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Serving the community and families of Tucson since 1996.
Dr. Wayne admits, “I am a Chiro Kid.” My father was a Chiropractor and I have experienced Chiropractic since I was four years old. I have had the privilege of watching my profession improve and grow to what it is today. It is difficult to describe how satisfying it is to want to be a Chiropractor since I was a young boy, and have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of health since I was 9 years old. The majority of my life has been spent preparing for what I am doing everyday.
I cannot imagine doing anything else. I tell my patients regularly what a great profession I am in because I am able to assist in restoring quality of life and wellness without having to deal with the side effects of drugs or death as other health care providers must do. I get to help return patients to doing what they want to do and sometimes change their lives by helping them change their view of what being healthy for a lifetime really means.
My primary goal is to meet my patient’s goals and not just my recommendations. Some patients need help recovering from an accident or work related injury and are not as interested in wellness. Others want more extensive recommendations/care than pain management. I pride myself on being able to accommodate to both ideologies without applying pressure or judgment to the patient. Simply put, my job is to educate and treat the patient while meeting the patient’s needs.
Wayne Rudnick, D.C. is the son of Dr. Leonard Rudnick and the Rudnick name has been proudly serving Tucson since 1980. Tucson Chiropractic Center has been in existence since 1987 and Dr. Wayne has been practicing since 1996. He worked with a chiropractic consultant group in his teenage and college years and has watched the profession and health care change dramatically prior to attending his post graduate studies at Palmer West Chiropractic College in San Jose, California.
He is a 1995 Palmer West graduate and he is licensed in California as well as Arizona. He received the clinical excellence award for his graduating class, which is voted on by the clinicians at the Palmer West Campus. He also has well over 100 hours of post-chiropractic graduate education in radiographic interpretation.
Dr. Wayne has been practicing in Tucson the last 19 years and has met or in some years surpassed the board requirements for post-graduate education. Some of the additional course work Dr. Wayne has taken includes pediatrics, sports injuries, extremity manipulation, treatment protocols for disc injury, and the integration of rehabilitative exercise in conjunction with Chiropractic manipulation to name a few.
He has also had the privilege of being the team Chiropractor for the University of Arizona Wildcat Hockey team (formerly the U of A IceCats) the last 19 years, and working with the Sports Medicine Fellowship doctors for the University of Arizona the last 10 years. He has also spent many years developing relationships with various health care providers throughout the Tucson area. He co-manages’ care with specialists such as orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and pain management specialists to primary care physicians, physical therapists, and/or massage therapists almost daily.
On a personal note…
Dr. Wayne has been married to his high school (Marana High School) sweetheart, Julia for over 26 years and they have two children. Amber is 18 and their son Payton is 16. If you visit the office you might meet his wife Julia who has always been a part of the office since his first day in practice, and you are guaranteed to see numerous pictures of their family at various ages.
Dr. Heaton grew up with chiropractic care playing a strong role in his life.
From an early age he remembers carrying his nephew, who was diagnosed at two years of age with scoliosis, on his shoulders to a local chiropractor that lived and practiced in his neighborhood. Medical treatment at that time for scoliosis was to place metal rods in a patient’s back. Instead of this invasive surgery, his family chose chiropractic care.
After a few months of chiropractic treatment, his nephew not longer had scoliosis. This had such a tremendous impact on him that at 10 years of age he knew he wanted to become a chiropractor. He also experienced the benefits of chiropractic treatments while growing up. As a State of Utah championship basketball player in high school and a college basketball player for Weber State and BYU-Hawaii, regular chiropractic care enabled him to function his best on and off the court.
Dr. Heaton graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a Minor in Chemistry. In September of 1996, he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California. He was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award. This is awarded by the clinicians on staff to the intern who they thought had the best skills in treating patients. He licensed in Arizona for Chiropractic and Physiotherapy and joined Dr. Wayne at Tucson Chiropractic Center in December of 1998.
In the 18 years that Dr. Heaton has been in practice, he has either met or exceeded the number of hours required by The State of Arizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners for postgraduate education. His focus and interests to help patients are in spinal correction and rehabilitation, extremity mobilization, home exercise, vitamins/minerals, and nutrition.
Personalized Chiropractic Care for Lasting Results
Generally patients come to see Dr. Heaton due to headaches, neck, back, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, knee, and ankle/foot pain. Other patients see him for numbness and tingling and/or pins and needles sensations. Dr. Heaton’s goals are to help them to get rid of their symptoms. He helps patient accomplish this with treatment plans that are specific for their needs. After taking a comprehensive history, performing a orthopedic and neurological examination, and making a diagnosis, the treatment plan is created for each patient individually. Dr. Heaton’s goal for the patient is to help them understand how their body functions and how they can maintain a balanced overall health.
Witnessing how chiropractic care and treatments have transformed the lives of his patients is by far the most gratifying aspect of Dr. Heaton’s career. Patient education and choice are the cornerstones of his practice. His patients receive quality comprehensive care as he treats them and oversees their “plan” as they travel the road to rehabilitative recovery after an injury and/or to their ideal for optimal health and well-being. Dr. Heaton feels the greatest measure of his success is the continued trust he establishes with his patients indicated by their willingness to refer friends and relatives to seek his care.
Dr. Heaton and his wife Dru have five children (Jolene, Kristina, Anna, Mason, and Micah). He and his wife are avid cyclists and can be frequently seen peddling up Mt. Lemmon in the early morning hours.