Dr. Donna Ficaro, DC

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Functional Medicine | Female

Dr. Donna G. Ficaro 9641 W 153rd St Ste 48 Orland Park, IL 60462 Get Directions
(708) 403-0431
Dr. Donna Ficaro, DC
MY MEDICAL EDUCATION: While working on my chiropractic medical degree I was drawn to do a residency in orthopedics which has given me a better appreciation of fascia, tendon, muscle, joint, and nerve interrelationship and the interdependency they share with each other and the rest of the body. I completed enough hours and experience in nutrition to sit for the rigorous Certified Nutritional Specialist exam. After this designation was awarded to me, I also became a Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist in State of Illinois. Completing an acupuncture certification program was a natural extension of my training because it provided the electro-magnetic component of healing; and, it was an excellent complement to treating various physical conditions as well as acute and chronic pain management.

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Dr. Ficaro's Care Philosophy

Here is what I believe: Health embodies living with energy and vitality, having no pains or discomforts – mentally, physically, emotionally; and aging gracefully without disabilities. Each individual is unique; their health state and needs are unique. A person should be treated as a whole – a not a body part or a disease. Our minds have a huge impact on our health and well being. The patient presents with health challenges where his / her genetics have mingled with life (their environment). Our health is decided approximately 5% by our genes. The majority of a person's health issues are influenced by poor lifestyle, including nutrition, movement (exercise), how we think (optimistic vs. pessimistic), what we think about most of the time, how we talk to ourselves, and our support systems – family, community, peers. In order to achieve real health and well being, which is constantly in flux, the doctor and patient need to form a committed partnership. The committed patient assumes responsibility for his or her health. The doctor and patient need to work together to unravel how the patient got to the health state he / she is in and then how to reverse it. Change is hard, but is not as hard as watching your health deteriorate to the point of being disabled and where you cannot enjoy the plans you have made. Personalized health testing can give answers. And, education can provide the power to sustain the changes needed Each individual has the right to be informed of all health care options at an affordable cost. Clinical judgment should be based on non-biased scientific studies not only pharmaceutical supported work.

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Dr. Donna G. Ficaro9641 W 153rd St Ste 48
Orland Park, IL 60462
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I can be reached at 708-403-0431.

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Dr. Ficaro says...

MY MEDICAL EDUCATION: While working on my chiropractic medical degree I was drawn to do a residency in orthopedics which has given me a better appreciation of fascia, tendon, muscle, joint, and nerve interrelationship and the interdependency they share with each other and the rest of the body.

I completed enough hours and experience in nutrition to sit for the rigorous Certified Nutritional Specialist exam.  After this designation was awarded to me, I also became a Licensed Dietitian  / Nutritionist in State of Illinois.

Completing an acupuncture certification program was a natural extension of my training because it provided the electro-magnetic component of healing; and, it was an excellent complement to treating various physical conditions as well as acute and chronic pain management.

Dr. Ficaro's Care Philosophy

Here is what I believe:

  •  Health embodies living with energy and vitality, having no pains or discomforts – mentally, physically, emotionally; and aging gracefully without disabilities.
  • Each individual is unique; their health state and needs are unique. A person should be treated as a whole – a  not a body part or a disease.
  • Our minds have a huge impact on our health and well being.
  • The patient presents with health challenges where his / her genetics have mingled with life (their environment).
  • Our health is decided approximately 5% by our genes. The majority of a person's health issues are influenced by poor lifestyle, including nutrition, movement (exercise), how we think (optimistic vs. pessimistic), what we think about most of the time, how we talk to ourselves, and our support systems – family, community, peers.
  • In order to achieve real health and well being, which is constantly in flux, the doctor and patient need to form a committed partnership. The committed patient assumes responsibility for his or her health. The doctor and patient need to work together to unravel how the patient got to the health state he / she is in and then how to reverse it.
  • Change is hard, but is not as hard as watching your health deteriorate to the point of being disabled and where you cannot enjoy the plans you have made.
  • Personalized health testing can give answers. And, education can provide the power to sustain the changes needed
  • Each individual has the right to be informed of all health care options at an affordable cost. Clinical judgment should be based on non-biased scientific studies not only pharmaceutical supported work.

Dr. Ficaro says...

Chicago Southland Illinois Licensed Chiropractic Physician with Orthopedic and Pain Management Specialties, Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist. Certified Senior Disability Analyst and Acupuncturist.

I utilize a Lifestyle / Functional Medicine model of health care. I look for the cause, then propose a treatment.

I offer manual manipulation of the body – spine, extremities, and head (TMJ and headache problems).  I am trained in Sacral Occipital Technique and Flexion Distraction manipulation procedures.  I  offer foot orthotic fitting with Sole Supports.

Treatment for:

  • Arthritis
  • anxiety
  • asthma
  • autoimmune disease
  • cancer prevention
  • celiac disease, gluten intolerance / sensitivity
  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic sinusitis
  • depression
  • detoxification
  • diabetes
  • digestive disorders eczema/psoriasis
  • elevated blood fats/cholesterol
  • environmental and food allergies
  • fatigue
  • female disorders (PMS, menopause, infertility, PCOS)
  • fibromyalgia
  • headaches and migraines
  • and more

Dr. Ficaro says...

I utilize a Functional Medicine model of health care, an approach different from the typical crisis –oriented "disease care" approach used in medicine today.

I look "upstream" to consider the complex web of interactions in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that has brought you to the health state you are in.

Your unique genetic make-up is considered along with your internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect your total functioning.

I integrate traditional medicine with what is sometimes considered "alternative" or "integrative" medicine.

My focus on healing and prevention is through nutrition, diet and exercise. I use the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and, I prescribe combinations of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, and detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. I utilize acupuncture with long standing conditions.

Dr. Ficaro says...

Thank you for providing feedback on your experience and health success with me. This information will enable others to benefit from the care that I provide.  It will  also help me continuously improve your experience with me.  

I can be reached at 708-403-0431.

Dr. Ficaro's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Functional Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    Sanctions

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Conditions Treated

  • Allergan Cross-Reactivity
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Celiac Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Headache
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase Deficiency
  • Thyroiditis

Education

  • Medical School
    National University Of Health Sciences / National College Of Chiropractic

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    National University Of Health Sciences / National College Of Chiropractic

    Completed in 1979

  • Residency Hospital
    National University Of Health Sciences / National College Of Chiropractic

    Completed in 1983

  • Other Education
    Dietitian / Nutritionist

    Completed in 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Functional Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Nutrition
  • Orthopedic Chiropractic

Procedures Performed

  • Acupuncture
  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
  • Detoxification
  • Diet Counseling
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Nutritional Supplementation
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Examination
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Loss Management
  • Wellness Examination