Dr. Lance Myers, Dr. Nicholas Micka, Dr. Andrew Basham, and Dr. Jason Whitaker
are Chiropractic Physicians practicing Chiropractic Care and Sports Medicine in the Rockford area!

Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics is a full Rehabilitation Facility offering the best in Chiropractic care, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Nutrition. We pride ourselves in quickly rehabilitating routine conditions as well as
difficult conditions such as Slipped Discs, Rotator Cuff Shoulder Injuries, Scoliosis, Tennis Elbow, Arthritic Problems, Neck and Back pain, Knee, Ankle and Foot disorders.

Our physicians are trained in various techniques including Diversified, Drop Table, Flexion-Distraction, Gua-Sha, Activator Methods, Class IV K-laser, and Kinesiology Taping.

Staff members in our office are dedicated to helping patients regain and maintain the best in health, enabling them to stay more active in their early and latter years of life. Our motto is “do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27)

Our Doctors

Dr. Lance Myers

Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Lance Myers was born and raised in Flint, MI before moving to Polo, IL during high school. He is a chiropractic physician with an emphasis on sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation. He received degrees in Biomedical Sciences in 2006 and Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009 from the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. After graduation, he opened and operated an office in Freeport, IL, and then later relocated to Rockford where he joined Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics in March 2013. In August 2017, he and Dr. Nicholas Micka purchased the office from Dr. Jacob Caraotta who began working in short-term medical missions.


Dr. Myers grew up receiving chiropractic care. His mother would often take him and his four brothers to a chiropractor for wellness care. Seeing and receiving the benefits of chiropractic wellness care starting at around the age of 10, he had desired since then to become a chiropractic physician. His desire was to help others understand and benefit from what rehabilitative, corrective and wellness chiropractic care is able to do for patients.

Dr. Myers has advanced training in Olympic-style kinesiology taping and sports medicine. Additionally, he has training in spinal correction and rehabilitation through Chiropractic Biophysics. Dr. Myers is available, as a community service, for lectures on various health topics including spinal care, nutrition and exercise. He is a member of the Christian Chiropractors Association and the International Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Myers stresses the importance of preventative spinal health, nutrition, and wellness. He and his wife Rhonda have 2 daughters, are active in their church and community, and reside in Rockford.

Nicholas Micka D.C.

Dr. Nicholas Micka grew up in the Quad Cities. When he was younger, he would see his mom suffer with intense migraines that she would have to take pain killers for, experience minimal relief, and be bed ridden the entire day. It was a regular pattern that he hated to see his mom go through.

At one of her primary Doctor visits, he recommended that she get adjusted, and so, she sought out a Chiropractor. After the first visit, she experienced immediate relief, and she was stunned. This had a major impact on Dr. Micka. He was shocked that by moving a bone out of alignment, you could fix the problem, instead of masking the symptoms with drugs.

He felt called to be a Chiropractor, and so he went on to graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2010.

After graduating, Dr. Micka practiced in Tuscola Il, where he expanded upon his training in clinical nutrition.

Dr. Micka and his wife, Amber, decided to move to Rockford in 2013 so that he could practice at Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics. It was, and still is, a huge honor and privilege for him to work in an environment that loves God and loves people as it’s primary focus.

Dr. Micka loves providing quality Chiropractic care for people, and he is also experienced in other techniques such as Graston and Active Release Techniques. These are advanced muscle releasing techniques that help treat sports and everyday injuries.

He has been using both Chiropractic and muscle release techniques successfully to help people with neck and back disc and arthritic problems, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, shoulder injuries, knee arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and various other conditions.

Dr. Micka has additional training in Chiropractic Biophysics, which enables him to recognize, and correct, specific postural abnormalities and imbalances.

“It is my passion to help people with poor spinal hygiene and postural issues. It can be really painful and can severely limit the quality of life in that person. One of the best parts of my job is seeing people get their life back. Helping others meet their health goals, whether it be walking, running, playing with their kids and grandkids again, or any other goal they may have, is my top priority.”

When he is not in the office, Dr. Micka enjoys spending time outside with his wife and 3 children. He also enjoys weight training, which is a hobby he started in middle school, and is what helped him realize his passion for being healthy and promoting health even at an early age.

Dr. Micka and his wife are active members in their church family, and they support many outreach ministries in the community.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Micka, call 815-398-4004, or CLICK HERE to schedule online.

Andrew Basham D.C.

Dr. Basham was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas.

“A major turning point in my life occurred on 5-22-1972 when I found myself wrapped around a telephone pole riding my motorcycle. I was told that year I would never walk on my own two legs again. This was unacceptable to a hard-headed 17-year-old. I have gone through 17 surgeries on my left leg; with the final procedure performed in 1989. I have learned to walk 7 times over a 3 1/2 year span. I have spent my life since then engaging in any sports activity the Doctors said I would never do. I have been a power weight lifter, golfer, tennis player, runner, softball player, martial arts, and anything else I could find to prove the doctors wrong!”

Dr. Basham graduated from Wichita State University, then went on to Cleveland Chiropractic College.

Dr. Basham was a member of the Honor Society while at Wichita State University and achieved Delta Tau Alpha Chiropractic Honor Society while at Cleveland Chiropractic College.

Dr. Basham was President of the Cleveland Chiropractic student body, as well as a member of the “Who’s Who of Colleges and Universities”.

Dr. Basham has a heart for serving those in need. When he’s not treating patients, he enjoys teaching children, as well as serving in various homeless shelters. He has also served as a Flood and Tornado emergency aid relief worker.

Dr. Basham has extensive experience working in multidisciplinary clinics working with M.D.’s, P.T.’s, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. He has guided Medical doctors in surgery, for injection positioning for epidurals, facet, hip, knee, sacroiliac, finger, wrist, and trigger point injections.

He has supervised a Physical Therapy and rehabilitation department of a pain care center for 16 years. He has extensive experience working with; not only the spine; but also work on knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders, and any skeletal condition.

“Because of my active lifestyle, I have had most of the injuries you have, and I know first hand how to help you recover from them. Looking forward to meeting you!”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Basham, call 815-398-4004, or CLICK HERE to schedule online.

Doctor of Chiropractic

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Call Caraotta Chiropractic Orthopedics at (815) 398-4004