After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a B.S. in biology, Dr. Sloves received her Doctorate in Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic, graduating valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude. She is certified in acupuncture and electrical acupuncture, and is a certified pre- and post-natal fitness instructor. Dr. Sloves also has advanced and specialized training for the care of children and pregnant women and has completed a 3 year post-doctorate degree to obtain Board Certification and a Diplomate in this specialty area. (D.I.C.C.P. - Diplomate of the International Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics).
In addition to obtaining Board Certification in Pediatric and Maternity Care including the Webster and Bagnell Breech Turning Techniques, Dr. Sloves has also completed certification in Scoliosis Systems for the advanced non-surgical correction and treatment of scoliosis in children and adults. Dr. Sloves is currently one of the only chiropractic physicians in Connecticut with this certification and she is a member the Scoliosis Care Foundation ( www.scoliosiscare.org ).
Dr. Sloves is an active member of many professional organizations including the International Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, The Connecticut Chiropractic Council, and The Scoliosis Care Foundation. She has also been the leader for the Holistic Moms Network of Fairfield County, Connecticut (www. holisticmoms.org). Furthermore, Dr. Sloves is the founder of WOW: Women of Wellness, an educational and support network for mothers and their families. WOW practitioners are all female health care providers who specialize in some aspect of pre- and post-natal care and early childhood care including chiropractic, massage, yoga, physical therapy, exercise, lactation consulting, nursing, naturopathic medicine, pediatrics, midwifery, acupuncture, sleep consulting, family and children's therapy, childbirth education etc.
Dr. Sloves has had many articles published in local newspapers featuring a variety of health care topics and she has been featured several times on Cablevison's “12 on Health” news program. She has lectured for many organizations and community events on a variety of health topics including chiropractic and pregnancy, backpack safety, ergonomics in the workplace, and natural treatments for common childhood disorders such as ear infections, asthma and allergies, scoliosis, colic, bedwetting, and Down's Syndrome. She has developed annual ear infection and asthma / allergy health fairs for her community and has been the Norwalk sponsor for Kids Day America for many years.
Dr. Sloves and her husband, Dr. Mark Joachim, have been Chiropractic Physicians since 1990 and they have been in private practice together since 1992. They are both committed to helping families achieve optimal health through natural health care without the use of drugs or surgery.
As the mother of 2 beautiful healthy daughters and a practicing physician for 16 years, Dr. Risa Sloves knows first hand the stresses of every day living. Having gone through 2 pregnancies and delivering both of her children naturally, she knows the importance of taking optimal care of one's body before, during and after pregnancy. Watching her children develop and grow on a daily basis, she is also fully aware of the stresses that children face, physically, emotionally, and environmentally. That is why Dr. Sloves has a family based chiropractic office that provides gentle chiropractic care specializing in infants, children, adolescents and pregnant women (she does take care of dads and grandparents, too!).
In order to expand her knowledge and education so that she could provide the highest quality of chiropractic care, Dr. Sloves completed a three-year post-doctorate program through the New York Chiropractic College and passed the Board Examinations required to obtain a Diplomate Degree from the International Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. As part of this training, she has been certified in the Webster Turning Technique which allows breech babies to get into the best possible position for labor and delivery. She is currently 1 of 10 Chiropractic Physicians in Connecticut to have obtained this degree.