Hello Fellow Health Advocates! I feel it's important for you to hear my chiropractic story so you can better understand my dedication to this profession.
I had a normal childhood, I was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck, supposedly no big deal. I was pigeon-toed and wore leg braces, again, supposedly no big deal. Being a normal child I played, fell, got sick, had several severe ear infections and was medicated as dictated by the western medical community, still all of this was accepted as normal and thought of as 'no big deal.' I am here to tell you that it was all a very big deal. Truly and honestly, I believed these were all things that culminated to the development of the moderate to severe scoliosis that I have today.
The initial screening that was performed (notby a trained chiropractor) during 6th grade missed what was probably a mild to moderate curvature. In seventh grade, my scoliosis was found during a routine basketball physical. My parents talked to a local chiropractor to see what he could do for me, and he replied "nothing." It's unfortunate that we didn't ask a second opinion from another chiropractor with different training, because I now know that it could have helped immensely. However, I must thank him because after his response I turned to the medical society for help and it lead me to my current path. Wait! The traditional medicine caused me to choose chiropractic as a career?!? (Don't worry, we're getting there) I was put in a constrictive brace that I had to wear for 9 hours every night, and it lasted about a year until I stopped growing. After my treatment was completed, I had what I considered (at the time) to be "normal" aches and pains. Then I hit my breaking point. Something as simple as getting out of the car caused excruciating pain in my low back. At 16 years old, I should not have had to stay home from work and school because of back pain. After a little convincing, I went to my grandmother's chiropractor. My results were amazing. And the best part was the philosophy. My doctor removed the interference from my nerves but my own body did it's own healing. No pills. No braces.
Always knowing I was destined for a career in health care, I visited many medical and chiropractic colleges. The decision to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic was instantaneous - Palmer is where it all began and now I truly feel as though chiropractic chose me. During my studies I have learned of many techniques. I am proficient in Diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, Activator and Toggle. Though there are hundreds more techniques I would love to learn! Additionally, I have begun extra course work in Pediatrics (Webster certified now) and Extremity Adjusting. In the coming future, I plan to study Functional Medicine too!
As a side note of more detail, I graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2003 having majored in Biology and German. During this time I studied abroad - the most fantastic experience I urge every college student to consider doing. Later I graduated from Palmer in 2006 after another great experience of participating in the Clinic Abroad program to Morocco. I met my husband, Lucas, at the Marshfield Curling Club and we married in 2016. We have a son who brings us so much joy (and a little bit of chaos - but the good kind ;).
My experiences as a patient and a doctor have made me truly understand what it was like to no longer be in pain but what's more - having every organ in my body function at 100%. That is the purpose of all chiropractic techniques - to improve the function of all nerves and therefore improving overall function. All of this is accomplished without medicines and surgeries. Every day I am faced with an exciting journey - to heal the world through chiropractic adjustments. Thank you so much for joining me. I wish you success and health!