAPro

After going through my chemotherapy treatment I’ve noticed a huge difference to my body. I felt completely restless, weak, stressed, not to mention losing my hair was a big deal to me. After I heard about this ZYTO program from my friend Britney who works there, I decided to give this ZYTO a try, I mean what could go wrong, right?read more>>

Well after giving this program a try, I’ve never this good way before even I was diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Laura is one of the best chiropractors I know. She is completely understanding and will do whatever it takes to make you feel better. I’m now taking some vitamins to make my immune system a lot more strong and keep my digestive system less acidic. I strongly recommend everyone giving this try. I guarantee you will notice a huge difference to your body and you will feel so much better in no time. Thank you again, Dr. Laura, for all your help.

Heather K.

Asthma and Chest Pain

When I came in for my first appointment with Dr. Laura, I was a mess. I had been having this horrible “mystery” chest pain for about 7 months prior and had been told continually by my Primary Care Physician (who is no longer my doctor) that all the pain was a result of my asthma. After all, they had taken several EKG’s and they were all more>>

All my blood work had been coming back normal, and the only idea my doctor could come up with was that I had severe asthma and high anxiety levels and needed to be on high doses of antidepressant medication as well as an increased dosage of inhaled steroids. After seeing three different doctors, and none of them having helped me a single bit, I decided to give acupuncture a try. Dr. Laura and her staff were very warm and inviting, and I immediately felt comfortable around them. Dr. Brad’s new patient orientation was very interesting and helpful. Dr. Laura used the ZYTO™ LSAPro software to decide which treatment and supplements would be best for my body, and took x-rays. After only my first adjustment and acupuncture session, I felt that some weight had finally lifted off my chest. (Almost literally!) I was taking deep relaxing breaths for the first time in months! Dr. Laura continued the acupuncture and chiropractic treatment several times a week for a month, then gradually tapered down each month so that now, three months later, I am only receiving treatment every two weeks. She also helped me choose some whole food supplements by Standard Process that support my upper respiratory system, and they have helped my lungs to heal from the tissue damage and rid me of the dependence of sucking on an inhaler for the past several years. My lungs have actually gotten much stronger on their own, and I am very happy to say that I have not used my inhaler regularly in almost a month now. Thanks to her chiropractic work, it turns out much of my chest pain has been alleviated by simply adjusting my ribs! She also helped me choose a supplement that would support my nervous system- after all, feeling like you’re going to have a heart attack every day for several months doesn’t do much for your anxiety levels! I am so happy I found Dr. Laura and her team. I am an experienced marathon runner, and I was afraid I’d never run again because of the pain. Heck, I was afraid to leave my house some days because I didn’t know how my body would respond in business meetings, even at the grocery store or just out for a walk with my fiance. These supplements have helped me to remain calm while my body is healing, and that has made all the difference. I now have a new Primary Care Physician who believes in my accupunture and chiropractic treatments and the supplements I have been given. I am confident that with Dr. Laura’s help, not only will I make a full recovery, but I will feel better than I ever have before!
Thank you Dr. Laura!

Liz M.

Relief From Migraines

After the birth of my second child, I began having horrible migraines 2 and sometimes 3 times a week. I was given medication for the headaches, The medicine worked as long as I laid down for 20 minutes in silence. Well, anyone with kids (especially little ones) knows that this can be an impossible task. read more>>

After a while the headaches only came around once or twice a week but during times when I could not lay down after taking the medicine. I’d take my medicine and the headache would last about 7 hours. I was speaking to a neighbor at our development’s pool one day and she told me that she had similar issues. She went to a chiropractor and found out she had something wrong with her neck that was causing the headaches. She no longer has headaches.
I went home and told my husband the neighbor’s story and he said I should see his chiropractor, Dr. Brad. There was only one issue. I have a fear of people touching my neck and head. My headaches were so bad that I overcame my fear and set up a time to meet with Dr. Laura. She put all my fears to rest. Her technique and her plan to relieve me of my headaches have worked wonders. I am so grateful.
Thank you so much, Dr. Laura! You really turned my life around. It’s nice to be back on track again.
Thank You!

