Dr Aaron Micko of HealthFirst Chiropractic spends his week helping patients get healthier. Most of them agree he goes the extra mile. Many of them don’t realize he goes an extra 88 miles. Dr. Aaron serves patients in both Milbank and Britton and drives between the two. He and his wife, Sandi, who have been living in Milbank, have moved their family to Britton. “We are both from the Britton area and our families live there, so we decided to move,” Aaron said. “Now I drive here to work instead of there. Nothing with the business has changed.”
Dr. Aaron purchased the practice from Dr. Alan Bergquist in 2007 and opened a second office in Britton in January 2015. He will continue to provide care in Milbank three days a week and in Britton two days. The days and hours of operation will remain the same.
Sandi is originally from Britton and her parents, sister, and brother, all reside there. Aaron is a graduate of Langford High School and his parents still farm 20 miles from Britton. Aaron also enjoys helping on the farm on weekends.
Aaron’s real passion, though, is being a chiropractor. It was sparked when his sister was diagnosed with scoliosis.
“She went to a chiropractor and it was too late. After that, she made many trips to the Shriner’s Hospital. I watched as she twisted and turned inside her brace and eventually had permanent rods put in her back. I realized then if I could prevent one person from going through that, or not being able to play sports, or just lying flat on their back, I would be making the world a better place. That’s why I like to see kids. I want to help grow straight kids, not crooked ones.”
Dr. Aaron has a different chiropractic philosophy than some. He said, “There is no right or wrong way. You choose how to use chiropractic care to improve your health.” He explained some people use care simply to remove their symptoms. “Once the symptoms are gone, they stop care. When they return, they get treated again.”
“Others understand once the symptoms go away, they want to keep them away. It’s like dropping 20 pounds – you want to keep that weight off. So, you do what you can. If you stop, it comes back. Just like it gets harder and harder to lose weight the older you get, the more you don’t maintain your spinal health, the harder it becomes.”
According to Dr. Aaron, the purpose of maintaining spinal health is to bring everything to the highest level possible. When things are optimized, the body works as it should. “Everything works better when it’s connected like a safety pin. When that pin is opened, subluxations – or partial dislocations- occur from stress and the body has a harder time communicating. My job is to clean up the messages. I also present the options and support the patient in their health choices and goals.”
While business will continue as usual at HealthFirst, you might notice a slight change in staff at the Milbank office. Jani Hardin began work recently as the front floor CA. She assists with therapy, answers phones, schedules patients, and assists Sandi with paperwork. She also sees Ideal Protein patients on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Amy Sis works with Dr. Aaron as the back floor CA, performs digital spinal scans, x-rays, and provides therapy. Brian Koltess has been an intern and has been shadowing Dr. Aaron. He will move to Brainerd, Minnesota, to begin a practice there.
HealthFirst in Milbank is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m. HealthFirst Chiropractic can be reach at 605-432-9561.