Wellness Chiropractic was founded in 1981 and has been serving the healthcare needs of Downeast communities ever since. We are a passionate team of lifelong learners, dedicated to improving lives through the delivery of spinal care, nutritional, metabolic and lifestyle counseling, and state of the art rehabilitation services. We are ethically driven in our approach, putting patients first and ensuring we keep astride of current trends to maximize experiences and outcomes. All are welcome at Wellness Chiropractic.
MEET THE WELLNESS TEAM
Michael W. Aker, D.C., Dipl. Ac., C.C.W.P.
Owner and Clinic Director
Michael is the owner and Clinic Director of Wellness Chiropractic, P.C. He graduated magna cum laude from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 1981, is a member of the Pi Tau Delta International Chiropractic Honor Society, and received the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Philosophy Distinction Award upon graduation. His post graduate studies have earned him Diplomate status with the American Academy of Chiropractic Acupuncture, as well as national certification as a Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner. These credentials allow Dr. Aker to provide businesses and individuals with Wellness Programs required by national health care reform.
Dr. Aker is certified in many Chiropractic treatment protocols and clinical biomechanics. He has developed and refined new treatment methods for complicated spinal conditions. He is certified in techniques which can provide significant improvement in debilitating neurological conditions. He has studied extensively on metabolism and nutrition throughout his career and has provided metabolic evaluation and nutritional counseling for hundreds of patients.
James Cash D.C., A.K.
Dr. Cash graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. During his time there, he served as a teaching assistant for the chemistry department and helped conduct research for the department and worked on a major project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. He attended Logan University where he earned his second Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology and his Doctorate of Chiropractic. During his time at Logan, he worked tirelessly to become certified and proficient in many Chiropractic techniques such as Diversified, Applied Kinesiology, Logan Basic, Flexion/Distraction, Activator, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue, and Active Release Technique. He was trained in the Human Performance Center and has an extensive rehabilitation background.
He has treated athletes with all experience levels from pee-wee to NCAA Division 1 and even professional. He has a passion for Functional Medicine and believes that the key to Optimal Health and Wellness starts in the gut. Dr. Cash practiced at a very busy Federally Qualified Health Care Facility in Old Town, Maine for the past 2 years and is excited to bring his knowledge and skill set to the Blue Hill area.
Dr. Cash realizes that each individual’s body is unique in itself. Therefore, he works with the patient to design a treatment plan that meets that individual’s specific health needs. He firmly believes in the body’s innate ability to heal itself and that the healing process is more than just masking or managing symptoms. Complications can arise from imbalances in structure, biochemistry, and emotions and all of them can and will affect the body’s physiology. He has a passion for helping patients to improve their health and life.
Dr. Cash and his wife Jackie, together with their two wonderful children, Kaylee and Jimmy, spend a great amount of time hiking and exploring Maine’s beautiful landscape.
Sarah De Preter, D.C., C.C.W.P.
Specializes in Prenatal and Pediatric Care
Sarah started her undergraduate education at the University of Iowa and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in Life Sciences from Logan University, with highest honors. She graduated summa cum laude with her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO in 2008. Dr. Sarah has completed extensive postgraduate training in Wellness principles whereby she achieved her certification as a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (C.C.W.P.) from the International Chiropractic Association. She is certified in Neurological Relief Technique which can provide significant improvement in debilitating neurological conditions. She has also completed extensive postgraduate training in neurology and family wellness. She has completed extensive training in acupuncture principles and is a board-certified chiropractic acupuncturist. She specializes in prenatal and pediatric care and is in process to be certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Sarah is a member of the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association and the Maine Chiropractic Association. She has training in several chiropractic techniques including Diversified, Thompson drop table, cervical drop, Logan Basic technique, Sacro Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) Cranial S.O.T., Activator methods, and Gonstead. She also practices Graston and Nimmo soft tissue techniques.
Dr. Sarah De Preter is passionate about chiropractic for all ages and recognizes the importance of optimal skeletal alignment from day one. She specializes in maternity care because she understands the importance of supporting a woman throughout her pregnancy, not only to reduce discomfort but also to optimize the mechanics of the body to allow space for the baby to develop without constraint or stress. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy also reduces the risk of breech presentation and improves labor and delivery times. Dr. Sarah specializes in pediatric care with a particular interest in the newborn and infant. Chiropractic care is safe for the infant, toddler and children and helps to ensure that a child’s nervous system and immune system are optimally developing. Gentle adjustments during these early life stages have been shown to reduce or eliminate symptoms of colic, reflux, earaches, latching problems and behavior concerns.
Matthew Thompson, D.C.
Hello, my name is Dr. Matthew Thompson. I am originally from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I am frequently asked what brought me to Maine. In June of 2017 my family and I decided to embark on a new adventure with a road trip to New England. Little did I know at the time that our trip up north would leave a lasting impression on me. From the lush green forest to the majestic waves and ocean breezes, historical towns and genuinely friendly people, Maine was simply the right fit.
Even at a young age I knew that I was destined to contribute to the well-being of others. Growing up in a rural area of northeastern Kentucky, I witnessed much suffering from debilitating lifestyle conditions and musculoskeletal based pain. I knew deep down that there had to be other options to address these concerns and help others achieve the best version of themselves. At the age of 23 I met a chiropractor at a local community event educating the public about chiropractic care and my entire paradigm of thinking was transformed. While under his care, I noticed great improvement not only with my pain but also general health and well-being. I knew that chiropractic was the direction I wanted to take in leading others into a more self-sustainable, healthier life.
I specialize in instrument assisted chiropractic tools as well other non-manipulative chiropractic techniques. I have extensive training in working very intricately with a variety of musculoskeletal based conditions. My background in working with structural stabilization of the upper cervical spine has provided a solid foundation for my work. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work with people in a drug free, non-surgical manner. I believe in providing excellent care and wellness initiatives so that others may live an optimal life. I look forward to serving each of you and the DownEast communities.
Daniel Waterman, ATC.
Specializes in Rehabilitation and Postural Restoration
Dan is a cum laude graduate of the University of New England where he concentrated in Athletic Training. He was previously employed by Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, working with after school athletics where he gained experience in evaluating orthopedic injuries in a clinical setting. He has extensive training in muscle patterns, injury evaluation and treatment, rehabilitation and patient education. He has a passion for treating and managing concussions.
Since joining Wellness Chiropractic, Dan has pursued advanced training through the Postural Restoration Institute, broadening his expertise and collaboration with the Doctors.