Tell us about your business.
The Sport and Wellness Chiropractic Center treats patients of all ages and activity levels, but specializes in the treatment, conditioning, and rehabilitation of athletes. Many of our patients have been elite runners, rugby players, triathletes, and swimmers. We make use of a variety of diagnostic procedures from a multitude of chiropractic and neurologic disciplines, which reveal faulty neurological conditioning, aberrant movement patterns, joint fixations, muscle weaknesses, and incorrect muscle recruitment.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
As an active kid (snow and water skiing, running, swimming) and high-school pole vaulter, I began to experience debilitating neck and back pain. I saw our family physician and eventually a neurologist who could do no more than offer to inject me with steroids. They couldn't tell me what the cause of my problem was. I ended up at my mother's chiropractor and in one visit I experienced immediate pain relief and I could move normally.
I was sold.
I became a chiropractor after working as an oceanographer for 10 years. I love patients coming into my office in some level of pain and leaving with little or no pain. It is the best feeling ever. I also work with performance enhancement strategies to make athletes stronger and faster. The US Olympic Team sent over 100 chiropractors to London; they know the benefits of chiropractic care.
What kind of products or brands do you use, and why?
I employ various chiropractic techniques including diversified, Thompson, Activator, Sacro-occipital Technique (SOT), and Toggle. Additionally, I am a certified Active Release Techniques (ART) provider and also do muscle energy technique, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, active assisted stretching, and instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization. Because I have my extremity specialization I make custom-made, medical-grade orthotics for people experiencing foot, knee, and back pain due to a foot issue that can be corrected with an orthotic insole.
Do you have any special certifications or degrees?
I have my doctor of chiropractic degree (magna cum laude); I am a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP), and am a certified Active Release Techniques provider. Additionally, I have an MA in oceanography, and another master's degree in psychology.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Earlier this year I was on location in the backcountry of Colorado treating the cast and crew of Outside Television / Magazine's new reality series, The Final Cut, which is currently airing on the Outside Television Network. I may make an appearance (the final edits aren't done so I've no idea). I am also licensed to practice chiropractic in Colorado, Virginia, and Washington, DC.