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Dr. Michael R. Lodes, DC

Dr. Michael Lodes

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 enjoy spending time with my wife, Barb and my son, Harry, and enjoy week long scuba diving vacations in the islands and vacationing at LBI with my family and friends.

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. Brett Wharton

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. He is certified in physiologic therapeutics and rehabilitation by the University of Bridgeport. 

Dr. Wharton's post-graduate studies include Mastering Intervertebral Disc Disorders, Extremity Methods, Radiology, Ethics and Jurisprudence, Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction, Etiology and Conservative Treatment of Headaches, Chiropractic and Exercise Therapy: Research Guided Treatment Protocols, Neurological Effects of Chiropractic Adjustment, Cold Laser Therapy, Computerized Range of Motion and Dynamic Surface EMG, EHR Documentation, Workman's Compensation Guidelines and Medicare Guidelines.

Awards and Activities: Upon graduating from his clinical studies, Dr. Wharton received the Service Distinction Award from Sherman College of Chiropractic for exceptional service to the community as well as to the college while attaining a high academic achievement. His most memorable efforts as a student include serving at the Miracle Hill recovery shelter in Spartanburg, SC and serving on a cross-cultural medical mission team in India. 

Dr. Wharton has been a volunteer chiropractic physician 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 has served as a mentor for college athletes at the University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, and Towson University. Currently he volunteers with Athletes Intervarsity at the University of Delaware.

He is a member of the Patriot Project, a non-profit organization that helps disabled U.S. Veterans gain access to chiropractic care. 

Dr. Wharton has a passion for teaching and has lectured on many health topics to many local schools and businesses. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at Delaware State University as an Anatomy and Physiology professor. 

He was invited to speak as an expert in a multi-disciplinary pain management panel at Community Volunteers in Medicine. As a student, he tutored other chiropractic students and was a teaching assistant in the Anatomy dissection lab at Sherman College of Chiropractic.  

He serves at his local church and is committed to partnering with local and global outreach ministries including Urban Promise of Wilmington which serves at risk youth in the heart of our city. 

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

Dr. Thomas Diamanty, DC

Dr. Thomas Diamanty is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and comes from a great family; his parents, grandparents, cousins, and uncle all are longtime chiropractic patients in the office. He attended undergraduate at Virginia Tech and earned a degree in Psychology.

He is a graduate of Sherman College of Chiropractic. During his tenure as a student, he was a member of both the Technique Club and the Community Service Club, which reflects the virtues of excellence and charity.

Dr. Thomas is Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in Chiropractic and Physiologic Therapeutics, and he now holds a license to practice these disciplines in the State of Delaware. We are pleased to announce that he is now seeing patients at Lodes Chiropractic Center!

Dr. Thomas is an avid sports fan and states:
“Postgraduate education has focused both my purpose and understanding of how all types of traumatic injuries have lasting impacts on the body unless attended to. I look forward to the success of our patients in overcoming the limitations these injuries cause by helping the body to heal naturally. Chiropractic care can provide people with incredible results, and I am excited to associate with both Dr. Michael Lodes and Dr. Brett Wharton to serve this community with excellence. Over the past year, I have been fortunate enough to work alongside with and observe the two outstanding doctors here, and I am excited to continue growing as a provider to best serve our patients and staff.”

“Dr. Thomas has excelled at his position in his post-graduate work; this is no light task. Dr. Lodes and I have full confidence in his ability as a caregiver to the hurt. We are pleased to present him now as an associate provider in our practice and anticipate great things for the community for years to come.” -Dr. Wharton.

“Dr. Thomas is one of a kind. It’s not often that you come across a great set of hands with terrific bedside manner and a full heart for those in need. He’s been trained in our proven model of science, art and philosophy for the past year, and even served as an intern here before and during his training in Chiropractic School. As such, he is an extension of what we have provided for the last 36 years. We are proud of him." -Dr. Michael Lodes

Dr. Thomas enjoys spending time with friends, family and his fiancé, Haylie (also a chiropractor) at the beach, at the movies, and skiing in Sugarloaf, Maine. Our office is blessed to be bringing such a capable, smart, and talented young doctor into the practice so we can better serve you!


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