Success Stories



Lynne Bellemare Testimonial


Noreen Bordeau Testimonial


Chris Sgobbo Testimonial


Michelle Lipka Testimonial


Lyn Laudenberger Testimonial


Chuck Dortenzio Testimonial


Noreen Bordeau Testimoniala


Peter Polanski Testimonial


Lauren Marziarze Testimonial


Linda Collins Testimonial


Jeremy Deme Testimonial


Domina Marmaduke Testimonial


Robert’s Success


Michelle’s Success

I first started coming into the Raya Clinic in October of this year with many complaints. I had horrible headaches with a feeling of pressure behind my eye. I also had severe TMJ and neck pain that traveled down my right arm. I was under a lot of stress and was taking Ibuprophen daily to deal with the pain. I had not sought help from any other physician and the pain was not getting any better. One day at choir practice, a friend said how she was seeing Dr. Raya and getting great results. She was out of pain and dealing with her stress much better. So I decided to come in and see if they could help me. Since I began treatment at the Raya clinic consisting of chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatments, my TMJ pain is almost gone, my neck and arm are feeling much better and I am off all of my pain medication. I am also sleeping much better which means that I am dealing with my stress much better.


Karen’s Testimonial


Justin’s Detox Testimonial


Dennis’s Success


Raya clinic is a place of hope. The staff is awesome and treat you as a human being and they understand your pain. When we discover Raya clinic it change my life and our family and give us hope for my Husband Health. Words can’t describe how lucky we are that we found this clinic to help my husband Chronic pain he was feeling for the last 7 Years and 3 Months. Thank You

-Anonymous


Spinal Question Mark

My name is Jeremy Deme and I started coming to the Raya Clinic several months ago. I’ve had chronic pain in my back after injuring myself, and my spine started to look more like a question mark.  I’d be walking and my posture started to slump over and the pain got increasingly more uncomfortable.  It got to the point where I would have pain shooting down my leg and sciatic nerve.  It became excruciatingly painful to walk, to sit still, to move, to get up, and to lift anything. It started to get to the point where it was not only affecting the quality of my life but the life of my family.  My wife and I started looking in to options to try and fix this.  It just got so excruciatingly painful we decided we couldn’t keep going on that way.  So the first option was obviously physical therapy. So, I went and did that and it didn’t do a whole lot for me. Then I started working the surgical route, and the more and more we investigated that the more we found what high risk there were.  Between paralysis and excruciating pain and lack of results, even death. Here I am in my mid 20’s, and instead of planning vacations I’m looking into life insurance and making sure all of my affairs are in order, it’s ridiculous. To say I was scared would be an understatement. Then on the recommendation of a friend I came to the Raya Clinic. My wife said, “you’ve got to commit to this, you’ve got to commit to this.” To make her happy I said, “Alright, alright Ill do it.”  I inquired about this spinal decompression that doctor Raya offers, I thought what the heck I have nothing to lose and she ended up putting me on the table. After some time I started to feel a difference. I started to feel less pressure in my back and less numbness in my toes. The excruciating feeling that made it painful to walk started to dissipate.  Just the gift of being able to walk to and from your mail box, then being able to walk further down the street, being able to go for a hike, being able to hold my wife’s hand, being able to know that I’m not going to have surgery, that I’m not going to be dead in my mid 20’s… you cant put a price on that. The ability to see my wife happier, to have a better quality of life, to be more physically active, even seeing yourself in the mirror and having more self respect for yourself as you see yourself standing upright. You can’t put a price on what Dr. Raya and the Raya Clinic has given me. They’ve given me my life back. Ill be eternally grateful for that, Ill forever be a patient here and now my wife too is a patient here. This has saved my life and our marriage.

– Jeremy Deme


A Life Change

I started coming to the Raya Clinic 10/6/08 upon from the advice of my PCP, Pulmonary Specialist for severe neck pain, and the onset of hip and radiating pain down the back of my legs. I had concerns about extended use of NSAIDS for chronic pain, and was starting to occasionally take pain medication. I asked my physician about alternative treatment methods.  I had also attended traditional physical therapy. These were all temporary fixes and I wanted to do something which would enhance my functional abilities, and not accept living with chronic pain, or dependent on pain medication.
I learned about the Raya clinic through friends from church, and decided to make an appointment. After almost 6 months of treatment I can say with certainty this was the best decision I made. Here is a summary of my progress. My chronic neck pain has decreased significantly, and I have range of motion now and can turn my head. No more hip or leg pain. And, the unexpected benefit is no more asthma symptoms. I have not taken any asthma preventative medications, or used an inhaler in over 3 months. At my last Internist visit, my physician could not believe how clear my lungs and respiratory system sounded. I am 47 almost 48 years old, and have had asthma all my life. This is a great feeling not to be dependent on asthma medications. He also commented on my weight loss, and that my face did not look so strained, and  to keep up with the Chiropractor’s treatments. I have had a 15 pound weight loss. How did I get to this place less than 6 months later?   Starting with adjustments and traction 3 times per week, then 2 times per week, and now I am down to 1 time per week.  I take a 4 mile walk 3-4 times a week with my husband, and have energy to keep up with my very active 12 year old daughter.   Now, that the chronic pain is not a main focus of my life, I have started with healthy eating habits and started taking vitamin supplements Dr. Raya recommended to me a few months ago. And, I am also attending acupuncture 2 times per month   This was a huge step for me! Through out my life I have felt like a pin cushion taking allergy tests and shots. The acupuncture treatment is simple and when I am through with those sessions any anxiety, or fatigue is gone.  A great feeling!   Thank you Dr. Raya and the rest of the Raya staff for your kindness, compassion and genuine goal to have your patients live life pain free, and encouraging us to return to living active healthy lives with joy!

