Our Team

Dr. Jeff Manning, DC,

Clinic Director

Dr. Jeff Manning is a Chiropractor and the owner of Manning Wellness Clinic, a comprehensive Uptown Dallas Chiropractic clinic dedicated to providing families with the most personalized alternative wellness care for more than 15 years. In addition to Chiropractic, the clinic offers massage therapy and acupuncture.

Dr. Manning’s treatment plan begins with a correct diagnosis, treatment of the underlying problem (not just the pain/symptom), and help returning the individual to his or her optimal health.  A “one size fits all” approach is not a part of our office. Dr. Manning prides himself on taking the time to learn as much as possible about each patient through a complete history, thorough exam and honest conversation.

Dr. Manning has also branched out into the music and entertainment industry by providing much-needed Chiropractic care to visiting actors, musicians, television personalities, sports professionals, and members of the stage crews. For these professionals, not unlike any patient, their bodies must perform at 100%.  Some recent notable patients include associates or members of the following  U2, the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, The Who, Mana, Disney on Ice, Nickelback, remake of the television series “Dallas”, Guns N Roses, Motley Crue…  (Health privacy laws prohibit us from giving the exact names of patients.).

Dr. Manning is an avid bike rider, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Meridith, and 2 daughters.  He also loves cooking,  and doing any projects around the house which involve wood and power tools.

Education: Parker College of Chiropractic, Dallas, Texas, 1996
Advanced study in Neurology
State University of New York, College at Oneonta, BA in Anthropology, Minor, Chemistry
Affiliations: 
Texas Chiropractic Association
American Chiropractic Association
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research
Uptown Dallas Association, Past President,
Uptown Public Improvement District, Executive Board Member

Dr. Manning’s Story:  I always feel it’s important to share the story of how and why I decided to become a Chiropractor because it speaks to clearly to the power of Chiropractic medicine.

When I was just 6, I suffered from a weak muscle in one of my eyes. My parents took me to multiple pediatricians and eye specialists, and received the same diagnosis and treatment option from each: Surgery. At the time, my uncle was a student at the New York College of Chiropractic. When he heard that there was a chance that I would undergo surgery, he spoke with his professors about the possibility that Chiropractic could somehow help.  Over the next few weeks, with a combination of adjustments and specific eye exercises, my weak muscle was strengthened and my eye problems eliminated; no surgery, no medication, no lasting side effects other than a life with no limitations. Chiropractic left an indelible mark on my life and when it came time to choose a professional path, my choice was an obvious one. 

I have now been in practice for more than 15 years and have personally experienced the satisfaction of knowing that I have helped my patients to not only avoid surgery, but to live their life with better health, less pain, and fewer limitations.

Office Manager:

Natalie Nguyen, The Problem Solver 

The IMG_1098first thing you’ll notice when you speak with Natalie is her energy! No matter how many things are happening at once, Natalie deals with each and every one, with a smile.  She is a consummate professional in every way and the ultimate problem solver. Natalie has extensive experience in the chiropractic field and can do just about everything; from patient therapies to insurance to scheduling to training. And she does it all with a smile on her face. What you don’t know about Natalie is that one of her favorites hobbies is fishing. She even has her own professional rod and reel (pink, of course) and can be found on the weekends fishing at area lakes–and catching some pretty impressive fish! Along with fishing. Natalie is also an incredible baker! If you’re lucky, you may have an appointment on a day when Natalie brings in some of her incredible homemade cookies or macrons.  The treats alone may have you rescheduling sooner than planned.

 

Acupuncture:

Laura Yoo, L.Ac.

Laura’s story: I’m not sure it’s actually an ancient Chinese curse, but the last ten or so years have certainly been interesting times! Before that, I’d pretty much done what I’d been told. Good grades+safe major+good school = good job. I was a software engineer in Cambridge, MA, just past entry level, but a far cry from senior developer. Life was about what I could have expected it to be, but there was something missing. Then, in no particular order, 9/11 happened, the economy imploded, and my job didn’t exist anymore. I had a great friend in Dallas who encouraged me to move down here, where I decided to pursue a master’s degree. Natural health and healing had been a hobby of mine for some time, and I had just tried acupuncture, with excellent results. When I found the Dallas College of Oriental Medicine, I knew that was where I would be for a while.

In over six years of clinical practice, including a year of student internship at an inpatient drug-rehab hospital, I have met all kinds of people dealing with all kinds of things, and I love helping people get better. Through my own life and the lives I’ve observed, the biggest truth I’ve noticed is, “It is never going to be just like right now.” Your body, your mind, and your situation, are never going to be in the same state in the same combination again, and that’s wonderful. I hope I can be part of your process in making your future moments as healthy and bright as possible!

Education:

Dallas College of Oriental Medicine, 2005

Vanderbilt University, School of Engineering, BS Computer Science and Mathematics 1996

Certifications and affiliations:

Texas Acupuncture License 00891

Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Massage Therapist:

Darlene Brooks, LMT (Specialties: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release)

Darlene’s story: I’ve always been drawn to and very interested in the field of alternative healthcare, and the idea of becoming a massage therapist had been in the back of my mind for most of my adult life.  I say “had”, because it took until my 2 children were adults before I was able to return to school to fulfill my desire to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. I proudly graduated the Parker School of Massage Therapy as Salutatorian in December 2010.

I love what I do, and the best part, by far, is the privilege of being able to be a part of another’s journey to regain and/or maintain health.  Massage has become a special way for me to serve others, and in the process, I too am served.  To have the opportunity to set aside my own concerns to focus on and simply be with one who has graced my table with his/her presence and trust never fails to lift my spirits!

In addition to Swedish, deep tissue, and some myofascial release, I’ve also studied and practiced (just not professionally) Jin Shin Jyutsu – a wonderful energy work – since the summer of 2001.  The combination of massage and Jun Shin Jyutsu is a calming, therapeutic and often successful combination.

I particularly like to work with feet, because I feel they’re very important to the overall health of the body, yet get little care and attention.  I intend, at some point in the not-to-distant future, to become a certified Reflexologist.  In the meantime, I’m already a pretty good footworker!  🙂