- 2003 – Doctorate of Chiropractic, Park College of Chiropractic
- Fellow – International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
- Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
I was in college and was planning on going to medical school after finishing my bachelor’s degree. I was doing great, making good grades and on the dean’s list, but then something happened. I got hurt really bad in a sports accident. I couldn’t move my head, I had sharp shooting pain in my shoulder and my left arm felt like it was dead. I was in so much pain that I could barely function. I went to the doctor and after waiting for what seemed like hours, I got a five minute visit to tell him what happened and watch him write a prescription for pain killers and muscle relaxers. That really wasn’t what I was hoping for, but nonetheless I filled the prescription and started taking the medications. The next day I couldn’t get out of bed, but it wasn’t due to the pain. I was so groggy from the drugs he prescribed me that I felt like my brain was in a cloud. I couldn’t focus or pay attention in class, but despite how drugged I felt, the medications didn’t even help with the pain. Not only did I still have this sharp neck pain radiating into my shoulder, but now I couldn’t even think straight. I went back to the doctor and gave him the medications saying they were worthless and that I needed something else. He sent me to the physical therapist where they examined my shoulder but they could never find anything wrong. I then went back and told him that I was still in severe pain and was hoping that there might be something else he could do for me. I guess he had pity on me, because he took time to take me to another room and had me lie on a table. I thought it was a little weird because he kept looking around making sure no one saw us. Of course I was a little apprehensive, but he then took my head in his hands, gave a quick stretch to the joints in my neck, this loud cracking noise came out of my spine and then finally, for the first time since the accident, I felt some relief. He told me to come back in a few days and I did. This time one of the other doctors asked to watch. We again went to the other room making sure no one followed us and, with a quick twist to joints in my spine, I began to feel even better. I grew up in a town right next to a big chiropractic school. I had my spine adjusted through the years for tune ups here and there, but I never knew how good they could work when someone was actually injured and in a lot of pain. Even though this doctor was able to help me, I could tell he had nowhere the skill of the chiropractors who had adjusted me in the past. This whole incident happened around the same time that I lost my mom from cancer. The treatment she received didn’t seem to help, and for the last few months she was so drugged that she couldn’t even recognize me. After these incidents I decided to change careers. I wanted to be able to help people like doctor this helped me and not have to mess with medications that for the most part just seemed to treat symptoms while producing side effects and potentially causing other problems. I switched from medicine to chiropractic and have really enjoyed the ability to help people get healthy and pain free in a safe and natural way. I graduated Valedictorian from Parker College of Chiropractic in 2003. I have worked three years in Mexico and two years in El Salvador (yes, I like to travel), and the rest of the time in Texas. I have taken four years of post graduate studies at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and am a Fellow with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. I am certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. I have also recently received a Certificate of Completion from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego for a training program focusing on comprehensive case management of whiplash and related disorders.