Kids have many adults who influence their lives. When I was a teenager three people made a huge a difference. My mom, my grandmother and my chiropractor.
My mom is my biggest inspiration. Every decision I make is run through a filter, “What would mom do?” She’s a successful entrepreneur. She’s the rock of our family. She’s the reason I took the path I did.
One seemingly small thing started a path toward lifetime health. She took me to her gym before school when I was in 7th grade. It was the 80’s and we did high impact aerobics and stretching. I loved feeling strong and fit. It boosted my confidence and made the challenges I faced in my life less surmountable. When I was 17 I was involved in a car accident and mom sent me to a chiropractor.
Dr. Lee not only adjusted my spine but helped me discover how my emotional life was affecting my body. I was suffering from an eating disorder that I hid from everyone. He detected something beyond my neck pain that was causing stress on my system and without prying he gently encouraged me to talk to my mom about what was bothering me.
She connected me with people who helped heal my emotional life. My chiropractor trusted his intuition and was brave enough to communicate his findings and like him, I carefully listen and gently encourage my patients toward healthy decisions.
My grandmother used chiropractors throughout her life and until she died at 94. She also ate healthy food, balanced by a daily dose of chocolate. She stayed active until she couldn’t anymore. Grandma swore that her chiropractor kept her nervous system in balance combined with taking supplements and exercise, general aches and pains were kept at bay.
I was lucky. Strong, loving women and an intuitive Chiropractor taught me to take care of my body naturally by getting chiropractic adjustments, eat healthily and take regular exercise. I didn’t realize it then but they set me up for a lifetime of preventive health care. My goal is to pay it forward.
I graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in the mid-1990’s after completing pre-med work at San Francisco State. During my undergrad, I worked as a massage therapist where I learned the value of hands-on work that eventually landed me in Chiropractic college. Seven years ago I completed a bachelors degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Health and Human Services.
In Chiropractic college, we completed hundreds of hours of instruction in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and technique. We learned to take and read x-rays. We interned in the clinic treating patients and it was a fantastic start. But, keeping up with new discoveries has allowed me to provide better care as I become more experienced. I combine muscle therapy with traditional and gentle low force chiropractic techniques. I’m a certified Rock tape expert, certified Neuromuscular re-education specialist, certified Webster technique practitioner. I attend continuing education seminars that far surpass the 12 hours required by the state. I’m fascinated with the human condition and I continue to follow my curiosity.