Meet Mike Merkt! Mike is a chiropractor who owns The Specific Chiropractic Center in Hartland. He was born and raised in Oconomowoc, and he attended Oconomowoc High School, UW-Waukesha, UWM and Northwestern Health Sciences University. Mike’s father owns Tom’s Auto Body in Delafield.
Specializing in Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care, Mike uses specialized techniques to help relieve a variety of issues, including chronic neck and back pain, headaches, migraines, vertigo and anxiety.
Mike has recently gained notoriety for opening $100 tabs at Lake Country establishments including NONA Nutrition, Nashotah Clubhouse, Rosati’s Pizza, Foolery’s Liquid Therapy, Endter’s Sports Grill and Sally’s Sweet Shop Too. Some customers are hesitant to take advantage of the offering, however Mike says, “I’m a big proponent of expecting good things to come into my life from the universe, so if I came across an open tab, I’d definitely utilize it!”
We’d like to thank Mike for taking the time to talk with us about his Lake Country life.
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “Growing up I played all the sports, as well as racing motocross. My best friend’s dad was a chiropractor. As soon as I started seeing him, my back pain went away, and so did my headaches. I liked not having to rely on medications or invasive procedures. Also, I have an entrepreneurial spirit, where I’d like to continue to grow, even though it often involves being uncomfortable.”
Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Lake Country, and what do you love there?
A. “For breakfast, the ham and cheese omelet at Amalia’s Family Restaurant in Oconomowoc, and for dinner, the gnocchi at Zesti in Hartland.”
Q. What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A. “Dumb and Dumber is my favorite movie, and the first movie I remember seeing was The Lion King at Scotsland Cinemas at Olympia.”
Q. What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A. “There’s no time for negativity. Live a positive life.”
Q. What is something on your bucket list?
A. “To visit New York City.”
Q. What is your favorite music? Name three artists you would like to see, dead or alive.
A. “Rap music and country music are my favorites. I’d like to see Kanye West, Elton John and Jimmy Buffet.”
Q. What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Lake Country?
A. “The ski hill at Olympia. It played such a huge role for me when growing up, it was a consistent babysitter for my parents! I taught kids how to snowboard there, and it was such a staple in the area. I’m bummed that kids these days aren’t spending as much time outside.”
Q. Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Lake Country would you have lunch?
A. “B.J. Palmer, the developer of chiropractic, it is his crown jewel of research. He was a smart and amazing businessman, and I’d like to hear what his life was like. We could lunch at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern in Delafield, and we’d have to have the cheese curds.”
Q. Even for friends or family, what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A. “That I’m really into custom cars and motorcycles. I have an old Harley and an old Mercedes. It’s been a fun father/son hobby for my dad, brother and I. Every year, I host a ‘Cars, Coffee and Cereal’ event at The Specific Chiropractic Center.”
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