Bio: Caitlin Jones is a second-career student working to obtain her doctor of chiropractic degree and master’s in sports medicine at University of Western States. She has a background in sales as well as coaching CrossFit and weightlifting. While coaching, Caitlin loved helping people move better and overcome injuries while building strength. After a few years of coaching, she realized that she wanted a bigger role in helping people. Caitlin’s chiropractic physician has helped her through her injuries in the past with a variety of modalities, so she knew that it was the path that she wanted to go. She is very passionate about rehabilitation and helping people correct their movement.
“Being from Virginia, I didn’t envision moving across the country for school, but after touring UWS I knew it would be a great fit for me. There is a real sense of community among the students and the professors are incredibly supportive. I’m currently in my last year of the program and am loving working as a chiropractic intern in the campus clinic. The clinicians are incredible with guiding you to combine all of your knowledge into patient care. When I’m not buried in school, I love exploring the Pacific Northwest! There are a ton of beautiful hikes, countless waterfalls, mountains and the coast.”
Why did you choose UWS?
When I visited the campus, I loved how all of the students seemed to be a tight-knit community. Everyone was so friendly and genuinely seemed to get along with each other. I also chose UWS, because it is evidence-based and the instructors seemed amazing.
Why did you choose your program/concentration?
While coaching, I loved working with people and helping them move better and overcome injuries. I used to coach at an adaptive gym and it really inspired me to want a bigger role in helping people.
What has been your favorite class/instructor?
This is a tough one! I’d say it’s a tie between Dr. Strange or Advanced Rehab and Dr. Major for Neurophysiology. Dr. Strange makes the class so fun and really breaks down how to treat injuries, while Dr. Major relates the material to real-life examples and helps to explain pain science in an understandable way. Both are just amazing classes and instructors!
What is your favorite way to relieve stress outside of the classroom?
Definitely hiking! There are so many beautiful trails in the PNW it’s easy to get lost and not think about the next exam.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to find an associateship with a practice near the mountains where I can help patients with injury rehabilitation.