Patient Testimonials

See What Our Patients Have to Say About Optima Health! 

ADD/ADHD Testimonial


"I have been seeing Dr. Bircher for over 30 years and see him first if I have a medical problem. He recommended that I have a Brain Map and do brain training to improve my health and wellbeing. I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did! SInce I started neurotherapy I am sleeping better. This has been a great change for me. I also find that I can concentrate better while driving, so I feel more comfortable on the road. I can tolerate disturbances around me better, especially when my grandchildren are around. Other things I have noticed include; my listening skills have improved, my reading comprehension is better, and reading in general - including Bible study, is easier. I highly recommend neurotherapy at Optima Health & Vitality Center."

- Dick Tews


"I had sharp pains in my knee as a result of an accident and knee surgery.  I had the knee surgery about three years ago.  The knee pain increased over the last few years as a result of a lack of proper exercise.  The knee pain prevented me from doing everyday tasks that I enjoyed.  One night I went for a walk with my wife and made it about a block before I had to turn back because of the pain.  I told my wife I need to do something.  The next day I saw the ad for Optima Health & Vitality and called.  Within a couple of weeks I started feeling improvement.  My knee is now feeling great and better than I had hoped for.  I am following a regular exercise program to improve knee strength.  Optima Health & Vitality Center is just a great staff of people."

- Tim Williamson


"I am 89 years and used to have severe pain in my left buttock and back.  Before coming to Optima Health & Vitality Center I had six weeks of physical therapy and I still couldn’t walk without pain, couldn’t go to church, or do much housework.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because my son wanted me to try it.  It took between one and two months before I started feeling improvement.  I am doing better now just a few pains.  I am well satisfied with the care that is given at Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I travel 50 miles for treatment."

- Anonymous


"My original complaint was slipped disk.  I couldn’t hardly move and tried both ice and heat.  I couldn’t move hardly at all because of the pain.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because I had been there before.  It took about four weeks to start feeling improvement and I am doing fine with my disks now but have carpal tunnel in both hands.  Dr. Martens is my doctor and he is healing me."

- Jean VanO.


"Pain had been present in my knee for six months and was to the point where it was difficult to walk.  The pain had gotten to the point where it affected my life in that I was unable to participate in any sports.  Then I saw the ad in the Leader Telegram advertising treatment of knee pain at Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I felt improvement after two months of care at Optima and am doing well now.  Before you do surgery, try Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I travel 25 miles for care."

-  Ronald Winget, patient of Dr. Martens


"I used to have long term knee pain from an old high school injury with decreased mobility in my knee and hip.  The knee pain has been present for thirty plus years; the hip pain present for the past five years.  I couldn’t take care of our hobby farm and horses without considerable difficulty.  The ad run by Optima Health & Vitality Center mirrored my symptoms and issues.  I wanted to avoid taking medication and/or surgery.  I felt improvement after my first treatment and then steady improvement over the course of the treatment plan.  In general, I am much improved and able to be fully active once again.  It is a very viable option to traditional approaches to receive care at Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I’m happy to not take pain medications or face surgery.  I travel 12 miles for my care."

-  Diane Moen, patient of Dr. Martens


"I used to have pain in my knees and a very sore lower back where it was difficult to straighten up when I first got out of bed in the morning, difficulty walking, performing simple tasks at work, climbing up and down stairs, difficulty doing lawn care, and I became tired very easily.  I’ve had the back problem for the last 20 years and the knee problem presented itself after I had an injury at work in 2012.  I received adjustments weekly at another chiropractic office, but the adjustments would never hold.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because I saw their full page ad in the local newspaper and they were using a new treatment (cold laser) to heal knee problems, so I decided to give it a try.  It took quite a few traction treatments for my lower back to improve.  I had a pinched nerve in my back, which is why prior adjustments didn't hold, but that has improved greatly.  I am doing almost 100% better with my back problems.  My knees no longer are painful when I go up and down stairs.  I had nerve damage from my work accident which I did not know and Dr. Bircher worked extensively on improving the nerve signals to my knees.  I only wished I would have come to Optima Health & Vitality Center sooner for help, but I didn’t know what treatments they had that would help me.  I travel 30 miles to be treated."