Christine P.

Don’t Be Afraid! Try Chiropractic…It Works!

Dr. Laura and Dr. Brad are very gentle…there is no cracking (unless you want it). Dr. Brad was doing a spinal screening one weekend and I stopped by to talk to him before shopping. If he hadn’t been there, I would still be in pain! I had been to my family doctor but got no results. What did I have to lose trying out a chiropractor?read more>>

So I signed up! On my first visit, Dr. Brad took my history and performed an in depth exam and took x-rays of my spine. My second visit was with Dr. Laura who explained what she saw on the x-rays and she recommended a plan for my care. She stretched my low back out on the stretching table, which feels great. Dr. Laura uses a system of gentle movements to help her find where she needs to adjust. Dr. Laura uses this “instrument” to press into just the right area of the spine. It’s quick and really works! I was warned I might be sore, but I never experienced any soreness at all…so I thought maybe it wasn’t working…but after a week I could tell a difference and after a month I felt as though I was “cured”…at least my pain level was below a 2 (after being above 10)! I could stand up straight without wincing in pain. Turning over in bed and getting out of bed is painless now! After a strict schedule of adjustments, (three times a week for a couple weeks, then twice a week, then once a week) I gradually felt better. Now I just go every three weeks or as necessary. I am totally amazed and so happy to get the results I’ve gotten from Dr. Laura and Dr. Brad. They treat me as a friend, not just a patient. They are as excited as I am about the results they’ve achieved with me through chiropractic.

Nikki C.

I Was Taking up to 8 Tablets a Day for the Pain in My Back!

I had just finished my 4th chiropractic treatment at River Chiropractic & Wellness Center when I realized I had not used Excedrin in 2 days. Excedrin had helped me make it through my day. I took up to 8 tablets a day for the pain in my back. Now I am able to function without the pain and tightness. The pain between my shoulders and neck is more>>

I didn’t know it was possible to go to work and come home and still be pain-free without the use of medication! I can actually go out after working all day without having to go home and rest before going out with friends and family. I have more energy and I am able to do exercise. I always loved walking but it used to bring on too much pain – not anymore! I even smile more!

E. S.

Constant Leg Pain

In 1993, when I was 19 years old, it was determined that I had trichinosis in my brain due to the fact that I ate bad pork in Peru, South America, where I am from. Two brain surgeries later, I was scheduled for and had another surgery to fuse my cervical spine because I had more>>

Two years of therapy ensued and finally I was able to do almost everything I was capable of prior to the surgery.

Three years ago my left arm felt weak and I was tired all the time. I went to my personal physician who had an x-ray done of my neck and immediately referred me to a spinal neurological surgeon. He informed me that my neck was collapsing on itself and that it would take a team of surgeons to do the mechanical restructuring of my cervical spine. This surgeon, although one of the best in his field, referred me to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in March 2005, I underwent 11 hours of surgery.

One year ago my left leg started hurting constantly. I thought it was because of all the therapy I’d been through since the surgery at the Clinic. I went to Rocky River Chiropractic, where I met Dr. Laura Vernallis. After testing and X-rays, she stated that I needed a series of treatments.

Shortly after starting treatments I spent four days with no pain. And since treatments began I’ve spent extended periods of time without pain which improved both my mood and my activity level. This is a major accomplishment since the surgeon’s who treated me for both surgery and pain management said that I will probably always live with some degree of pain.

Now, I spend more time playing with my young daughter, Emma, and doing going places or doing things with my husband, Mark. I recently was accepted for a banking position and will return to work within weeks. I hope to continue “maintenance” level chiropractic treatments and look forward to the continued feeling of well being I have felt since I began seeing “Dr. Laura”.

A postscript to this story is that I’ve been working for awhile now and feel better than ever. I have become more involved with the house and now scrape, paint and repair many things at home.

Lizbeth P.

