The Advantage Health & Wellness Difference
Welcome to Advantage Health & Wellness – a healthcare facility that could best be described as primary care for your spine.
With chiropractic, physical therapy, medical massage and many other services, see and feel the ADVANTAGE of a complete physical medicine facility. As we grow and add services, our goal is to be able to help you manage your health in all ways from a natural approach that uses drugs or surgery as a last resort. With this much to offer, if we cannot help you, we will get you referred to a doctor who can. You may ultimately need surgery or to rely on drugs, but you will know that you have tried everything that physical medicine can offer first.
Bring us your physical therapy prescription and see how our personalized and individual attention rather than an assembly line of exercise machines work. Our entire staff operates as a team with a variety of training and capabilities. If it is Surgery Rehab, Accident Recovery, Workers’ Compensation, Weight Loss, Better Balance, Functional Medicine, Spinal Care, Headache Relief, or to visit our Pain Clinic, we are here to help.
Remember when a Doctor would listen to you and get a great understanding of what is wrong, work with you to help you get out of pain? Well, it still exists right here in Morgantown, right here at Advantage Health & Wellness.
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Conditions We Treat
Below are lists of conditions that we commonly treat at Advantage Health & Wellness. This list does not include everything that we may be able to help with.
Conditions we commonly treat:
- Acid Reflux/GERD
- Arm and/or Leg pain
- Back Pain
- Better Balance
- Car Crash Injuries (non-life threatening)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Disc Herniation
- Disc Problems
- Ear Infections
- Elbow Pain
- Falls & Poor Balance
- Flexibility and Maintenance
- Headaches & Dizziness
- Headaches and Migraines
- Hip Pain
- Jaw Pain
- Knee Pain
- Neck Pain
- Pediatric Musculoskeletal Pain
- Post-surgical Rehabilitation
- Pregnancy-Related Musculoskeletal Pain
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Sleep Problems
- Sprains / Strains
- Stroke /Brain injury
- Work or Sports Injuries
Conditions that can commonly be helped:
- Auto-immune Disorders
- Cholesterol (high)
- Food Allergies
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Hormone Imbalances
- Thyroid and Hypothyroid
Types of Care
At our practice, our treatments consist of four phases of care. When you first come in for an appointment, we will thoroughly discuss and diagnose your needs, then come up with a treatment plan that works for you.
We focus on getting you out of pain. We remove spasms and swelling so your pain goes away. Frequency is important and typically three times a week until pain is gone.
*This is our most common care plan*
After you begin getting some relief, we help to correct the cause of the pain.
When you choose this type of care you understand that your muscles & tendons need time to change so that your body functions differently and the pain doesn’t quickly return. Usually, your treatment frequency decreases as you go and re-exams tell us when to change frequencies. See below for the phases of corrective care.
Come when you want.
We do not manage your treatment plan.
The goal is short-term pain relief.
No long-term change is expected.
If you continue the daily activities that promote stress and pain, a regular checkup of your spine will help you stay healthy and out of pain.
This type of care is most effective after relief or corrective care is completed and may not be covered by insurance.
Phases of Corrective Care
“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Most of our patients begin treatment here because they’re suffering from an ache or pain they think we can help them with. Relief is obtained when spasm and swelling is reduced. Frequency is important to obtain this goal in a short period of time. DON’T MISS YOUR APPOINTMENTS. But note that long-term changes with muscles and tendons will not be achieved at this point. Then you’ll have a decision to make. You’ll be feeling better, so will you be inclined to build on your foundation and retrain supporting muscle? Improve biomechanics? Stabilize spinal function and fully heal and optimize your spine. That’s our goal for you. If that is your goal as well…
After your first re-examination with your doctor, if you choose to obtain long-term correction we must now work on flexibility and strength in order to change the way your body functions long term. The frequency of treatments can be reduced however the duration of time that we do our treatments must allow for that tissue to change. This may take weeks and ultimately a lot of this corrective care you may be able to do at home.
Or, will you choose to coast, possibly suffering a series of roller coaster relapses, that go away for a short time and then unexpectedly return?
It’s your choice. You don’t have to decide now, but be thinking about the implications of these two choices in the weeks and months ahead.
