Hi! I thought I’d take a quick moment to introduce myself, because I think it helps to feel like you know the person behind the keystrokes.
I’m a chiropractic doctor who practices Functional Medicine exclusively. I don’t do any spinal manipulation or physical rehab. Instead, I spend all day ordering and interpreting diagnosting testing and forming strategic approaches we’ll use to address the problems I find. Nothing that I do is taught very thoroughly in the typical chiropractic medical school; all of the education I utilize comes from post-doctoral programs and continuing education.
Along with my chiropractic doctor degree, I also graduated with two BS degrees – one in Anatomy and the other in Health and Wellness. I’ve also completed nearly 85% of a post-doctoral Functional Neurology specialty/diplomate program, and have begun a Certified Clinical Nutritionist course and of course, many courses in Functional Medicine topics, such as blood chemistry interpretation, endocrinology and hormones from a functional perspective, neurotransmitters and cognitive function, and an extended intensive that exclusively dealt with thyroid disorders, including autoimmune thyroid conditions.
I’m currently serving as a member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and I’m about to become involved with the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) to help ensure that patients receive quality chiropractic care by positioning chiropractic as an evolved, scientific, logical, and dignified profession with integrity, skill, and compassion.
I’m a South Texas lady who advocates for what’s right and stands up for my patients. I pour my heart and soul into my patient cases and seeking ever greater knowledge and understanding. I consider my career one of my hobbies as well, but as I always advise my patients, I do remember to set aside some “me time”, where I read, walk (not both at the same time *grin*), blog, listen to music, watch movies, spend time with my cats and my family, and keep in touch with friends from all over.
I’m also just like most of my patients – a gluten-intolerant lady with a topsy-turvy immune system that resulted in a hypothyroid condition and brain fog, whose body stopped compensating. I also had severe anemia and excessive adrenal stress, resulting in a pre-diabetic state. To top it off, my system was ravaged with an intestinal bacterial infection and two separate types of intestinal parasite.
Like my patients, I’m getting better! I’m amazed at the power of properly-used natural alternatives. Life is good again. And now, I’m immensely enjoying the observation of similar transformations in the lives of my patients. We’re all works in progress, and health (and indeed life itself) is a journey…I say enjoy it! 🙂