MEET DR. BARGER
When you choose Dr. Barger to be your health care provider, he will make great efforts to find out as much as he can about your health. It is only fair that you learn something about him too.
“My first experience with chiropractic came about shortly after I experienced a violent tackle while playing football in high school. My father took me to his chiropractor, who promptly found the cause of my aching neck and back.
The results – after just a few adjustments-were fantastic! I felt like I had regained my competitive life, as well as discovering a new passion for this form of healing.”
With a burning desire to help others and to improve himself, Dr. Barger continues to learn the latest, leading edge techniques to help his headache, neck, mid and low back pain patients at his Folsom office.
He regularly takes more than the required continuing education hours. He holds advanced certificates in the study of chiropractic orthopedics. Through this program, he became a Qualifiied Medical Examiner and performed many impartial evaluations of injured workers. In 1994, he completed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner program at Palmer West Chiropractic College.
His most recent accomplishment is completing an extensive course of study in functional diagnostic medicine through the University of Functional Medicine. He is well-versed and experienced in treating athletes, the elderly, children, expecting mothers, people with disc problems, neuropathies, degenerative problems and even post failed back spinal surgery cases. In the over 30 years of post-graduate training and experience, he has mastered numerous techniques to best treat a broad range of patient types, from the pre-school child with “a cold in the neck” to the 90-plus year old with chronic pain. A list of techniques utilized at Barger Chiropractic of Folsom is under the Services and Techniques above.
Some new patients have apprehension or anxiety when meeting a new health care provider. This is a normal emotion. They are often looking for a solution to a very personal health condition from someone whom they have just met. This type of relationship requires a lot of trust. The way Dr. Barger approachs this need for trust is to treat you in the same way that he would treat a member of his own family. He works hard to determine the source and cause of your concern, and based upon that, gives you his best recommendations and excellence in care.
On a personal note, Dr Barger has lived in the Folsom/Granite Bay area for 20 years, is married to his wonderful office manager and receptionist (Karen), and they have been blessed in raising two amazing kids to adulthood (Jennifer and Matthew). When he has the time, he enjoys a variety of sports, including whitewater rafting/kayaking, alpine skiing and bike riding, plus working in our gardens with his wife and just being outdoors.
Thank you for visiting this site. Dr. Barger looks forward to meeting you in person and seeing how he may be of service to you. Give our office a call or email Barger Chiropractic using the link below and let’s arrange a time to explore your options!
MEET KAREN BARGER
Karen was born into a Medical family (father was an MD, Family Practice) and raised in Pomona California during the turbulent 60s and early 70s. Graduated from LaVerne College with a degree in English and multiple minors including Music, Art and Journalism, then went back to school for her Master’s in Education.
While raising 2 beautiful kids with her husband of 30 years, Jim, she worked for many years as a teacher, but also as a Supervisor in a bank, in the LA County Library system, at Disneyland, as a receptionist and insurance specialist in a medical office, and for the last 10 years, as the full-time manager/CA/insurance/receptionist for Barger Chiropractic.
“Because I grew up with a medical doctor/father, I have a different and fairly unique perspective on Chiropractic.
I was not a ‘believer’ until I ended up with a horrible migraine headache from driving in LA traffic. I went in to see Dr. Barger (yes, that was over 30 years ago) and was adjusted. Within an hour, my headache was completely gone…no meds required.
Over the years, I have injured myself several times, not to mention am prone to migraine headaches and bad neck pain, and rather than going to an MD to get prescriptions or having surgery, I have gotten adjustments instead. I am healthier now at age 56 than I was at age 30. Just a side note, I married Dr. Barger in 1982 and we have 2 beautiful and brilliant adult children who are healthy and ‘well-adjusted’ even after years of gymnastics and coaching and all the other things kids do to themselves growing up.
I love working with Dr. Barger because we see a lot of people come into our office in pain, some of them wheeled in or using a walker, and often they walk out on their own after the first adjustment or within the first few. Many people come in nervous about seeing a chiropractor for the first time, and then are amazed how good they feel afterward–and many of those patients have continued with us for many years, coming in when they need to be adjusted, and when they’ve hurt themselves and need to be ‘fixed’. ”
In addition to greeting patients and taking care of all the paperwork, I also help our patients by providing information on nutrition, healthy and nutritional cooking (and eating) as well as self-reliance and sustainable, organic gardening and suburban farming. I am self-educated in healthy growing practices -for the folks who want to grow their own fruits and veggies, as well as raising suburban chickens. I also provide information on healthy, nutritional cooking and baking, fermentation, sprouting and canning your own good, healthy food combined with the doctor’s adjustments for optimum health.