- Marie Sell, patient of Dr. Bircher


"I used to have carpal tunnel syndrome.  I went to the doctor and they determined with tests that I would have to have surgery on both hands.  I had symptoms for a couple years but it got worse about three months before coming to Optima Health & Vitality Center.  My hands kept going numb and hurting, which made it hard to work, sleep, or play the piano.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because my wife goes there and sees Dr. Bircher.  It took about 2-3 visits before I started feeling improvement and I am now 95% better.  I don’t have to have surgery!  Optima Health & Vitality Center’s staff is fantastic.  They are always friendly, helpful and very professional.  I travel 35 miles for my care."

- Jonathan W., patient of Dr. Martens


"My original complaint was carpal tunnel as well as a jammed up neck due to soup kettles dropping off of a shelf and hitting me on the head.  It hurt from my neck down to the tip of my ring finger and was going on for about 6 months when I came to Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because I did not want to have surgery if at all possible.  I wanted to do a natural way of fixing my body.  In about three months I was feeling 80% better.  Now I am doing an adjustment when I need to.  I have become a new person because of all the wonderful things I have had done at Optima Health & Vitality Center between the vitamins, adjustments and therapy.  I travel 40 - 45 minutes for my care."

- Shirley A. Hanson, patient of Dr. Martens & Dr. Bauer


"I would have to say that this team of health providers, no doubt, have saved my life!  I have been suffering with severe pain and multiple health issues for over 22 years.  I was 31 when all this began.  After multiple surgeries and tons of drugs, I found a ‘Miracle Team’ !!!!!  If anyone wants some excellent care, here ya go!  After just two months of care, 80% of my pain is gone and I have dropped two sizes in clothing without even trying.  I FORGOT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE ‘NORMAL’!

I used to have overall intense pain and swelling, major gastric problems, brain fog etc . . . for many years.  Fibromyalgia for 22 years, Lymes for 5 years.   I couldn’t do anything but breathe.  It took every bit of my energy and concentration to make through the day.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because they were my last resort (literally) through a referral from another patient.  I began to start feeling improvement within two weeks after allergy testing.  I am now doing tremendously better.  Only have mild pain in some joints.  Zero gastric problems and drop weight without even trying.  Mental clarity is so much better.  I travel 10 miles for my care."

- Brenda Livingston, patient of Dr. Bircher



"I used to have foggy thinking, fatigue – constant unrelenting fatigue, body aches, lack of interest in hobbies and things I normally would do. The last 5 years have been a real struggle. I was seen by my primary doctor, an allergy specialist, a nutrition specialist and a chiropractor- each several times. The chiropractor was pretty sure Lyme disease was a component. The allergy specialist identified high level of candida (yeast) infection. I had a colonoscopy done to see if there were any specific lesions in the intestines causing the problem. I was tried on multiple different kinds of drugs – everything from antibiotics, antidepressants, headache medicines, and many things in between with no improvement. The only medicine that helped at all was the yeast medicine. But as soon as a treatment time was completed with the yeast medicine, the yeast return all over again. The problem affected my whole life. I stopped doing pretty much everything. Things I tried to do were so difficult, and things I was passionate about became impossible to do at all. I just wanted to sleep and had trouble staying awake – even at work. I sleep all the hours possible could and it never helped. I chose to come to Optima Health & Vitality and the Health Office Co. because of a hidden message my private MD gave me. He mentioned to me that he’d heard of the clinic, but he didn’t believe they could help. I was pretty upset at first by his response, but as I thought more about it, I wondered if it wasn’t a hidden message for me. So we called and made an appointment.

