Meet The Doctors
Founder & Chiropractic Internist
Dr. VanWormer-Hartman specializes in personalized, lifestyle (functional) medicine that has profound effects against the health challenges patients face today. She founded Therapeutic Health to fill a missing piece in medicine, recognizing the global challenges and limitations of the current healthcare system. Disease burdens arise not only from infectious pathogens, but also from the impact of our food and lifestyle choices. Many patients come to her after being in pain for years; They are confused about their options or next steps. Dr. VanWormer-Hartman is quick to educate and recommend a natural but effective treatment plan for her patients, putting their minds at ease. She has over ten years of experience assisting the body in the healing process. She finds joy in empowering her patients to take control of their health and find effective ways to restore balance in their lives through dietary changes, structural corrections, and evidence-based stress management strategies. Dr. VanWormer-Hartman is a magna cum laude graduate from the National University of Health Sciences and received her Board Certification from the American Council of Chiropractic Internists and American Board of Clinical Nutritionists. She is a certified NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) practitioner. She is also trained in traditional chinese medicine and acupuncture. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) from the National University of Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. VanWormer-Hartman resides in Clarendon Hills, IL with her family. She enjoys running and spending time with her husband, two children, and soft-coat wheaten terrier.
Dr. Pencek is passionate about holistic healthcare. He attended Augustana College for a Bachelor of Arts and Trinity School of Nursing for a Bachelor of nursing. He trained as a chiropractor at National University of Health Sciences where he graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine. He also attended Olivet Nazarene for a degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. He has been working in healthcare for the past 8 years. His outlook on medicine changed 2 years into working in psychiatric medicine. Modern medicine works at creating solutions to problems by masking the underlying issue. Dr. Pencek realized this way to treat people could not be sustained long term. He changed his mindset on how medicine should be practiced and set out to find an alternative to the current paradigm. Currently he uses intravenous nutrients, injection therapies (i.e. neural therapy, perinural injection therapy, and prolozone) and bioidentical hormone therapy to treat chronic and acute conditions. His other interests include exercise, cooking and taking his jeep through treacherous conditions.
Dr. Peyton Habenicht is the newest addition to the Therapeutic Health team as a Chiropractic Physician. Though originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Dr. Habenicht moved to the western suburbs to attend National University of Health Science Chiropractic Medicine Program. During her time there, she pursued an internship at Therapeutic Health and is now enthusiastic to be a part of the team. Prior to Chiropractic school, Dr. Habenicht attended Montreat College in North Carolina on a Soccer Scholarship, where she also received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pre-Medical Studies and a double minor in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. At just 14 years old, Dr. Habenicht developed a passion for Chiropractic Medicine and decided this field was her future. As a committed soccer player, Dr. Habenicht was always searching for real health solutions instead of medication for her injuries. In high school, she sought out Chiropractic Care for a severe ankle sprain. After a few months she no longer had ankle pain or weakness, hip pain, GERD symptoms or debilitating migraines. She returned to the field without a single reoccurrence of these issues throughout her travel soccer, high school, college and adult league careers. In light of her successful experience, she then asked to observe her Chiropractic Physician who later offered her an assistant position at his office. This opportunity amplified her enthusiasm and opened her eyes to the vast scope of Chiropractic. Dr. Habenicht continues to dedicate her studies to learning more in the fields of internal medicine, functional medicine, pregnancy and pediatric care, nutrition, and various soft tissue manipulation techniques. Dr. Habenicht is certified in Functional Movement Taping, Active Release Technique, Acupuncture, and Webster Technique. Her other interests include: hiking with her dog Hunter, playing soccer, learning how to golf with her boyfriend, and attending church.