I became aware of the importance of maintaining my health in middle school when I experienced pain due to scoliosis and other back issues. One of my best friends was dealing with a similar issue and suggested I see his chiropractor. It was there that I was first introduced to looking at health concerns from a holistic perspective. I noticed when I was doing the treatments the chiropractor had recommended my pain level, focus, and mood noticeably improved. This situation made it obvious how important good health and well-being are to reaching my goals and being a productive professional.
I graduated from the University of Tampa in 2014 and received a B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Allied Health Professions. It was there that my interest in health and performance developed. I was placed in Dr. Jacob Wilson’s nutrition class during my first semester. Dr. Wilson, Ph.D., CSCS is the CEO and director of Applied Science and Performance Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Wilson has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and published abstracts on muscle, sports nutrition, supplementation, and resistance training for bodybuilders and athletes. You may recognize his name from the popular documentary GENERATION IRON.
My plan has always been to practice in the healthcare field. However, I was originally planning to become a Physician, but this changed when my mother had a “failed back surgery” during my last year at the University of Tampa. My mother dealt with excruciating pain in her neck and arms for 10+ years and even after an invasive c5-c6 cervical fusion, the pain was constant. It was because of this and a conversation with a friend that led her into a chiropractor’s office. After a few treatments, there was a noticeable improvement. The Chiropractor that helped her holds monthly chiropractic/wellness education talks at her office. My mom suggested I drive home from school to meet and listen to her speak since she was so impressed by her research approach and results. I signed up to become a patient that night and shortly after started applying to chiropractic schools. The chiropractic approach made so much sense and wanted to be a part of it. I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2017.
I started my career practicing in Lagrange, Georgia. I use full spine diversified adjustments as well as Thompson drop, Webster, and Activator. I have additional training in upper cervical specific procedures (Orthospinolgy), which is a very light force, a specific adjustment in the upper neck. In addition to my chiropractic training, I am finishing classes to become a Certified Clinician in Whole Food Nutrition through the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health. Upon completion of this certification course, I will have the tools necessary to effectively recommend supplements, herbs, and food concentrate which will improve overall patient health.