– Melissa Burke


A Raya Clinic Family

Thank you so much for recognizing the kids and me this month! We were so surprise and happy. I have been coming to the Raya Clinic for over ten years now. I can’t believe how time flies! it started with me coming to get some relief from chronic eat infections that I have suffered from since birth. I was very skeptical and made that known. When Dr. Raya adjusted me that day, I immediately felt my ear drain. I remember thinking it was the strangest sensation. I’m proud to say I have not had an ear infection since! The Raya Clinic continued treating me. I discovered I had scoliosis which accounted for pain I had suffered all my life. I had acupuncture for fertility problems and allergies. I have also been treated for Crohn’s Disease and Fibromyalgia. Once I was pregnant with my first child, I was able to successfully continue walking to the end of my pregnancy even thought I was told my whole life that I would be wheel-chair bound if I ever got pregnant. Once my son was born, Dr. Raya treated him when he was less than a week old. He had bad reflux and was very colicky. He never took all the medications I was told he would have to be on. Dr. Raya also adjusted my daughter her first week of life as well. My daughter is now being seen for childhood migraines. They were coming so frequently that she was spending a lot of time in bed and she is only 5. Since her second adjustment, she has yet to have another one. She is back to being a healthy, happy kindergartener. I can’t imagine how my health or my children’s health would be without the Raya Clinic. Everyone there is like family. I send my family, my ex-husband, my nephew and my mother as well. I always encourage friends and family to seek support from the Raya Clinic. They have always been there for the health of me and my family and we are proud to say we are a Raya Clinic Family.

– Rayla, Bradshaw and Kennedy Mattson


A Trio of Health

Unbearable pain from a recurring back problem led me to the Raya Clinic in November 2002. Being a veteran of chiropractic care, I had no doubt that adjustments would ease my physical pain, but I was not prepared for the fringe benefits I would receive under Dr. Raya’s care. Like many baby-boomers, I juggle a career and am a primary caregiver for an aging parent. Additionally, in the last six years, I lost my brother to cancer, assisted my sister in her struggle to recover from a stroke and dealt with a host of other family illnesses and crisis’s. These life-altering events left me drained, frustrated, quick to anger, and basically out of control. My coping skills were severely compromised to say the least. The stress was overwhelming and I had little hope left. Through treatment, I came face to face with the reality that I was so involved in my family’s care that I neglected to care for myself in the process. The gentle. loving, attentive, reassuring manner in which they administered chiropractic, therapeutic care became the catalyst that ultimately caused me to take an audit of my life and evaluate the path I was on. I needed to make changed, but how? At Dr. Raya’s suggestion, acupuncture was added to my treatment to balance my energy, ease my stress and overcome this feeling of despair. Skeptical but willing to try anything, I went along. After a few weeks, I began to feel happy, almost euphoric, in spite of the fact that my job and family responsibilities remained status quo. I sleep better, I’m calmer, more approachable, and I am pain free. I have a positive outlook on life again and I smile a lot more. Nutritional supplements , minor changes in my diet, and exercise were recently added to my care plan and I feel better than I ever thought possible. Thank you to Dr. Raya and the staff for giving me my life back. Because of you, I am in a much better place physically and emotionally, and I can celebrate the joy of living once again! To anyone in a caregiver role, pay attention to your symptoms and take time to care for yourself. You owe it to your self and the people you care for to be the best you can be. The Raya Clinic offers the pathway to achieve this goal through the triune of care – Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Nutrition.

– Lynn Daigle


For All Ages

I was first recommended to the Raya Clinic by someone who lives in the Southington community. They themselves had never been, but had met Dr. Raya and thought that maybe her practice would be able to help. At this time I was suffering from many physical ailments and an overall “lousy” feeling. I had a continuous very intense pain in my neck and shoulders, which really interfered with my day-to-day life. I suffered from constant headaches with about 3 migraines a week and my allergies caused me to always be congested. I had very muffled hearing out of my right ear, sometimes no hearing at all, and it had been getting worse over the past 7 years. I had accepted the fact that I would never have good hearing in that ear ever again. My life was also suffering from having no energy at all! I constantly felt lethargic and unmotivated, but at the same time, I was unable to sleep – I was lucky if I had 4 hours of sleep (and that wasn’t continuous!) a night. I am in my mid-twenties and didn’t want to accept that this is how I would feel the rest of my life! I tried anything and everything before coming to the Raya Clinic. I went to many doctors and specialists for my headaches, but all they could do was diagnose me for migraines (which I knew I already suffered from) and prescribe medication which most of the time made me feel awful and just turned the migraine into a bad headache, but didn’t get rid of it. I was taking so much of this medication and relying on bottles and bottles of Advil to get me through my life! As for my neck and shoulder pain I also went to several doctors and specialists and countless Chiropractors and tried physical therapy and massages, but NOTHING helped. The intense pain was always there! I never had even the smallest results. The pain in my neck triggered my migraines and it caused me great discomfort at night (I must have tried 50 different pillows in my life – no lie!) which interfered with my sleep, so I was stuck in this horrible circle where one problem fed into another problem and round and round it went! As for my hearing, well I went to so many doctors and specialists over the past 7 years and tried everything, each time ending with the same line, “Well, I don’t know what the problem is; I guess you are just going to have to live with it.” This got my mom very frustrated and upset, but I just gave up. My mom constantly wanted to find out what was going on, she didn’t think it was right for someone as young as me to loose my hearing for no reason at all, but I admitted defeat and learned to cope and live with it. I first came to the Raya Clinic in July of 2008, and Dr. Raya had outlined a “wellness program” that would take me through the next year of my life. I was very skeptical at first – I mean everything else I had ever tried ended up in total failure! I made a pact with myself to stick with this program and really give it a shot. After a few weeks of treatment with Dr. Tim, Dr. Curtiss and the entire team in the physical therapy department I began to think for the first time, this may work! They are all very kind and genuinely care about your success and overall well being – they want you to feel your best! Since beginning the program about 7 months ago, I rarely suffer from headaches and when I do get one, I can get through it without turning to Advil or harsh prescription medicines! My neck and shoulder pain is dramatically better and I now sleep comfortably (thanks to my adjustments and wonderful pillow from the Raya Clinic) for a full 7-8 hours straight every night!!! My overall health and energy has improved ten-fold! Best of all, I have gained my hearing back!!! I was so surprised – one day I thought, “Wow I can hear much better than yesterday” and it continued to get better. It is safe to say that I regained my hearing by receiving Chiropractic adjustments! My life has improved very dramatically since first walking into Raya Clinic. I feel great! I never dreamed that I would feel this good, but I do. Thank you all so much!! Bettering my Life.

