Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope

(718) 398-3100

THE ROAD TO AN OPTIMAL LIFE BEGINS WITH OPTIMAL HEALTH

What happened to our flexibility?

Essentially, we stopped falling. As children, you are able to fall with very little consequence compared to being an adult; this serves as an example of how our youthful, pliant muscles keep us agile and supple and less prone to injury. Then something happens- as adults we are taller, heavier and a fall hurts more. We take on responsibilities that cause us to move less; we forget how to sit, stand and move with good posture and all this is set against the backdrop of natural degeneration of our body's structures that comes with age. As we let ourselves go down this dangerous road, flexibility starts to fall away, our muscles become less pliant and we become more vulnerable to injury from seemingly innocuous movements: the twists, turns, lifts, dips, grabs and reaches, many of which are subconscious, that define our daily existence. But it doesn't have to be this way!

Flexibility of the mind leads to flexibility of the body

Keeping an open, flexible mind allows us to remain open to new ideas- for example, taking on a simple stretching routine that will negate much of the harm caused by sitting too much. No matter how inflexible you may feel, you can start adding flexibility into your life bit by bit, if only you know where to start. Here is an idea for an easy routine that will help you get started today:

Gentle twist

Upper shoulder stretch

Chest stretch 

Are you selling your flexibility short by not stretching?

At your Park Slope chiropractor, we know that keeping muscles pliant and flexible is one of the best ways to keep ourselves in a state of fitness as we age. In fact, it can make the difference between an old age of chronic pain and one of independence. Let's stop the stiffness today! Give our office in Brooklyn a call to schedule an appointment today. 

Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C.

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A useful and fun way to add more movement into your nightly routine? Yes, please. Use the power of yoga to turn your down time into something healthy. Child's pose has a variety of health benefits and is particularly useful for people suffering from lower back pain. 

Child's pose: How to

  • Kneeling on floors with knees touching and buttocks resting on the feet
  • Exhale and lower your torso over the thighs
  • Touch forehad to the ground 
  • Lift buttocks slightly and stretch arms over the head
  • Touch your palms to the floor until you feel shoulder blades stretching
  • Stay in this position practicing deep breathing for up to 3 minutes or as long as you feel possible, 

The benefits of child's pose: 

  • Stretches hips, thighs, ankles
  • Lengthens the spine, relieving neck and back pain
  • Deep breathing relaxes the mind and body
  • Relieves tension and accumulated anxiety
  • Increases circulation

Think of your body as it slowly tightens, accumulating more and more tension as you press the button for that next episode. The healthy thinker wants to break this cycle of tightening. Child's pose is an easy and fun way to do this from the comfort of your own living room. Give it a try next time the thought strikes you and see much better your body feels. To optimize every aspect of your life and change toward a more holistic and healthy back care life style, call our office in Brooklyn at to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C., L.Ac. 

 

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Dr. Burt Fletcher was injured when he fell from a horse many years ago.

"I have known Karen for 20 years. Because of her skill in alleviating musculoskeletal pain, I am one of her patients. I refer my own patients in need of chiropractic care to Dr. Thomas".
B. Fletcher, MD, Internal Medicine, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Talie is a serious triathalete who needs maximal biomechanical performance to minimize injury and enhance recovery time.

"As a personal trainer, triathalete and artist, my body is my instrument. With Dr. Thomas' care, I have worked from pain and discomfort back to optimum performance. She has helped to 'finely tune my instrument'. I highly recommend her services and refer family, friends and clients to her."
Talie M, Certified Fitness Professional, NYC

Joe and his wife tried for 6 years to have children. After only three acupuncture treatments, Gloria became pregnant. They are now the proud parents of a healthy son.

"My wife and I have been seeing Dr. Thomas for the past 3 years. We are impressed with her outstanding skill. She was able to help us with problems that no other physicians were able to address. We also appreciate Dr. Thomas' 'bedside manner'. She is always personable and accommodating. We recommend her highly."
Joseph T, General Contractor, Brooklyn

Mallory is a beauty professional and entrepreneur who maintains her general health and well-being with regular chiropractic and acupuncture care. Over the years, she has had symptoms associated with peri-menopause as well as stress.