Once your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints are functioning properly we must strengthen or stabilize so that this change will last. Our frequency of treatment is much less as we monitor your progress with home exercise.
If you continue the daily activities that promote stress and pain, a regular checkup of your spine will help you stay healthy and out of pain. This type of care is most effective after relief or corrective care is completed and may not be covered by insurance.
Meet the Team
Kevin D. Trembush BS. DC
Owner & Clinic Director, Chiropractic Physician
“Chiropractic care, Physical therapy, and Massage therapy may not seem connected at first glance, but it’s undeniable how well those three areas go hand in hand. A dozen years of literature says to put those together, and you get better results. That’s what we do here.”
“We’re using all of these modalities to help get people better, but because it’s such a broad scope of knowledge, it’s not just about spine pain, or neck pain, or back pain. We can treat shoulders, knees, and ankle injuries. We can handle anywhere that hurts on your body pretty much,” he said. “You don’t find that in most conventional therapies.”
“I built a business model that hopefully does not rely on me. So I would love to see this practice specifically, but this practice model not just lives another 10 or 20 years but will thrive 50 years from now. This is the way that health care should be handled. And this is built to last with or without me.”
“I don’t cure anything!” That’s what Dr. Trembush’s first chiropractor told him. He had suffered from pain through high school and college sports. Medication offered no help. ” I simply apply a specific adjustment and your body can cure itself. I just remove the interference to its ability to heal.”
So for Dr. Trembush, a career in chiropractic began because of the ease with which it helped his pain. “I’ll never forget that first adjustment. It was like that pain and pressure were trying to get out of my body but just needed a little help. That is when I knew I would be a chiropractor.” That soon grew into an understanding that chiropractic is more than a means of relief. It is a way to live a more productive, satisfying, and meaningful life.
Dr. Trembush earned his first B.S. degree at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. After completing his study there, he was accepted at The National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, IL. During his four years at the National, courses included biochemistry, a major emphasis on anatomy and human physiology, X-ray, diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques, and patient care in the National Public Clinic. After graduating, Dr. Trembush helped grow a successful practice in the Chicago area before returning to West Virginia to establish his practice.
“We love skeptics,” smiles Dr. Trembush. “I still remember the concerns and apprehension I had when I went to the chiropractor for the first time. So we make it a point to explain everything in advance, answer questions and attempt to over-communicate. Before any treatments begin, we discuss the cause of the problem, a detailed treatment plan, and any pertinent insurance benefits information. Patients appreciate that.”
Dr. Trembush lives in Morgantown with his wife, April, and four daughters, Karsyn Josie, Evyn, and Marli. Outside of the clinic, his main passion is spending time with his family and his English Mastiff, Judge. He enjoys the outdoors and still loves football.
Dr. Trembush receives an adjustment a few times every month. He appreciates the importance of dietary supplementation for health so he and his family take pharmaceutical-grade multivitamins and omega-3 fatty acids daily. By staying active, monitoring the number of toxins he is exposed to, and staying well adjusted, Dr. Trembush knows that even on the rare occasion that he does get sick, his body can recover without turning to medication. Ask him how you can have this confidence in your body.
“Thanks for visiting our site. I hope it can be a source of hope and healing. I look forward to meeting you in person and learning how we may be of service to you. Give our Morgantown office a call, or email me using the link below and let’s arrange a time to explore your options.”
Theodore B. Barko, Jr. DC
While in practice Dr. Barko has had the privilege of working with medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, doctors of physical therapy, and athletic trainers. During his time in this multidisciplinary setting, many professionals were collaborating to ensure the best outcome for the patients.
Dr. Barko graduated from high school knowing he needed to go to college but not having the means; therefore, at age 18, he joined the US Air Force. After serving in the Air Force working as a crew chief on fighter airplanes, he then came home and joined the Air National Guard in Pittsburgh, he also began working at United Parcel Service as a package handler.
