Why did I become a chiropractor?
When I was a child, my mother worked in an office where she sat at a desk all day. She would regularly visit a chiropractor and I would go along with her whenever possible. At the time, I was around 7 or 8 years old, and I recall her telling me how she felt so much better afterwards. I decided I wanted a career where I could help someone feel better, which led me to where I am today.
When I began my internships during graduate school, I wanted to work with athletes. During my second internship, the focus in the practice was working with pregnant ladies and their children. I found this to be incredibly rewarding and shifted my focus to families. After graduation I worked in Stillwater, where the focus was on functional medicine. During my time there, many of the patients that sought care from me were young athletes. I reaffirmed what population I wanted to work with, which has led me to opening my own practice: StartingBlock Chiropractic. I hold a B.A. in Biology with Emphasis in Health and Medical, earned from Minnesota State University Moorhead, in addition to my Doctor of Chiropractic degree, earned from Northwestern Health Sciences University.
Over the years I've played many sports, including basketball, volleyball, cross country, long distance track and field, pole vaulting, javelin, and swimming. Swimming was the sport that I excelled in and enjoyed- it's also the inspiration for my business name.
When I'm out of the clinic, I enjoy kayaking on the lakes in the Twin Cities and discovering new places to eat during the summer months. I love trying new coffee shops as well. During the winter, I like to play board games with friends and enjoy reading science-fiction/fantasy novels (Dresden Files!).
I have one trouble-making cat named Julian.