"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of diesase." -Thomas A. Edison

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My name is Melissa Plocek and anyone who knows me will probably agree that I am a hopeless romantic and habitual klutz. They may also say that I have a crazy passion for nutrition and holistic healing. While my first and biggest love is Jesus, my passion for natural health has inspired me to work with others and encourage them on their health journeys. 

I am a second generation chiropractor and my father still practices in the small town of Hartford, SD where I grew up. I left the golden corn fields of South Dakota for school at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa. Also golden corn fields. Here I got my Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees. While in school I specialized in upper cervical specific chiropractic and fell in love with the powerful healing of nutrition. Here I also met my best friend, and husband, Nolan. After graduation we moved to the western slope of Colorado to start our practice. No golden cornfields (ok, maybe a few).We opened Atlas Clinic of Chiropractic in 2011. In addition to chiropractic, I studied under Kim Schwartz, a Temple Maha-Swami and one of the foremost yoga teachers in the US, and received my 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate. Over the years we have had the privilege to serve our community through NUCCA (www.nucca.org) chiropractic, functional movement, nutritional consulting, and health and wellness coaching. 

We enjoy fishing, skiing, and exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado with our two boys (Sutton- 4, Roan- 3 weeks). 

My Health Journey

While in my undergraduate schooling, I began to explore the best nutrition for my body. For many years I had struggled with depression and mood swings and I had observed that I felt best when I fed myself good, clean food. I gave up meat and ate a primarily vegetarian diet with a lot of soy products. In 2008 a practitioner identified a problem with my thyroid. I had number of nodules on my right lobe and had it removed. After the removal of part of my thyroid, I was determined to not have to take medication and worked extensively with my nutrition to stabilize my hormones (and moods), adopting a primarily paleo and anti-inflammatory diet.

While I still continued to struggle with depression mood swings, they were not as bad. However, I was struggling with infertility and in 2013 I experienced a miscarriage at 16 weeks. Through nutritional testing with Applied Kinesiology, it was recommended that I undergo a significant detox program. After a period of cellular cleansing, I noticed that I had ZERO of my previous depression symptoms and within four months I was pregnant again and had a healthy birth. 

After a few years we decided we were ready to add to our family. We experienced infertility. Again. After another miscarriage and the emotional upheaval that come with it, we assessed our health choices. While I was under consistent chiropractic care, I had let go of the other pillars of health that I give such value. Healthy food and healthy movement. You would think as a practitioner (who preaches these daily to her patients) I would know better. Well, I did, but its not that easy. For me, anyway. Food is highly emotional and frequently abused. With my previous symptoms back, plus significant stomach issues that had popped up, I realized it was time to make changes. Again. This time I found a nutritional reset program that focuses on identifying triggers and intuitive eating called the Whole30. 

After working through the emotional components to nutritional choices and gaining control over how my body feels and performs, I realized wellness is so much more than knowing what foods to eat. It is about how you move your body, how you speak to yourself, how you treat yourself, feeling in control of your choices surrounding food and cravings, and essentially re-framing how you see health.

Taking back your health is not always easy. This is what makes me so passionate about helping others on their health journey.