Severe Neck, Upper Back and Arm Pain

My story begins in November 2005 when I began experiencing severe neck, upper back and arm pain. On the pain scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the worst pain), the pain was a definite 10+! Over the past 22 months, the pain has reduced but never below a 3, and it would flare up to an 8 on a daily basis. read more>>

Day to day
activities were often very uncomfortable, falling asleep at night was difficult, and activities that I used to enjoy I had to give up because movement caused an increase in pain.

During this time, I went to numerous medical professionals – starting with my primary medical doctor, then to two different physical therapists, and finally to a spine specialist and a neurologist. Each doctor ordered or performed a variety of examinations and tests including x-rays of the neck, back and shoulders, EMG/NCS (electromyogram and nerve conduction study) and an MRI. Some of the ailments I was diagnosed with were: neck sprain, degenerative disc disease (cervical and lumbar), cervical stenosis, impinged cervical nerve, carpal tunnel syndrome and rotator cuff tendonitis. Treatments included
various types of NSAIDS, pain medications, muscle relaxers, weeks of physical therapy, traction and trigger point injections. Despite all of this, I was still in pain, still didn’t know why and was beginning to believe that I may have to live with chronic pain.

Since I had exhausted my options with the “mainstream” doctors, I was considering alternatives such as chiropractic, but my only exposure was through hearsay from co-workers and friends. Then I met Dr. Brad and had a lengthy conversation with him about my situation. My husband encouraged me to make an appointment with Dr. Laura. After the 2nd adjustment, there was a significant reduction in pain. After the 4th adjustment – that’s less than 2 weeks time – the pain that I had been in for so long was almost completely gone.

I admit that I was skeptical about chiropractic before I came to River Chiropractic and I was unsure that these results would last, but I continue to feel better each day! I now fall asleep easily and get truly restful sleep each night. As I improve, I look forward to renewing some of those activities that I gave up almost 2 years ago.

I cannot thank you enough, Dr. Laura! Until a person has lived with chronic pain, they can’t truly appreciate how good it is to be pain-free.

Randi H.

Pinched Nerve Pain

I have been a patient of Dr. Laura Vernallis since we both lived in Iowa and would highly recommend her. I was nervous about seeing a chiropractor for the first time in 2004 but Dr. Vernallis put any worries I had to rest right away. She told me how she uses the Activator® protocol that is a less invasive form of chiropractic more>>

She is kind and gentle and cares about the whole you, not just your spinal care. When I first started seeing her for a pinched nerve, she also asked about the rest of my health and life style. She suggested a couple of books I might read to learn about what I need at this point in my life to stay a healthy woman.

My experience with her was so positive that I recommended both my teenage daughters for treatment, one for chronic migraines and the other after she chipped her tailbone. They both responded well to Dr. Vernallis’ care. My older daughter with migraines went from clusters of 5 or 6 months to just a few in a year.

It was heartbreaking when I moved to Toledo, Ohio in March of ‘05 and had to leave her care. But I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Vernallis opened the practice in Rocky River and even though it is more than an hour drive, I have happily resumed my treatment with her. My heartfelt thanks,

Leslie W.

Protruding Disc in My Thoracic Spine!

Greetings. I have been a patient of Dr. Brad Vernallis for two months now, since I was diagnosed with a protruding disk in my thoracic spine. When I first walked into River Chiropractic and Wellness, I couldn’t use my left arm at all, and I was receiving a constant supply of painkillers just to be able to go to more>>

The morning after the first visit, the pain had abated significantly, and within two weeks I was back to my usual level of activity! More “traditional” doctors in emergency room settings were completely unable to do anything about this problem, and without Dr. Brad’s help, I doubt I would have gotten better.

I was referred to River Chiropractic by the Ohio State Chiropractic Referral Association, and I am very happy with the quality of their care. As a self-pay patient with no health insurance, they were able to work
within my ability to pay cash until my spine had improved. Although I can now be maintained with fewer visits, I look forward to my weekly adjustments: they leave me feeling invigorated and properly centered. I plan to continue to be a patient of Dr. Vernallis for a long time.

Matthew C.

Lower Back Pain Since I Was a Child!

