Practicing since 2005
Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN in April 2005; Dr. Katie completed additional training in Pediatrics and was certified in Pediatrics and the Webster technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). This 1 year, 120 hour postgraduate course has provided Dr. Katie with the advanced skills and techniques to better care for children and pregnant women in her practice; BS degree in Biology from Concordia, Moorhead in 2001.
Why Dr. Katie became a chiropractor:
Dr. Katie was a pre-med student, but then she met a 70 year old medical doctor on a plane to Ireland during the summer going into her Junior year of college. The MD talked to her throughout the flight about why NOT to become a medical doctor. She had told her that through the years medicine had evolved so much that the only thing MD’s really could do for people is prescribe medicine or do surgery; they really didn’t have the tools (or weren’t allowed to use the tools) to help a person regain their health. That conversation was life changing and Dr. Katie decided to look at other options in the health care field. A few weeks after she returned from her trip, Dr. Katie was introduced to Chiropractic. She began having low back pain after lifting some clients at her job as a nursing assistant. The low back pain she was having drastically decreased with adjustments, but at the time she wasn’t seeing a wellness chiropractor, instead she was seeing a pain based chiropractor, so she was never taught that adjustments over time can drastically change a persons health and life!
Dr. Katie grew up with the medical model instilled in her like most Americans. When she had an ache or a pain she took a Tylenol or Advil, when she was diagnosed with depression/anxiety she took a medication, when she had trouble losing weight she took weight loss medications, when she was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD she took a medication, when she was diagnosed with “Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome” she took a medication….. By the end of college she was taking Adderol (ADD med), Ambien (sleeping med), and Wellbutrin (anxiety/depression med) and quite a bit of Advil. She was 22 years old and already regularly taking 3 prescription medications.
When she arrived at chiropractic school she started getting adjusted on a regular basis. After a few months she started noticing that she was sleeping better, she had much more energy and wasn’t taking naps all the time, she didn’t get agitated as easily and she was much more calm, her concentration started improving and was not getting distracted as easily anymore and overall she noticed her quality of life improving. Yes her aches and pains went away after 1-2 months of chiropractic care but slowly over a year most of her other symptoms decreased too. Over that year she was functioning so well that she was no longer taking Ambien, Advil, or Wellbutrin and she was down to half of her ADD medication. At the 1.5 year mark of getting adjusted on a regular basis she was off of all of her medications and she was finally on the right track towards optimal health. She was no longer chasing symptoms instead the root cause of her symptoms was being addressed!
Chiropractic helped her realize that health comes from within and we have the power and the ability to heal ourselves as long as our nervous system is functioning optimally! Chiropractic adjustments help to remove the nerve interference (subluxation) which can be decreasing one’s health.
What are the top 6 things Dr. Katie does on her journey towards wellness:
Dr. Katie looks forward to helping others regain their life and strive towards optimal wellness!
- She continues to be adjusted each week to keep functioning optimally.
- Exercises 4-6 times a week (5 cardio sessions and 2 weight training sessions).
- Takes Catalyn (whole food supplement from Standard Process), Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Probiotics (good bacteria) daily.
- Does 1-2 whole body detox’s a year to help reboot her body by improving the function of her colon and liver and stimulating her metabolism!
- Before her evening meal she says a few things she’s grateful for and she consciously tries to focus on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative!
- Tries to avoid fast food (except she occasionally has Chipotle) and processed foods.