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Dr. Michael R. Lodes, DC

Dr. Lodes at Lodes Chiropractic Center in Wilmington, DE

I am Doctor Michael Lodes and have been proudly serving the Wilmington/New Castle County and surrounding communities for nearly 30 years. I focus one hundred percent when I am with a patient and treat them as if they are family. My approach is a Wellness Model where I seek to identify the causes of an individual's particular problem, and then chart a course for correction and healing of their condition. I strive to use the most sophisticated technology available and continually attend educational workshops in order to achieve the best results.

I use a whole person approach and combine traditional and advanced chiropractic techniques, along with therapy, posture training, exercises, specific targeted nutrition, detoxification and weight loss coaching, cold laser, and allergy/sensitivity treatments designed to address the causes of many chronic ailments.

I am married to my wife, Barb, and have a son, Harry. I enjoy week long scuba diving vacations in the islands and vacationing at LBI with my family and friends. I especially treasure going with my wife to watch my son perform jazz piano at different venues.

Education & Training:
Dr. Lodes received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (cum laude) from National College of Chiropractic in 1988, after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology in 1986 from National College of Chiropractic, and his Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1979. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and holds Licenses in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. He received his Meridian/Acupuncture Therapy Certification from National College of Chiropractic in 1988, and his Fellowship from the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture in 1990. He received his Pro-Adjuster Certification in 2003, his Brimhall Wellness Certification in 2001, and his Disability and Impairment Rating Certification in 1989. Dr. Lodes has served as Vice-President for the Delaware Chiropractic Society, and received a Governor Appointment to the Council on Health and Fitness.

Dr. Lodes' diverse post-graduate studies include clinical nutrition, cleansing and detoxification, neurology, spinal correction, posture training, pediatrics, pregnancy, Thermography and Surface EMG, Radiology and MRI, and allergy/sensitivity treatment.

Practice Specialties:
Chronic Spinal Degenerative Conditions, Spinal Disc Injuries, Posture and Core Stabilization Training, Nutrition Counseling and Natural Remedies, Weight Loss, Wellness Training, Allergies, Headaches, Pain, Numbness and Tingling down the arms and legs, Sciatica, Cold Laser Therapy, Geriatric and Pediatric Care.

Dr. Brett C. Wharton, DC

Dr. Wharton at Lodes Chiropractic Center in Wilmington, DE

Hi! I am Dr. Brett Wharton. I grew up in Middletown, DE and attended the University of Delaware where I completed my degree in Biological Sciences. While there, I was also a member of the UD Fightin' Blue Hen football team and played in the 2003 National Championship victory over Colgate. My love for sports is one of the reasons I became a chiropractor. Helping athletes and families achieve wellness and overcome challenges is a passion of mine, and I enjoy that aspect of practice. The primary reason I became a chiropractor is simply that I have an interest in health and wellness, and I believe that God directed me to this profession. My faith, as a Christian, is what drives me to love my wife, Brady, my 2 sons, Rollins and Ezra, my friends and family, and the community in which I serve. I cherish my time with family and friends, and I enjoy skiing in the winter and running/biking/hiking during the other times of the year. I look forward to meeting and serving you!

Education & Training:
Dr. Wharton received his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2010 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Biology in 2006 from the University of Delaware. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and holds states licenses in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. He holds an adjunct license in Physiologic Therapeutics (rehabilitation exercise) in both states.

Dr. Wharton's post-graduate studies include Cold Laser Therapy, Workman's Compensation Guidelines and Medicare Guidelines.

Awards and Activities:
Upon graduating from his clinical studies, Dr. Wharton received the Service Distinction Award for exceptional service to the community as well as to the college while attaining a high academic standard.

Dr. Wharton volunteers as a chiropractor at Community Volunteers in Medicine, a non-profit organization that provides primary and specialty care to the working poor located near West Chester, PA.

Dr. Wharton is also a volunteer staff member of Athletes in Action, a sports ministry for college athletes and currently functions as a mentor to students athletes at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Wharton is a member of the Christian Chiropractic Association, the Delaware Chiropractic Society, the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.

Office Hours

Lodes Chiropractic Center


8:00 am-12:00 pm

2:30 pm-6:30 pm



2:00 pm-5:00 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm

2:30 pm-6:30 pm



2:30 pm-6:30 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm



8:00 am-11:00 am




  • "I worked for and received treatment from Dr. Lodes and let me tell you, the whole staff truly cares about everyone that walks through that door. I miss working there and I still can't find a chiropractor as good as Dr. Lodes and Dr. Wharton. I recommend them 100%."
    - Stacy J.
  • "I've been going to Dr. Lodes for over 20 years. He knows exactly what needs adjusting and his adjustments last. I've recommended him to several friends who are nurses and they live him too. The staff is so friendly and helpful and most of the time they can get me in the same day I call. He suggests exercises that help my issues and are simple I love this place!!!"
    -Mair D.
  • "I've been to a few different chiropractors in the area and once I found Lodes Chiropractic, I haven't been anywhere else. I have been a patient for about 10 years now, and I cannot say enough great things about the practice. Both doctors are extremely thorough, knowledgeable and always striving to help you feel your best. Everyone in the office is kind, caring and helpful. I also went to both doctors throughout my pregnancy which helped ease any pain I was having tremendously. I highly recommend this practice!"
    Suzy M.