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December 2001 Western States Chiropractic College Portland, Oregon Doctor of Chiropractic
August 1995 University of Florida Gainesville, Florida Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Wellness
April 2002 to Cape Chiropractic, Inc., Chiropractic Physician, Owner
Present dba: Balance Chiropractic and Wellness
September 2002 to Circle Chiropractic, P.C., Chiropractic Physician
February 1998 to Health Midwest, Exercise Physiologist
January 1996 to Stanger Health Care Centers, Exercise Physiologist
The Jefferson Club-Vice President, past-President
Roanoke Chamber of Commerce
International Chiropractic Association
American Chiropractic Association
Virginia Chiropractic Association
Ive been a migraine sufferer for most of my life. As a teen, Id get them about once a month, around my cycle. They would utterly incapacitate me: Id wake up with my head feeling like it was going to explode. Any movement would make me nauseous. Light hurt. Sound hurt. Odors caused vomiting. Id take Tylenol by the handful, just trying to end the pain. In my twenties, they began to become more frequent and last longer. Instead of occurring around my cycle, they would happen any time, seemingly without rhyme or reason. At their peak, I was suffering from 4-5 migraines every month.
Around this time, my brother was attending Palmer College of Chiropractic and suggested I see a chiropractor. Of course, I ignored him. I continued to suffer for the next two years, losing days to incredible pain. When I finally couldnt take it anymore, I listened. I made an appointment to see the chiropractor in my town. Over the next year, I received adjustments. I was told that I was severely subluxated in my upper cervical spineat the top of my neck. I already knew that this was an area where I had a lot of pain, on migraine days and on normal days. It just always felt tight, tense, and sometimes achy. I thought this was normalor normal for meand I was used to it.
As my care continued, my headaches started to occur less often. They were still incapacitating but instead of having four headaches a month, I had two. Then I had one. One day, I had a particularly horrific headache that took me by surprise for a couple of reasons. One - I couldnt figure out why I was having itthere wasnt any reason for it that I could see, and two - I realized that it had been FOUR MONTHS since my last migraine. The fact that I hadnt had a headache in so long had completely slipped my noticeuntil, of course, I had one. I made an appointment to be adjusted that day. My usual 24-hour headache was reduced to four (still excruciating) hours before it receded. Anyone who suffers from chronic, severe pain will recognize how completely life changing this was for me.
Years later, I made a career-change and became a chiropractor myself. I was drawn to the Chiropractic philosophy that the body has an innate intelligence that is regulated by the nerve system (the brain and spinal cord) and that if it is kept free of interference, the body can and will balance and heal itself. I ascribe to the holistic view that health can only be achieved by addressing the cause of the problem and not by treating symptom (after symptom after symptom). For me, chiropractic is truly health care: Regular nerve system check-ups keep our bodies running efficiently and optimally, minimizing or eliminating problems before they can arise.
Today, I still have migraines about 4-6 times a year, but they are much less intense and no longer control my life. I am checked regularly for Subluxation to minimize the frequency of these headaches as well as to ensure optimal function of my body. Every day, I see patients looking for a better way: they are sick and tired of being sick and tired; of taking medication upon medication; of symptom care. Every day, we are helping people to be better (not just to feel better) by addressing the cause of their problems, minimizing symptoms, and improving their health at the deepest level and overall. Its an incredibly rewarding career and I look forward to serving you soon!