"Dr. Thomas has been my doctor for more than seven years. She treats my body aches, yes, but she treats my mind and spirit as well. I come for treatments not only to address my symptoms but for the comprehensive health of my entire being."
Mallory R., Owner, MYR and Elementi, Park Slope

After several failed attempts, Caleb was desperate to quit smoking when he learned he was about to become a father. With his first acupuncture treatment, he stopped smoking and with the second, the urge to smoke diminished.

"After 10 years working and playing in environments conducive to smoking I quit smoking with Dr. Karen's Chinese Acupuncture treatment. She listens to her patients and she knows how to treat the underlying cause of the problem."
Caleb C, Filmmaker, New York City

Annie is a university professor who loves to run and stay active with her young family, so optimal health and keeping fit are important to her.

"Dr. Karen Thomas has hands of gold and keen skill. With this combination, she finds the trouble spots, adjusts and heals my aching body. I have crawled into her office, a body of gristle, wracked with pain and spasm, and walked out greatly relieved."
Annie H., University Professor

Directions to Dr. Thomas, Brooklyn Chiropractor & Acupuncturist's Office, Brooklyn NY, 11217 / 11215

COMMUNITY CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE
71 8th Avenue – corner Union Street
Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn
(718) 398-3100
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By Car:

From Manhattan via the West Side Highway – Take the B'klyn-Battery Tunnel to the Prospect Expressway, which exits left. Take Exit 4: '10th-11th Ave'. Make a total of 3 immediate right turns (crossing over the highway). Take an immediate left onto 18th Street. Follow this one block to 8th Ave. Turn right for ~1/2 mi. to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.

From Manhattan via the East Side FDR Highway – Take the B'klyn Bridge and stay on Adam Street all the way to Atlantic Avenue. Turn left to 4th Avenue. Turn right and continue to Union Street. Turn left and travel up to 8th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.

From Queens or Downtown B'klyn by Highway – BQE to Tillary Street.
Take Left onto Flatbush Ave. towards Prospect Park. Turn right onto 7th Avenue. Go 5 blocks to Union Street & make a Left. Go up one block to 8th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.

From Staten Island by Highway – Take Verrazano Bridge to B'klyn & stay in middle lane. Follow 278West (do NOT follow any signs Eastbound) onto Gowanus Expressway. After 1 mi or so, exit right onto Prospect Expressway to first exit, Exit 4: "10th – 11th Ave". Make a total of 3 immediate right turns (crossing over the highway). Take an immediate left onto 18th Street. Follow this one block to 8th Ave. Turn right for ~1/2 mi. to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.

From Eastern Parkway - Follow Eastern Pkwy towards downtown B'klyn to Grand Army Plaza. Travel 1/2 around circle to Union St. Make a right turn on Union & go down one block to 8th Ave, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.

From Ocean Parkway – Head towards Manhattan (or towards 'beginning of the alphabet') onto Prospect Expressway to Exit 3: '7th & 8th Ave'. At Stop sign make a right & you will be on 8th Avenue. Follow this ~1/2 mi. to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.

By Train:

2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza. Go down one block along Flatbush Ave. Make a Left onto 8th Ave & continue 4 blocks to Union St., Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
R to Union St. Walk up hill along Union St 4 blocks to 8th Ave, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
B or Q - to 7th Ave. Walk up to 8th Ave. Make a right & walk 4 blocks to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
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By Bus:

41 along Flatbush to 8th Ave and walk 4 blocks to Union Street, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
67 along 7th Ave to Union St and walk up one block to 8th Avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY 11217.
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Insurance & Payment Arrangements

Insurance accepted by Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture:

ALL AUTO/MVA - No Fault
AETNA
BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD
CIGNA
EMPIRE
GHI
HEALTH FIRST
MEDICARE (Part A & B)
OXFORD
UNITED
UMR

*Plans may vary regarding deductibles and co-payments. Please call your insurance carrier to verify the terms of your plan. Or, call our office for assistance prior to your appointment.

Insurance NOT accepted by Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture:

1199
AFFINITY
AMERICHOICE
FIDELIS
HIP
MEDICAID
MEDICARE (Part C)
METROPLUS

*Obamacare & Community Plans DO NOT COVER Chiropractic or Acupuncture treatment, therefore we do not accept these.

