Now retired from private practice, specializing in holistic, functional and preventive medicine emphasizing total body wellness, Dr. Todd (known for decades by his patients) is formally Todd T. Frisch, Doctor of Chiropractic. He began his career as a chiropractor in 1981 after graduating from Palmer Chiropractic College.
In 2010 he developed his own product and program, SHAPE ReClaimed. With SHAPE becoming a national success, he has transitioned from private practice to a full-time technical/clinical advisor to assist hundreds of SHAPE practitioners across the country.
Always practicing “out-of-the-box” of traditional chiropractic as a young doctor, his passion to help sick people get well was ignited. What started as a challenge slowly grew into an obsession to find the missing puzzle piece. He attributes his passion of looking for unresolved health mysteries to his obsession with Sherlock Holmes as a young boy.
Challenge/obstacle #1: finding answers within his natural/holistic belief system to treat symptoms with less toxic cures while searching for the underlying cause.
Challenge/Obstacle #2: As unique and different a finger print is to every human, so is specialized treatment to restoring health. The challenge began with looking at every individual and building a treatment plan to fit each “particular patient,” instead of creating a standardized “one-size-fits-all” protocol.
In working with a jigsaw puzzle, we must place each distinctive piece in its proper place in order to create a whole picture. So, too, we must gather all the “diagnostic pieces” that make for the unique health picture of each patient.
In his early days of practice, between patient visits, he spent endless hours studying the manifestation of illness. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge, regarding health and the human body, continued to be his journey with no final destination. No book was too expensive, (whether it be traditional western medical text or traditional Chinese medical text), no seminar too far away, no class too peculiar to potentially learn something that might help a patient.
His earliest belief was, and continues to be….nutritional deficiency! After years of studying nutrition and the eating habits of his patients, in relationship to their state of health, he was and continues to be convinced food is medicine. Therein lies the confusion! With so many opinions and theories, where does one begin to find truth? Realizing patients were nutritionally deficient, this naturally took him into studying and using nutraceuticals as medicine.
As his reputation grew, chiropractic pediatrics dominated one-third of his patient population. Parents pleaded for him to discover the “why” behind their children’s chronic health problems and present non-pharmaceutical treatment, which led him to studying homeopathy, due to its ease of administration. His vast knowledge of homeopathy eventually led him to developing his own product, SHAPE ReClaimed.
Coinciding with his earlier frustrations, he had an opportunity to study with Dr. Bernard Jensen, who pioneered the science of iridology in the United States. Though iridology is controversial, he never abandoned utilizing this technique clinically and continues to teach its diagnostic value. Utilizing iridology led to his fascination with the ancient art of face reading, better known as Mien Shiang in Chinese or Bo Shin in Japanese. He plans to write his own facial diagnostic textbook for his SHAPE practitioners to enhance their diagnostic skills into understanding declining health
In 1982, he began his study of TCM and acupuncture. From that point forward, he had a burning desire to learn anything and everything he could regarding TCM and applying its unique diagnostic techniques to his already established analytical protocol.
The longer he was in practice, he began to observe patterns which helped him to qualify and quantify different aspects of illness. This helped him gain insight into the patients “weak links” before they became full blown disease.
Dr. Todd always said, “I am not motivated by my clinical success, but driven and somewhat haunted by my failures. I will continue to search for that missing piece of the puzzle.”
Through the years, his drive and passion to help others heal never waned. Though he hung up his “private practice hat,” he is excited to spend the twilight of his career teaching his philosophy and lending his clinical expertise with all his SHAPE practitioners. In between teaching, he will spend time enjoying one of his many hobbies (antiquing, woodworking, gardening, solving crossword puzzles, watching the Packers and Badgers, biking, hiking, bonfires, pontoon rides and traveling.)
So his story continues…