“I was diagnosed with Diabetes and I was having severe foot pain and severe hand pain from neuropathy. The pain level in my hands and feet were 10 out of 10. My sleep patterns were terrible. I slept for about 2 hours a day. My sugar levels, which I thought was normal, were usually between 250 and 300 everyday, while taking medication to lower the blood sugar. This had been going on for about 3 to 4 years. I often would stay at home and not do anything because the pain was so severe. I couldn’t stand in the shower, particularly when I had to close my eyes because I would lose my balance. I had to have aids installed in the shower to assist me. I now can walk. I can go to the store. I walk around the block. I do chores in the yard and around the house. I’m much more active. I’m enjoying life now as opposed to before coming here. My sugar level has dropped over a 100 points. Last week I had a reading of 117. It used to be that when I got up in the morning that I couldn’t walk to the bathroom before putting shoes on. Now, I get up, barefoot, and can walk to the bathroom. I get in the shower and now I no longer have to use the aids for balance. I can close my eyes and wash my face with relative ease. In the past I would have fallen if I didn’t use those aids. Prior to seeing Dr. Picard my whole wrist and hand was extremely sore. I couldn’t loosen bottle tops. I would try to avoid anything to do with turning my fingers or I would have to ask someone to do it for me. Now, the only issue I have is on my baby finger, but other than that my hand is pain free.”

— Walter A., Detroit

“Before I came here I was having a lot of problems with numbness of my feet. I was restricted to a scooter, a walker, and sometimes a wheelchair. And I was told that I would have to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life, eventually. My biggest problem was not the pain so much from the neuropathy, but from the imbalance. I would fall down. I have broken my arm and have had to have surgery just from stubbing my toe and falling down. When I saw the ad in the paper, I came to see Dr. Picard. And since I’ve come here, the numbness is gone from my feet and I’m able to drive again. I’m able to do so many things. I have gotten away from my walker, my scooter and any other apparatus because I feel that I really don’t need them. My feet feel so much better and I have just been released to enjoy my life again.”

— Gail D., Clinton Twp

“My toes had become completely numb. It was hard to walk. I couldn’t feel rocks or anything if I was barefooted. It made me end up burning my feet in the shower. I can now feel my toes. The hard skin around my toes is gone. This is like a miracle!”

— Tammi, Oakland Township

“In 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through chemo and radiation last year. After my 4th round of chemo my legs started hurting so bad that I could hardly walk. After 3 visits here I can walk better. I am more confident that I’m not going to fall down anymore. My husband and my kids all notice that I’m walking better. I look forward to coming into the office because I know that when I go home, my legs won’t be as bad as before I got here.”

— Regina P., East Pointe

Chronic Pain

“I could barely stand and I couldn’t walk a certain distance. I felt the pain in my lower back and in both knees. My pain level was at a 10 or sometimes more! I had tried going to therapy, taking all kind of medications and going to the gym. The last straw was when they told me they were going to do injections and I did not want that and was looking for something that was less invasive. It was very debilitating to go out somewhere. I couldn’t bend and if I dropped something I couldn’t bend over to pick it up. After receiving Dr. Picard’s care now I’m able to bend. I’m able to go up the stairs. I can walk. It has just made a tremendous difference in my life. I don’t have to sit down when I cook. I can go out now because I don’t have to worry about having to walk fast with the crowds because now I am able to do that. I’m able to go on vacation to places that in the past I wouldn’t go to because I wasn’t able to move around like I am now.”

— Barbara, Oak Park, MI

“I was having difficulty walking any distance. I had burning in my knees, legs and ankles. I didn’t have the energy that I used to have. I did less and it took me longer. I was depressed. My son was very concerned. I had knee replacement along time ago and was told that pain management was necessary. I tried the epidural injections but they were not successful. The orthopedic doctor told me that I was looking at back surgery down the road. Prior to beginning care with Dr. Picard I was on a trip and needed a wheelchair to use at the airport. After 3 weeks of care with Dr. Picard I was able to walk 5 flights of stairs and 3 blocks all in the same day.”

— Sarah, Warren, MI

“I was told I needed a knee replacement. I had continuous pain in my left knee which affected my walking. My mobility was really restricted. I played a lot of golf and going up and down the hills really restricted me. Getting out of a chair, walking up and down the steps, mowing the lawn… it was just there every day. As a result of being under Dr. Picard’s care I no longer have to take any pain medications. I no longer need the knee replacement surgery. I can function around the house better. I’m playing golf a lot better. I’m hitting the ball farther and scoring more often. I am very, very happy with the results.”

