Seattle chiropractor, becoming a chiropractor

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Becoming a Chiropractor

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Many of the chiropractors at Lake Union Wellness and Sonic Chiro have been practicing for more than a decade. While we’ve been successful at providing our patients the care they need, it took years of training to become a chiropractor.

In today’s blog I’m going to share the training and experience we went through long before we opened the doors to our chiropractic care and massage therapy offices here in Seattle.

For several of the chiros on staff, an experience with a chiropractor early in their life provided them with relief. This experience opened their eyes to a career possibility beyond the traditional avenues. Dr. Mary Klimek suffered with migraines – debilitating ones at that – on a regular basis as a teen. Her parents wisely took her to see a chiropractor, which greatly reduced the frequency of her migraines. Dr. Britni Everett played soccer throughout her life. Soccer is a very physical sport and took a toll on her. Just like Dr. Mary’s parents, Dr. Everett’s parents took her to a chiropractor. Regular adjustments, and associated treatment, kept her on the field.

Personally, I am passionate about being active and healthy. This led me to the path of becoming a chiropractor.

All chiropractors first earn an undergraduate degree – typically with a focus in an associated science. I received my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Washington State University. Kinesiology is the study of human movement and the structures involved. Once we earn our bachelor degree, future chiros enroll in chiropractic program from a Council on Chiropractic Education accredited college. These programs typically take four years and combine classroom lecture with hands-on training, which run concurrently. Then a ‘residency’ of clinical intern hours and rotations solidifies the training necessary to pass all levels of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners testing. The testing takes place over multiple consecutive days. This is where we earn our Doctor of Chiropractic. Once this training and testing is complete, chiropractors can choose to pick specialties where they’d like to focus.

To practice in Washington State, every chiropractor must apply for their Washington State license, have a clean record and background, and pass the Washington State jurisprudence test.

With all this training, we are then ready to work with patients.

In addition to holding a Doctor of Chiropractic, I am a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner, and Certified Chiropractic Biophysics practitioner as well as Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology Certified by the Spine Research Institute. I first started seeing clients at Lake Union Wellness in 2012. What I enjoy most, in addition to being a chiropractor, is helping patients with diet, exercise, strengthening, and conditioning. Working here blends my training with excitement for partnering with athletes, occupational athletes, and weekend warriors, on their journey to wellness.

Schedule a visit soon to see how one of our chiropractors can support you as you work to live your best life!


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