Despite the research that validates the effectiveness of chiropractic care, the chiropractic profession is viewed by many with skepticism. One reason is the fear that once you start seeing a chiropractor, you will have to commit to long term treatment, or you will be pressured to continue with treatment after the pain subsides.
Dr’s. Stephen and Kenneth Pennell have over 65 years combined experience in providing convenient, affordable and mainstream chiropractic care. They have been serving residents of Cranberry Township, Mars, Zelienople, Wexford and the surrounding communities since 1981. Their focus is on short term treatment with the goal of getting you out of pain and back to doing the things you enjoy in the shortest time possible.
Dr. Stephen J. Pennell
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help people. My original career choice was to be a Special Needs Teacher. A major health event that happened to my Mom changed the course of my life.
While attending Slippery Rock State College, my Mom was plagued by a very painful lower back condition. Unaware of Chiropractic, she sought her physician for advice and treatment. He felt the source of her pain was female problems and sent her to a surgeon. He came to the conclusion that surgery would solve her problem. A hysterectomy was performed, and upon recovery from the surgery her back pain worsened. In desperation she sought care from a local Chiropractor. She found complete relief from her lower back pain within a couple of weeks. She found relief, and I found a new career path.
After graduation from Sherman College, I set up practice in Cranberry Township in June of 1981. Since then we have worked successfully with thousands of patients. Our goal then and now is to give excellent service. Give patients what they are looking for…convenient, affordable, top shelf health care. Patients get the relief they are looking for without high pressure. No harsh treatment plans, or expensive health care. We treat patients in the manner that we would want to be treated!
I have been married for 29 years to my best friend Durelle. She is our office manager and billing assistant. I was blessed with three great children. My daughter Lauren (26) is living in South Carolina with her husband Seth. My son Paul (23) is living in Cranberry Township. My youngest son Dan (18) lives with us.
My hobbies are varied and are all in the outdoors. I have been a runner since 1974. I bicycle (Rails to Trails), horseback ride, and hike with my Aussie Jackson. My wife is my outdoor buddy with all these activities. My family worships at Harmony / Zelie United Methodist Church. I am a Worship Leader, sing in the choir, and serve on the SPPRC Committee. I serve on my local community’s Planning Commission (Lancaster Township).
I take my health very seriously. I run with Durelle to maintain my cardio vascular health. My wife and I have incorporated bicycling, and hiking (with our Aussie Jackson) into the mix. We work out aerobically at least 3 to 5 times a week. I work out an-aerobically also. I try to do my best with proper eating habits, and add nutritional supplementation into the mix. I get seen by my M.D. on a regular basis. My active lifestyle requires Chiropractic care to keep me functioning at a tip top level.
Since 1981, we have helped thousands reach and meet their health care needs. Why suffer needlessly, when relief is just a phone call away? Give the office a call, and get started living a less pain free life!!
Dr. Kenneth E. Pennell
“What the heck is a chiropractor?” That was my reaction when my mom announced to the family that she was taking a job with a local chiropractor. I was 16 at the time and little did I know that her taking that job would influence my career choice and forever change my view of health and how the body functions.
I suffered from chronic tension and migraine headaches following a bad fall as a child. Medically I was told “learn to live with them.” Having seen patients benefit from chiropractic adjustments, my mom took me to the chiropractor to have my spine examined. He explained the injury years earlier resulted in several misaligned vertebrae in my neck which were pinching nerves. After receiving chiropractic adjustments, I have been headache free ever since. That experience led me to pursue a career in chiropractic.
After completing my undergraduate studies, I attended and received my doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. I chose Sherman College because of their focus on the chiropractic adjustment. From the first day of classes through graduation, there is a strong emphasis on teaching students to deliver a quality adjustment.
Getting relief from the headaches taught me that health comes from within. I tried drugs and they didn’t work. I think as a society we rely too much on drugs and surgery that have associated risks and side effects. There is a time and place for that but it should not be the first line of treatment when conservative measures like chiropractic are available.
My wife Lori and I, along with our daughter Nicole, reside in Seven Fields. I was a charter member of the Cranberry Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Cranberry Jaycees. It is important to me to be involved in the community where I work and live. I also serve on our National Chiropractic Board as an examiner and on their Ethics and Boundaries panel. In my free time I enjoy music, playing one of my guitars, golf, attending Steeler games and spending time with my family.
Being a chiropractor is a very strenuous occupation. I still rely on chiropractic adjustments to keep me functioning well. I exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle. I think as a doctor you need to practice what you preach and set a good example for your patients.
Today I look at the headaches as a blessing. They gave me the unique perspective of understanding what it is like to live in pain. They also led me to dedicate my life to helping others rediscover lost health through chiropractic. I have great empathy for people in pain and I know what it feels like to lose hope. I’m here to let you know that help is available. I look forward to meeting you.