Since a very young age, I have always known that I wanted to be in the healthcare industry. I got to see how my father, who is a primary care medical doctor, took care of his patients and made such an impact on their lives. They all truly loved him and they knew how much he cared for them. The summer before my senior year of high school, I was chosen for a summer program in a local hospital where I got to shadow all areas of the hospital and see the different specialties. It was there that I got to see a total hip replacement… and it rocked my world. I thought, “How cool is it that we can take people apart and put them back together again to help them?!” From there, I had my heart set on becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Growing up playing multiple sports in Arkansas, it became my dream to eventually become the team doctor for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
In 2012 after completing my undergraduate degree in exercise science, with a pre-med concentration, I decided to take a year off from school to gain more experience in a health care setting in hopes to “boost” my resume. It was then that I had my first experience in chiropractic. I got my first “real job” (excluding being a life guard and a waiter) at a multi-disciplinary chiropractor’s office as a rehab tech. There we had multiple physical therapists, chiropractors, a nurse practitioner, and a retired orthopedic surgeon all working together. It was there that I got to see first-hand the true healing potential of chiropractic. I began to realize that not all people who are told surgery is the only option actually require surgery. In fact, many people were able to delay having surgery or avoid surgery all together by utilizing conservative chiropractic care in this setting. From there I eventually decided to withdraw all applications I had sent to medical schools and began applying to universities with doctorate of chiropractic programs.
I was accepted to Parker University in Dallas in 2013 and began as soon as I could after being accepted. I spent the next four years immersing myself into the science, philosophy, and art of chiropractic. It was nothing short of a life-changing experience, both physically, mentally and spiritually. While there, I became more and more interested in nutrition and what our bodies need to heal naturally to complement my chiropractic knowledge and skills. This inspired me to begin working towards my Diplomate status with the American Clinical Board of Nutrition and to become certified in functional medicine.
Upon completion of my doctorate in chiropractic in 2017, I moved back home to Arkansas to begin my chiropractic career and start serving my community.
When I am not serving patients, I can be found with my fiancée, Abby, and our two dogs, Sonny and Ziggy, enjoying all that Arkansas has to offer.