The Body was designed to move
I grew up in Michigan and was incredibly active and motivated to learn from a young age. My first passion was running with competitive 5k's at seven years old. Growing up in a small town allowed me to join the school's golf team, football team, basketball team, cheerleading team, and track team. Exploring movement through sport has been a passion for as long as I can remember.
I started my undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where I became captain of the Co-ed Cheerleading team. After three years at GVSU, I decided to try out for Oklahoma State University's Co-Ed Cheerleading team. While at OSU, I suffered a dislocation of my elbow, which required reconstructive surgery. This was my first experience with an injury of this magnitude - this experience solidified my desire to become a Chiropractor. I was blessed with a great surgeon and rehab team and was able to return to the sport in four months, nine months before we had anticipated! The following year OSU's Large Co-Ed team won the National Championship; I finished my Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and immediately started my Chiropractic studies at Parker University in Dallas, Texas.
Pole vaulting, tumbling, cheerleading, and poor weight room technique lead to multiple lumbar disc injuries. Dealing with chronic low back pain changed my approach to movement and physical health; I immersed myself in studying biomechanics, weightlifting technique, movement pre-requisites, and self-care techniques. The amalgam of my time as a competitive athlete, coach, personally dealing with injuries, and my Chiropractic education have helped me to develop an optimistic and realistic approach to reducing pain and increasing function.
In late 2019 I had a mountain bike crash while riding in Utah, which resulted in a fractured wrist and clavicle. In recovering from this injury, I have rekindled my passion for running. I am still working on getting back on the bicycle and in the gym. In my free time, I enjoy woodworking, hiking, running, reading, renovating my house, and cooking fancy dinners with my rockstar wife, Julie.