Within 2 weeks I was feeling better. The changes were subtle at first – my fatigue was better for short times after treatment; my digestion was also a little improved. As I look back over the 3 months I was unable to work, overall my general wellbeing slowly improved. My craving settled. I had motivation to slowly increase what I was involved in again. I especially noticed improvement when zinc and copper were added to my nutritional supports – seems like I had leaps and bounds of improvement when those were added to the ozone therapy and chiropractic care.

I worked yesterday for the first time and had pretty good energy after the long day. People at work commented on how much better I looked. I was able to do tasks around the home and took a 2 mile walk after dinner. I felt good afterwards too – not at all like in the past when I would have had took a nap, let alone do those things to begin with. I traveled 30 miles one way twice a week for my therapies.

It feels like this is the first time in 4-5 years that I’ve been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel!" 

-R.E, patient of Dr. Bircher, And Sue Peck


“I came to Optima Health & Vitality Center because I had chronic Lyme, heavy metal toxicity, possible leaky gut and my adrenals were shot. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme and heavy metal toxicity in 2005.  Optima diagnosed my adrenal burn out in February when I first came here this year (2016). Two years ago in February (2014) my right knee went out after just taking a walk for two weeks.  My knee swelled and was painful.  I had to get a cane to get around.  So, I went to a local chiropractor and he helped me enough to get rid of the cane, but after two years there, nothing was improving, I just was not getting any better. I could not take walks, could not work out, or even do the work I needed to do.  Any strain of the knee caused it to swell a lot and it was painful.  This caused me great sadness as all my life I had been a very active, very physical and hard-working person. I came to Optima because I really wanted so much to get better.  I really needed to get my life back to the way it was before the Lyme attacked my knee. I began coming to Optima in February 2016.  I was really amazed and happy at how quickly I began to feel better.  My Lyme is being dealt with and finally there is great improvement. Through the body work and the supplements that give my body what it needs to heal itself, I am seeing great results. After just a couple of months, my knee was not swelling as much, there was no pain. 

Now I have been coming to Optima for five months and I am happy to say I have zero pain in that knee and it no longer swells.  I can mow lawn for six hours (with a push mower), I can walk for two hours, I can dance and workout and I haven’t had any swelling.  My knee even looks almost perfectly normal for the first time since 2005! Through the work being done with my adrenals, I have great energy again and I am sleeping well at night for the first time in years!  I AM A HAPPY PERSON AGAIN!!! My only wish is that I had come here many years ago, I truly believe my knee would never have gotten as bad as it did if I could have come here sooner to deal with the chronic Lyme. Optima Health & Vitality Center is full of wonderful, caring and friendly people.  Everyone I know there is so easy to talk with, they make you feel cared about and they just make you feel glad to be there. The level of care and the friendliness of care are the best I’ve ever experienced in all of my life.  I can honestly say that it is a tremendous blessing to be able to be treated at Optima.

I travel one and one half hours to get there and it is well worth it.  I have my life back!  Thankfully!”

 -M.J, Patient of William Bauer.


"My original problem was hip (right) and low back. As I got to know Dr. Julie, I confided about other health issues that were not being addresses at Marshfield Clinic – namely my thyroid. I am 55, I was diagnosed with thyroid disease when I was 30. At the time my Doctor figured I had suffered about 9 years with this disease. My problems were affecting my life; good health in general was declining, mobility, depression, gut issues and walking. We chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because my son (Jesse) referred me and my husband.  My husband ended up seeing Dr. Martens, and thought Dr. Julie would be a good fit for me. It didn’t take long to start feeling improvement.  We had to break down each issue one at a time.  Then, I started to see Dr. Sue.  Now I am doing wonderfully, I try to keep an appointment with Dr. Julie at least once a month to keep all my issues in check. What I would like to tell others about my experience at Optima Health & Vitality Center is that Optima is my primary care giver. I enjoy having people actually care about how I am feeling and who want to get to the root of the problem. I usually set my appointments after work and only have to drive 5 minutes from work."

-Laurie S.