My journey to discovery of chiropractic, like a lot of people’s, started with an injury. In high school I ran cross-country and during a run I had an intense pain in my knee that developed and would come back shortly after starting again.
I went to my doctor who gave me pain medication and told me stay off it for two weeks and come back if it still hurts, but there was no hands-on work with my knee. I followed these orders with no change and got a second opinion resulting in a diagnosis of tendonitis and received some solid instruction on how to care and manage my knee. As one who was interested in the medical field as a potential career this experience discouraged me from looking further as it seemed pain medication wasn’t a good long term solution.
After high school I went on a service mission and accompanied a friend to his appointment with a chiropractic doctor. Watching the doctor perform his craft, while answering and explaining everything he did, shifted my thinking about patient care and before even being adjusted, I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor.
I obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology at Brigham Young University- Idaho in preparation for chiropractic training at Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area where I learned the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic. I was instructed in many techniques and find value in all of them but the one that stood out to me the most was Chiropractic Biophysics.
The balance of acknowledging and working with the body’s innate ability to heal and create a long-term structural change, all supported by peer-reviewed science, really stood out to me as a method of creating optimum change in the quality of life for the patient…not just for the short term, but for the rest of their life.
The ability to help people express their full potential of life without the need for drugs or surgery in a way that is engaging and personal is a great blessing in my life and I wouldn’t want to do anything else. One of the greatest pleasures of being a chiropractor is helping others realize their potential so they can do the things they find meaningful for a lot longer, whether that is participating in a sport or being able to spend more quality time with their family in the future.
My story to chiropractic started with my knees. I woke up with a light pain in my knee and walked to each of my classes in college while the pain kept getting worse and worse. By noon, I couldn’t walk at all and needed to have assistance getting carried into the chiropractor’s office. I was able to walk out with a slight limp and a few days later that was gone. I decided to give it a try and noticed that I had several changes happening. I felt better and had more energy to make it through my classes at school. I was on medication at the time to regulate my body hormone levels from my cancer treatments (which I was told I would never fully recover from and never be able to have children of my own).
About two months after being under regular care, I was no longer taking ANY medications because my body had woken up and started producing everything on it’s own, and better than my body had ever functioned before. My tumors that I had, started shrinking and I haven’t had any since then (10+ years in remission now). I also learned about how chiropractic could help with colds and allergies and I gave that a shot as well. I no longer am allergic to my favorite foods and can be outdoors without my eyes swelling shut and looking like I left a boxing match five minutes before.
I have kept up with my care since that first adjustment because I have found so much value in it. Since my body woke up and started producing on it’s own, I was then able to become a mother. Seeing these benefits in myself there was no doubt in my mind that my family would have chiropractic care available to them at all times. I have continued to see these blessings in my life and others because of the healing power your body is able to do when chiropractic opens those doors.
I am so passionate about chiropractic and seeing people under care. I love watching the changes and growth of all those who come through our doors seeking these miracles and blessings as well. I changed my degree in college after my adjustments so that I could better focus on my passion. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Public Relations with a emphasis in Broadcasting and Public Speaking. I am currently working on advancing my education with a energy healing technique to aid in the healing process for other things chiropractic can’t help.
I was first introduced to chiropractors when my mother started going to her appointments. she had been in a car accident and had headaches paired with constant neck and shoulder pain. That is where we were introduced to what chiropractors did and after seeing my mother go to a few appointments I thought I would go ahead and give it a try. This is where I met Dr. Long.
I am currently in school working on a degree in Business and felt that real world experiences would be best to learn from, so on the side I work with the clinic on their marketing and social media presence. I am interested in helping people and passionate about building a brighter future for humanity. Each day is full of potential, I just like to help others see that light.