Meet the Doctors

John Calisesi, DC FASA

Dr. John Calisesi was born and raised in Fort Dodge. At the age of 12, after suffering from migraine headaches for several years, he received his first chiropractic adjustment. This restored his health and inspired him to become a chiropractor. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1974. In 1976, he returned to Fort Dodge and established Calisesi Chiropractic Clinic.

In 1980 he married Elisabeth Tucci and in 1982 they built their clinic which is still at its present location. They are the parents of Dr. Carrie Jo Calisesi and Liza Marie Calisesi.

Ever since graduation, Dr. Calisesi has been a constant learner. Beginning in 1978, he took a 3 year post-graduate course in chiropractic orthopedics. In 1992, he finished a 3 year course in chiropractic neurology. After personally being helped by acupuncture, he enrolled in a 200 hour course in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1999, he traveled to China and studied acupuncture, Tai Chi and Qi Gong at various hospitals and clinics.

In 2006, he was appointed by Governor Thomas Vilsack to the Iowa Board of Chiropractic. He has served as Chairman of both Discipline and Licensure Committees. He has just completed his third three-year term and served as Chairman his final three years.

Dr. Calisesi has served as Board Member of Trinity Hospice and helped in raising funds for the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. In 2006 he was appointed to the Board of the Trinity Health Foundation and has served as past Chairman.

Dr. Calisesi was an avid jogger for 30 years and has been a member of the YMCA/Fort Dodge REC since 1977. His hobbies also include bowling. In 1985, he won the doubles and all events division of the Iowa State Men’s Bowling Tournament and set a new state record in both divisions. In 1994 he was inducted into the Iowa Bowling Hall of Fame for his bowling ability.

Dr. Calisesi has been a life-long member of the Iowa Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association. He has belonged to the Iowa Chiropractic Physician’s Clinic since their inception in 1994.

Carrie Jo Calisesi, DC

Dr. Carrie Jo Calisesi graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic as salutatorian of her class in February, 2011. While at Palmer, she performed a year internship in the Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Department and attended many Motion Palpation Institute seminars. Dr. Carrie Jo Calisesi was chosen to serve as a Palmer Campus Guide, welcoming alumni and prospective students by sharing her knowledge and understanding of chiropractic.

Dr. Carrie Jo is the regional director for BIRTHFIT Fort Dodge and has also completed a 200 hour certification from the Academy Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) focusing care on infants, children and pregnant mothers. She is also certified in the Webster Technique used on pregnant mothers to balance the pelvis and uterus. Dr. Carrie Jo specializes in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care.

Dr. Carrie Jo Calisesi has also completed over 100 hours of post-graduate study in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Dr. Carrie Jo Calisesi was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, graduated from Saint Edmond High School, and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Central College in Pella, Iowa. She is excited to return to her hometown and give back to her community. Dr. Carrie Jo is an avid runner and cyclist. She also enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients from Farmer’s Markets.

Brady Pearson, DC

Dr. Brady Pearson graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic as valedictorian of his class in February, 2011. While at Palmer, he was elected to serve on the Executive Board of Student Council and performed a year internship in the Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Department. Additionally, Dr. Pearson studied Functional Anatomy and attended numerous Motion Palpation Institute seminars. 

Dr. Pearson joined Calisesi Chiropractic in 2011. Since joining the practice, Dr. Pearson has completed hundreds of post-graduate education hours in soft tissue manipulation, Functional and Kinetic Therapy with Rehab (FAKTR) and Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method or MDT). Dr. Pearson also takes a special interest in conservative, non-surgical management of degenerative disc disease, disc bulging, sciatica and disc herniation.

Dr. Pearson also is passionate about helping patients become more healthy with weight loss and exercise. He leads the doctor supervised lifestyle program to help his patients become healthier.

Dr. Brady Pearson has also completed his training in acupuncture and uses acupuncture with chiropractic for chronic pain syndromes, migraine headaches, low back pain and many other conditions.

Dr. Brady Pearson is a Certified Medical Examiner and is listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Dr. Pearson obtained post-graduate training at Northwestern University of Health Sciences and has passed the written examination of Federal Motor Carrier Saftey Administration (FMCSA).

Dr. Pearson grew up in North Dakota and performed his undergraduate education at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  

Dr. Pearson enjoys running, cycling, tennis and golf to maintain a true wellness lifestyle. Dr. Pearson enjoys helping patients live a healthier lifestyle through chiropractic.

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