This article appears in the July issue of 400 Life.
With a firm belief in the human body’s immense ability to heal, the hope of helping patients achieve their optimal health and some old-fashioned work ethic, Dr. Caitlyn Cortner and her husband, Greg, opened Arise Family Chiropractic to the public in October 2018. Since opening, the couple has established a practice that aims to warmly welcome patients of all ages and extend its reach far outside of its front doors.
At the Bethelview Road clinic, Dr. Cortner offers personalized care to optimize each individual patient’s health, but her attention to detail does not limit the scope of her vision — her passion for community involvement and outreach is a natural extension of her dedication to the local families.
Cortner’s journey with chiropractic care began when she was 13 years old and diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. While medical doctors urged Cortner to manage the symptoms of PCOS with antibiotics, birth control or surgical intervention, chiropractic care addressed the root of the problem, and after six months of treatment she was symptom and medication free.
Her personal experience with chronic illness drives her to provide the same results to patients, though she cautions against the common misconception that chiropractic care is only for those in pain. “Don’t wait until you have problems,” Cortner said.
To Cortner, chiropractic is “not a belief system” or a “cure for pain,” but a method to remove interference so the body can do what it was designed to do — heal. “Even if you are symptom free,” she said, “take a moment for yourself, for your health, to refocus on the power source.”
Arise’s office space rivals any of Joanna Gaines’s “fixer uppers.” It’s trendy and fresh and not your typical doctor’s office. The impeccably-designed “Pregnancy Bay” makes it possible for expectant mothers to take advantage of the numerous benefits chiropractic has to offer — more space and blood supply for growing baby and easier labor and delivery for mom, just to name a few, Cortner notes.
Dr. Cortner’s continuing education focuses on pregnancy and pediatrics, and her youngest patients are just a few days old. She is even known to make house calls for mom and baby after delivery and offers her personal cellphone number to mothers in the final weeks of pregnancy. “I’m on call, anytime. I do that for my moms,” she said.
And the Cortners are just getting started — they organized the Inaugural FOCO Block Party this June to bring together vendors, small businesses and families in the Cumming area. The event, in collaboration with their charity partner, Mentor Me North Georgia, attracted over 100 people for family-friendly fun, food trucks and free health education. The recent FOCO Block Party was so successful that they are already planning how to make the next event bigger and even more fun.
— story by Rebekah Taylor-Wiseman for 400 Life