Click on the names below to find out what motivated Senara’s doctors and our leaders to follow their calling to help others in their quest for optimal health and well-being. You’ll also read about their education and experience, and get to know them a little better on a personal level. They’ve all got a story to tell that we think you’ll find interesting.

Dr. Keith Kramer

Dr. Keith KramerDr. Keith Kramer

Dr. Kramer is as passionate about living a healthy lifestyle as he is about spreading the message of how to Live Life Well to others. “Working out is my meditation, and eating right fuels my body, and I feel great,” he said. “I want that for everyone. That’s why it is so fulfilling for me to see that what we do at Senara makes a difference in the quality of our guests’ lives.”

Dr. Kramer received his first professional doctorate from the prestigious Palmer University, where he specialized in natural management of pain. In practice since 1998, Dr Kramer has continually expanded on his abilities to provide care for his patients as a holistic health practitioner. He is a licensed acupuncturist, specializing in fertility treatments, and his practice offers a wide range of healing modalities, including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling. In 2011, Dr Kramer founded Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, a unique destination for his patients to receive care.

Dr. Kramer is Certified in Functional Medicine through the Functional Medicine University. For over 12 years, he has been practicing functional medicine in the realm of adrenal stress, hormone balance, and food sensitivities. He is currently enrolled simultaneously in the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine programs for: functional medicine, A4M antiaging, and AARM restorative medicine. These programs will deepen his knowledge in the production and utilization of hormones, toxin diagnosis and treatment, and how this affects both biochemistry and physiology. To date, Dr Kramer has completed over 1000 of study, training, and case study as part of his certification at Functional Medicine University and the Institute of Functional Medicine.

In 2015, Dr Kramer expanded Senara’s health and healing services further with the addition of a dedicated Center for Functional Medicine, Weight Loss, and Anti-Aging treatments- Senara Medical Weight Loss and Anti-Aging Center.



Penny Kramer

Penny KramerPenny Kramer

Senara co-founder and CEO, Penny Kramer, is filled with energy that never stops. She also has an innate curiosity to learn new things and a strong will to take on tough challenges. The tougher the challenge, the more Penny thrives.

Penny brings every ounce of her endless energy and enthusiasm, and her extraordinary multi-tasking skills to her role as CEO of Senara. “Keith’s job is to take care of our guests’ health,” said Penny. “To focus on that, he needs to know that everything else is taken care of – and that’s my job.” Penny’s strengths are people and systems. She sees all the pieces of the puzzle, and then puts them together. That means she’s in charge of everything from human resources and training to marketing and the technology Senara uses.

She also understands how important it is to get out from behind the desk, and Penny can be seen literally everywhere at Senara. She especially enjoys greeting guests to make them feel at home, just as she did when the first Kramer Chiropractic office opened in 2002. Back then, when she joined Dr. Kramer in the family business, Penny said goodbye to a promising marketing career without any regrets.

“I’m here because I share Keith’s passion for spreading the message about how to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Penny, who also had primary responsibility for overseeing the Senara building’s construction. “It means so much to us both – knowing that what we do can make a difference in the quality of someone’s life. And that’s really why we built Senara. It gives us the space and the ideal environment to offer different services that help our guests “Live Life Well.”

The Kramers met at Iowa State University, their alma mater, and they married in 1995. After Dr. Kramer graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, the couple moved to embrace Peoria as their new home.

Their daughter, Grace, has been the center and light in their life since her birth in 2002. The Kramer family spends their spare time together and enjoys working out, reading and traveling. Penny and Grace also love to bake, do art projects and decorate together.

Dr. Adam Gingras

Dr. Adam GingrasDr. Adam Gingras

Growing up just outside of Tremont, Illinois, Dr. Adam Gingras was an avid swimmer and outdoor enthusiast. He spent every day during the summer swimming at the community pool, as well as competing on the swim team. His free time was spent hiking, fishing, and enjoying time outside in the fresh country air. Returning to his Central Illinois roots, he joined the Senara Health team after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2013.

His journey to chiropractic came after graduation from Illinois State University. Interested in a career in healthcare, a family friend invited him to his office to see what the chiropractic field offered. “The doctor opened my eyes to the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic,” said Dr. Gingras. “From that day I knew that providing care without drugs or surgery and looking at the body as a whole was the right path.”

