The wellness team at Kinesis Healthcare includes Dr. David Renner and Dr. Margarite Melikian.
Dr. Renner and Dr. Melikian founded Kinesis Healthcare in 2010. They met while studying and teaching karate with the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs and have been happily married since 2005 and are raising their baby girl Nayiri. They are proud to welcome their assistant Haley Locher.
Dr. Renner believes in making the world a better place by helping one person at a time. His mission is to help people live healthy, pain-free lives.
Dr. Renner has been in practice since 2006 and has enjoyed serving as physician for the USA Shotokan Karate Team. Being the team doctor allows him to combine his two passions and lifelong pursuits: holistic medicine and karate. Treating the former world-champion before his debut in 2009 is especially memorable for him. Dr. Renner also began working with the USA Bridge team in 2017.
He earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic medicine from the prestigious National University of Health Sciences and, with over 650 hours of post-doctoral training in this field, has earned a Diplomate in Professional Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK). He is the second of only three doctors in the state of Illinois to have earned this distinction. He enjoys teaching and certifying other doctors and students in PAK. Dr. Renner also has training in Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) and Total Body Modification (TBM). He has expanded his clinical interests from sports medicine to include functional lab analysis, internal medicine, and epigenetic nutritional consultations.
His love of martial arts began when he was only eight years old. He is a San Dan (3rd degree black belt) and has been studying and teaching karate with the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs (ISKC) for over 30 years. His competitive career includes the distinctions of being a two-time national champion. This early passion has grown to include decades of study in Chinese healing/martial arts and Yoga/Ayurvedic practice. Exploring the mind-body connection is one of many life-long pursuits he enjoys.
At present, he continues to teach karate part-time at the Glen Ellyn park district. He is a nationally ranked referee with the USA-NKF. He is also an executive board member of ISKC’s booster club, which has raised over $1 million in charity donations for such causes as cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Dr. Melikian’s passion for alternative medicine stems from her own experience. As a teenager, she injured her knee and endured severe, unrelenting knee pain and swelling for years. Physical therapy did not help, and she was told she would need knee surgery at just sixteen years of age. Desperate, her family turned to an acupuncturist, and she recovered completely in just three treatments. Acupuncture saved her from knee surgery.
This experience inspired Dr. Melikian to help others avoid unnecessary suffering, drugs, and surgery. Her mission is to help educate her community about natural solutions for lasting health & wellness.
Dr. Melikian earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic medicine and her Masters in Acupuncture with Cum Laude honors from the National University of Health Sciences. She is certified in Professional Applied Kinesiology (PAK) and has attended over 550 hours of post-doctoral education in PAK and internal medicine. She has been in practice since 2008, and focusing on women’s health by integrating and applying her knowledge of acupuncture, nutrition, herbs, and chiropractic for a more comprehensive approach. She has also studied Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). And Dr. Melikian is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in Webster Technique for helping pregnant women.
Dr. Melikian has studied karate with the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs (ISKC) and holds the rank of Ni Dan (2nd degree black belt). The highlights of her competitive career include a national title in 2001 and training with the USA team at Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. Although she is no longer teaching, this is still a large part of her life, and she continues to volunteer at local karate tournaments.