— Don, Davison, MI

“I was having severe knee pain. I had been seeing an orthopedic surgeon for the past 5 years. I was getting injections of either cortisone or a lubricant that was supposed to help with my knees. It was only a temporary fix. I have arthritis in my knees. Last year it was the worst pain I had ever had. Physical therapy actually made the pain worse. I couldn’t sleep at night and I couldn’t function during the day. I was taking anti-inflammatory meds and pain pills, both which left me in a fog. I was feeling hopeless. I initially entered Dr. Picard’s office on a crutch. After beginning his care I immediately saw changes. I can now sleep at night. I no longer use a crutch and I’m able to climb the 800 foot lake Michigan sand dunes.”

— Lu M., Shelby Township, MI

“Since 2006 I could hardly lift my shoulder. It was going numb. I was constantly dropping stuff. I could hardly rotate it. I couldn’t work because nobody would hire me because of the condition of my shoulder. When I would try holding my little baby, my arm would go numb. I had been to 28 different doctors. Nobody said they could do anything for it. All they wanted to do was to give me different pain medications and steroid shots in my arm. Within a couple of weeks of care with Dr. Picard, I was able to lift my shoulder above my head again. It no longer aches or goes numb. Now I can work more and I can go out and play with my daughter. Since I have been coming here I haven’t been taking any medications.”

— Charles, Southgate, MI

“I had been to another doctor who told me I needed a knee replacement. I was having problems with my right knee and leg for 6 or 8 months. When I walked it hurt. When I bent over and drove it hurt twice as much. My pain was at a level of 9. It hurt to go up and down stairs. I had to go up and down the stairs 1 step at a time. I couldn’t cut grass or pull weeds. After getting under the care of Dr. Picard my pain has dropped down to a level of 3. I no longer have a problem cutting grass or going up and down the stairs. My family notices how I am now able to get around much better. I do not need to get knee replacement surgery.”

— Virginia K., Detroit, MI

“I was having problems with my knees. I was having problems climbing the stairs, bending down on the floor and trying to get up. I was at a level of 8 or 9 out of 10. I live in a colonial style house and was unable to climb the stairs to the bedroom so I had to sleep on the 1st floor of the house. I had a lot of pain going from sitting to standing. I was no longer able to walk 9 holes on a golf course. The orthopedic doctor told me I was bone on bone with both knees and that I would probably need to have knee replacement surgery. After getting under the care of Dr. Picard I can now climb stairs without any problem at all. I can sleep in my bed. I’m able to walk 9 holes on the golf course. My pain does not occur much and when it does it’s below a level of 1. Now I can get on the floor and play with my grandson and get up without having any problems at all.”

— Jan, Shelby Township, MI

Metabolic/Thyroid/Diabetes/Weight Loss

“I went from a size 16 to a 12. I went from an extra large top to a large. I have lost over 25 pounds. I’m not tired. I have a lot more energy than I used to. I feel terrific. My husband is also under the care of Dr. Picard and he has lost about 40 pounds.”

— Jan, Shelby Township, MI

“I had a problem with my weight my whole life. After beginning care with Dr. Picard I have lost over 75 pounds. I have a ton more energy. The heels of my feet used to be dry and cracked but not anymore. My skin has changed my hair has changed. I used to squeeze into a size 22. I have to buy new clothes every month. A couple weeks ago I had to purchase a size 14. This has been a life changing experience.”

— Lu M., Shelby Township, MI

“I used to have skin issues, sleeping problems, emotional problems. It affected my life with my family. I wasn’t getting out of the house. I was depressed. It was affecting everything. Prior to seeing Dr. Picard I had seen other doctors for months and it was costing lots of money. Now since being under the care of Dr. Picard, everything has changed including my attitude and my relationship with my family. I’m getting out in the public and I just started a new job. I’m able to sleep, my skin is better…everything is better. Life is good!”

— Susan, South Lyon, MI

“I was always having my medicines changed by my doctors for 2 or 3 years. I just kept gaining weight no matter what I did. I was always exercising and cutting back on my eating, but I just kept on gaining weight. Since I have been coming here I have lost 18 lbs and I don’t feel like it will come back. My energy levels are a lot better, 95% better. I’m sleeping better and I feel more rested. I’m beginning to get interested in things again that I had lost interest in. I’m feeling like my old self.”

— Wanda H., Southfield

“When I started to come in to see Dr. Picard I weighed 170 -172 … I lost 22 lbs.”

— Marion L., Chatham, ON, Canada

“Before coming to see Dr. Picard I was having problems with weight, as well as various other medical problems. With the diet that Dr. Picard put me on, the various supplements and monitoring me, I have gone down 20 lbs from my top weight and I would like to get down a few more pounds, but I feel so much better. The loss of weight makes it easier to get around. Walking is much easier and I just feel better. It must be obvious even my family has noticed the weight loss. Physically I feel better.”

