Bio: Growing up as a dancer, I fell in love with human movement. After high school, I spent years working and training as a contemporary dancer, personal trainer and Pilates instructor. I always knew I wanted to learn more about the human body and pursue a career that allows me to help people feel and move their best. Following my bachelor’s degree in dance, I thought that physiotherapy was my path. It wasn’t until I met an amazing chiropractor who helped me learn how much the chiropractic profession has to offer and I was sold! I quickly switched my focus into applying for chiropractic school. I honestly didn’t have to research for long about which school I would go to. University of Western States is situated in an incredible city and is highly recognized as a top tier school, not to mention it’s only a short five-hour drive from home in Canada. Now, working as a chiropractor, I am thankful every day that I made the decision to pursue this career. This is truly one of the best jobs in the world!
When you were in school, how did you envision your future work in the field of chiropractic?
Entering into school, I thought my main focus was going to be working with mothers and babies. I gained a lot of valuable experience with this population during school and especially during my clinical internship working under Dr. Amanda Armington. I ended up doing my 12th quarter preceptorship in a sports clinic which challenged me to refer back to my rehab and sports medicine notes often. I am working with a lot of athletes of all ages and I am also establishing my own pregnancy-specific practice within the sports clinic. I am definitely getting the best of both worlds!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping people to know that they are strong and capable of participating in healthy exercise even with pain. Getting my patients to return back to their sport is so much fun!
What was the most valuable pearl of wisdom you learned from UWS?
Well, I constantly hear Dr. LeFebvre’s voice in my head with his MANY pearls of wisdom. I think one of the most important things I learned is that 90% of the diagnosis comes from the patient’s history. So, take the time and be thorough when going through LOCQSMAT, health history, etc., it will definitely pay off!
What is your advice to current chiropractic students?
Trust the process and practice your skills daily. Go to open lab, practice going through your history taking skills and shadow as many docs as you are able to.