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Grass Valley chiropractor changes location, expands treatment

Jennifer Terman
Staff Writer

Nevada County chiropractor Victoria Tutak recently moved locations and enhanced her treatment and machines.

Tutak, of Advanced Chiropractic Centers, moved her office in January from 17331 Penn Valley Drive to 1061 East Main St. in Grass Valley, which is a bigger space with better parking and more visibility, she said.

With the expanded space, the office was able to acquire new machines, which are particularly helpful to alleviate back pain, she said.

“I built on what I had before and incorporated more therapies,” Tutak said, which “involve chiropractic biophysics … it re-educates, rehabilitates the muscular skeletal system.”

“Pain-free is the way to be.”

— Victoria Tutak, Nevada County Chiropractor

With the machine, Tutak said she is able to improve back pain and problems, including scoliosis, a degenerative disorder in which the spine is curved, she said.

“If we can slow down the progression with a noninvasive technique and then back that up through a lifestyle change, they can at least have a quality of life and live optimally,” Tutak said. “Pain-free is the way to be.”

Tutak became a chiropractor after she sustained a back injury in college, was told she would need medication and have to live with the problem, and visited a chiropractor at her father’s suggestion.

“I decided to become a chiropractor because of the results I received,” Tutak said.

Tutak studied four years of pre-med at Wayne State University in Michigan, five years of chiropractic at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and three years of post-graduate education at Western State University Chiropractic College in Oregon.

She opened her first practice in Oregon in 1987 and has worked in the field ever since.

“I love seeing my patients get relief from their pain and suffering while further obtaining optimal health through maximizing the inherent recuperative ability of their own body,” Tutak said.

Some have questioned the place of chiropractors in the medical field, but Tutak said she collaborates with osteopathic and medical doctors, a mutual type of relationship that should always be in place when it can best benefit the patient.

“It’s complementary. They work hand in hand,” Tutak said.

“I refer to (medical doctors) all the time. It’s a mutual relationship because no doctor has all the answers.”

Several patients expressed their positive experience with Tutak, some of whom had visited several chiropractors in the past.

“She’s very good at what she does,” said Debbie Hughes, a two-year patient who experienced shoulder and back pain from her hunched-over office job. “She has this new state-of-the-art therapy and my pain goes away. I used to go three times a week, and now I go once a week or every two weeks.”

The environment is comfortable, and Tutak and the staff are very friendly, Hughes said.

“A lot of times you don’t feel comfortable going into a doctor’s office, but I felt comfortable from the minute I walked in,” Hughes said. “She really knows the human body and what to do to make everybody’s problems feel better.”

Nedra Graves has been to many chiropractors in her lifetime, as she was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12 and sustained 25 different surgeries.

Graves described one of Tutak’s machines as one with two pulleys that move in opposite directions to straighten the spine and another machine that improves the alignment of the neck.

“There’s been a marked difference between the space between the vertebrae I can see (in an X-ray) as well as feel, and I absolutely attribute that to her,” Graves said.

The traditional misconception that chiropractors are a frivolous part of the medical field is proven wrong with Tutak, Graves said.

“People used to say ‘Oh, they’re just a bone cruncher or neck twister,’ but I think that is finally changing,” she said.

“I know there are a lot of (chiropractors), but she always does free evaluations and you can talk with her and go from there,” Graves added. “I would recommend her highly.”

For information, visit http://www.drvtutak.com/ or call 530-615-4041.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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