“While working in this labor-type position, I injured my back lifting and twisting while performing repetitive work duties. I found myself unable to get relief from the normal medical referrals who only relied on medication to give me some relief. Ultimately I was advised by my mother to seek a Chiropractor to address my condition. My first thought was, ‘I’m not going to see that quack’. So I refused. After continued suffering from lower back pain and only sleeping three hours a night, I reluctantly went to the Chiropractor. This man was amazing, he was able to resolve my lower back pain within approximately 2 weeks when I had suffered for over 6 months. I was intrigued by his success and this began my quest for knowledge relating to the Chiropractic field.”
After researching this healing art Dr. Barko was convinced he wanted to be a Chiropractor to help other people overcome these same types of injuries. He began taking night classes at WCCC Youngwood, PA, and the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg PA campus while continuing to be employed at UPS. He completed his undergraduate degree and was accepted at National Chiropractic College in Chicago, Illinois. During his 4 years at National, he studied human anatomy, human physiology, biochemistry, diagnosis of conditions, and chiropractic techniques. While at college he began treating patients at the National Chiropractic public clinic. After graduating with a degree in Chiropractic, he returned to South Western PA where he joined a multidisciplinary clinic. After being at this clinic for 26 years, he felt the need to return to a more Chiropractic based environment which led him to Advantage Health & Wellness.
At the present time, Dr. Barko lives in South Connellsville, PA with his wife Lori and his son Tanner. His main passion is spending time with his family and his Siberian Husky, Sabaka. He loves the outdoors and coaches his son’s Pony League baseball team during the summer months. His older son Theo lives in Duluth, Minnesota, and works in the aircraft maintenance industry. Dr. Barko is a current member of King Soloman’s Masonic Lodge #346 in Connellsville. He is dually licensed in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He is certified in acupuncture from National Chiropractic College.
“Being in the military and ultimately becoming a chiropractor has instilled and taught me the meaning of integrity, honesty, and professionalism. As a Chiropractic physician I am held to a high standard, I am sworn to uphold my oath to the best of my ability. I strive to help people regain their health through proven techniques and protocols designed to restore normal spinal biomechanics and strength thereby helping the body heal itself. I believe in having a “Vision for the future” and in that vision, I see a tremendous opportunity to help and serve the people in this area. I am excited to join Advantage Health and Wellness and look forward to helping the good people of the Morgantown area.”
Lawrence P. Boyd, III BS., DC
Lawrence P. Boyd III D.C. has been in practice since 2007 in southwest Pennsylvania specializing in spinal curve restoration and x-ray interpretation. While in practice Dr. Boyd had the privilege of working with and learning from Chiropractic neurologists to Spinal decompression experts. Dr. Boyd is from the quaint little town of Fairchance Pa. where he attended Albert Gallatin Senior High School. He then did his Bachelor’s studies in Pre-med Biology at the California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boyd received his chiropractic education from the prestigious Fountainhead of Chiropractic Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport Iowa. While there Dr. Boyd spent countless hours in and outside of class learning as much about Anatomy, Neurology, Biochemistry, X-ray analysis, and physical medicine from the greatest minds in the field. Now that Dr. Boyd is at Advantage Health and Wellness he looks forward to further utilizing his vast knowledge to provide the best that physical medicine has to offer to the good people of Morgantown and its neighboring communities.
Michele A. Libell PT
Michele loves spending time with her children. In her spare time, she also enjoys playing in a steel drum band here in Morgantown.
I returned to work as a physical therapist after raising 3 wonderful children and wanted to use my degree in physical therapy to help people. I found it refreshing to see at AHW that chiropractors, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners all work together to help make people’s lives better.
A typical day starts with meetings and huddles. I also do new patient examinations and reexaminations on current patients, which includes documenting and instituting care plans and signing daily notes. I stay in communication with staff on progressing patients with their treatment plans and communicate with patients, doctors, and insurance companies as necessary.
William F. Filcheck DC
Functional Medicine, Chiropractic Physician
Dr. Filcheck got his Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University. Dr. Filcheck received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in 1993. He has also received a certificate in Functional Medicine from Functional Medicine University. He holds chiropractic licenses in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Filcheck has lived in West Virginia since 1993. He enjoys the opportunity that working at Advantage Health and Wellness has given him to educate his patients on the use of diet, vitamins, and supplements to achieve their goals in weight loss and to help the body naturally control and help relieve other disease processes. Dr. Filcheck is trained to look for the root cause of the condition and to assist the body in healing naturally.