I have had lower back pain since I was a child. I could only sleep flat on my back or had terrible pain. When I was pregnant and had to sleep on my side, I slept no more than 20 minutes at a time for months and was exhausted before the baby came. I’d had pain my whole life and didn’t know anything could be more>>

I know Dr. Brad from playgroup and he convinced me to see Dr. Laura. My pain was significantly reduced after only one visit and now, with only one visit a month, I’m pain-free and sleeping through the night.

Debbie E.

Automobile Accident

Due to an automobile accident, four years ago, I have received physical therapy and seven cervical nerve blocks. I was planning on setting up an appointment, for another nerve block, when I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Laura. It was the best choice that I had made in a very long more>>

The treatment received has significantly relived cervical pain, hand numbness, and increased my flexibility. I would encourage anyone with cervical problems to contact Dr. Laura, set up a consultation and begin treatment. The chiropractic treatment works and has worked tremendously for me.


Back and Hip Problems

I am very satisfied with my experience of coming to Dr. Vernallis’ office. They have treated me very well and professionally. I came in with back and hip problems that were getting worse but the doctors worked with me week after week and I began to feel much more>>

I still have bouts with my arthritis but they prescribed certain herbs to take which have helped with arthritis considerably.

I feel very relaxed and comfortable when I come to see them and to me that is very important.

Also, the prices are very reasonable. I can’t say enough,

Dennis G.

Suffered From Spinal Arthritis and Stenosis

Dear Dr. Laura,

I can’t begin to thank you enough for all the relief from back pain that you’ve provided me. I have suffered from spinal arthritis and stenosis of the spine for over 25 years. Periodically, it has been relieved by pain medicines and some massage during this more>>

However, in May this year, I experienced acute, bad back pain, and when I went to my masseuse to get some help, I was unable to lie face down on the table. She recommended that I see you since she was unable at that time to provide relief. I was very skeptical of chiropractors since I thought I’d be twisted and yanked around, maybe causing more pain. At the first time I saw you on May 10th, I was still unable to get on the table face down. But, to my surprise, your gentle approach to my problem was a wonderful experience! After only one treatment from you, I was totally relieved of my back pain the next day. I have not had any problems with my back for over two months.

Thank you so very much for helping me to live a better life without back pain. Also, I need to add that your beautiful, warm, and kind personality are a real asset to your services. I highly recommend that others who suffer pain come to you for help.Gratefully,

Connie S.

A Number of Physical Problems Made Daily Life Painful and Very Distracting!

I’ve been a patient of River Chiropractic for about a month, and I’m so glad I made the decision to pursue Chiropractic care. A number of physical problems made daily life painful and very distracting. Surgery had been suggested to me and physical therapy hadn’t worked very well. Since my husband and I have recently decided to “go green” a more holistic approach to my health made perfect more>>

Dr. Laura Vernallis conducted a very thorough assessment and then explained the findings in understandable detail. She is very gentle in both her treatment administration and interaction with the patient. My follow-up visits were a welcome relief to normal day-to-day physical stresses. Over a series of 10 visits, I experienced only a minimal return of symptoms between visits and an overall improvement in pain and stamina.

I recommend River Chiropractic for your healthcare needs.


Headaches and Neck Pain Several Times a Week!

I am a fairly new patient of Dr. Laura Vernallis. My main reason for seeing her is headaches and neck pain several times a week.

I have been suffering from headaches for years and take various OTC medications several times a week. Occasionally, I take a prescription medicine, but the possible side effects scare more>>

These headaches, which start at the back of my head and neck, will at times be so bad that I have to leave work early or miss a day of work if I wake up with one. I have had whole days completely ruined because of these headaches and I just wanted some relief. Which led me to Dr. Laura. I have tried ‘traditional’ chiropractic twice before but never got the results I was hoping for. So to say I was skeptical of this gentle pulsating method is putting it mildly. It did seem to make sense to me though, that the Dr. is able to get right to the spots that hurt so much and adjust exactly in the area, rather than trying to get it to ‘crack’. Because it was different, I decided to give it try. It took a few visits, but I definitely feel a difference. If I would go for two days in a row without taking an OTC, that was a good week for me. Since I have been seeing Dr. Laura, I have gone a full fourteen days without any medication, this is nothing short of a minor miracle for me! While I am not completely headache free, yet, the amount of relief I have gotten so far is amazing and I can only think that it will continue to improve. It truly is, beginning to change my life.