Please call our office for details regarding insurance coverage for services - 1(718) 398-3100.

 Dr. Karen A. Thomas

COMMUNITY CHIROPRACTIC

        & ACUPUNCTURE

           71 8th Avenue

         B'klyn, NY 11217

            718.398.3100

 

Office Information for Community Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Park Slope Brooklyn 11217

COMMUNTIY CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE
71 8TH AVENUE (Corner of Union Street)
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11217
PHONE (718) 398-3100
EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.ParkSlopeChiropractor.com

Office hours:

Mondays: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesdays: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursdays: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Fridays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sundays: Closed

*Dr. Thomas participates in ongoing neurology and nutrition seminars that involve at least one weekend a month away from the office. In addition, Dr. Thomas is often invited to offer court testimony as an expert witness in the fields of chiropractic and acupuncture .Dr. Thomas provides highly qualifies chiropractic associates to cover the practice in her absence.

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Location : We are located in Park Slope Brooklyn, 11217 / 11215 (not Bay Ridge).
Our office is located in the historic landmark district of North Park Slope, in Brooklyn New York, 11217. Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture is situated on the north-east corner of 8th Avenue and Union Street. Our office is on the ground floor of a historic brownstone building. We are one block from Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Library and the northeast entrance to Prospect Park. Street parking is available with metered parking along 8th Avenue.

Languages Spoken:

Sofia, our medical biller, is fluent in Russian.
Yolanda, our front office assistant, is fluent in Spanish.
Dr Saraco is fluent in Italian, Spanish & English
Dr Thomas has some working Spanish & can perform an examination & provide care in Spanish
Dr Cindy speaks conversational Cantonese & a bit of Mandarin

IMEs and Professional Services

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Independent Medical Exam (IME), Peer Review, and Professional Testimony

Dr. Karen Thomas is an experienced chiropractor and acupuncturist with more than 25 years experience performing independent examinations and peer reviews.

Dr. Thomas has been a practicing chiropractor since 1987 and has produced IME exams and reports for more than a dozen companies in New York. Dr. Thomas offers professional opinion regarding X-ray, CAT Scan, MRI, and EMG/NCV studies. She can evaluate TCM (Traditional Oriental Medicine) examination and diagnosis, acupuncture treatment protocols, and chiropractic analysis, diagnosis, and treatment plans.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and maintains a thriving private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She completed a diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology, a post-doctoral specialty, through Logan College of Chiropractic and The Carrick Institute.

In 1998, Dr. Thomas added acupuncture to her qualifications when she completed a four-year program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She has served as a college lecturer, teaching courses in human physiology, anatomy, medical terminology and psychology. She teaches programs on complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to pain management.

Peer Recommendation:

"Dr. Thomas has been my graduate student in neurology and completed her neurology residency under my direction. She is a talented clinician and humanist, with a superior dedication to the service of others."

- Frederick Carrick, DC, PhD, FACCN, FICC

Curriculum Vitae

KAREN A. THOMAS, D.C., L.Ac.
71 8TH Avenue, Suites 1&2
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Ph (718) 398-3100 FAX (718)398-3783
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QUALIFICATIONS 

  • New York, New Jersey state licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist
  • Massachusetts, California state licensed chiropractor
  • 29 years experience in private practice as primary care doctor
  • 29 years experience performing independent medical examinations
  • 23 years experience providing expert witness testimony
  • 18 years experience performing peer reviews
  • 7 years experience manipulation under anesthesia (MUA)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Brooklyn, NY  1987-Present
  • Primary care doctor
  • Physical examination, diagnosis and treatment
  • Professional evaluation: X-ray, CT Scans. MRI, EMG/NCV, etc
  • Soft tissue therapies, both manual and physiotherapeutic
  • Diet and nutritional evaluation, exercise rehabilitation
  • PPO provider, W-C, No-Fault, NYC and NYS as well as private carriers
IME/Peer Reviews/Expert Witness Testimony 1987-Present
  • Expert witness in fields of chiropractic, manipulation under anesthesia and TCM/acupuncture
  • Perform chiropractic, manipulation under anesthesia and acupuncture IME’s and Peer Reviews for multiple companies. (References provided upon request)
New York College of Health Professions, Manhattan, NY 2013-2015
  • Adjunct professor for acupuncture and massage therapy
  • Students lectures in kinesiology
  • Public and holistic health
TPL Acupuncture, PLLC and
10 Points Acupuncture, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY  
2002-2004