– Michelle


My Back Goes Out More Than I Do

I first came to Raya Clinic in November 1996, Wow that’s 14 years ago.I was a driver for a cab and limo company. Driving all day and putting luggage in and out of a car all day was really doing a number on my back. I had gone to a different doctor before, but decided to change doctors. I liked the fact that Dr. Raya also did acupuncture, nutrition, and C.R.A  “My Back goes out more then I do” on many occasions, my lower back would tighten up so much that it would be very hard to walk or move and i would use crutches just to get around. Dr. Raya would tell me what she would have to do to get me in motion again. After an adjustment, therapy , and walking around with that weird looking contraption, i was able to carry the crutches without using them.  They even named a procedure after me! they call it “The Ivan.” That’s when you get 8 pads instead of 4. It has been determined that i have Scoliosis, i am very grateful that they use the 8 pads due to the muscles tightening up so much.  Acupuncture About 3 years ago i talked to Dr. Raya about quitting smoking. I was smoking almost two and a half packs a day and after just one long session of acupuncture i was down to half a pack a day for two weeks and then i got on the patch for two months with continued acupuncture sessions. It will be 3 years at the end of January and i still cannot stand the smell of cigarettes. Cleanse Program After quitting smoking, I put on some weight and Dr. Raya got me started on the Cleansing Program. After about 4 weeks i have lost 20 lbs. I still have a long way to go, but what i like about this program is that you really do get results. It is about changing the way you choose the foods you eat and staying away from processed foods. Dr. Raya and her staff have helped me change my life for the better. i guess that’s why i still come back for more after 14 years. Thank you for reading my Success Story

– Ivan


Gena’s Success

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek health?
November 4th, 2010 I wanted to quit smoking. I have been smoking for 36 years, 2 packs a day.

What else had you tried before visiting Raya Clinic and what were the results?
For smoking i tried hypnosis, cold turkey, the patch, and Chantex. I was still smoking 2 packs a day. Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic? I had Acupuncture done and have not had a cigarette since then and I don’t miss it.

How has this changed your life?
I can breath easier and move easier, so my dog and I go on long walks every day.

– Gena


Daily Migraines for 13 1/2 Years GONE!

When Did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Well I first came in on October 3, 2008. I was at the Apple Harvest and had a spinal check. My husband was sick and tired of me having my migraine headaches. He said to go check it out. So I did and found out that there was a lot wrong with me. My whole spine was out of whack.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e. other doctors, physical therapy, massage, etc…) and what were the results?
I have tried OBGYN, massages but nothing would work. My headaches and pain would always come back, even worse. I have tried all headache medications even Topamax. The Topamax wouldn’t even get rid of my headaches completely. All the Doctors would say there is nothing wrong with me and say here take this.

Describe your success since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Well to begin with the Spinal Scan that was done on the 3rd of October showed a lot of black that went off the paper. I came to the clinic 3 times a week. But before I came to the clinic I lived with very severe headaches and was in pain for 13 1/2 years. But in 1 month’s time I have only had two headaches and the pain is almost gone completely. It is so nice to be able to enjoy my kids and my husband without a headaches and pain. My 4 week spinal scan had showed almost everything white.

How has this changed your life?
Dr. Stacey Raya and her staff have been able to give me and my family the person I should be, happy! They have also given me my life back without headaches and pain. My husband and children thank you all very much. They are glad they have their wife and mom back to normal. I would also like to say the staff at the Raya Clinic is wonderful and very helpful. I do realize I still have a lot of work that needs to be done in my wellness but right now I’m so thankful to all of you for giving me my life back. I can’t thank you enough for taking my case. I can now enjoy my family. Thank you so very much again. Thank you,

– Angela Duthiewicz Robert


Intense Neck Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Came in on 6/20/08 and my complaint was intense neck pain and lower back pain.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e. other doctors, physical therapists, massage, etc…) and what were the results?
I have been to the other doctors and physical therapists but never got to a point of little or no pain like I have received here. They took time to find out my concerns and have given me my life back. Thanks. Describe your success since beginning care at the Raya Clinic. I walk better, I sleep better with very little or no pain. Overall, I feel GREAT! I DO NOT need the pills that hide the pain just so I could get through the day.

How has this changed your life?
I can wake up in the morning without the pain that I used to go through. Thanks Raya Clinic Team. You are great and I thank you.

– Michelle


So many reliefs

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I came to the Raya Clinic because I was having chest pains.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic?
I went to the hospital and had a battery of tests (catscans, stress test, etc.) The hospital ruled out any internal organ issues and indicated that it must be muscularskeletal.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic
I have been going to the Raya Clinic for abvout a year. My chest pain went away pretty much immediately. I also do not have sinus infections (was having them several times a year), not getting sick anywhere’s near as often, I am sleeping much better, have more energy, and have lost 30 pounds. I now understand how connected the spine is to everything your body. It makes a lot of sense. I feel as if I am not only improving my current health but also preventing many future problems. How has this changed your life? I have a whole new outlook on health. I always thought of a doctor as someone you go to when you are sick. They prescribe medicine for your issue and you go on your way. The doctors at the Raya Clinic don’t just look at your current issue. They try to understand everything about your daily routines (including exercise, sleeping and eating habits) and all your symptoms by asking comprehensive questions. They really listen to me and make suggestions to improve my entire wellbeing.

