I was always interested in the health sciences, but I didn’t really consider the chiropractic health care field until I was almost done with my undergraduate studies. I eventually realized that I didn’t want someone else to dictate the care I provided, nor did I want to use traditional thought to treat common illnesses and problems.
I attended Concordia University in St. Paul for my undergraduate studies. My emphasis was Pre-med, with a major in Natural Science (Biology and Math Concentrations) and a minor in Chemistry. I completed my chiropractic studies at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. Studies included anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cardiology, pediatrics, obstetrics, dermatology, radiology and major emphasis on chiropractic technique. I’m certified in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and the Webster Technique, and I’ve completed my Fellowship in Chiropractic Pediatric Certification (FICPA) through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Most recently I’ve earned a certification in Nutrition and continue to study the path of Functional Medicine.
My life experiences and studies have fostered a greater wisdom to understanding the true impact of chiropractic care. It’s not just about the adjustment, but the philosophy that the body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism with the nervous system as the master system and controller of the body. If you interfere with the nervous system function, you interfere with the body’s ability to heal and self-regulate itself. True healing doesn’t come from labeling a person with a disease or condition and treating the symptoms, but by figuring out why the body isn’t healing on its own as it is intended. This simple shift in thinking has drastically changed how I approach my patients and their treatment.
The growth in my faith-walk has helped increase my boldness and determination to live out my purpose. As our clinic continues to grow, I see an incredible need for community education, not only in chiropractic care, but with health, fitness, and lifestyle in general. My current focus is community-based education outside the clinic setting. I continually tap into and create resources with the school district, as well as surrounding businesses, to better serve our community.