Adam Bruene, DC, Cert. MDT, DNSET

Founder, NeuroActive Health and Fitness


Dr. Bruene earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and graduated from the National University of Health Sciences in 2009, with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Since his initial education, Dr. Bruene has continued to search for the most advanced techniques and innovative approaches to chiropractic care and physical medicine. He prides himself on staying current with the newest research, and adapting new techniques and protocols into his work. He is a certified McKenzie practitioner and certified DNS Exercise Trainer. 

His goals in creating NAH&F was to bring to you a place where you could truly invest in your own health, through education and preventative measures. The design of NeuroActive Fitness classes is an opportunity for all that are interested to participate in a "self-fixing" protocol, and prevent those from needing to become "patients." It is a neurological pre-habilitation strategy that fits seamlessly with whatever it is you're already doing, and can help prevent injury while also improving athletic performance.

His clinical approach is to utilize every tool at YOUR disposal, and to help you get well fast.  He believes in treating patients fewer times and focusing on active strategies that the patients could perform themselves producing long-lasting or even permanent solutions. 

Continuing Education

  • McKenzie A-D and Advanced Extremities, McKenzie Certified
  • DNS A-C
  • DNS Exercise I-III, Certified DNS Exercise Trainer
  • DNS Advanced Skills Courses on: Foot, Soft Tissue, Sport Specific Assessment, Advanced Problem Solving and more.
  • Neurodynamics, Upper and Lower Quadrants
  • Gait Analysis
  • Kinesiotaping Certification Program
  • Motion Palpation
  • Acupuncture 
  • Clinical Nutrition


  • McKenzie Institute International
  • Prague School of Rehabilitation, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization
  • Motion Palpation Institute
  • Illinois Chiropractic Society
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Shelbi Fowler, CMT., Cert. NKT

Deliberately Different Bodywork


  • Received Certification from Soma Insititute for Clinical Massage Therapy in 2009 - Chicago Illinois
  • Received Master of Clinical Massage Therapy from Soma in 2010 - Chicago IL 
  • Became Certfied in Pre-Natal Massagein 2010 - Chicago IL
  • Received Certification from Neurokinetic Therapy in 2015 Level 1 and 2


Neurokinetic Therapy is the most accurate assessment technique I have learned this far in my career.
It utilizes neurological muscle testing techniques to determine the source of dysfunction and pain.
For example, you may have pain in your shoulder. It may be related to work, stress, activity, etc. Neurokinetic Therapy utilizes these testing techniques to discover why your brain is creating a pain sensation in your shoulder, and address the issue there, in the brain.


As I explained above, we utilize testing to find the source of the issue and change it in the brain. How do we do this? Well, first and foremost, accurate testing is a must. NKT does an amazing job teaching the ins and outs of muscle testing to ensure that we are getting the answers we need, to lead us to the source of pain or discomfort. Next, we release the pattern in the brain. How? This is where excellent hands on experience helps. I utilize soft-tissue release techniques followed by activation techniques. (That’s the massage part). Then we integrate the changes into the system through movement patterns. 


Expect your questions to be answered and your issues to be addressed. The protocol for treatment is not reliant upon logic per say, but palpation and testing results. For example, you may have a shoulder issue, and I may start working in your hips first. I let your body dictate the order of treatment. 


Massage is a broad term for the release of soft tissue structures in the body. It is not an accurate and effective way to assess why there’s pain in the body, Neurokinetic Therapy is. The difference then, is one is an accurate way to know how (NKT) to utilize the other (Massage Therapy) to get the most dramatic and efficient changes in the body. 


I have taken class along-side other massage therapists, athletic trainers of all varieties, chiropractors, physical therapists, sports MD's and even acupuncturists.  The NKT world is vast! We cross all sectors of physical health care and all have a different approach, giving you a an excellent chance of receiving the fastest most affective work for you!