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Practitioner Spotlight: Worthington Optimal Wellness

Wellness as a Way of Life

by Susan Post

WOW PS 1At Worthington Optimal Wellness, patients can expect an educational and personal approach to wellness. Chiropractor and Founder Dr. Julia Keiser and her team of specialists focus on getting to know each patient to find and solve underlying health issues that can keep a body from functioning optimally.

Dr. Keiser started her career in the field of social work, instilled with the drive to help people get the “blocks” out of the way to reach their potential. She developed sciatica after a fall down the stairs and her family doctor prescribed valium for the pain. She did not want to take the prescription because she saw so many clients addicted to the same drug. A series of doctors and medicines later, nothing seemed to help. About eight months after the fall, she turned to chiropractic. Although unfamiliar with the field, she gave it a try at a coworker’s suggestion. Within three weeks of starting treatment, the sciatica was gone. Not only did the treatments relieve those symptoms, another six weeks of care cleared up a sinus migraine condition where she had altogether given up on a cure.

Dr. Keiser knew chiropractic was another route to help people get the blocks out of the way.

“I literally woke up one morning and I said to my husband I have to become a chiropractor,” she says. When her husband questioned if that’s what she wanted, she responded, “I don’t even know if I want to be, I have to be.”

WOW PS 2Dr. Keiser opened Worthington Optimal Wellness in 1987 as a solo practitioner. “People were sick and there was no place for them to go to put the health picture together,” she says.

Expansion started with a physical therapist, then a massage therapist. To figure out the next step, Dr. Keiser looked to her patients. What services did her patients want? What was missing? The answer moved the practice in the direction of overall health.

“They come to us looking for answers to wellness,” she says. Patients can work with several different physicians within the facility. Dr. Keiser also focuses on building a network of holistically-oriented physicians outside of their specialties to ensure patients get needed care.

Wellness begins with patients prior to an illness and uses sound practices to keep them well, beyond pharmaceutical solutions. The practice, however, is also committed to meeting patients where they are to identify the root cause of symptoms.

“It’s looking at the body as an intelligent organism and trying to help it function optimally versus just covering up the symptom with a medication,” Dr. Keiser says.

Worthington Optimal Wellness uses a variety of practices to fine-tune the body:

Chiropractic: WOW has three practitioners, each with more than 25 years of experience and specializing in an array of techniques.

Massage: Three massage therapists focus on three different types of massage: trigger point, neuromuscular skeletal and deep tissue.

Nutritional Cleanse: A nutritional cleanse can help a patient lose weight, gain energy, get better sleep and sharpen their mind. This cellular cleanse lasts for 30 days.

Bax-Aura Allergy System: This system identifies over 400,000 different possible allergens. Then, using lasers on acupuncture points, it re-programs the nervous and immune systems to identify a specific allergen as not dangerous.

Smoking Cessation Program: This three-session treatment using the Bax-Aura technology has seen a 100 percent success rate. The program focuses not only on the biochemical level, but on emotional and habitual actions as well.

Acupuncture: WOW uses acupuncture to treat a variety of different ailments, including menopausal symptoms and chronic joint or post-surgical pain.

MindFit: The MindFit system uses light and sound frequencies to help the brain heal. Research shows that technology is rapidly aging our brains, but that MindFit can help a patient feel relaxed and energized.

The practice also offers basic rehabilitation exercises and restorative yoga, but no matter the service, the practitioners at Worthington Optimal Wellness think of themselves as wellness coaches first. Education plays a pivotal role in every visit. With an overwhelming amount of information available about different treatments, practitioners can help patients identify what practice will work best for them.

“A lot of us know what we need to do, but it is helpful to have a coach,” Dr. Keiser says. Patients frequently note the educational benefits, saying they love coming back because they always learn something new.

For more information, call 614-848-5211 or visit

Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at

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