My husband and I were planning an out of hospital, birth center birth. I was determined to give birth naturally, and to do it well. (I’m a bit of a perfectionist). I did not want this pain to affect my labor and my child’s birth. Under the care of my chiropractor, my pain disappeared within a couple of weeks. Absolutely disappeared. My first daughter was born on Christmas morning, after a smooth and fast labor and 12 minutes of pushing. My midwives told me that it was an honor to attend my birth. Other than being extremely exhausted, I felt superhuman! What’s more, my pain never returned.
From my amazing birth experience, enhanced by my chiropractic care, came my inspiration to pass those benefits on to other women. Yet, the benefits do not stop with the mother. The development and health of her baby are impacted by her health during pregnancy, and by the birth process. In this way, chiropractic touches future generations. I like to think I am making the world a better place, one spine at a time. It is a humbling thought.
My second daughter was born at home in 2010, I graduated from Palmer in 2011, and my third daughter was born, also at home, in 2012. It was a busy few years for us, and for me, filled with a growing passion for prenatal and pediatric care. My experiences, both personal and professional, have influenced my chiropractic technique. I recognize the importance of treating each patient as a whole person, and uncovering the true cause of their altered state of health. My adjusting style is gentle, influenced by my work with children aged 1 hour old to 18 years.
I want to be the doctor that families trust to guard their health holistically and wholesomely. It will be the greatest reward for me to follow a patient from birth to adulthood, and know I have influenced their approach to life itself.
My fascination with birth began as a young child. What an amazing event it is! From an early age, I knew I wanted to be part of such an awe-inspiring process.
After shadowing my step-brother who is also a chiropractor, I knew which direction I needed to go with my undergraduate degree. I finished my studies at the University of Florida where I met my future husband, Steven, and we moved to Port Orange, Florida so I could attend Palmer College of Chiropractic.
On our first day of orientation and class, I saw Dr. Erica across the room. She was the only other tall girl there. We were fast friends and spent our days in class in the front row, loving every minute of our chiropractic education. We loved spending time in the Pediatric Chiropractic Club on campus where we refined our chiropractic technique and focused on how to care for pregnant patients, their babies, and children.
Steven and I were married in November of 2010, and our daughter, Laramie, was born in August of 2011. Not only did I have chiropractic care during my entire pregnancy, but I had an amazing team of midwives as well. We had a beautiful home birth, and although it was long and required many hours of pushing, I felt amazing when Laramie was born. Pure exhilaration! I had always loved birth, but experiencing the powerful transition from woman to mother made me a complete junkie!
Our second child, Liam, was born in October of 2013, also at home. His birth was the complete opposite of Laramie’s. Instead of a long labor and lots of pushing, labor only lasted 2 hours and pushing only lasted 6 minutes. We were all expecting a repeat of our first labor, so our midwives were still 45 minutes out when Liam arrived. Steven caught our baby and it was phenomenal. My love for birth was only deepened.
Our third child, Elon, arrived in August of 2016. Another beautiful home birth where the midwives didn’t arrive in time. This time, they were only a few minutes out, but Steven and I had the wonderful opportunity to once again deliver our child together.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity each and every day to help women experience the joys of pregnancy, birth, and parenting through the chiropractic lifestyle.