— Carol D., ON, Canada

“I started eating the way he told me to eat. I was happy with what I was eating. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I was eating more fruits and vegetables more than I have ever eaten before. What I noticed is that the pounds started coming off. They were floating off away from my hips. At first it was a pound, then a couple of pounds. Then I was up to 5 lbs off. I don’t feel like I was dieting or cheating myself. Before you know it I was down 10 pounds. I continued eating and now I am down 16 pounds. I feel great. I feel that I can do anything. I have been walking a lot more. I walked for an hour today, a little over 3 miles. I feel so energetic with the weight gone that I feel like a new person. I feel not only better physically, but emotionally and mentally. I got to buy new clothes because my clothes just didn’t fit. I am very happy with my life and the weight loss has been wonderful.”

— Barb S.. Clinton Twp., MI

NeuroBehavioral & Developmental Disorders

“My 13 yr old daughter was withdrawn, tired all of the time, not socializing much at all, not doing very well in school. She didn’t want to go to school. She was having a hard time getting things done. She was having a hard time focusing. She would spend most of her time in her room either sleeping or on her laptop. It was hard to get her out of the house. Medication and counseling had been recommended, but I didn’t want to medicate her. As a result of her care her eyes got a sparkle to them, she’s laughing all of the time, she’s talking all of the time. I got an email from one of her teachers mentioning how she had noticed a big change in my daughter’s attitude. My daughter is now more awake in the morning. It’s like night and day. It’s amazing. Everyone notices the changes.”

— Suzette, Rochester

“My son was having attention and focus problems. He literally could not sit for more than one minute and do his homework without playing with something, getting up to get something to drink or getting up to get something to eat. He just seemed very distracted. He was crabby in the morning when he woke up, and he was very crabby when we would pick him up from school. I wondered why he couldn’t act socially the same way that his other friends acted? He told me that he was not interested in sports because he was no good at them because he wasn’t coordinated.

It’s been 12 weeks now and we have seen some awesome results, not only at home but at school. His teachers all said the he is “markedly improved”, “focuses better”, “he participates in class more”, “he is content with himself”, “he seems happier”, he is happier around the house, he has a sense of humor now. He can joke around with you. He’s not a grouch in the morning. When we first started coming to dr. picard, he would tell me to not even speak to him, and now I can’t get him to shut up the whole way to dr. picard’s office, because he talks and talks and talks. He was getting 3 E’s in school and now he has brought them all up to A’s. About 4 weeks after being here and doing the therapies with Dr. Picard, he came home one day and told me that he wanted to try out for the basketball team. We are just extremely happy with his success.”

— Kristen from Auburn Hills

“I am the proud mother of Mara who is 3 yrs and 3 months old. I was referred to the optimum performance program by a friend whose daughter had similar delays. She described the program perfectly. The program has been beneficial to her daughter. It helped her daughter focus and it helped stimulate her speech and made her more aware.

Since we started the optimum performance program we’ve noticed almost immediate results. Within one week Mara was more receptive to what we were saying. It was like the light went on. She started answering to her name and things started to slowly come in the last 4 months. Mara’s confidence obviously is changed and she is now more confident to try new things and now she is more confident to try new things and to try to speak as well. We’re getting vocabulary, but it’s very minimal, but it’s progressing and it’s coming and we are very excited about it. It’s like she’s more awake. Some of the things that people are noticing like my family and friends are that Mara is more awake. She is answering to her name. She is waiving “hi” and “goodbye”. She is looking at a person and engaging in what they are saying and really meaning it. She is playing with other children. Mara’s comprehension, her social skills, recognition of their presence, eye contact, … it’s almost like she’s not in a fog anymore. She is more aware of her twin sisters. She is playing with them and socially engaging with them and more aware of their presence. That is all very important.

I know that when I took her to the come play with me class over a year ago she wasn’t able to even engage with other children as well as she is now, and for that I am truly grateful.

Dr. Picard has been treating Mara like his own. Sincerity, honesty, and just being professional. He is honest with you and he is informative about what your child is going through and what he believes the treatment could help and how she could progress. The treatments that he does are soothing. They’re not hard on the children. They’re not vigorous, they’re actually soothing. Mara does enjoy her treatment time. She has engaged with Dr. Picard. She has a love for him. He’s part of our family.

I thank Dr. Picard everyday for the help he’s given us and for the changes that he’s helped with Mara.”

— Maria, Shelby Township