If you’re reading this, you either know me through my practice Ease Chiropractic, or…. You will soon :-)
If you’re already a client, you know that I’m basically an ordinary person—at least on the surface. But also that I do some unexpected, out-of-the-ordinary things in my practice.
Chances are good we’ve had a least one conversation during an office visit during which we talked about the politics of healthcare, the food industry, or medical insurance (among other hot topics that may be off limits in other places).
This is one of the strange things about the way I practice:
I talk to my patients. Furthermore, I listen when you talk.
Even before I went to chiropractic school, I had an idea of what kind of chiropractor I was going to be.
I’ve always been a hippie at heart, and I just love helping people reach their potential, learn, and grow. Especially through natural ways. Ways that the earth has always provided for us.
I had undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Social Work, and chiropractic seemed like a great profession to allow me to combine all of my interests, own my own business, and most importantly help people.
While I was a student at Logan University studying chiropractic, I was married to my first husband. Although it may not have been the optimal time to start a family, we sure tried.
In fact, we tried for five long, painful years.
The infertility we experienced was a big part of why we ultimately ended our marriage.
I was barely divorced when I found myself in a new relationship, about to finish my residency in Sports and Rehabilitation at Logan, with plans for being promoted to Assistant Director of the department… when I found out I was pregnant.
This thing that I had figured would probably never happen for me… had happened.
Motherhood totally rocked my world. It was so much more challenging than I had expected it to be. Especially the whole “balancing life and work” part.
My boss and mentor at Logan had told me multiple times that he was afraid he was going to lose me to motherhood. That I wasn't going to come back to work after having my baby.
Well, after 8 weeks of maternity leave, truthfully, I felt mostly ready to return to doing the job I loved. However, by the time my baby was 10 months old, I knew that it was time to make a big leap.
I simply didn’t feel like I could do my job the same as I did before I was a mom—which often required working 12+ hours a day running a clinic, teaching classes, proctoring board exams, treating athletes, traveling for games and national championships, and supervising first aid coverage for tournaments on the weekends.
So I ventured out into private practice. I borrowed money from family and opened an office. I knew that I had the hustle that it would take to grow a new business quickly. And I did.
Business grew week over week for over a year.
Yet… I was so focused on my business that I often ignored other parts of my life. Like, all other parts of my life.
I rarely saw my little girl awake, our home was a disaster, and my relationship with my husband was struggling because we spent virtually no time taking care of it.
When first daughter was 2, I found myself pregnant again. Again wondering: how did this happen so easily?! (<<<---another story for another time)
I knew that I would not be able to keep working as hard and as much as I was being pregnant and then later having a new baby.
I knew it was time to make big changes. But I was afraid to take some of the most important (and scary) steps—like hiring another doctor to help take care of patients in my office.
I found myself in the darkest place I’d ever experienced when I miscarried that pregnancy. Even though everyone told me not to feel this way, I believed wholeheartedly that we lost that little life because I was abusing my own.
The real kicker?
Just 8 weeks after the miscarriage, I was pregnant again.
It was then that I knew we had to make big changes and we had to make them fast. So I sold the practice that I had dreamed of and worked so hard for.
Unexpectedly, it felt like another loss.
But I did what I knew in my heart I needed to do to grow a healthy baby. And we sure did get a healthy baby!
Now, years later, I live and work so much differently than I did when I first started my own business.
Now I’m very clear on my own values, the values we are raising our daughters with, and what’s most important to me—my family and my health.
Now I set clear goals and clear boundaries that help keep me in check. Because honestly can I really help anyone grow a healthy family if I’m not doing it myself?
The Type-A, workaholic in me wants to help practically everyone with everything.
But now that I’m clear that being a mom and wife and living a healthy life is first and foremost, I know that I simply can’t.
So I have limited office hours.
I specifically focus on caring for moms and babies with certain health concerns.
I no longer accept medical insurance because I want my time spent either with my family, taking care of myself, or with my clients and patients. NOT on the phone with a customer service rep who doesn’t know you or understand your health the way I do.
And when you call the phone number listed on my website, you’re calling me directly.
I know that sometimes when a new patient calls to schedule an appointment with me, they are a little taken aback when I answer the phone.
This is why I’m sharing all of this personal stuff with you. Because I want you to understand that I care about YOU, as a person.