Matthew T. Heater CPC, CBCS, CMU, MIBOA, CHS
Operations Manager, Billing Manager
I was born in Fairmont, WV but was raised following my father’s career in the US Air Force taking me all around the world. A large portion of my childhood was spent living in Europe and seeing parts of the world most could only dream of. I moved back to West Virginia to attend high school and I quickly realized I wanted to stay in the area and be near my grandparents and extended family.
I began building my career in the hospitality industry when my mother fell sick and needed me home more often. This lead me to healthcare, I needed a stable job in a growing industry that allowed me to help not only my family but also the community around me.
After graduating from a Medical Billing program I was led to Advantage as a student intern with hours to complete as a graduation requirement. I quickly found my place here, was offered a full-time position, and started to help build each of the billing positions we have today. I soon became a leader of the TEAM and accepted a position as Billing Manager. Advantage has helped me to obtain many certifications and credentials to help grow my knowledge not only for the job I am performing but also help me grow as a manager within the company.
I am forever grateful for the risk they took on me, fresh out of school with little experience. Working with the doctors and staff here has created such a loving, family-like atmosphere with so much love and support that I truly feel at home every day I am here.
G. Michael Radabaugh, Jr. BS
Clinical Department Head, Radiologic Technologist
“I am originally from Preston County. I am married with 2 wonderful children.
I worked for 13 years as a Radiologic Technologist at WVUH before being hired here at Advantage Health and Wellness to help develop the Case Management position and take x-rays. That changed to a position scribing for our providers as they conduct New Patient exams while I continue to take x-rays for the office. In late 2018 I was promoted to Department Head for the Clinical and Rehab departments.
The favorite part of my job is welcoming our patients into the office and treating them like Family. It is very rewarding to see a person progress from being in pain to becoming a Happy, Healthy Patient by the time they have completed their journey with us.
I have many “mantras” that get me through a workday here at Advantage, but the one I repeat most often is; “I am here to help.”
April R. Trembush
April has enjoyed being a part of every aspect of a small, family business that genuinely cares for not only its patients but the TEAM of providers and staff as well. From Front Desk to Marketing and Public Relations to her current role managing finances, payroll, and anything else that she can help with, April wears many hats.
April is originally from Copen, WV, and moved to Morgantown WV in 1989 to attend WVU and make Morgantown her new home.
She and Dr. Trembush have 4 beautiful, intelligent, and healthy daughters ranging from college to elementary school. A flexible schedule with AHW allows April to be home with their daughters when needed. They are certainly her greatest and favorite accomplishment and role. Rounding out the family are their two English Mastiffs.
April feels she is equally fortunate to have an amazing TEAM that is competent and trusted to manage anything while she is away. This is a testament to her husband, Dr. Trembush who leads by example and has undoubtedly found the greatest group of individuals around that she is so very proud to work with. Together, they insist on treating patients like family and believe their TEAM does also.
It touches her heart to have seen so many people benefit from the healthcare at AHW and regain a better quality of life. Her heart is full seeing the relationships this TEAM has built with many of our patients… sincere joy over their successes and truly taking them into their hearts when life has thrown them a curveball.
I hope you and yours never need us. But if you ever find yourself in a situation that you do, even if it’s just to fine-tune an already healthy lifestyle, I hope you give us a chance.
Ryan D. Seigh
Ryan is originally from Preston County and has resided in Morgantown for over 5 years. He has worked for several local businesses and specializes in marketing and social media for small businesses.
“I was attracted to Advantage because I have personally experienced how the wonders of chiropractic and physical therapy can help recover from injuries. As a lifelong West Virginia resident, I know how bad the opioid problem is here and I love our mission of providing safe, non-narcotic pain management. I am extremely excited to share with people what a complete physical medicine facility can do for them.”
Ryan is responsible for coordinating our marketing strategy, planning events, and attracting new patients to experience what we offer.
Monday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Voted Best Morgantown Chiropractic Office 2018, 2019, and 2021!