Brief Bio: Christina Violante is highly involved on campus. She serves as an Associated Student Body (ASB) representative, co-president of the Women’s Alliance, president of ENGAGE diversity club and is a student representative for the Diversity Committee.
Prior to attending UWS, Christina worked in the social services field as a refugee and foster care case manager, an assistant program manager and therapeutic recreation aide for traumatic brain injury patients, a patient registration and Spanish translation specialist at a low income/no-income clinic, and a direct care counselor at a residential treatment program for high needs children.
In 2011, Christina graduated Cum Lade from Kalamazoo College with a BA in psychology.
In 2013, Christina got her 300-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) training with YogaMedics, an organization with a focus of integrating yoga therapy in the treatment of chronic pain. Additionally, Christina taught high-intensity interval training classes at a local fitness studio. Christina’s varied experience in health care, patient care and advocacy is a perfect fit for the field of chiropractic. She continues her advocacy work at UWS by making it her mission to see more diversity, inclusive and cultural humility both on campus and in the field of chiropractic.
Why did you choose UWS? Why did you choose your program/concentration?
UWS offers the largest scope of practice and has a history of students earning the best board scores. The school also offers the most offsite clinic options and they have a very close relationship with the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.
I chose to go into the field of chiropractic, because I wanted to help people live happier and healthier lives, be independent in practice and do something active and wellness-oriented. I want to further my future patients’ health journey and provide continuous support, not just be the last person they had to see when everything else fell apart. It’s been great learning new skills and seeing how my past history is helping to shape me into the kind of practitioner I want to be.
What has been your favorite class/instructor?
I loved History Taking and Communication Skills with Dr. Suzanne Lady. It was the first time we got the opportunity to take on the role of leader and health care provider. Treating our patients with dignity, empathy and understanding is just as essential a skill as being able to give a great adjustment.
What is your favorite part about attending UWS as a student?
I love the faculty and staff at UWS. They have been so receptive to my desires and needs. I feel grateful to be a part of a small community that has such large potential for creating an impact in the world.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
After graduation, I’d like to go into practice with health care providers from different fields that have a similar focus of compassion and stewardship. I would also like to offer a free treatment day to migrant workers in my future practice. I will always continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion in all domains.
Favorite way to get some stress out from school?
Pet all of the dogs and kitties! I also like to clean my kitchen and watch whatever Marvel or DC comic was made into a Netflix original. I also like to walk around Ikea dreaming of one day owning a gas stove and a Vitamix.