Bio: Jamison Hodge grew up in the beautiful town of Bellingham, Wash. He moved across the state to the little town of Cheney, Wash., to attend undergraduate college at Eastern Washington University where he majored in exercise science and is a second-generation University of Western States chiropractic student.
Why did you choose UWS?
My dad is a graduate from UWS (Class of 1991) and that was a huge reason for my choice. The science behind chiropractic and the multidisciplinary approach UWS takes to address patient’s conditions stuck out to me. I’ve always heard Bellingham, Wash., was a smaller Portland, so I had to experience it for myself!
Why did you choose your program/concentration?
Being from a chiropractic family, I had an idea early in in my education that I wanted to be something professional in the health care system. I wanted to help patients naturally, without all the interventions, drugs and medications. Understanding how the body reacts, treating to the root of the problem, and helping patients’ change their lives without only treating symptoms and pain was something I have always been intrigued with. I chose chiropractic, because I love taking care of people. I love to help patients’ bodies heal themselves through the chiropractic adjustment and other manual therapies. Experiencing chiropractic care since birth, I fell in love with it; taking pressure off the nervous system and seeing, first hand, the impact on individuals’ lives chiropractic has is amazing. Going into the sports medicine program was something I had wanted to do since coming to UWS. I grew up playing sports and was fortunate enough to be a part of the athletic support staff in my undergraduate years. Having a master’s degree that is specific to treating athletes was almost an instinctual act for me to apply for. Having another perspective and learning about the body along with chiropractic, the two just fit together.
What has been your favorite class/instructor?
How can you just pick one? I’ve had many great instructors in my time at UWS. Of course, the one that stands out is Dr. Lefebvre and his clinical preparation classes. Having us answer questions on the spot and case studies that we will see in practice was very beneficial and a little nerve racking.
What is your favorite way to relieve stress outside of the office and classroom?
Exercise is crucial to de-stress and think about something other than classes. I am blessed that I have a great core group of life-long friends that I met through the program that like to do the same types of activities as myself! From trying new places to eat around Portland, to going for a run or tossing around the pigskin have always been great ways to relieve stress and improve mood.
What do you hope to do after graduation?
I plan to move back to Bellingham and practice with my dad. There is so much I have learned and still need to learn; I couldn’t be more excited to start this journey.