I am the client care coordinator of Lighthouse Chiropractic, though that role covers so much more than simply being the receptionist. When I am not in the office, I am a football loving, hockey wife and spend as much time as possible with my family.
But what might surprise you is that I am a psychology geek.
That’s right! I have a university degree is psychology. I started my degree in the Fine Arts (painting, drawing, sculpting..) and I took Psych 101 with Dr. Walsh as an elective. I switched programs for the next semester!
I had the great pleasure of learning from Dr. Stephen Porter, who literally wrote the Canadian Forensic Psychology textbook, Dr. Mark Holder, who was one of the first psychologists to start researching happiness, and so many wonderful others who changed who I am and how I see the world.
So, why after years of studying psychology, would I decide to forge a career in the chiropractic world? Well…
I started seeing a chiropractor when I was 16 to deal with a sports injury. But the role chiropractic played in my life changed dramatically at 18 when I was struck by a truck while walking home from university.
Thus began a long battle with debilitating migraines, chronic back and neck pain, and a daily regime of medications to help me get through the day.
The first chiropractor I went to told me just after my 19th birthday that this would be my lot in life. That it would never get any better. Needless to say, I never returned to his office. I also gave up on the things I loved: I stopped dancing, kickboxing, snowboarding…the pain was too overwhelming.
Luckily, that is not the end of my story. Despite my bad experience, I truly believed that there was more out there for me than a life riddled with medications. I continued to research and investigate alternative therapies but being a student I only went as often as my insurance would allow.
Not long after graduating, I got the opportunity to interview with Dr. Jenkins. And as corny as it sounds, I knew right away that this was what I was put on the earth to do.
Today, regular chiropractic adjustments are part of my routine to maintain my health. True health is what we work towards here. I am free of all the prescriptions that I took years. I am back to doing the sports that I love: I went golfing in Ireland in 2015. I travel all around the province (and western Canada) to watch my husband’s hockey team play. I get to live the life I love.
I went into psychology because I wanted to help and empower people. And that is what I do every day at Lighthouse Chiropractic. I empower people to live the life they want. And there is nothing more rewarding.