Meet The Team

Chiropractor James Malavolti D.C.

Chiropractor Peoria IL James MalavoltiDr. Malavolti is a life-long resident of the Central Illinois River Valley growing up in Putnam, Illinois. He was one of eight children. He married his wife Paula and moved to the Peoria area in 1983, where he worked as a printer and Paula as a registered nurse. In 1986, Dr. Malavolti embarked upon his under-graduate chiropractic pre-requisites at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois where he graduated with an Associate in Science degree in 1987. In July, 1987, he matriculated into the chiropractic curriculum at Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated in 1990 with a Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic. He established a Peoria area practice in 1991 in the Lake of the Woods area of Dunlap, IL. In 1996 he relocated to his current Pioneer Parkway facility located at 7918 North Hale Avenue in Peoria, Illinois.

Dr. Malavolti is certified in:

  • Gonstead Extremity Adjusting
  • Webster's Technique
  • Sole Support Orthotic Dynamic Casting Technique
  • Myovision sEMG
  •  CPR/AED

Dr. Malavolti is a member of:

  • Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association (IPSCA): 1990-Current
    • District 8 President: Current
    • Delegate for District 8: Current
  • International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA): 1999-Current
  • Participating Chiropractic Field Doctor of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Student Preceptor Program: Current
  • Business Network International (BNI): 2010-Current
    • Charter Leader & Past President

Dr. Malavolti and his family are active members of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He and his wife Paula have three sons (two are married), one daughter, and twin grandsons. Dr. Malavolti also serves as a VIP for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Peoria Telethon each year. His hobbies include hunting, gardening, biking, hiking, and woodworking.

Chiropractor Abby Sherwood D.C.

Chiropractor Peoria IL Abby SherwoodDr. Sherwood grew up in the small community of Wee-Ma-Tuk outside of Canton, IL. She graduated from Cuba High School and then went to Western Illinois University for her undergraduate studies. She then attended Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO. and graduated in 2012 with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree as well as a Master's Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. She is also acupuncture certified. Dr. Sherwood practiced in Canton, IL from 2012-2019, and has been with Malavolti Chiropractic Center since 2019. Chiropractic and natural health care have been a big part of her life and passions. She always knew she wanted to help people and is so glad she perused this career.

Dr. Sherwood has two fur-babies, Jaxon and Asher, who are big fluffy, crazy, lovable dogs! They keep her active and laughing. She enjoys spending time with friends and family especially her niece, who doesn't know a stranger. Dr. Sherwood is active in her community and is currently a member of Women in Leadership in Peoria.

Malavolti Chiropractic Center
7918 North Hale Avenue
Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 693-7887


8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 5:30pm

2:00pm - 5:30pm

8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 5:30pm

2:00pm - 5:30pm

8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 5:30pm

Mornings By Appointment

Malavolti Chiropractic Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation and pain center designed to achieve optimum results through caring, compassion and individual treatment.


Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions in chiropractic. From newborns to seniors, everyone can benefit from chiropractic care in Peoria because everyone should want to prevent bad things from happening to their body. Newborn babies endure unparalleled amounts of physical stress during the birthing process. Studies have found that 95% of newborns have subluxations in their neck and that removing these subluxations can prevent the development of several types of disease including, but not limited to, infantile colic, bedwetting, allergies, asthma and ADD/ADHD. It’s also never too late to get started. Seniors have much to benefit from chiropractic care. Improving their quality of life without medications is something that we, at Malavolti Chiropractic Center, love to give to our patients. Regular adjustments can give independence to seniors who want to take care of themselves by restore proper nervous system function, increase joint mobility and improving coordination.

Will I have to come back every week?

NO! After the first, second, or third adjustment some people decide that they never want to stop seeing a chiropractor, especially once you notice how much better you feel all the time. If you go into an office when your body is in a moderate or severe condition, then there is a chance that your initial care plan might call for frequent visits. An important thing to remember that the chiropractor is trying to help fix your misalignments in your spine! This is a delicate, specific process. There are also the lifestyle choices that your doctor is combating against including poor posture, sleeping position, stress, etc. Just like when you go to a dentist for a check up on your teeth, it is recommended that you see your chiropractor for checkups on your spine. Malavolti Chiropractic Center will find the root causes of your problem(s), treat the cause and help prevent further problems.

Does it hurt?

A chiropractor is not a “bone crusher” and does not “pop” bones. A chiropractor dosen’t “crack” or “snap” your neck. An adjustment is not about strength and force but rather about speed. So when you are getting your neck adjusted for the first time, try to take a deep breath and relax. I know it is easier said than done but the doctor is contacting a specific point on a specific vertebra and quickly giving it a little thrust back to where it should be. There is also a little sound that may or may not occur called a cavitation. This occurs when gases are being released from a capsule in the joint. Some people are under the impression that an adjustment can cause damage because the sound is like the one you hear when you “crack your knuckles” but that is not the case.

Is chiropractic care good for athletes?

Chiropractors are experts in fixing causes of pain and increasing motion in the body. At this point all NFL teams, except the Oakland Raiders, have publicly admitted to utilizing a chiropractor. Some of the world’s best athletes swear by their chiropractic including Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose, Tiger Woods, Gerald Wilkins, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rogers and Terrell Owens. This list can continue for a long time but I think I made my point. It’s becoming normal for chiropractors to be kept close by for teams and athletes to use to help prevent injuries, maintain flexibility, keep the lungs functioning at their max potential and improve coordination.

What symptoms can a chiropractor help?

It may shock you to know that chiropractic in Peoria is more than just treatment for back pain. Chiropractic is a lifestyle that revolves around taking care of your body. A Doctor of Chiropractic is trained in nutrition, physical therapy, fitness, reading x-rays and diagnostic procedures. There are also specialists in the chiropractic field that can gain extra education and certification in pediatrics, pregnancy, sports rehabilitation, addictions and compulsive disorders. The education and clinical hours that a Doctor of Chiropractic and a medical doctor is similar but where a medical doctor spends time learning about medications to prescribe, a chiropractic student learns how the body can take care of itself and fix the problem.


We are able to help a wide variety of symptoms at our office in Peoria.

For more detailed information on individual symptoms, check out the symptoms section in our main menu.