 


Back Pain

Yesterday was my very first time ever being in Chiropractic Office. Was recommended by my best friend Halina K….who is no stranger to this Clinic for long time and she was the one who told me to try it and I will love it. The Chiropractor help her and she is coming back if necessary. She was right.. The stuff, beginning from the desk, greats you with a smile and every one in there is extremely helpful..They told me how to sign in and what to do. I bet you, by Wednesday I will forget LOL but I know I will be help. Today 6-26-15 literally I spoke with Dr. Stacey K. Raya.. What a lovely Doctor she is and great personality too. Dr. Raya who went over with me, my x rays, explain my back situation and etc.. which I WAS NOT rushed from the office until I understand and have no more questions. Love, love that. Thank you. I was also give an insert by the Doctor Raya to my sandal (will need few more for other shoes lol) I need to tell you I walk so much better and straight so my back tonight is NOT hurting me like it use to. I walk with a walker which make it difficult. I DID NOT know that my operated (knee, 7 times ) is 1 inch longer than the other leg and no wonder I was walking crooked, constantly tripping over, falling down and my back was of the wack, my hip was always hurting me and why I was never told that by knee Doctor??? is a mystery to me. I was in a excruciating pain for so long (make that 5 years) Please trust and believe me that I was sick of being sick…The insert work like a charm and guess what, I even receive a phone call this evening to check on me how I am feeling after today Chiropractor visit which they work on on my back. This is what I call a friendly Clinic who have a Big Heart for people in pain. from now on I will recommend RAYA CLINIC to everyone who have pain. Thank you and I will see you there very often. Everyone, wonderful job. With the bottom of my heart, Teresa Mucha saying Thank you.

— Teresa Mucha


Back Pain

My name is Chuck Dortenzio, I am here to give a testimonial to The Raya Clinic, to the treatment I have gotten at The Raya Clinic, how I got here, and how they have changed my life. I started here about three years ago. Came in doubled over and I remember it very distinctly because the power was out and they took care of me anyway. It was right after a storm and I had hurt my back and I was folded up and I couldn’t get anywhere. So I came in and Dr. Raya put me on a plan to get me on the right path and it helped me immensely. Unfortunately, I fell into one of the big pitfalls that many patients of chiropractic care fall into. I felt better so I stopped coming and it took a little bit of time but over a period of time my back got worse and worse. I wasn’t paying any attention to it. I wasn’t doing any exercises to strengthen it. I hit a very bad wall. I came in one day folded up in tons and tons of pain not even realizing how bad the pain was. I actually passed out while I was here and they took care of me and got me back on the right path. The treatment has been fantastic and it always continues to be. The best part of the whole thing is that nobody has ever said I told you so. They have always done a great job at taking care of me. They keep gentle encouragement to keep me coming in. They do a great job. I am in the best shape I have ever been in. I would encourage anybody to come in and get checked out. Maybe you don’t need the full care, maybe you just need weekly or monthly care. But get yourself into maintenance get your back healthy because when you lose it you can’t get it back.

— Chuck Dortenzio


Back, Shoulder, Neck pain

Dr. Raya asks “So Lauren why did you come into our office?” I had been having several months of back pain and shoulder/neck pain and I have been to chiropractors before just not at this office. I really just felt like I needed an adjustment. My back and shoulders were very tight and there were knots everywhere. I needed relief. I was on vacation before I started here. I had a horrible time because I just couldn’t get comfortable. I was in pain the whole time. Dr. Raya asks “Were you taking any medications for the pain” Yes all day long I was taking Advil, Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Aleve and I couldn’t get through the day without having a patch on my back and it was only temporary relief. I wasn’t able to sleep. I lost my appetite; it was really poor because I was in pain all the time. Before I went on vacation I made an appointment to come here. And I also had my primary care appointment that same day. I went to my primary care appointment first then I came into your clinic. First my primary care provider didn’t want me to go to chiropractic. But I knew that I had been in the past and it did help me. I wanted to give it shot because I really felt like I need an adjustment. I came in and I had x-rays and everything and when I finally went over everything with you I felt optimistic that I would have relief soon. Unfortunately I was coming three days a week for a couple of months. I wasn’t getting any relief. I was still periodically, not as often, taking the pain medication. I did end up, from taking so much pain medication, I was having internal bleeding. I was aggressively losing weight I thought that was just part of my pain because I wasn’t eating a lot. Finally Dr. Raya said to have an MRI of my neck, a possible bulging disc. When I went for the MRI they discovered I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. From there I did my chemo treatments and it was about six months and afterwards I came back for more chiropractic. I have been coming once a week since August. It has really helped me get stronger along with exercise and eating right to get my flexibility back and keep myself healthy. “The Raya Clinic saved my life!”

— Lauren


Shoulder Pain

My name is Lyn Laudenberger and I have been coming to The Raya Clinic for about two years. And it was two years ago in February, I fell asleep one night watching television and the next morning when I woke up I had severe knots on both sides of my shoulders. So I said, “oh my goodness I need a chiropractor”. So I went online and I found about three or four and I checked them all out on their websites. I chose The Raya Clinic because they had excellent hours; they are open six days a week. I thought, oh my gosh 9-6 and they close a few hours in the afternoon, and then on Saturday morning is just fabulous. So I called and they were able to see me that day. I started getting some treatments and they showed me the proper way to sleep at night and the type pillow to use. I do have very bad scoliosis so all those things helped. And in May of that year I had my annual checkup with my doctor and I was horrified to find out I had very high cholesterol. I think it was 257. So he said he “You need to take Lipitor”. I was thinking, “That is not a good drug to take.” I remembered Dr. Raya offers weight loss and detox programs so I immediately came here and met with her and started the weight loss and detox programs and got some vitamins that she thought would be beneficial for me. And within three months I had dropped my cholesterol about 70 points. So I was just amazed how well that worked and I lost weight. There is a vibrational machine here that I started using and that increased my bone density, so that was exciting. And I always just thought of the chiropractor as just doing things for the back. One time at the gym I pulled a hamstring and thought I would have to see a physical therapist. But when I came here for my back they said “Oh we can help you with that” and they showed me stretching exercises for the hamstring. I had stimulation and ultrasound and that worked really nicely. Another time I fell and sprained my ankle. Again I didn’t have to go see a physical therapist, they were able to show me some exercise to do, stimulation, ice and ultrasound. This was very nice. I have been very happy. I have tried acupuncture, and I think from the website the first things that caught my eye was the diversity of all the items that they offer here. It has been a fabulous experience. All of the doctors here are generally concerned for each person they see and I highly recommend anyone to come in and meet the staff here and the doctors.

