Helping you transition from pain to a healthy active life is why I’m here. Activity is a necessary component to health and vitality, and chiropractic care can be very helpful in achieving this. We will start where you are in pain, and find and provide the right treatment and tools to help you recover so you can resume or start to do the activities that keep you active and healthy. Your treatment may involve the use a variety of methods I’ve learned through formal and further professional education and from personal mentors, to improve your overall health. Structurally this starts with restoring joint motion where it is restricted, relaxing and re-educating muscles to support good joint mechanics and reducing tissue inflammation and therefore pain. Adjustments, which are manual or instrument-assisted maneuvers that mobilize a joint, are performed using the least amount of pressure or force needed. I will inform you of the steps along the way. Education on proper spinal stabilization exercises is emphasized since muscles are the main supporters of the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. Sometimes we are able to achieve what’s necessary with a few office visits, and sometimes it may take a few weeks to several months to reach your treatment goals which are set at the initial visit based on your needs and physical evaluation, and then may be modified through the treatment plan. What we do may not be a fix for all things, but I will do my best to help you get back on your feet or get you to where you need to be. Sometimes co-treatment or referral to another provider with different expertise is what’s appropriate. This may include physical therapy, massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, primary medicine, neurology, orthopedics, or acupuncture.
Nutrition and diet are also important in your recovery, since what we put in our mouth either creates health or disease. Whether the goal is to become healthier, maintain health or prevent disease, new habits have to be learned. Often times what you were doing before isn’t working anymore. I am continually learning more about food and health, and eager to share my knowledge with you. I teach some classes on food nutrition and health, and guided detoxification. Please also read the website blog, as there will be information on nutrition there as well.
About my educational and professional background, I started college at the University of North Dakota in 1997 and transitioned to Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2000, completing degrees in human biology and chiropractic in 2003. My continuing education has included a variety of courses on adjusting techniques, clinical case studies, craniosacral therapy, nutritional and natural health alternatives, active care participation, joint mechanics, and when to make an appropriate orthopedic referral. I participated in a Chiropractic Leadership Institute program at the University of St.Thomas Opus College of Business in 2014 – 2015. Currently I serve as chairperson on a workgroup for development of a measure for low back pain with MN Community Measurement and Chiropractic Care of MN, Inc, and on the Field Advisory Committee for Chiropractic Care of MN, Inc.
I’ve practiced chiropractic in the states of Washington, Montana and Minnesota. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, I now reside in St. Paul with my dog, Zoe. My free time is spent walking various city trails, going to the gym and attending regular yoga classes, spending time with my nieces and other family, reading, helping others to lead healthy lives, and learning more about nutrition, food, and cooking. I love to bake and I’m learning more about gluten-free baking. Aside from the ongoing inspiration from my colleagues and mentors, my mother is my greatest inspiration because of her natural sense of compassion.
I’m available to help you on Monday and Friday 7:30 – 12:30 and 2:00 – 6:00, Wednesday 7:30 – 12:30, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 – 6:00 and occasional Saturdays 8:00 – 12:00.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your road to better health!