I’ve always been an athlete. Soccer, ultimate frisbee and track consumed my life through my 30’s. At which point enough injuries accumulated and I’ve since retired to non-contact sports, riding bicycles and backpacking.
Despite studying art history in undergrad and still maintaining a love for exploring galleries and art museums I wound up working as a personal trainer out of college armed with my enthusiasm from running collegiate level track and catapulting into my obsession of ultimate frisbee.
At some point those early morning gym hours wore me down coupled with a passion to be able to provide more knowledge and care to the clients I was working with led me to pursue my doctorate in chiropractic.
After getting my feet wet as an associate for a few years I dove head first into opening my own practice. I knew what I loved, working directly with patients to get to the bottom of their pain and I knew what was holding me back, a high volume practice at the price of quality care.
I opened my office a mile away from Media, PA where I grew up and naturally was driven towards treating athletes and working with movement in addition to treating soft tissue and joints. Quickly I realized it isn’t just athletes that want to move better and can benefit from this whole body approach. When asked what patient population is my favorite, the answer is not an athlete but rather a patient interested and willing to be an active participant in their own care.
Helping my patients understand their bodies and why they are in pain is a huge part of my care. I want them to feel like they know what is going on and why we are doing what we are doing. There is so much misinformation available on the internet that it can often be confusing as people deep dive into their aches and pains and end up more worried and confused than when they started.
Our bodies are trying to tell us something when they shriek out in pain and that moment can be a powerful tool for us to take a moment and reflect just what that message is. Often we are doing too much too soon or favoring a bias that has been in place for years.
Detecting these underlying issues always beings with listening to my patients and the story they have to tell. Understanding and asking them to explain not just how and where it hurts but also the impact that pain is having on their lives and ability to do the things they want to do. I also want to know and ask my patients to share their goals and what they want to achieve with chiropractic care to help us create the best treatment plan together.
I never thought I’d end up being a chiropractor. In fact I wanted to own a coffee shop for most of my 20’s. Despite the winding path I find myself loving what I do and empowered to be working for myself creating something I’m proud of.