Carol S.

I Was a Little Apprehensive!

I’ve been a patient of Drs. Laura and Brad for several months now. I have to admit, when my husband first suggested seeing a chiropractor, I was a little apprehensive. I met with Dr. Laura and knew from the start, I was in good hands (literally). read more>>

I first went to River Chiropractic with a shoulder issue that I could not longer remedy with OTC medicines. So far, with the fantastic care of both doctors, I’ve gained almost all of the range of motion back in my shoulder. I also get spinal adjustments from Dr. Laura which have helped with my lower back pain. I’m very happy to say that I can work an 8 hour day on my feet, and not have any pain at the end of my day.

Tina M.

Constant Searing Nerve Pains!

Following months of caring for my mother who was terminally ill with lung cancer, I began to experience constant searing nerve pains in my upper back, right shoulder -all the way down my right arm to my fingertips. I could not escape it. read more>>

Nothing I did would offer any relief – not even the fairly potent pain medications that my well-meaning Plan Physician had prescribed.

Desperate, irritable, lacking sound sleep and in constant pain for over four months straight, I came to Dr. Laura for help.

I received more than just help. She not only quickly located the CAUSES of my pain, she clearly explained what was wrong and what needed to be done to correct it ( without drugs of any kind, which I was quite happy to hear ). Within ONE WEEK the constant pain, tingling, and numbness which plagued my every moment began to subside and within a little less than a month I am ecstatic to proclaim that THE PAIN IS COMPLETELY GONE!!!

I can now go about my days and nights as a calm and focused person, not being constantly uncomfortable and irritated by pain and numbness. I sleep through the night whereas before I would wake up numerous times only to struggle to fall back asleep while my right arm pulsated with a pain that only someone who has experienced the same can appreciate.

I thank and applaud Dr. Laura for her gentle care, her sincere listening skills, her expertise and for going to the ROOT of the problem rather than simply attempting to medicate the symptoms, as so many in the “medical” practice today are prone to do.

I would refer all those I care about to go to Dr. Laura for any health issues/problems because I KNOW that they will receive attentive and knowledgeable care from her.

Sciatic Pain!

I have been a patient of Dr. Brad’s for the last 5 weeks. I have been suffering from sciatic pain beginning with my pregnancy and the last 20 months since the delivery of my son. My pain is in my lower back and travels down my right leg causing a constant burning sensation. I honestly thought this pain would eventually go more>>

Unfortunately the pain just intensified and it became more difficult to practice yoga and even walking became a chore. This discomfort had evolved to 24 hours a day and Aleve, Motrin or Tylenol did not make an impact. I thought I was too young to be feeling this way and I was embarrassed. My family doctor told me I should take a few days off for bed rest and she would prescribe me a muscle relaxer. This idea was unrealistic. I didn’t want to take more pills that might help for the moment and I have a toddler so bed rest was out of the question. My mom told me to find a chiropractor. She had been seeing one since a back injury over 20 years ago. Her injury led to surgery, but her surgery did not take away her pain. Fortunately, her chiropractor has been able to help her.

I am a stay at home mom and the internet makes it super easy to find things just like this. So with, I found River Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Their website was very informative and the virtual tour gave me a sense of calmness. I liked the idea of a husband and wife team because of the option I would have in finding a good fit, as every doctor has their own technique. So, I made the appointment and I remember telling my husband (after the consultation appointment with Dr. Brad) that he was more thorough with my health than my family doctor. He answered every question I had and I felt comfortable. After my first adjustment, I was surprised to hear Dr. Brad tell me I needed to come back twice a week for 3 weeks. I assumed it would take a few to “fix me” but 6 adjustments.. wow. Then he explained the process in which our bodies heal and he convinced me. After my fourth visit, I thought I would surely be pain-free. I had been stretching and doing the exercises but I was frustrated because I still needed to use my ice pack a few times a day. However, I went back for the fifth visit and a few days later I realized the pain was virtually gone. It’s like a light bulb flipped on and my body responded. I have three more appointments scheduled – but I’m down to one a week – then I’ll just be on the maintenance schedule of once every 6 to 8 weeks or so.

