The physicians at Spine & Sports Center of Chicago are concerned with diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of persons of all ages with physical impairment and disability. This specialty involves diagnosis and treatment of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions, the management of comorbidities and co-impairments, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, physical and chiropractic medicine, and emphasis on prevention of complications of disability from primary or secondary conditions.
The physicians are trained in the rehabilitation of neurologic & musculoskeletal disorders, including sports and occupational aspects, and the long-term management of patients with disabling conditions.
Dr. Thomas J. Lotus
Dr. Thomas J. Lotus is a 2003 graduate of National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), as well as part-time faculty for the Lincoln School of Post-Professional Education. He currently teaches courses around the country and internationally covering rehabilitation, biomechanics and chronic pain. As an instructor for the Motion Palpation Institute (MPI) (www.motionpalpation.org), he is a firm believer that “education is for time and eternity.”
Dr. Lotus holds fellowship status as a board certified chiropractic orthopedist (DACO) and is also a candidate for diplomate status within the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board (Levels I, II, III). In addition, he carries a certificate in the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction, acupuncture, and dry needling technique for musculoskeletal conditions.
Unique to his professional peers, Dr. Lotus is part of the 1% of chiropractors in the world who are fully credentialed in McKenzie Therapy: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. He has assisted with course instruction at all levels of McKenzie courses over the last 5 years and has been a keynote speaker at their symposium for the North Americas. He has been an integral part in the building and promotion of the new chiropractic branch of McKenzie International. He also did a residency rotation at Motol Hospital, Czech Republic under Drs. Pavel Kolar and Karel Lewit. Dr. Lotus is extensively trained in their advanced technique of dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS), a stabilization technique based on developmental kinesiology.
Having an extensive athletic base with his specialized approach to the biomechanics and kinesiology of sport, he is also certified in gait analysis to treat endurance athletes of all calibers including professional athletes, nationally ranked runners, semi-professional tri-athletes, collegiate athletes and weekend warriors. He continues to be a consultant for some of the leading athletic shoe manufactures as well as running stores throughout the region.
Dr. Lotus serves on the board of directors for Crush Multisport, and is a consultant for:
- Get A Grip Cycles
- Factor 75
- Running Away Multisport/RAM Racing
- Regional endurance coaches
- Chicago’s elite fitness facilities
- CrossFit gyms
- Personal trainers
Nothing sets Dr. Lotus apart from his peers more than his extensive knowledge base and extreme dedication to his patients.
Dr. George M. Nicolopoulos
Dr. George M. Nicolopoulos graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic Magna Cum Laude. In his time in Iowa Dr. George was highly active both inside and outside of the classroom taking various seminars and lecture series. While a student Dr. George spent three weeks in the country of Fiji working within their current health care system to provide treatment and health screenings to underprivileged children and adults at no cost to the patient. Dr. George considers this to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
Near the end of his graduate school career Dr. George was one of ten students across all Chiropractic colleges to be chosen to work with the Department of Defense on an active military base. He treated pilots, mechanics and other military personnel stationed at Lemoore Naval Base located in Lemoore California. He worked hand in hand with some of the highest trained medical doctors and physical therapists in the country. While there he learned a multitude of different methodologies to treat both acute and chronic patients utilizing the best available research on each condition and continues to do so in everyday practice.
Dr. George is an expert when it comes to the diagnosis, treatment and management of all varieties of musculoskeletal conditions. He is also part of the 1% of Chiropractors credentialed in McKenzie Therapy: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy. He focuses on post surgical work from what he learned when with the Navy, athletic injuries which he treats as a sideline physician at various lifting and sporting events, and the average joe. Dr. George prides himself in learning something new with each and every patient he treats.
Caroline Jung, Dipl. Ac., MSOM
After earning a Psychology degree from the University of Memphis, Caroline moved to Chicago to attend the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. There, she received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. In the years since, Caroline has trained with some of the most prominent teachers in the field of East Asian Medicine, including Dr. Huang Huang, Giovanni Maciocia, and Sharon Weizenbaum. Caroline is a nationally board certified acupuncturist and is licensed by the state of Illinois. She is the President Emeritus of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Caroline has practiced for many years in the Chicagoland area, including Children’s Memorial Hospital, Women’s Healthcare Partners of IL gynecology group and Tiffani Kim Institute. She presents lectures and workshops on various topics and her writings have been featured in both local and national publications for Western health care providers. She is a contributing author of the book
“Fit Nurse: Your Total Plan for Getting Fit and Living Well”.
Caroline’s passion for women’s health includes a specialty in fertility. Her practice also includes treatments for men’s health, digestive disorders, pain management, psycho-emotional disorders, addictions, weight loss, diabetes, and much more.
Along with East Asian Medicine therapies, Caroline incorporates a variety of healing techniques and traditions into her care for her patients. She has studied and practiced yoga for over 17 years. Meditation and mindfulness are crafts that Caroline continues to cultivate for her own personal and professional growth. Yoga along with meditation and mindfulness are some of the supportive and enriching techniques she incorporates into treatments plans. Caroline strongly believes in educating her patients, so that they may take charge of their own health and wellness beyond treatment rooms.