Meet the Doctors

Dr. Renee PethelRenee I Pethtel B.S., D.C. is a 1996 Graduate of Life University in Marietta, Georgia. My personal experience with Chiropractic began just after birth.  I was born over a month premature with a condition called Hyaline Membrane Disease, This condition affects premature babies since their lungs are under developed. Since my  lungs were so under developed, the Medical Doctors told my parents that if I did not have a complete blood transfusion within the next three days that I probably would not make it past the first few weeks of life.  Over the next three days my father, the late Donald L. Pethtel D.C., D.A.C.S., spent countless hours adjusting me, and working on me doing everything he could possibly think of . On the am of the third day, just prior to the scheduled blood transfusion, the doctors came in dumbfounded. They said they reran the tests three times, and my function had returned to almost normal and the transfusion was no longer needed. It is stories like these, and many others,  that I get to witness and be a part of through the practice of Chiropractic.

I have undergone extensive post graduate training, and  have trained under the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) to learn the latest in techniques  and analysis for adjusting newborns and children of all ages. I am certified in the Webster Technique. This is a  specific Chiropractic Analysis and Adjustment for pregnant moms, which has been shown to allow the baby to get in the best position possible for birth. Currently, I am undergoing further training to become a Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP).

My father, the late Donald L. Pethtel D.C., D.A.C.S., opened the Van Born Chiropractic Clinic over 40 years ago, in 1968. Over the years, we have always prided ourselves in being able to offer quality Chiropractic Healthcare at affordable rates.

Organization Affiliations

Member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors since 1996.

Member of the International Chiropractic Association since 1996.

Member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association since 2001.

Member of the Michigan Chiropractic Pediatric Association since 2009.


Dr. Donald PethelDr Donald G. Pethtel, has a lifetime of chiropractic experience. Growing up with a chiropractor for a father has imbued him with a deep appreciation for the healing that chiropractic can bring. Before beginning his formal chiropractic education, Dr. Pethtel served his country by enlisting in the Marine Corps. This gave him fisrt hand knowledge of the extreme physical and mental demands that can lead a person to injury and poor health. By incorporating these extreme experiences with formal education and understanding he is better able to serve a wide range of patients. Dr. Donald G. Pethtel is a 2001 graduate of Life University in Marietta, Georgia. He has operated clinics in East Lansing MI and Austin TX, and now brings his experience to the Van Born Chiropractic Clinic.


Meet Our Staff


Aimee Brown

I have worked at Van Born Chiropractic Clinic since 2001.  As a long time member of this community, it has been a pleasure being a part of this office and seeking better health through chiropractic.


Kerri Edwards

I have worked at Van Born Chiropractic Clinic since 1995 as a Chiropractic Assistant. I am married and have 2 very active sons. Chiropractic care plays a very important role in our lives. My sons are both very active in sports along with my husband. Over the years, regular Adjustments have helped to keep me and my family healthy. I take every opportunity I can to share my knowledge of Chiropractic with others. I want everybody to experience an improved quality of life, just as my family and I do.



My name is Terry and I have been a Massage Therapist for 14 years. I have experience with many different types of massage. I specialize in deep tissue, myofascial release, therapeutic, prenatal and trigger point therapy.

I have been married for 27 years and have 3 children. Our family has always been under chiropractic care. We have used it to help everything from allergies to vertigo. I feel that chiropractic and massage work well together and I am very excited about my future here at Van Born Chiropractic Clinic.