Dr. Darren Kalkan
Falling Into Chiropractic—Literally
Before choosing a career in chiropractic, Dr. Darren moved to Louisville, KY, and spent some time working as a waiter in a high-end restaurant. During one of his shifts, while bringing out a tray of food, someone barreled in through the “out” door. He backpedaled to avoid a collision and was knocked into the air, landing on the back of his shoulder and neck. Shaking the impact off, he continued working.
The next morning, he bent down to tie his shoes and saw stars. For the first time in his life, Dr. Darren experienced the pain and nausea of migraines. Fortunately for him, the brother of the restaurant owner was a chiropractor.
After three adjustments, the migraines were gone! That’s when he realized you can take care of the human body without chemical or surgical solutions, and he decided to become a chiropractor.
Dr. Darren enrolled at Life University in Atlanta, GA, earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, with honors, in 2000. For over twenty two years, he has been helping people of all ages achieve their health goals.
He is excited to bring his vast experience from high volume practices in Detroit to West Lake Chiropractic! Experience is our greatest teacher & Dr Darren has been a student of the body going on almost two and a half decades!
Outside of Work
When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Darren never stops!! He loves cooking, gardening & spending time outdoors, golfing, hiking, softball & walking the dogs! Cheering on his Michigan State Spartans regardless if we lose to UNC & Duke!! Dr Darren is always trying to challenge himself with yoga and exercise, he likes to practice what he preach.
Dr. Brian Hooper
Education & Background
Dr. Brian Hooper comes from a 30-year lineage of chiropractic. It’s in his blood. Both his father and stepmother are chiropractors. In fact, they were all trained at the same chiropractic school. As you would imagine, Dr. Brian received chiropractic adjustments regularly while growing up. On the playing field, he was always a little faster than his competitors. Looking back, he knows that chiropractic care helped give him the edge. Today, he realizes its necessity not only for athletic performance but for overall health.
Dr. Brian completed his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. He was valedictorian of his undergraduate class and finished his doctoral studies at the top of his class. Before joining West Lake Chiropractic, Dr. Brian practiced chiropractic and functional medicine in Wilson, NC.
Dr. Brian treats a variety of conditions, including pinched nerves, degenerated discs, and car accident injuries. He takes pride in thoroughly examining his patients, making an accurate diagnosis, educating his patients on their condition, and providing the best spinal care possible. His approach focuses on pain relief and restoring movement and strength to the spine.
Outside of Work
Outside of the office, Dr. Brian enjoys cooking, fishing, and music. Before becoming a chiropractor, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and toured with a pop-rock band called Yearling. While no Bobby Flay, his favorite food to cook is tacos. He also enjoys grilling steaks and chicken wings.
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