I originally grew up in Michigan and received my undergraduate degree in biology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. After finishing school, I moved across the country to northern California and attended Life Chiropractic College West. I visited San Diego several times while I was in Chiropractic College and always liked it – and now I am happy to live here.
When I first started chiropractic school my vision was small, I just thought I was there to help people with back pain. Then after a few weeks, I started finding out about a technique I’d never heard of called upper cervical care. After listening to a few upper cervical doctors, I found out that people were getting well from not just back problems, but all kinds of chronic health disorders. Then I learned the details about how the nervous system controls everything and it all started to make sense. But the problem was that nobody had ever heard of it. People had heard of chiropractic, but not of upper cervical chiropractic and patients holding their adjustments. At that moment my vision became much larger. I found out that people with conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or seizures are driving right past upper cervical offices everyday with no idea that there is hope for a normal life again. My goal is to make that a thing of the past. Clearing pressure from the nervous system in the upper neck improves the function of every system in the entire body, helping the body heal on its own, and also preventing many health problems in the future. This is the key to health and it is my mission to join with other UC docs and bring upper cervical care to the forefront of healthcare.
At some point I will probably have to start surfing, but my main thing has always been snowboarding. I loved it since the first day I went. Now that I live near some real mountains, I will definitely be working on my skills in the terrain park as often as I can. I also enjoy hiking, wakeboarding, and camping. I go to the gym about twice a week and try to read when I have time.