I highly recommend River Chiropractic & Wellness Center. I have felt very well cared for and am very happy I called them.

Shannon A.

Constant, Anxious/nervous Malaise!

I came to River Chiropractic & Wellness Center a couple of months ago in pretty bad shape. I HAD a very strange, almost constant, anxious/nervous malaise and what seemed to me to be best described as TMJ. It was extremely debilitating for me. I was getting about 2-4 hours of sleep a more>>

Not eating right. Just trying to get through to the next day, where it would all start over again (Groundhog Day”?). Any little thing that might cause ANY stress in someone (the phone ringing!) was magnified 100-fold. Been to the hospital, twice. My doctor, also twice. Reiki. I even went to a “miracle worker” once. Anything to get rid of this horribleness. A friend suggested the Center to me, and I thought, “why not”? Well, it’s been 3 months now, and about 10 sessions w/ Dr. Brad, and I’m feeling terrific. The TMJ is gone! The anxiety is barely noticeable and continues to improve. I’m sleeping about 7-8 hours again. (The phone doesn’t bother me anymore.) Plus, there’s been benefits I wasn’t even looking for. I move so much more easily. Feel lighter. Others have noticed the change. They even gave me my sense of humor back, you could say!
I recommend the Center to anyone that may be wondering if this kind of thing might help them. It will. I plan to make it part of my general health maintenance. Thank you, Doctors Brad and Laura!
Sincerely and Appreciatively,

Sean S.

Low Back Pain!

Hi: My name is Mike and I would like to tell you a little story about how I met Dr. Brad. We met at the Kamms Farmers Market, Dr. Brad was talking to a lady who was recovering from a stroke, it took a little while and I was in a bit of a hurry, but I decided to wait (best decision I ever made).read more>>

Anyway, I wanted to ask him about the pain in my lower back that I acquired from an accident at work. I also had a bad shoulder that has been bothering me for a couple of years, nothing seemed to help the shoulder, not even cortisone. Well, Dr. Brad took some X-Rays, examined my back and shoulder at which time he told me he thought that he could help me. Well the following visit when the treatment began, he worked on my back and shoulder, believe it or not, but only after ONE visit I was able to lift my arm over my head, which I haven’t been able to do in quite some time. After my 3rd or 4th visit, I no longer suffer from the nagging lower back pain anymore. I have so much respect for Dr. Brads ability to help people that I talked my daughter-in-law into seeing Dr. Brad.
If you would like to ask me any questions, my appointments are on Thursday’s at 10:00 am. Many thanks to Dr. Brad and River Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Mike G.


I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago & went the usual route of pain meds & muscle relaxants. I also tried traditional acupuncture & Lyrica® but didn’t experience sustained relief. There were times I had to use a cot in my office to get through a workday & others when I couldn’t work more than 2-3 hours before giving up & returning home to bed. read more>>

The fatigue was overwhelming, & the pain could be debilitating.

I recently started following a healthy, preservative-free diet along with needleless acupuncture & chiropractic treatments administered by Dr. Laura of River Chiropractic. The combination of treatments & holistic approach used by Dr. Laura began providing pain relief & increased energy within a few weeks. After each treatment, the surge in energy & increase in appetite is amazing. I am so happy I finally decided to try a “whole body” treatment.

I’ve been under the care of a rheumatologist, a sleep specialist, an MD who specializes in traditional acupuncture and a pain clinic. Finally, I’m seeing results that are giving me the energy to run my business and a dramatic decrease in pain that is allowing me to get back to living as it should be. Thank you, Dr. Laura!

If you have been to see other chiropractors without results, contact our office today! We’ve helped many Rocky River families who went from chiropractor to chiropractor and finally found results in our office.