Having played organized sports since a very young age as most kids do, I quickly proceeded to accrue the standard list of injuries including an abnormally high number of ankle sprains. My parents had already been seeing a chiropractor for back pain and decided to see what it could do for me. The chiropractor recognized that my being "pigeon toed," due to a hip and pelvis misalignment, was the reason why I was spraining my ankles so often. Had I not pursued chiropractic care, the medical alternative was to wear bulky leg braces. Thankfully, the chiropractic adjustments were able to fix the issue though and over the course of treatment my ankle injuries became less and less frequent. During this time my asthma also abated to point where it too was no longer a concern.
Once I had made it to high school sports, I started having shoulder injuries which eventually led to having two surgeries on the same shoulder over the span of about three years. Physical therapy was supervised by regular physiotherapists after the first surgery while the second was managed by a chiropractic rehabilitation specialist. The positive influence of the chiropractic aspect of care after the second surgery made all the difference in their respective outcomes and is a big reason why I haven't had to have a third surgery. I was so impressed with how well the chiropractic rehabilitation specialist managed my care that I did my externship with him several years later.
I had initially went in to my undergraduate studies as a premed student in the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. After a couple of years though, I realized that just writing prescriptions for everything was not for me; I wanted to be more hands on, and start helping people before they were in pain rather than just trying to fix problems after the fact. Considering how chiropractic had done so much for me in the past, I decided to switch majors and become a chiropractor. So I acquired my bachelors degree in biology and doctorate of chiropractic at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and Life University in Atlanta, Georgia over the course of 7 years, taking heavy course loads and summer classes so I could get out and start making my community a healthier and happier one as soon as possible.
Having worked with patients from high level division 1 athletes to those with chronic degenerative diseases and those ranging in age from a few months to 98 years old, it's easy to see how chiropractic has something to offer to everyone. A proactive approach to health through chiropractic care and a healthy life style can improve the body not only on a mechanical level but a physiological one as well, and that’s why it is my goal to bring that level of health to every person I meet. Let’s Achieve Health together!