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Posted by Stephanie on June 2nd, 2014
This is my first blog ever.  Here we go.

I'll start by introducing myself.  My name is Dr. Stephanie Williams.  I'm a family chiropractor in Pacific Beach, San Diego and I'm extremely passionate about what I do.  People often ask me why I decided to become a chiropractor.  My answer usually is, I didn't.  Chiropractic chose me.  I better start from the beginning...

Historically chiropractors have been known to go against the grain, to speak out against the status quo, and have been a bit of a rebellious group.  I must say I'm proud to include myself in that description.  Chiropractic officially started as a profession in 1895 when a man named DD Palmer adjusted a deaf man named Harvey Lillard, resulting in Harvey's hearing restored.  Prior to that day "bone setters" have existed for thousands of years.  Hippocrates even wrote a lengthy article titled "On the Articulations" in 400 BC in which he describes the process of adjusting the spine and goes on to say "look well to the spine for the cause of disease."  Thomas Jefferson said "the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his [OR HER] patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."  And later BJ Palmer, the son of DD Palmer and developer of chiropractic, said "the power that made the body heals the body." 

It's no secret that we are in a health care crisis.  The health care industry has lost touch with health.  As a child I experienced recurring infections, migraines, headaches and back pain.  I self-managed and self-medicated the migraines, headaches and back pain with ibuprofen, and looking back I thought several pills per day was a perfectly normal way to live.  Routine trips to the doctor and prescriptions of antibiotics were a way of life.  My doctors never offered a solution or suggestions other than filling out their prescription pad.  I started getting adjusted by my parents chiropractor when I was 12 years old.  They had back pain and I did too, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I would visit the chiro whenever I was in pain, and guess what?  It worked!  I always felt so much better after, until the symptoms would return.  

At age 18 I met another chiropractor who hired me to work in his office.  It was great!  It was my first "grown up" job.  One of the perks was free adjustments, so I made sure to seize the opportunity.  The doc informed me about my spine after a thorough evaluation and suggested that I get adjusted three times per week.  I obliged.  After a few months of regular adjustments I realized that I hadn't taken a pill in months.  I didn't need it.  I hadn't had any headaches or back pain.  Cool!  A few months later, I was expecting an infection; after all, they would return about every six months.  That infection never came.  How could that be?  How could my infections, headaches, back pain be related to my spine?  How could a man get adjusted in 1895 and get his hearing back?  At the time I couldn't explain the science behind it, but I knew chiropractic care was more powerful than I imagined.  

In an effort to advance my position as a chiropractic assistant, I decided to enroll in massage therapy school.  When I was about half way through the program another chiropractor said to me "why not become a chiropractor?"  My self-doubt immediately kicked in.  "I'm not smart enough for that, it's too much schooling, I just couldn't do it, etc."  He went on to tell me that as a massage therapist you can take care of one person in an hour, whereas as a chiropractor you can take care of multiple in an hour.  I liked that.  I was sparked with the idea of helping as many people as possible.  It was like I was struck with purpose-lightning (for lack of a better term) and I knew I was called to be a chiropractor.

As a practicing chiropractor now, I am fueled by our health care crisis.  How can so many people be so sick in the most powerful country in the world?  The US consumes astronomical amounts of pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs.  I was one of those people until chiropractic changed my life.  It is now my mission to help people in a natural, holistic way to avoid the use of drugs, and to be preventative and proactive in their health.  It's not always pretty, and it's very often political, but most importantly, it starts personally.  I love working with people every day to regain their health and let their body heal the way it's designed.  I feel incredibly honored to follow my life calling and show up for an endless vacation.  When you chose a job you love you'll never work a day in your life.

Dr. Steph, The Chiropractress

Thank you for reading my first blog post ever!  How'd I do?
Category: Chiropractic


  • Posted by William Lewis on June 2nd, 2014 at 8:58 p.m.
    Great post!