I can’t remember a time in my childhood where I didn’t have pain in my back. Even more frustrating than that is when the doctors your parents take you to tell them you are making it up or looking for attention. Trust me, I didn’t want to skip playing outside to just get attention….my back legitimately hurt. Fast forward to my sophomore year of high school, I had just made the VARSITY basketball team, that was virtually impossible for our school and the pain becomes to great that I quit the team. It wasn’t worth it anymore having to pop pills all the time. Waking in pain and going to bed in pain. Now, don’t get me wrong I could go to school and there are a lot of people that had and have it worse than I did but I knew it wasn’t normal. Well my mom fought for me and I ended up being diagnosed by a pediatric rheumatoid specialist with Ankylosing Spondylitis. Not the answer we wanted, not the worst diagnosis but at least we had a name, something to go with. We started physical therapy, and medication but the meds didn’t help and then didn’t make me feel good either. Finally, at school one day I was in so much pain that I went crying to the nurses office and she called my mom and asked if we had ever tried chiropractic? We hadn’t but we did. Three weeks later, I was pain free. PAIN FREE. And with further investigation, I was wrongly diagnosed. So meds, I didn’t need, appointments that I didn’t need, all of that time wasted.
My life was changed, I ran off to college and stopped by for an adjustment when I felt things tightening up again. Until I had a car accident that left me with horrible migraines. Back to the chiropractor I went where he again changed my life eliminated my pain and offered me a job as an assistant. Needless to say I fell in love with chiropractic and decided that I wanted to change people’s lives too. And that I would never sit back and wait for pain to come back to me, I was going to be in control of that from now on.
I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa and graduated in 2004. I landed my first job in Grand Rapids, MI where I practiced for a year before opening Back To Health Chiropractic in Zeeland, MI in 2006. Soon after my husband and I learned we would be expecting our first child, Ella. Mia and Asa quickly followed and they are involved in various activities including Tae Kwon Do, Gymnastics and Downhill skiing. We are so fortunate that all three love school and are all in the Spanish Immersion program at Zeeland Christian.
When I graduated from school I thought that the only way that I could help others would be thru the actual adjustment itself. It is interesting how our perspectives change as we age. I now realize that for me to fulfill my purpose I could serve more people if I was a WE. So my mission began of bringing in the best doctors from around the country and help them train and prepare for their future offices and that is why today Back To Health Zeeland is the training center for the best of the best chiropractors.
In 2017, we opened our office in Portage, MI. In the years to come you will continue to see us add more clinics with the sole purpose of serving others and helping communities realize what true health and wellness is. We will help more people realize that they don’t have to suffer in pain for 12 years like I did. That there are answers for why you feel the way you do and what you can do about it.
We thank you for choosing Back To Health for your chiropractic wellness care!