As an active child, Dr. Tonnies suffered from allergies, which eventually developed into asthma. This affected his childhood in a negative way. Despite having these health issues, he refused to stop playing sports, and instead began to understand that exercise and sleep are vital components to health, as well as life in general. Just as most do, he ignored his body’s warning signs of declining health. As he grew older he suffered from multiple bouts of strep throat, at its worst, having strep on five occasions within a three-month period. After failing to find the medical answer to why his health was failing, he began searching for a more natural form of healthcare. It wasn’t until his high school psychology class, that his thinking began to transform, after learning about the brain and nervous system. This led to a never-ending desire to better understand the nervous system and how it relates to our health.
Dr. Tonnies’ education began at St. Louis University High School, where after graduating, he was accepted into Truman State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. This is where his interest in health was ignited. His interest centered on the brain and nervous system and its control of everything that occurs in our body. Further compelled, he continued his education in natural health by earning a doctoral degree at Logan College of Chiropractic, from which he matriculated in December 2011. While attending Chiropractic school, Dr. Josh Tonnies studied the anatomy and physiology of the human body and how it was created to maintain itself. Though loving his new studies, something was missing. He was learning about how the body worked and how to assess the spine, but he never really understood the “why” in Chiropractic, until he met Dr. Eddie Weller of the Atlas Institute of Health. Dr. Weller began to teach him the philosophy of Chiropractic and the “why” of how Chiropractic can help everyone regardless of the sickness or condition. Dr. Weller’s teachings led him to discover his “why”, and shortly after he decided to become an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.
Now Dr. Tonnies’ desire is to share his passion, by educating families of the St. Louis community about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the amazing benefits of Upper Cervical care. Dr. Josh Tonnies’ desire to serve the St. Louis community is evident through his past work at Giant Steps, school for autistic children, St. Patrick’s Center, Habitat for Humanity and various other volunteering events. His future aspirations include, opening a donation-based clinic in the city of St. Louis to aid those who cannot afford any type of healthcare, and to participate in many overseas mission trips, eventually opening a donation based clinic overseas. For the first 3 years after graduating, Dr. Tonnies was part of the team of physicians at the Atlas Institute of Health and is proud to have been part of their vision. Recently, Dr. Tonnies has help to expand the reach of Upper Cervical care by opening his new office, St. Louis Upper Cervical in Webster Groves. His hopes are that it will attract and educate even more about the power of Upper Cervical Chiropractic.