— Lyn Laudenberger


Knee Pain

I am Lynne Bellemare and I came to The Raya Clinic probably four years ago. I had some knee pain and I believe in chiropractic adjustments and the work that they do. I came here but I wouldn’t let anyone touch me because I was afraid. Then maybe a year later I came back with some hip pain. I still wouldn’t let anyone touch me. I had an ultrasound done, I let that go on. I had an x-ray taken and it showed some things there and showed some things on my neck. So I came back two years later or something like that. The first person to adjust my neck was Dr. Raya. I was terrified. I was really scared. But I felt the support of the staff and the other doctors, the other chiropractors and they just energetically, I felt held. I didn’t feel rushed. I let her do it. That was huge for me to be able to trust like that. I felt better. I have been coming every week and I get adjusted and my neck gets adjusted. I actually am not afraid anymore. I look forward to coming. It feels good. I always feel better leaving then when I came.

— Lynne Bellemare


Asthma

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I first came to Raya Clinic June 18th, 2012. I have had severe asthma attacks since I was 4 weeks old and I needed a Nebulizer almost every month. I have always had ear infections since i was about 6 months old. With my seasonal allergies I was always congested which didn’t help my asthma or my ears.

What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic?
I have been on an inhaler and a nebulizer.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Since coming to Dr. Raya I only use my nebulizer or inhaler once or twice a year and my pediatrician is thinking of taking me off the inhaler. Since I lost my ear tubes I have not had any ear infections even with a normal cold.

 


Low Back Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
April 2012. I have had lower back pain since November 2011, August 2011 I overweight and had bad health habits. It was very severe, I was on the verge of not being able to walk.

What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic?
I went to a Neurologist and i got worse instead of better.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I have almost no back pain anymore.

– Domina Marmaduke


Extreme pain in Lower Back and Leg

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help? I first came to Raya Clinic in the Fall of 2012 for extreme pain in my lower back and leg from an injury at home – unable to ambulate a walker. What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic. I did not try anything else. Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic. I was told that decompression would help me and that i was a candidate for the spine MED machine. Treatments were painless and it worked for me. I will still come for maintenance and check ups. I feel good, actually much better. – Phyllis Fagan


Mid and Lower Back Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I first came to Raya Clinic July 28, 2003. I was having mid and lower back pain, a herniated disc’s, sciatic nerve pain. I was injured on the job May 03, 2013, a patient fell on me causing my body to twist unexpectedly. Extremely severe pain was felt. I could barely walk without crying or move about as I usually did. I also have scoliosis.

What have you tried before coming to Raya Clinic?
I was sent to a clinic for workers comp and immediately given pain pills and muscle relaxers. Physical therapy was also prescribed. Physical therapy only aggravated my pain. the Physiatrist wanted me to have a spinal nerve block procedure and this was to be done as a series of three times, with no guarantee of relief.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
My back pain is not a severe and less frequent. The pain in my leg happens less often and I feel healthier.

– Daria C


Can not walk

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Well my symptoms were pain in my lower back and down my legs. I could not walk at all. I was dragging both feet behind me as I was walking. So I was looking for a miracle here at Raya’s clinic and I found it My diagnosis was that it was impossible to operate on me at all from any doctor that I saw including my family doctor. So there for I was looking find some way of being able to walk again without any pain what so ever. I did talk to other doctors about this. My limitations were not able to walk that was number one. Number 2, I couldn’t do my stretching exercises. They were so bad that I would have pain in my back and my legs

What other treatment options had you considered?
Well I saw two specialists out in Hartford. Doctors that actually operate on backs and they told me that they would not operate on me at all because I would probably come out worse then when I came in.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I feel 100% better 100% better because I could not walk at all and using this SpineMED really and truly put me back on my feet. I can walk that’s number one, I can throw a tennis ball, and I can throw a football, which I couldn’t do before. I can even roller-skate, but the doctor told me not to so I don’t anymore. My last treatment was approx 6 months ago. Since then I feel very good. I have had no problems at all. I take no pills, absolutely no medication, since I was on the SpineMED.

Conclusion
I am 85 years old. I came in here with Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc and a back that was solid bone. No flexibility at all. I feel that it’s like a miracle. It is a miracle. I feel like I’m about 22 years old. I can do all the things including dancing that I couldn’t do before.

– John LeConche


Bulging Disc

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
My injury started 23 years ago, actually 30 years ago when I started in the military jumping out of airplanes and riding around in armored vehicles, its accumulation of a lot of different stresses on my spine. My official diagnosis was a bulging disc at C7/T1 in my neck and of course it was putting a lot of pressure on the nerves going into my arm. I had extreme pain all the way through my right arm. My limitations were that I couldn’t write. Couldn’t write on chalkboard or whiteboard and that was difficult for me because I am a teacher and I have to write a lot

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
In the past I had a similar problem. About 20 years ago I had a bulging disc but it affected my left side. I went though a form of spinal decompression, back then it took about 2 months, 40 minutes a day. I got the same results with SpineMed in 21 sessions. And I’m back to 100%.

