Helping patients achieve their personal goals is the mission of Dr. Eric Mierzejski (Mew-jes-ki) at Achieve Chiropractic. That is the reason behind the name of the practice. All goals are important whether relieving pain, winning a gold medal or getting on the floor to play with grandchildren.
Dr. Eric, as all patients call him, offers a free first visit consultation, where he discovers the patient’s expectations and outlines the services he offers. Some people need a general “tune up.” Others may be recovering from an injury or surgery.
Dr. Eric’s very comprehensive website explains his services and offers a number of testimonials. “These success stories do bring me a lot of new patients,” he says. Francena McCorory, a 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, says that she can always count on Dr. Eric to make sure that she is competition ready. She calls herself a “lifetime customer.”
“We live in a muscularskeletal machine driven by our nervous system. Genetics is a factor, but maintenance is of utmost importance,” Dr. Eric says.
Questions to ask: What will improve my quality of life? How can I enjoy my “machine?” What pain is stopping me from doing the things I want to do?
“I don’t want to cover pain with pills,” Dr. Eric says. “I am the ‘mechanic’ who works on the machine. Of course, age must be taken into account. However, anyone can be ‘the best they can be’ at any age,” he adds.
“I like to talk,” Dr. Eric says. “So I spend more than the average time with each patient. I promise my best effort but the patient has to work, too. Instantaneous relief is not a reality.”
Chronic problems (back, neck) can reoccur. However, they usually respond to additional treatment. “I have patients who engage in activities that they enjoy, but they require maintenance treatment,” Dr. Eric says. “One patient, who loves to fish, has to have a treatment after every fishing trip. That is his choice. Athletes have recurring problems. However, they love the sport and want to continue. I am glad to help.”
Dr. Eric grew up in south Georgia. He graduated summa cum laude from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He serves as adjunct professor of anatomy and physiology at Thomas Nelson Community College. Sixty hours of recertification are required every two years.
A veteran himself (U.S. Army) and the son of a veteran, Dr. Eric has a mission and a passion for helping veterans. The Veterans Administration sends him referrals. “Of course, there are a number of retired veterans in the area,” adds Dr. Eric.
Dr. Eric has been in practice since 2003. He has been in the Hampton Roads area since 2006. A friend encouraged him to come here. About 50 percent of his patients are 25 to 50 years old. He once helped a 5-day-old baby who had neck/back problems after a difficult delivery. His oldest was a gentleman of 83 who had “miscellaneous aches.” About 40 percent are repeat patients; the others “come and go.” “I am ‘hired’ and ‘fired,’” Dr. Eric says with a smile.
A competitive mountain biker, Dr. Eric enters races in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. These are all-day events, covering 100 miles in one day. The race is on trails, not roads. “We don’t race in the dark but rain does not stop us,” says Dr. Eric. “I enjoy the outdoors and the ‘endurance’ aspect,” he adds. Unfortunately, he was injured once after hitting a tree. “But I am a stubborn person. Of course, there are no mountain trails here for training. I find the best trails in Williamsburg,”
Dr. Eric has a dog named Sadie, a Keeshond mix. “I got her at an ‘Adopt-a-Thon’ event.”
“I don’t know how to enjoy a vacation,” Dr. Eric says. However, he plans to hike the Appalachian Trail.
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Contact: Dr. Eric Mierzejski
Address: 11721 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 101, Newport News VA 23606