Chiropractor, Certified SOT Practitioner
What is your favorite part of living in New York?
My favorite part of living in New York is…simply being here! I used to sit at home as a kid in rural Minnesota (my hometown has one stoplight!) and watch shows set in New York. Now I live it every day. To be able to carve out my own little nook in this city of 8+ million is surreal.
On a more serious note, I love New York because it offers such amazing opportunities. I am part of an incredibly talented and diverse network of doctors and healthcare practitioners. We encourage, learn from, and support one another - and can provide our patients elevated, more comprehensive care because of this.
What's your favorite restaurant in NYC?
St Anselm, in Brooklyn. Everything is grilled, everything is amazing. We live next door, so its easy for us to run down, get our name on the 2+ hour wait list, then head back home and relax until it’s go time…
What is your spirit animal?
Maybe a snake? When I was in grade school, I caught a little garter snake in our backyard. I named him Zeke and made him a house out of a shoebox. Zeke bit me and then escaped his shoebox later that night, but who knows - maybe that bite connected us somehow? Plus, I looked up the meaning of a snake spirit animal, and it turns out they represent life & healing!
What is your favorite quote?
Success : happiness derived from good relationships and achieving personal goals.
Strayer University is petitioning Merriam-Webster to have the definition of success changed to something that better reflects what it means to us. Their revision is a great reminder for each of us to find our tribe, cultivate meaningful relationships, and refocus our energy into positive, healthy, and constructive intentions.
What foods & practices are essential to your wellbeing?
The energy of this city is addicting. It makes you feel like there are so many possibilities, but it will run you over if you let it. Living in a constant state of extreme (even if its an extreme level of healthy habits) leaves little room for our bodies to adapt, which is an essential characteristic to our wellbeing. Therefore, I find the 80/20 rule indispensable.
I aim for healthy choices 80% of the time (ie: balanced meals and snacks, sipping water all day, getting a good night’s sleep) and try to balance this with consciously chosen indulgences 20% of the time, to keep me healthy AND happy.
I round this philosophy out with a little self care - the ‘me time’ things that invest in my health, rather than draw from it. A quick meditation over lunch or before bed is a great way to recharge and clear my mind. Getting regular doses of nature is essential to keeping me in a better state of body and mind, especially since we live where we do. I also believe in cross training rather than focusing on just one form of exercise, and is something I actually have set out to be more consistent with this year.
What inspired you to get into chiropractic care?
I originally set out to study allopathic healthcare, but just couldn’t get fired up about it. I took a leap of faith and enrolled at New York Chiropractic College. Within my first few months there, a lecturer spoke about how chiropractic helps enhance the health we were born with - and at that moment something clicked and I knew I was exactly where I should be.
What is your favorite part about working with your patients?
Helping empower them! Gone are the days where the doctor holds all the keys to a patient’s health. By helping people find what type of lifestyle choices help heal and enhance their bodies, we can give them the power to dictate their wellness on a daily basis, while relying on us for tune-ups or during particularly stressful times.
What is your treatment philosophy?
Balance is my philosophy for everything. In terms of treatment, I use chiropractic to rebalance the body. Restoring motion to joints and balancing the tension of muscles will in turn help rebalance the neurology and chemistry of the body, thus allowing it to function more optimally.
What is your area of expertise?
I am a certified in Sacro-Occipital technique, which is a highly specific and effective chiropractic adjusting method, with research and refinements validating the approach for over 70 years. It is gentle, safe, and combines your history with structural, orthopedic, and neurological indicators to identify and correct patterns which are inhibiting your total health.
I also am passionate about helping pregnant patients have the best wellness pregnancy possible and have additional training and certification to address the specific needs of pregnant moms. Chiropractic provides safe, drug-free relief from many common pains of pregnancy, which you can read more about here. Additionally, by restoring pelvic balance and function of the joints and associated ligaments, we can reduce intrauterine constraint, thus optimizing fetal positioning for a healthier pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Is there anything else we should know about you?
My fiancé and I are the proud parents of the Best Dog Ever. He’s a miniature dachshund and Instagrams in his spare time @thewienerdogdex.