Madison chiropractor Lundergan
returns from Kuwait deployment
He flies as a standardization pilot with National Guard
(September 2014) – Sixteen years ago, Dr. Michael Lundergan completed his studies at the Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo. Immediately following this accomplishment, he and his wife, Vicki, traveled to Madison, Ind., where he opened Jefferson County Chiropractic at 110 Holt Dr.
Eleven years before that, while still in high school and looking for a summer job, Lundergan decided to join the U.S. Army National Guard. He had been looking for a summer job. “I decided that basic training was a good idea,” he says with a smile.
Michael Lundergan poses with his helicopter during a recent overseas deployment with the U.S. military.
Lundergan began his career in the National Guard with the Infantry. When he was given the opportunity to fly helicopters, he accepted readily and has been flying ever since. He currently serves as a Standardization Pilot.
In 2007 he was deployed to Iraq. This time last year he was sent to Kuwait. He spent the first two months in Fort Hood, Texas. During this time, he underwent a period of testing to ensure that he could carry out any assigned tasks safely and correctly. The rest of the year was spent at Camp Buehring in the northwest region of Kuwait. He returned to his home, wife, children and his business in July.
According to Lundergan, the sole mission of his unit was to provide medevac, or medical evacuation, to the U.S. troops stationed in the area. As a Standardization Pilot, his typical day would begin at 7 a.m. Upon arrival, the necessary paperwork would be completed, a weather check performed and a preflight checklist completed in preparation for the orders of the day. A Standardization Pilot is also tasked with ensuring that all aerial flight duties and training is being done according to current regulations.
Being a pilot certainly has it perks when it comes to career day. Lundergan’s two older children, Jacob and Lauren, were students at Southwestern Elementary in Hanover, Ind., during the 2009-2010 school year. They stood with their schoolmates and watched in awe as their father landed the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the field beside the school.
Former Physical Education teacher Cyndi Smoots recalls the reactions of the children that day. “They just loved it,” she said with apparent fondness. “The landing and the lifting off was just spectacular.” Smoots added that the children were given a tour of the helicopter, and it was obvious that they were all very impressed.
Such a cool father must be hard to do without when his presence is required overseas. Vicki Lundergan said that, overall, the children did very well during their father’s absence. The Lundergans moved to the Madison area in order live within driving distance to both sides of their family, and Vicki says the support of family and friends is very helpful during her husband’s required time away. She added that nothing compares to the day that she and her children can go to the airport to welcome him home. “That is always a special experience,” she says.
The family now plans to enjoy time together in the small town that they chose to call home 16 years ago. Vicki reports that Madison was the ideal place for them since they both come from smaller communities in rural areas. The Lundergans also liked that so many outdoor activities would be readily available given the town’s proximity to Clifty Falls State Park and other areas of recreational activity.
Now that Lundergan has returned he and his associate, Dr. Thomas Newbauer, are accepting new patients at Jefferson County Chiropractic. Lundergan says that his practice uses a hands-on approach. He explains that a subluxation or a partial dislocation of a bone in a joint can inhibit the body from healing itself. He explains that restoring function to the spinal column through chiropractic care can remove any interference to the nervous system. It is commonly known that chiropractic care can help with physical pain, however, inhibition of an autonomic nerve, or a nerve that is linked to internal organs, can affect involuntary bodily functions such as breathing or digestion. If a subluxation is inhibiting the function of an autonomic nerve then it is highly possible that a body would not be functioning properly. It is this type of ailment that Dr. Lundergan and Dr. Newbauer can treat.
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