From the time I was 5 years old, I had a strong drive to become a doctor and help people get well. In 1997, I started training in a traditional Okinawan form of karate, and it was during this time I realized that the body is designed to heal itself; it just needs a little help sometimes. Too often, I felt, the medical system became more about treatments and less about the person. This new perspective of health truly left me empowered as I realized that my health was in my hands.
I attended Kenyon College in Gambier, OH where I majored in History with a concentration in Islamic History while completing my requirements for chiropractic school. After graduating from Kenyon, I attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California. While at Life West, I learned traditional methods of full spine adjusting as well as techniques to help people with soft tissue injuries. This interest in soft tissue techniques came about after I injured my shoulder in my martial arts training.
In June 2006, I was fortunate enough to go to El Salvador for a week with a group of chiropractors to help the people of El Salvador. A small group of us stayed in San Vicente for a week and were able to help many people who did not have access to chiropractic care. As a result of this trip, thousands of people were adjusted throughout El Salvador for the first time in their lives.
I practiced outside of Atlanta, Georgia for 2 years before returning to the Metro Detroit area. Since coming back to Detroit, I trained in Koei-Kan Karate Do, and my husband and I rowed with the Ecorse Rowing Club. Both my husband and I also trained at CrossFit Reviver in Rochester Hills for 3 years. Currently, I play USTA tennis, run, and mix in other workouts to stay active. We are also staying busy with our daughter, Lyla, who was born in March 2016.
To support my local community, I volunteered at HAVEN from 2009-2010, an organization that supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Oakland County. In Clawson, BodyWorks is always active – whether it is at the Clawson Farmer’s Market, participating in the Freedom Run 5k in June, or supporting other local events, you can find us! I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Clawson Chamber of Commerce.