Would you recommend SpineMED to others?
Would I recommend SpineMED to others? I got to sleep, I got to use my hands, I’m back to where I was before my injury and I’m extremely happy with what SpineMED did. Of course I would recommend SpineMED to other people.

– John Durbin


Back Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
My problems started 12 maybe 13 years ago, from over working standing long hours, lifting heavy objects and just the repetition of walking on hard concrete. It just wore my lower back down. My pain level was always over a 10 and my heel was constantly numb. It was hard to even move.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
Before I visited Dr. Raya, I saw many different Rheumatologists who each prescribed heavy medications, which just masked the pain, and didn’t help my condition at all. When my last medical doctor prescribed me more Percocet and Vicodin I decided to seek alternative help. My pain used to prevent me from having a normal life. My lower back hurt so intensely and my foot was so numb I could barely roll out of bed in the morning. I couldn’t perform or enjoy any of the things that I liked to do.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
While receiving treatment on the SpineMED table I felt very relaxed, comfortable, and fell asleep many times. After my first few weeks of Decompression treatment I was actually able to jump up off the table and finish each day pain free. I just moved into a new home and opened my business, which in the past would have killed me. This year I feel great! SpineMED really has helped me get back to living and enjoying my life again.

– Christine Savio-Heslin


Neck and Shoulder Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I came to Raya Clinic in August 2003. I had neck and shoulder pain. It started from a fall in a store. It was severe pain which made it difficult to sleep

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I had been to physical therapy for this problem. They were short term results. I had corisone injections several times with therapy. There would be relief, but it would return.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I can no work and sleep comfortably. I feel much better. I was in fairly constant pain before coming to Raya Clinic.

– Phyllis Haly


Restless Leg Syndrome

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I have been a patient for many years. I recently started acupuncture for my Restless Leg Syndrome that started some months ago. I am not sure what the cause was. It was so sever that it would wake my wife up. I would have to sleep on the couch. So She could get some sleep.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I told my Orthopedic surgeon about it an he prescribed me medication. I had no results from it. I also tried sleeping with a pillow between my legs.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
With in a few weeks of treatments I notice it wasn’t as bad. It was getting better. Now I sleep though the night without bothering my wife. No more sleeping on the couch for me.

– Paul K


3 Compressure Fractures

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
May 2004, when a friend recommended that I see a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist. I fell and injured my back ( 3 compressure fractures.) This was the worst pain in my life. My doctor sent me to a physical therapist.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I saw a Physical Therapist. I did this for 5 months with no relief. I remember thinking if I have to be in this kind of pain forever, I just don’t think I want to live.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Not only did Dr. Raya and her staff give me back my life but helped me after a recent surgery. I had thyroid surgery. After I was home for a day and a half after surgery, my neck and shoulders got tight and hurt. I put ice packs on the back of my neck and shoulders but it didn’t help. I called Dr. Raya and told her what happened. I went to see Dr. Raya and after 1 treatment I was relieved of the pain and tightness, almost immediately. I was not surprised! I have learned more about my first injury and how to fix it. I recently found out that the reason my back kept hurting was because the exercise the physical therapist had me doing was aggravating my injury we were trying to fix.

How has this changed your life?
Dr. Raya gave me back my life, I am sure she is not aware of what she’s done for me. I can do almost everything I did before.

– Mary Cushman


Tendonitis

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
Mid May 2008. I Chose the Raya Clinic because of their informative website. It basically answered just about all my questions and explained all they had to offer. I sought acupuncture for what i thought was tendinitis in both arms. It has been an on going issue for about five years that flares up every golf season. It was so severe this year that it required me to wear tendon straps on both arms to play a round of golf or to sometimes even turn the page of a book.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
In the past I have been treated by two other chiropractors and an acupuncturist. My results with previous chiropractors and acupuncturist were minimal since they were only treating the affected areas and not the body as a whole. The pain returned with in a few weeks of treatment

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Since beginning acupuncture with Dr. Raya, I have now turned over all my chiropractic needs to her and her staff. I look forward to my weekly visit and have experience a sense of calmness that has been lacking from my hectic life. I have also begun wearing orthotics, which i had said earlier in life that i wouldn’t be caught dead wearing. Within less than a week of breaking them in i noticed that the twinge I’ve had in my knees for years is totally gone, as well as hip pain that i have had for about 20 years. Since wearing the orthotics during gold i have noticed that i don’t tire as easily during 18 holes and that my swing and balance have a better tempo/rhythm than previous. I have to credit the orthotics, chiropractic and acupuncture for shaving 2 strokes off my handicap!

How has this changed your life?
Thanks Raya Clinic for your vast knowledge and your enthusiastic desire to heal people from the inside out!

– Dawn C.


Back, Neck and Foot Injury

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I first came to the Raya Clinic March 29th 2002. I was in a car accident that resulted in back,neck and a foot injuries. I missed 6 weeks of work.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I did see other physicians and they only put me on pain medication and were unsure of what the real problem was.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
The MD’s I went to offered me only pain-killers and we didn’t know what was wrong. Since coming to the Raya Clinic, Dr. Raya has helped in every aspect of treatment. Thank you for my life back

How has this changed your life?
I have my life back.

– David O., Southington, CT


Neck Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I met Dr. Raya at the festival in Southington in Oct 09. I spoke with her in regards to neck pain I had been experiencing for well over a year. She invited me to visit the clinic for an evaluation.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e. other doctors, physical therapists, massage, etc…) and what were the results?
I was a skeptic, as over the past year and a half & had visited another Chiropractic office regularly, physical therapy, sent to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation a neurologist for a study, 2 different doctors who prescribed muscle relaxants and large amounts of Ibuprofen and several massages. Eventually I gave up on all and lived with the discomfort.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
Dr. Raya and her wonderful staff totally evaluated my entire spinal/body column.They assigned an entire treatment plan to me not only concerning my neck. Several issues were noted an addressed and after only 8 visits I am totally pain free in my neck which is extremely exciting!

