I grew up in St. Joseph, MO and attended Lafayette high school. I was very active in sports (soccer and tennis) and Girl Scouts growing up; I also started playing piano from a young age and played both piano and trumpet throughout high school. After graduation, I went to Iowa State University to study Chemical Engineering and military science and was in Army ROTC, wanting to do medical research and/or hospital administration. After a few months studying chemical engineering, I decided I wanted to be on the patient care side of healthcare rather than behind-the-scenes and changed my major to Kinesiology and Health. During my sophomore year of college, I injured my hip during training for ROTC. Finding a diagnosis for my injury took over 2 years, in this time I went to every kind of specialist imaginable and eventually saw a chiropractor. What stood out to me when visiting the chiropractor was how he sat down and attentively listened to my problem. He took the time to make a proper diagnosis and took a more conservative approach to treatment, rather than the pain medication and injections I had previously tried. It turned out I tore my labrum and required surgery, but I kept in contact with my chiropractor and shadowed him a few times. At that point, I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor; I wanted to have the tools to diagnose and manage patients’ pain without going straight to medications as my only tool for treatment. Following my surgery, I was no longer eligible to commission as an Army officer and got serious about applying for graduate school. I considered and applied for 4 different schools, finally deciding on New York Chiropractic College because of the clinic opportunities, research department, and emphasis on patient care.
During chiropractic college, I tried to enhance my education as much as possible with outside seminars and participating in clubs. I frequently went to Motion Palpation club to improve my adjusting skills and took outside seminars through Active Release Technique, Motion Palpation Institute, McKenzie Method of MDT, and RockTape. I was interested in research because of the emphasis on research at Iowa State and worked for the research department, eventually designing a study with one of my classmates and collecting data for the study. I also worked for Student Life as a Resident Director in the dorms and was a tutor for Gross Anatomy III, Musculoskeletal Physiopathology, Patient Assessment II, and Bone and Joint Imaging. Because of my past connection to the Army, I had a passion for getting chiropractic care more accessible for veterans and members of the military. I helped organize the Veterans’ Club at NYCC and was involved in the Student American Chiropractic Association as the National Military/Veterans Committee Chair, which involved going to Washington, DC and lobbying to members of congress to vote in favor of bills that would increase veterans’ access to chiropractic care. For my clinical clerkship, I was chosen to work at the Rochester, NY Veterans’ Affairs Community Based Outpatient Center and spent 6 months learning under some of the top clinicians and researchers in the country, gaining an even greater interest in increasing access to care for veterans.
During my last year of school, I had a few family emergencies that required a lot of travel from upstate NY to both Des Moines and Kansas City. After all the back and forth, I eventually decided to practice in Kansas City because of the proximity to my family. I practiced at Crossroads Chiropractic and Wellness Center for 10 months before starting at KC North Spine and Joint Center in May 2017. I was drawn to KC North SJC because of the individual approach and short-term treatment plans, which is similar to what I learned in school and at the VA. I enjoy treating neck pain and headaches, low back pain, and athletic injuries, especially hip and shoulder pain. Outside of practice, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, doing yoga, running, baking, volunteering, and researching and taking seminars to learn new techniques to enhance my abilities to help patients.Tags: center, chiropractor, Doctor, kc north, pain, spine & joint