About Us

We believe the key to optimal health is through
multi-disciplinary, functional care.

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Lead by Dr. Ralph DeStephano our doctors at Chicago Functional Neurology Group focus on listening to all of your concerns and demonstrating the highest compassion for each of our patients.

Dr. Ralph DeStephano
Dr. Ralph DeStephanoChiropractic Neurologist
“I never turn patients away” – Dr. Ralph has made a life practice of accepting all patients, even those who have found no relief at other doctors.

Ralph DeStephano DC DACNB

Dr. Ralph Destephano has been in practice for 20 years as a chiropractor and takes the approach that the key to optimal health is though multi-disciplinary care, including manual manipulation, physical therapy, brain-based rehabilitation and patient education.

Dr. DeStephano attended the University of Dayton where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. From there, He conducted his post graduated studies at the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL and completed his internship at the Chicago clinic in downtown Chicago. He completed his post graduate diplomate studies at the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies and Neurologists and is a board certified Neurologist.


The appeal of functionality is seeing patients who appeared mentally healthy on the outside, but didn’t feel that way on the inside. Helping others fulfills her dream of being a healthcare professional in a totally unique field.


Dr. Lauren DeStephano
Dr. Lauren DeStephanoChiropractic Neurologist
“When you ask how they’re feeling after a few months,” says Dr. Lauren, “they say, I feel one hundred times better than I did when I walked in the door.’
That is really what inspired me about this line of work.”

Dr. Lauren DeStephano

Dr. Lauren DeStephano knew she wanted to become a doctor at a young age. Growing up watching her father inspired her to pursue a career that involved helping people beyond their symptoms and facilitating optimal health. After being introduced to functional neurology, she had found her path. She graduated from Indiana University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology. Afterwards, she attended Parker University in Dallas, Texas to obtain her Doctorate of Chiropractic while completing her functional neurology training through the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies. She was also a member of the Neurology Club at Parker where she served as a club officer for 8 trimesters.

During school and training, Dr. Lauren’s passion for functional neurology was fueled by watching patients with “invisible illnesses” finally regain their health after finding no success with traditional medicine. After she passed the American Chiropractic Neurology Board Exam and graduated from chiropractic school in December of 2019, she officially became a Doctor of Chiropractic and Functional Neurologist. Dr. Lauren thoroughly enjoys treating patients and educating them on the brain’s amazing ability to change and heal itself. She is currently treating patients at the Spring Grove and downtown Chicago locations.

“When you ask them how they’re feeling after a few months,” says Dr. Lauren, “they say, ‘it’s like night and day. I feel one hundred times better than I did when I walked in the door.’ That is really what inspired me about this line of work.”


Dr. Kara Hoevel
Dr. Kara HoevelChiropractic Neurologist
Dr. Hoevel is a Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in Functional Neurology. She has recently moved back to her hometown of Spring Grove, Illinois after 8 years away at school. She may appear to be a familiar face around the office as she has worked and shadowed here since high school. Her love for neurology grew the more time she spent working alongside the knowledgeable clinicians in the office over the years. Dr. Hoevel also has a personal understanding of the therapy, treatment and everything in between after personally suffering from many concussions as well as having a traumatic brain injury at a young age.
Dr. Hoevel attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri where she received a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She went on to complete her Doctorate at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, where she graduated summa cum laude. During her time at Life, she began her studies through the Carrick Institute and went on to serve as an officer of the Functional Neurology Club. She credits her deep understanding of neurology, biomechanics and the fascial system to her mentor Dr. Marc Ellis, an expert in the field of neurological rehabilitation.
In October of 2021 she traveled to Houston, Texas to sit for her board exam. In December 2021 she received the highest level of training in Functional Neurology by attaining her Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology
Dr. Hoevel is grateful to have found such a rewarding profession that focuses on changing the brain and moving a patient towards health. She is excited to provide the best personalized care to her patients around the Chicagoland area. When Dr. Hoevel is not in the office she will likely be found spending time with her dog Stanley. She has always been into fitness and enjoys working out and lifting weights. Recently her hobbies have also included snowboarding and wake surfing.


Our Chicago office features industry leading equipment, a professional atmosphere, and is conveniently located in downtown Chicago.


Our Health Values

Provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and compassionate care for all of our patients.

Help patients who are suffering from neurological, metabolic, and structural ailments, whether a new injury, chronic conditions, or those who have been everywhere else, without improvement.

We will be up front, honest, and effective in treating whatever brings you in to our office. If you do not see improvement in a reasonable amount of time, we will help you determine the next steps in your journey to better health.


Patient Care at Chicago Neuro

After my first session I slept through the night for the first time in my life.


I feel like there’s been a huge improvement

Patient Care at Chicago Neuro

My son came off his his migraine meds in only 2 weeks

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Contact us today to find out more information or arrange a 15 minute phone consult with one of our doctors to better answer any questions you may have about functional neurology and how it may help you.

    Our Spring Grove Location!

    Location: 2100 N. US Hwy 12 Suite 101, Spring Grove, IL 60081
    Phone: (815) 675-0675
    Fax: (815) 675-9836
    E-mail: info@ruwelladjusted.com
    Website: ruwelladjusted.com

    Visit Our Chicago Location!

    Location: 30 S Michigan Ave. Suite #302, Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: (312) 767.3500
    Fax: (815) 675-9836
    E-mail: info@chicagoneuro.com
    Website: chicagoneuro.com