How has this changed your life?
I have a whole new outlook. The clinic has changed my life. I have a new natural approach and have begun to bring my 4-year-old son, as he has asthma and they believe he can benefit from their expertise. I have to agree. Thank you all for helping me be pain free and healthy!

– Tori Smith, Southington, CT


High Cholesterol

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek health? February 2012 for severe pain in my shoulders and neck caused by knots which i caused by not sleeping correctly or using the right kind of pillow. What else had you tried before visiting Raya Clinic and what were the results? I have never had this happen before. Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic? June 2012 i met with Dr. Raya for nutritional counseling due to getting diagnosed with high cholesterol. My doctor wanted me to take Crestor (which has many bad side effects including liver damage)I began the nutritional program and 3 months later had lowered my cholesterol from a dangerous 257 down to 157! How has this changed your life? I am extremely grateful to have discovered the Raya Clinic. I sleep better now and was also able to avert a health crisis due to high cholesterol. As a side benefit of the nutritional program I lost 15 pounds and my goal is to loose another 15lbs. – Lyn Laudenberger


Childhood Migraines

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek health?
I brought my daughter in February 2012 for childhood migraines. She was diagnosed at age 4, she is currently 5.

What else had you tried before visiting Raya Clinic and what were the results?
We met with a neurologist and other child specialists. They tried caffeine and wanted to place her on adult strength pain medications as she was not responding to children’s Motrin. Her migraines were increasing and were beginning to impact all parts of her life.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic?
After her first adjustment she had one migraine and hasn’t had one since. She is currently getting adjusted twice a week.

How has this changed your life?
She is a much happier child. She can now play and have fun instead of being in a dark, quiet room. She is a happy, healthy 5 year old. Dr.Raya has made a positive impact on health of myself and my 2 children since 2000for me. Since my son was 3 days old in 2004 and now with my daughter!

– Rayla Mattson


Herniated Disc

I’m so pleased to tell you about my experience with the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya and her staff have helped me tremendously over the past nine months. Their combined knowledge and experience and their comprehensive approach to wellness healed my back and made me feel like myself again.
One month after a fall, I was still in a great deal of pain. I went to my chiropractor who had helped me very much over the years for other issues, but could not help with this one. There was still constant shooting pain down the back of my right leg which I could only describe as a lightning bolt. My foot was still numb. I couldn’t lift, bend, twist, or sit for any length of time, so normal activities were impossible. Driving and sitting in the car were very painful. I couldn’t lift anything, which meant I needed assistance with every household chore, including laundry, groceries, cleaning, making beds, vacuuming, even pouring milk. I couldn’t bend or squat, so I couldn’t pick up anything that fell to the floor or tie my shoes. Pain interrupted my sleep every night. Prior to my injury, I walked five days a week and did Pilates. Those were completely out of the question.

The worst part of this was that I couldn’t do what I used to do with my two children. I couldn’t play outside with them, couldn’t kick a soccer ball, couldn’t run, skate, make a snowman, dance, or sit on my daughter’s bed to read her a story. I couldn’t even sit at the table long enough to play a board game. It was pathetic, and I was sad and worried.

I did research to learn about treatment options for herniated discs, and spoke with people about surgery, traction, and physical therapy. Then I read studies on Spine Med. My chiropractor agreed that this was the best option, so I started working with Dr. Raya.

Eight months after my injury, I have no nerve pain. My herniated disc is better. I feel like a walking miracle. The worst of my ordeal was short-lived, thank God. But it was bad, and I was petrified that it would stay like that permanently. Dr. Raya and her staff gave me my life back, and I am forever grateful to them for the gift of wellness.

– Kathy Herlihy


Chest Pain

When did you first come to the Raya Clinic and what brought you in to seek help?
I came to the Raya Clinic because I was having chest pains.

What else had you tried before visiting the Raya Clinic (i.e., other physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.) and what were the results?
I went to the hospital and had a battery of tests (CAT scan, stress test, etc.). The hospital ruled out any internal organ issue and indicated that it must be muscular-skeletal.

Describe your successes since beginning care at the Raya Clinic.
I have been going to the Raya Clinic for about a year. My chest pains went away pretty much immediately. I also do not have sinus infections (was getting them several times a year), am not getting sick anywhere near as often, am sleeping much better, have more energy, and have lost 30 pounds. I now understand how connected the spine is to everything your body does. It makes a lot of sense. I feel as if I am not only improving my current health but also preventing many future problems as well.

How has this changed your life?
I have a whole new outlook on health. I always thought of a doctor as someone you go to when you are sick. They prescribe medicine for your issue and you go on your way. The doctors at the Raya Clinic don’t just look at your current issue. They try to understand everything about your daily routines (including exercise, sleeping and eating habits) and all your symptoms by asking comprehensive questions. They really listen to me and make suggestions to improve my entire wellbeing.

– Brian Ceruti


Neck, Shoulder, and Lower Back Pain

I first came to the Raya Clinic in February 2009 due to neck, shoulder, and lower back pain. Prior to chiropractic care I would usually take pain medication to assist with alleviating the pain. This was of course temporary and usually only masked the true issue.

Since beginning my treatment, I have not suffered from severe shoulder or neck pain and my lower back feels great. At my last physical, my primary physician had to re-measure my height because I now stand a whole inch taller! I have been able to carry out my responsibilities both at home and at work without the interference of pain.

Treatment has improved the overall quality of my sleep and my attitude. I no longer begin to feel pain swelling in my shoulders or back which would cause additional stress both at home and at work. Most importantly, I feel great knowing that I do not require a medicine to alleviate symptoms.

