“Nessler” Adjusts Well

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Springfield  Business Journal • August 2010 • Page 34

Nessler ‘adjusts’ well  to career

Dr. Martha Nessler

Title: Owner/Chiropractor, Optimal Chiropractic


3315  Robbins Road, Springfield, IL 62704


(217) 698-1111


Age: 30

By Eric Woods, Correspondent

Dr. Martha Nessler  grew up in the  central Illinois area  where she  has spent most of  her  life.  She  attended the  University of  Illinois in  Champaign where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with an emphasis in early  childhood education. Nessler  attended Logan College of Chiroprac- tic in Chesterfield, Mo., for her doctoral studies where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a doctorate in chiropractic. “Getting involved with chiropractic is the  best thing that ever happened to me,” said Nessler.  “I believe this  is a calling, not a career.” Outside of the  office,  Dr. Nessler  is an  avid  runner, having competed in the  Boston Marathon and the Ironman competition in  Tempe, Ariz. She is a member of The  Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and is involved with the  chiropractic portion of the  new  Kidzeum. She is also a member of the  Chiropractic Leadership Al- liance and the  Illinois Chiropractic Society.

Nature of  the business: Nessler  opened Optimal Chiropractic in  April  2007  and ac- knowledges that they are  not a typical office.  “We  are  very  wellness-oriented,” she said.  “People come for wellness in  their lives.  Their body is not functioning right, so we assess the  body as a whole and find out why  it is not working.” Nessler’s  goal is for her  patients to live their optimum life. She looks  for subluxations that cause  the  body to not function properly. The  problems can  be chemical, physical, or emotional, and so Nessler  will start a program to help each individual patient. “Be fit, eat right, think well, and get adjusted.”

How is business?: “Everything is awesome and better than ever,”  said Dr. Nessler.  “I choose not to take  part in the  economy. I feel you  create your own reality by what you   think.  What you   think about, you bring about.”

Trends:Nessler sees  people moving more towards wellness as  a  whole  and  taking charge of themselves. “We are proactively doing things to  keep our  bodies function- ing,” she  said.  “We can  make choices to make changes and seek education.” She feels her  clients are hungry to learn because they do not want to be sick.

Challenges: Nessler  is trying to get people to realize  that they shouldn’t be dependent on  their insurance, and that they do not have the  benefits they used  to have. “Insur- ance should be used  if something goes  bad,” she  said. Getting the  wellness message out  to more people in mass is another goal. “So many people who learn about wellness wish  they knew it before.”

Of what accomplishments are  you  most proud?: Nessler  is very proud of a number of achievements including being named to  the  Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2009, earning the  Chiropractor of the  Month last September from the Chiroprac- tic  Leadership Alliance, running  the  Boston Marathon and then  being re-qualified, and completing the  Ironman. Most  importantly, she  is  proud to  constantly see  the  faces of the  lives she  has  helped change.

What was  your  worst former job?: Cleaning stalls  at  her  father’s pig  farm was a job Nessler  does  not want to do again. “Scraping manure at 4:30  in the morning was not for me,” she  said.

What tips  for success would you give?: “Find  your  passion, feel it, and figure out  why  you  do what you  do,”  said  Dr. Nessler.  Other key aspects would be setting goals,  hav-  ing  a vision, and planning to see it through. Dr. Nessler  is also a believer in doing the  “hour of power” in  which people spend quiet time to  plan their days  and figure  out  what they want. “People should get  up  an  hour before they normally would in  the  morning and do this.”

What’s  next for  you?: Dr.  Nessler  has  just  gotten started, and she  plans to  continue running her  business and impacting more lives. “Everyone needs to get checked out  to see if they need to get adjusted,” she  said.  “Many people are surprised to see that they do  need it.”  She would also  like to coach other chiropractors and help them grow  in their profession. A long-term goal would be to write  a book.

Eric Woods is a freelance writer from Springfield