Becoming a chiropractor

I was the first of three girls born in Andover, Minnesota in the middle of the 80s. I grew up outside playing in the sand, climbing trees, poking at bugs, and making forts on my family’s 10-acre plot of land. Meanwhile, my mom practiced nursing part-time and chased me and my sisters full time and my dad started a garage door business in the large shed in the backyard. We drove up into Manitoba to visit my Canadian grandparents and cousins during the summer and Christmas breaks while Thanksgiving holidays were spent indulging in delicious food with my American grandpa and cousins.

When it was my time to decide what to do with the rest of my life, like many people, I didn’t know what I wanted to “become.” So in college I took classes that I enjoyed: Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Race and Inequality, Printmaking 101, Painting, History of Art and in 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a double major in Sociology and Art.

I still didn’t know what I wanted to do, and when a classmate hinted at going to Law School I paused to think about it: standing up for the underdog and helping people sounded like an awesome career. Instead, I followed my new husband (now ex) to southern Illinois and worked at a bank while he finished his Bachelors degree. I was miserable in my job: I was not fulfilling my purpose or mission. I didn’t know what it was at that point, but I knew I wasn’t doing it.

When I was 25, I got the opportunity to go through a yoga teacher training and the next year, in 2012, I opened my own tiny yoga studio in a teeny tiny rectangle. It was glorious because I finally was living my purpose: to help people overcome obstacles, to inspire people be the best version of themselves.

My yoga studio and wellness center was my own personal haven when I went through some personal life challenges. A few years later I became ready for Big Change in my life. My boyfriend (and now husband) got orders to deploy to Iraq and so I closed my studio, accepted a job in Portland, Oregon, and moved to the west coast. The following year, I quit my job and started graduate studies at the University of Western States to become a Chiropractic Physician.

Why Chiropractic?

I am a health nut, yoga teacher, and student of meditation with a healthy suspicion of superficially masking sensation. I believe the human body and mind has the capacity to regenerate and form new pathways and resolve physical obstacles. And science is proving this too! So the simple answer to why I chose chiropractic is because I want to help people overcome obstacles without ending up dependent on opioids, unnecessary surgery, and so on.