– Kim Palmer


Spinal Stenosis and Chronic Sciatic Pain

I first came to the Raya Clinic in September of 2008. For five years I had suffered from spinal stenosis and chronic sciatic pain. My family doctor treated me with a series of steroids, which helped me for about a month; then pain returned as bad as ever. I couldn’t get up in the morning without going through at least 45 minutes of pain and stiffness before I could stand up straight or bend down. After two Tylenol and two Aleve I could go through the day in moderate pain until at least 3:00 pm, and then my back and my sciatic pain (the worst) would come creeping pain. By dinnertime I had all I could do to clean up dishes and crawl (I mean crawl) upstairs and flop in a chair until bedtime. If I had to go anywhere on a trip or vacation I had to dose myself with steroids in order to be able to function.

I then decided to go to a neurosurgeon that looked at my MRI and quickly determined that I would need surgery. Surgery! I think not. My next step was an orthopedic surgeon who agreed with the neurosurgeon but said he would try an epidural. I had a series of two. The first one lasted about a month and the second one about two weeks. I was at a loss and figured by this time next year I would be in a wheelchair.

I was watching the Olympics on TV and saw an advertisement for the SpineMed at the Raya Clinic. The advertisement offered a free consultation. I thought, “What have I got to lose?” I called for an appointment at the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya explained my problem in a way no other doctor had and told me what the SpineMed would do for my back, how it would stretch out the vertebra and allow the fluid and nutrients around my spine to form a cushion to relieve the pain. Two words shouted at me: relieve pain.

SpineMed is not inexpensive and unfortunately insurance does not pay for it, but the relief and mobility gained from SpineMed is worth every penny. It was a great commitment as you have to go every day for twenty days. I remember the first time I went they asked how I felt, my answer was “I feel like I was hit by a bus,” but about the third or fourth session I was about 50% pain free. I am now finished with SpineMed and am 95% better. I could not have asked for anything more. I am more mobile than I have been in years and am able to live the life I want to live. Thank you SpineMed, Dr. Raya, and the Raya Clinic.

– Theresa Aiudi


Back Pain

Before I was treated with the SpineMed, I had several bulging disks and was in constant pain. My feet were always numb and doing my normal routine was very difficult. After completing the SpineMed I had great results. I had feeling back in my feet and was virtually pain-free in my lower back. I still take it easy but have returned to many of my normal activities and am working to strengthen my core.

The staff of the Raya Clinic are wonderful and true professionals; they really care about the patients. Dr. Raya and the rest of the staff do an awesome job and take a personal interest in you.

– Al Hovasse


Herniated Discs

I want to tell you about my experience with my back and the treatment that I believe saved me from going under the knife. I was diagnosed with three herniated discs and lost all feeling in my toes. My foot also dropped in my left leg. I had an MRI done and my doctor sent me in for a consultation with a surgeon. After looking at my MRI he suggested immediate surgery. This is not what I wanted to do so I asked my doctor if there were any alternative treatments that I could try. There were not many options and he suggested traction and some therapy. That helped a little bit but I was still in pain and limping badly. I also asked him if I would benefit from SpineMed treatments. He said that he had heard of it and if I wanted to try it he would have no objections. I found this treatment at the Raya Clinic. Dr. Raya and her staff of doctors reviewed my MRI and believed that I could benefit from the treatment. I started to do my sessions and at first I thought nothing much was changing. Then I noticed that I was feeling less pain and started to have some movement in my toes. When I was done with the twenty sessions I was not in pain anymore. The road to recovery is proceeding without pain in my back and I am able to move all of my toes now. I have regained most of the muscle control in my leg, and I look forward to a full recovery. I was a very serious case and I believe the Raya Clinic is a big part of my recovery. The staff is wonderful and everyone was so excited to help me. I always felt comfortable and cared about when I was there. I learned to start taking care of my body so it can take care of me. I am very grateful.

— John F. Kasica


Neck Injury and Muscle Spasms

Special thank you to the Raya Clinic team and Dr. Stacey Raya for all that you have done for me. I feel great and can’t believe I’m pain free now after my treatments on the SpineMed machine and therapy.

I started with treatments on the SpineMed table. I went every day for a month. The treatments were actually relaxing while I listened to my iPod. After the first week I noticed a slight improvement in the pain. By the third week the pain to my pinkie finger was less frequent and was no longer a shooting pain but a burning pain. After completing my month of treatments I wasn’t totally pain-free, so we decided to do an additional ten more. These were spread out over another month. I now am doing one treatment a month for maintenance and get adjusted regularly. I can honestly say I am practically pain-free. Sometimes if I do a lot of strenuous activities I may get twinges in my left pinkie finger. But it is nothing compared to what I was experiencing. I have my life back and feel great. I didn’t realize how much the chronic pain took from me. I no longer have problems sleeping. I can do all activities now without fear of pain. Recently my husband and I purchased Vespa scooters and have been traveling. Thanks again to all of you who helped me get my life back.

— Debbie Maroon


Pain

Dr. Stacey Raya is a true healer. She listens to you, she identifies the needs of the body and she goes to work restoring balance and health. She has my complete trust and confidence and I am so grateful that I found her. I don’t think I’d be here today if it were not for this very special healer.

— Theresa N. Hamil, R.N., M.S.


Asthma, Knee Pain, and Lower Back Pain

Knee pain, recurring lower back pain, and a lifetime worth of asthma led me to the Raya Clinic. I would frequently suffer from lower back problems that kept me on the couch or confined to bed, and knee pain that would prevent me from running during baseball season, but my biggest concern was asthma. I would sometimes use my inhaler three or four times a day. After being seen at the clinic and having regular adjustments and acupuncture, I am happy to say that my back has not gone out, my knees feel great, and I have not used my inhaler at all this winter season. I am also happy to report that I am apparently the healthiest one running out on the baseball field this season! Three cheers to Dr. Raya and her great staff at the Raya Clinic!

— Rob Gonyea