Dr. Serif Krkic joined Dr. Greg Lucas at Tallmadge Chiropractic, 168 East Ave., in February.

Lucas is planning to retire June 30, and Krkic will take over the clinic July 1.

Krkic says he is very excited to be back in his home town. He grew up in Akron and attended the University of Akron where he earned his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology. In 2013, he decided to further his education at National University of Health Sciences and earned his doctoral degree in chiropractic medicine.

Krkic says he strongly believes in healing of the body from the inside-out. With his whole-person approach, latest adjustment techniques, state-of-the-art physiotherapy procedures, rehabilitation and supplement protocols, Krkic is able to help his patients reach their optimal health care goals.

Before coming to the U.S., Krkic explains his family escaped a horrific war in Bosnia and Herzegovina when he was just a boy. "We came to the United States in 2001 and landed in New Bern, NC," he recalls. "We were a sponsored refugee family by a church in New Bern. My family of six lived there for six months when we decided to move to Akron because my father was offered a job from a family friend. With little to no knowledge of the English language and culture, I was required to start sixth grade. It was very tough in the beginning because I knew maybe a total of 10 English words."

After about six months, Krkic says he learned to understand a few more words, and after living in Akron for a year, he started to speak English fluently and was able to hold a conversation with his schoolmates.

Before long, Krkic was awarded a diploma from Firestone High School in West Akron.

Krkic says his goal is to bring positivity to the community, in light of what has been happening in the world recently.

"I want people to know that we live in the greatest country in the world. This is the land of opportunity, and you can achieve greatness in this country," he says, adding "With a little hard work and dedication, I made my dreams come true."

Dr. Amanda Braden will join Krkic in the practice in May. Braden graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in human biology. She continued her education at National University of Health Sciences for her doctorate in chiropractic medicine.

Braden is certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation. She has also been working towards her diplomate for the American Board of Chiropractic Internists which specializes in functional medicine. According to Krkic, "Braden has a passion for finding the root cause of disease and treating through natural methods."

Office manager and Krkic's sister, Mensura Krkic, will take over the duties of acupuncturist in December. She is currently completing her studies in Columbus.

Krkic offers a variety of treatments for patients, including spinal adjustments with or without instruments, low-level laser therapy, light therapy, ice therapy, traction decompression, myofascial release therapy and sports rehabilitation therapy.

Krcik specializes in the non-surgical treatment of back and neck pain using the pain free DRS Protocol. He also treats soft-tissue injuries, inflammatory conditions, arthritis, adhesions, lymphatic impairment, myalgia, post exertion muscle fatigue and spasticity.

Dr. Krkic Hours:

Monday -- 8 a.m. to noon; 2 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday -- 8 a.m. to noon; 2 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday -- noon to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday -- By appointment only

Friday-- 8 a.m. to noon; 2 to 6 p.m.

Saturday -- 8 to 11 a.m.

Sunday -- Closed

New patients are welcome. Contact Krkic by calling 330-633-1909 or emailing drkrkic@gmail.com. Find Tallmadge Chiropractic on Facebook or visit the website at www.dc1st.com.