Our Office And Doctors

Our mission at Spinal Decompression of Minnesota is to combine the highest quality treatment with the finest customer service to ensure our patients have the best and most successful clinical experience they have ever had.
Spinal Decompression of Minnesota has developed a "Secret Formula" that provides a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for disc related syndromes of the lumbar and cervical spine using the DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression System. We utilize the most advanced diagnostic technology available in order to accurately assess your problems and determine if spinal decompression therapy is the answer.
Dr. Joe Biernat, D.C

Dr. Joseph Biernat holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic (now re-named Northwestern Health Sciences University) in Bloomington, Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at Iowa Western CC and the University of South Carolina in Columbia where he holds an Associates of Arts degree in math and majored in Biology. He also holds a Bachelors degree from Northwestern in Human Biology.

After completing his internship in at Como Chiropractic, Dr. Biernat, co-founded Specific Family Chiropractic in Maplewood in June of 1998. In the spring of 2001, to meet growing demands of his patient base, he opened his satellite office in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. In 2004, he co-founded Spinal Decompression Of Minnesota to provide FDA cleared, non-surgical treatment of herniated and bulged discs.

Dr. Biernat also has extensive training in human nutrition and has completed over 200 post doctorate hours in the study of this topic. He also has well over 300 hours of post graduate study has been performed in human biomechanics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and is considered an expert in the area.

Dr. Biernat also has a great knowledge of sports injuries from his time playing college and professional baseball. Including time in the Chicago Cubs minor league system and 2 championship seasons with the St. Paul Saints.

He, along with his business partner Dr. Jeff Lavell, DC, have developed a unique multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal injuries by combining the expertise of varied professionals including; personal trainers, massage therapists and chiropractors.

Dr. Biernat has also has been granted Associate Clinical Faculty status from Northwestern Health Sciences University and provides for internships to students looking to complete their education in a successful clinical setting. To date, he has personally mentored over 20 students as they have successfully made their way to doctor status.

Hobbies include: Family, fishing, scuba diving, hockey. He is married to Michelle and they have one child, Madelyn

Dr. Jeff Lavell, D.C

Dr. Jeffrey Lavell holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic (now re-named Northwestern Health Sciences University) in Bloomington, Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, where he majored in Biology and received a minor in Chemistry. He also holds a Bachelors degree from Northwestern in Human Biology.

After completing his internship in St. Paul, Dr. Lavell established Specific Family Chiropractic in Maplewood in June of 1998. In the spring of 2001, he opened his satellite office in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota to meet growing demands of his patient base. In 2004 Spinal Decompression Of Minnesota was started with an aim to help those with chronic back pain that were facing surgery and could not be helped with other conservative methods.

Dr. Lavell has extensive training in human nutrition and has completed over 200 post doctorate hours in the study of this topic. For many years dating back to his undergraduate studies he helped work with bodybuilders to help them get in shape for their shows and events. He also has well over 300 hours of post graduate study has been performed in human biomechanics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and is considered an expert in the area, with a focused emphasis on the non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation of lumbar disc herniations. He has developed a unique multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal injuries by combining the expertise of varied professionals including; personal trainers, massage therapists and chiropractors.

Currently, Dr. Lavell serves as a team chiropractor for The Minnesota Menagerie Women's Rugby Team as well as many athletes from the University of Minnesota Men's Rugby Team. He also has lectured to various organizations and companies on such topics as "Workplace Safety & Ergonomics", "Carpal Tunnel Injuries, Treatment, & Prevention", and "Prevention and Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniations". Companies include Xcel Energy, Cargill, and Healtheast Bethesda Hospital.

He is also has been granted Associate Clinical Faculty status for Northwestern Health Sciences University and provides for internships to students looking to complete their education in a successful clinical setting. To date, he has personally mentored over 20 students as they have successfully made their way to doctor status.

Additionally, Dr. Lavell strongly promotes a holistic approach to healthcare, which includes proper diet, rest and exercise programs specifically designed to meet individual needs.

Hobbies include: Fishing, skiing, weightlifting, scuba diving, home aquariums, football, travel, and movies. He is married with two children.

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