For years I suffered with headaches, sinus infections, and allergies. In college I developed “adult onset asthma.” I had a friend that would always tell me “You know, if you would just see my chiropractor, you wouldn’t have this nonsense!” Being pre-med at Ohio State and wanting to specialize in surgery, there was no way I was going to go to a quack! Months later, in a moment of weakness, I agreed to go with her. Surprisingly, it immediately helped my headaches. I decided I would just go when the aspirin no longer worked. About a year later, I was involved in a pretty serious accident and could not move my right shoulder without pain, so I went back to the chiropractor and was consistently adjusted for the first time. It took almost 9 months to regain full use and strength in my shoulder, but my recovery was complete.
My chiropractor sat me down and asked me how I had done over the last nine months. I told him I was thrilled that my shoulder worked again. Then he pulled out my file and said “You know, when you first started seeing me you were having sinus infections every other month, headaches weekly, and asthma attacks every time you ran. How is all of that going?” Stunned, I had to think about the last time I had any of those problems and quickly realized it had been at least 6 months. Dr. Siegel closed my file, sat back, and asked me why I wanted to be a medical doctor. I told him I wanted to help people. He looked me in the eye and said ‘think about helping them before they ever need surgery and maybe if you’re lucky, they won’t ever need it.’ What a powerful statement! I had grown up thinking the only way to help people get healthy was by operating on them.
I looked at every Chiropractic College in the United States and decided that Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, was where I wanted to attend. Palmer was the founding chiropractic school; it was where it all began. While I was a student, I was lucky enough to obtain a work study position in the archive department where I was given an opportunity to review the original books, photographs, and documented techniques of the Palmer family.
Over the last 17 years I have seen my practice (and many of my patients) grow. I have come to love the family atmosphere that we have created. We have several generations all under care: cousins, aunts, childhood friends, parents, grandparents, and children that all meet in our office. We have even had a few blind dates arranged between patients that have resulted in marriage. In our office we are firm believers in the premise that states “if there is something you don’t like, change it.” If it is an aspect of your health that needs to change, we will work with you to accomplish your goals. Let us help you help yourself. Whatever it is, take responsibility and change it. We are continually amazed at what our patients are able to achieve.
To me, family is of utmost importance. I have three daughters, one son, two dogs, three cats, four horses, over forty chickens and, clearly, a very understanding, patient, and involved husband! As a family, we love to travel to new places, learn about new cultures, and visit zoos. When not in the office, I love to be outside, take walks, stargaze, and find amazement in this place we call home. Our new family project is to convert 20 acres into a fully producing farm. We hope to have local, organic produce to share in 2014.
I personally have been adjusted no less than once a week for the last 25 years. In that time I have seen amazing changes in my own health. I don’t “catch” colds, and neither does my family. My children have never taken any prescription medications nor any other over-the-counter medications. We’ve had one ear infection that was resolved immediately by a chiropractic adjustment. I have had to break down and give my girls “wellness days” that they can take from school because they complained others got to have a break every once in awhile when they were too sick for school.
Now that you know just about everything there is to know about me, let me hear from you. I consider myself an excellent listener and I look forward to the opportunity to meet you in person and discuss your specific health challenge(s). Give us a call at the office or email us here.