 

  • Responsible for staff performing acupuncture treatments at multiple clinics specializing in no-fault, personal injury and workers’ compensation
ASA Institute, Brooklyn, NY   2002-2003
  • Part-time professor for community college
  • Lecturer in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and psychology
International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Albuquerque, NM 2000-2001
  • Created and led seminars in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to Pain Management
Prospect Rehabilitation Center, Brooklyn, NY 1999-2002

Valley Stream Medical, Inc, Valley Stream, NY

Diaspo Medical, Queens Village, NY

  • Performed all medically necessary acupuncture treatments for patients with pain syndromes following motor vehicle accidents, work and personal injuries

POST-DOCTORAL EDUCATION

Manipulation Under Anesthesia Texas Chiropractic College 2009
CEU Seminars/Neurology Carrick Institute 1992-2016
Diploma in Acupuncture Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 1998
Certificate in Homeopathy New York Chiropractic College 1997
Practicum in Nutrition New York Chiropractic College 1994
Diplomate of Neurology Logan Chiropractic College 1993

PRE-DOCTORAL EDUCATION 

Doctor of Chiropractic New York Chiropractic College 1987
Bachelors of Arts, Psychology Pitzer College, Claremont Schools 1976
Associates of Arts, Liberal Arts New York University 1974

LICENSES

New Jersey State Acupuncture License 2008 
New Jersey State Chiropractic License 2007 
New York State Acupuncture License 1998 
Massachusetts State Chiropractic License 1988 
New York State Chiropractic License 1987 
California State Chiropractic License 1987 
National Board Chiropractic License 1986 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

NCCAOM 1997-Present 
American Chiropractic Association  1988-2005 
New York State Chiropractic Association  1988-1995

Treatments at Community Chiropractor and Acupuncture located in Park Slope, Brooklyn 11217
treatmentsWorking with the tools of both Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Thomas establishes a diagnosis and treatment plan designed specifically for each individual.

During each visit, primary health concerns are treated – concerns such as back pain and neck pain, organ disharmony, or emotional distress. At the same time, your goals for optimal health will be addressed by using treatments to balance your "Qi" (chi), increase nutritional awareness, modify exercise routines, and re-establish harmony of body, mind, and spirit.

Treatment plans may include a combination of the following techniques:

Many of these services are covered by insurance.

Homeopathy
Helping the body heal itself

homopathyHomeopathy is a safe, effective and natural approach to help restore health. In accordance with natural laws of healing, homeopathy seeks to cure by re-establishing the body's internal homeostasis or balance. This correction can strengthen the immune system, enhance emotional balance and restore health. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to the 'Law of Similars', an age-old principle that recognizes the body's ability to heal itself. The medicines or 'remedies' are derived from animal, vegetable, and mineral. They are prepared in such a way that they are non-toxic; taken in such small doses there are no known side effects.

Dr. Thomas has studied homeopathy extensively and uses the remedies as a compliment to other treatments. For example, a remedy may be recommended in addition to chiropractic care to assist with arthritis, a sprained ankle or headache. In addition to an acupuncture treatment, homeopathy may be used to reduce symptoms related to menopause, asthma or constipation.

Dr. Thomas incorporates homeopathic remedies as an adjunctive treatment for her patients. Individuals seeking homeopathic services for serious disabilities or life-threatening illnesses are referred elsewhere for such care.

Contact Information

Phone: (718) 398-3100
alt phone: 347-201-5624

Email: ParkSlopeChiropractic@gmail.com

Address:
71 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217

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Office Hours

 Monday:    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
 Tuesday:    9:00 am - 8:00 pm
 Wednesday:    9:00 am - 8:00 pm
 Thursday:    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Friday:    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Saturday:    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
 Sunday:    Closed