Shortly after that visit, Dr. Gingras began his studies at Palmer College. Wanting to be close to family and friends, he chose to come to the Peoria area to begin his chiropractic career.

“Senara drew my attention,” Dr. Gingras said about his choice to join the practice, “because of the amazing atmosphere and the amount of care provided for their guests.” He is a strong proponent of the Senara mantra of Live Life Well, also, believing as founder Dr. Keith Kramer does that a fully functioning nervous system is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Gingras’s enthusiasm for chiropractic can’t be missed. He enjoys watching each guest meet their goals with care at Senara- whether it be increasing mobility or improving overall health and wellness.

Married in 2010, Dr. Gingras met his wife Stephanie while attending Illinois State. She is a recent graduate of Purdue University, receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. They welcomed their baby boy, E.J., in 2014, and have three cats (Rupert, Rosie, and Ramona) and a dog Cooper. In his free time, he continues to enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting and studying entomology.

Dr. David Dean

Dr. David DeanDr. David Dean

Doctor David Dean grew up in Central Illinois and spent much of his adult life in California, before returning to IL to pursue a career in medicine. He Graduated Magna Cum Laud from Bradley University with a degree in molecular cell biology, then attended SIU School of Medicine in Springfield where he graduated in 2008.

After completing medical school, he completed a three year residency in emergency and trauma medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska. Following his residency, he worked as a board certified emergency department attending physician, taking care of and treating critical patients. He also specialized in post residency training in aesthetic medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and is certified in aesthetic medicine as well as  board certified in  emergency medicine.

Dr. Dean  belongs to the American Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Peoria Medical Society. He is also certified in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and Advanced trauma life support. He is credentialed and has staff privileges at both Methodist Hospital in Peoria and Cottage Hospital in Galesburg IL.

Dr. Dean chose to join the Senara team because he saw first hand how effective the treatment and services they provide are and was impressed that it was done in such a professional yet comfortable and inviting environment.  He believes in the complete well being of patients from the inside out defining health by terms, that health means much more than just the absence of symptoms or disease.

Dr. Dean and his wife Jozette have 3 active young girls.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, working out, going on family bike rides and traveling as often as possible….anywhere and everywhere!

Laura Murphy, MSN, APN, FNP-C

laura-murphyLaura Murphy, MSN, APN, FNP-C

It was a book report in second grade that solidified Laura Murphy’s dream of becoming a nurse. Since that young age, Laura has held on to that book report; saved as a memento of living her life’s dream. Laura is a Central Illinois native, born in Peoria, and living in Morton for the majority of her life. Her childhood summer’s spent traveling, and camping.

In 1997, Laura graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing (RN, BSN) from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. She went on to work as a nurse at OSF St Francis Medical Center, specializing in Cardiology. After 18 years in hospital, she decided she wanted to do more with her career, focusing on preventative care.

In 2010, Laura completed her MSN and began to focus on teaching. Soon after, she realized she missed taking care of patients, and returned to school. She received the Master of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioner from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois in May 2014. Since completing training, graduation, and successfully passed the board certified exam, Laura has become a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C).

Laura enjoys practicing physical and functional medicine, as well as medical aesthetics. Prior to her arrival at Senara she spent several years practicing both physical and functional medicine and medical weight loss.

“I want everyone to be healthy and be able to function at their 100% potential,” she says. “I drove by Senara one day and said what an amazing place; I would love to work there. I knew that I did not to work at a traditional medical office and wanted to focus on promotion of health and prevention of illness, so everyone can be healthy from the inside out. This is Senara’s primary focus and mission- “Live life well” as is mine.”

Laura is a member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Illinois Society of Advance Practice Nurses. She is certified in Advance Cardiac Life support.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family- husband Shane, two daughters Natalie and Isabelle, step son Braden, and labradoodle Charlie.  Shane has worked for the Village of Peoria Heights/ Peoria Heights Police department for the past 23 years as is the Communications Supervisor. Their children are active in the Morton marching bands and volley ball. Laura is also fond of traveling, cooking, and DIY projects.

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