Our mission at Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness is to transform health and longevity consciousness in our community and beyond. We are committed to helping as many people as possible restore Health, Vitality, and Optimal Lifestyle at any age. We are dedicated in providing the highest quality chiropractic care in a family friendly, fun and motivating environment.
Our office specializes in chiropractic crisis and lifestyle care, stability exercise, laser therapy, massage therapy, and nutritional guidance and motivating positive mindset. We believe that all bodies young and old deserve to have a healthy spine and nervous system and express their full potential from the time they are born until their last breath of life.. Our first 30 years of helping so many people change their lives through chiropractic care keeps us inspired and committed to a long future of sharing the power of chiropractic lifestyle care.
Dr. Terry Whelan
While living in Akron, OH in the 1980’s, I played top level rugby and competed for a spot on the USA Rugby tour to Australia. During this time I suffered from a chronic hamstring problem which hindered my performance. A fellow teammate suggested going to a chiropractor. The chiropractic adjustments completely fixed my hamstring problem. This allowed me to be successfully selected for the USA Rugby Team and I went to Australia to play rugby on an international level.
Continuing my USA Rugby career, I played rugby in Chicago and met a chiropractor/rugby player who represented Life Chiropractic College (currently Life University). He mentioned that I could probably get a scholarship to play rugby and go to chiropractic school. This sounded like the perfect match for me and the rest is history!!
After completing my undergraduate degree at University of Akron, I worked in mental health for many years. Fortunately, my successful rugby path led me to chiropractic school and I graduated from Life Chiropractic College (currently Life University) in 1988.
I continue to expand my knowledge through attending continuing education conferences. I specialize in sports related injury and therapeutic exercise rehabilitation.
Family & Chiropractic Lifestyle
Meeting my wife Eileen in chiropractic school led me to Orange, VA. Where we have been fortunate in creating an successful practice and have raised a healthy “chiro family” in beautiful Virginia.
My USA Rugby career allowed me to play internationally in Wales, France, Russia, Australia, Korea and England. I have retired from playing and I am now part of several collegiate teams’ coaching staff James Madison University and University of Virginia. In addition, I instruct player clinics for Mary Washington University, Old Dominion University, William & Mary, and Hampden Sydney College. Helping so many young athletes prevent and recover from injuries through chiropractic care and rehab exercise brings much happiness to my life.
My chiropractic health lifestyle is supported by swimming, hot yoga, and long walks with our sweet dog Raven.
We look forward meeting you in person and finding out how we can help you reach your health and lifestyle goals. Give our office a call or email us in order to arrange a time to explore how we can benefit your life in many ways!
Dr. Eileen Whelan
While pursuing my undergraduate degree at West Virginia University, my oldest brother Michael was in chiropractic school and inspired me to consider chiropractic rather than my path toward becoming a physical therapist. After getting my first adjustments from my brother I was fascinated by the physical impact on my body and decided that the chiropractic path would be a better fit for me. One of the best decisions of my life!!
In 1985 I graduated with a BA in Psychology from West Virginia University. I then headed to Life Chiropractic College (currently Life University) in Marietta, GA and graduated from Life CC in 1989. While in chiropractic school I met the love of my life, Terry Whelan, who was 1 year ahead of me in school. After I graduated we moved to Orange, VA and started our chiropractic life together.
I further my expertise and knowledge through attending continuing education conferences. Several specialty areas of my continuing education are Restorative Endocrinology-Adrenal Fatigue/Hormonal Imbalance Issues and therapeutic functional stability exercise.
Family & Chiropractic Lifestyle
After moving to Orange, VA in 1989, we had 2 children, Schuyler and Mckenzie. Both of our children were born at home and have been “chiro kids” …adjusted from day one… drug/vaccination free. They continue to live the chiropractic healthy lifestyle as grown adults!
I have always been an avid runner and swimmer. I added triathlons to my fitness regimen several years ago. I have been competitive in doing a marathon, half marathons and International distance triathlons. I also stay committed to my fitness health doing high intensity interval training and hot yoga.
I am passionate about all aspects of my fitness life and how it compliments my chiropractic health lifestyle.
Jude Christian is the Nurse Practitioner and owner of Integrative Primary Care. Jude is also a Clinical Herbalist with 10 years of experience. She incorporates the holistic assessment skills learned as a Clinical Herbalist and has extensive understanding of the value of herbs and supplements, when assessing the needs for each client. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of restorative healing protocols. Jude’s expertise as a Clinical Herbalist in combination with her Family Nurse Practitioner training is invaluable in helping many clients who are seeking restorative health guidance and alternative options to standard drug therapies. She values multidisciplinary approaches to support optimal healing and embraces the importance of having a healthy spine and nervous system through chiropractic care.
Jude graduated from The University of Virginia’s Nursing program in 1999. She obtained her graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Maryland in 2004. As a nurse, Jude has worked in acute care at UVA, the Medicine Intensive Care Unit at Georgetown University Hospital, and in-patient Hospice in MD. After becoming an FNP she provided outpatient care for lung transplant patients at UVA, followed by outpatient primary care in women’s health. After a 5 year break staying home with her young children, Jude returned to work as the daytime clinician at the Orange County Free Clinic, becoming their Medical Director for the last 2 years she was there.
Realizing there is a significant need for restorative health care options Jude started her own practice, Integrative Primary Care in 2019. Her collaboration with Orange Chiropractic and Family Fitness is an asset and compliments our vision of transforming health and longevity consciousness in this community and beyond.
In her spare time, Jude teaches classes in walking meditation, working with labyrinths, building temporary and permanent labyrinths on the east coast of the US and in England. Jude also sings traditional Irish songs with local bands in the area and enjoys laughing and hanging with her husband and 3 children, and spending as much time as she can outside in the woods and mountains.