John Pietila, DC, DACNB, FACFN

Dr. John Pietila Dr. John Pietila received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bemidji State University in 1999. He then attended chiropractic school at Northwestern College of Chiropractic, earning his doctor of chiropractic degree in 2002. Since then Dr. Pietila has logged several hundred hours in functional neurology, applied kinesiology, and sacro occipital technique. In 2004 Dr. Pietila graduated from the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies and shortly after received the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. In 2010 Dr. Pietila has become a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology.

Dr. J. has been working with Fiorentina, a professional soccer team in Florence, Italy, since 2009. His main job is injury prevention and injury recovery and he has had a huge impact on the team by using his NeuroTarget System. Recently, Dr. J. worked with the Italian National Soccer team during the Confederations Cup in 2013 and again for the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil where he used his NeuroTarget System for performance enhancement, injury prevention, and recovery before and after matches.

Dr. Pietila's philosophy is simply put. It is the job of the muscle to stabilize the joints of the body. It does this by absorbing force. Each time an action occurs... running, jumping, throwing a ball or falling down, etc... force is caused to enter the body. When force enters the body, it should be absorbed by the muscle and the joint will be stabilized. Muscles are facilitated (turned ON) and inhibited (turned OFF) by the brain and reflexes. When a muscle is inhibited, it is incapable of absorbing force. Force entering that area of the body will not be absorbed and will be transferred to other areas, such as tendons, ligaments, discs, cartilage, meniscus, labrum, etc. These structures are not made to absorb force. As force enters these structures, they start to become irritated, start breaking down, and eventually tear or herniate. By using the NeuroTarget System, I am able to determine if the muscle is facilitated or inhibited. I can use this information to correct the cause of the muscle weakness. Once the muscle becomes facilitated, the force will begin to be absorbed properly and will not be transferred to the other structures. At this point, the injured tissue can start to heal. This technique is an excellent way of preventing injuries from occurring... by isolating muscle weakness and fixing the cause before injury occurs.

Jennifer Engesether, DC, DACNB, FACFN

Dr. Jennifer Engesether Dr. Engesether attended the University of Minnesota for her undergraduate studies in human biology from 1998-2002. During this time, she began her work in the field of chiropractic and gained much experience helping to serve a very large and diverse patient population. It was also during this time she developed her passion for functional neurology and a deep respect of the need for integrated healthcare. Dr. Engesether completed her Doctoral studies at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 2006 and earned her Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board the same year, becoming a licensed Chiropractic Neurologist. Dr. Engesether has logged over one thousand hours of study in functional neurology including ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia, vestibular rehabilitation, movement disorders, electro-diagnostics, neurochemistry, and neuro-immunology in addition to others. In 2010 she became a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology.

Dr. Engesether has been with Pietila Chiropractic since 2008 where she began perfecting her use of the NeuroTarget System. Other than Dr. Pietila, the technique's developer, she is one of the only people who are qualified to teach the NeuroTarget System.

In addition to caring for patients with injuries, applying injury prevention and performance optimization techniques using the NeuroTarget System, Dr. Engesether also focuses on metabolic rehabilitation. She enjoys helping patients reach a better quality of life and in many cases helping to reverse metabolic conditions including thyroid disorders, hormone imbalance, diabetes, adrenal dysfunction, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, gut dysfunction, and numerous functional neurological conditions.

Michael Hennes, DC

Michael Hennes Michael grew up New Prague, Minnesota where he had his first exposure to chiropractic care through treatments and working in the office at a local clinic. He then went on to study human biology at Minnesota State University Mankato. In 2010 he was accepted to Northwestern Health Sciences University College of Chiropractic. He met Dr. Pietila and Dr. Engesether early in his education when they were invited to guest lecture at the school’s neurology club. Michael graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in April 2014. He is also pursuing his Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board by attending courses at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies.

Cynthia DeGross

Cindy DeGross

Cynthia was born, raised, and lives in Minneapolis, MN. She went to school for business management at Anoka Community College. She worked many years in the fashion field as a buyer, interior designer, and in management. She also had an opportunity to learn about nutrition through MN-Gastroenterology and is excited to continue her education here at Pietila Chiropractic. She is very excited to be part of the team because she is fascinated by the unique approach of the NeuroTarget System, the recovery from pain and injury, as well as the performance optimization, body chemistry balancing, and nutrition.

Cindy is married with one son. She enjoys travelling, viewing sporting events, fishing, concerts, interior design, movies, music, theater, and family.