Health and Personal Care
Westminster, CO 80021
E-mail: Michelle Mathiesen DC
I wasn’t really sure what it meant to be a chiropractor until I ended up at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. But first let me tell you how I got there… I was a three sport athlete in high school and was recruited by colleges to play either basketball or tennis, but didn’t know which to choose. So I decided to go to the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, a division two college, where they would allow me to play both. I went to college with the idea that I was going to major in psychology and after switching my major a couple of times I was still unsure what I wanted to be when I grew up. After three years of playing tennis and basketball at the collegiate level (which meant nearly 4 hours of practice a day sometimes more when the seasons overlapped) my body decided enough was enough and I ended up with major back pain. The pain was so bad it kept me from even being able to bend over to tie my shoes. After visits to several medical doctors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons and osteopaths I was left with the same answer “we can’t find anything wrong.” It was then that I was seen by a chiropractor. I felt immediate relief from my back pain and played a basketball game pain free for the first time in 3 months. Needless to say I knew what my major was going to be, finished up my remaining class requirements (organic chemistry-yuck!) and enrolled in Chiropractic College. I have been serving people with my head, heart and hands ever since.
I started my Chiropractic Education at Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa home of Dr. DD and BJ Palmer the founders of chiropractic. What an amazing school. I will admit that when I started chiropractic school I thought that all chiropractors did was treat back pain, that’s what I experienced and that is the only reason I was ever exposed to chiropractic. I didn't realize how much chiropractic could actually help with and that chiropractic is the perfect natural approach to health using science, art and philosophy and that taking care of your spine not only helped with pain, but would also keep your body functioning without interference leading to disease. Chiropractic was a perfect fit especially for someone who from the time she was little would fight tooth and nail when her parents would try and take her to the doctor or try to get her to take medicine.
I was exposed to an amazing education, faculty and campus. In my last year at Palmer College of Chiropractic I started a Wellness Certification Program. (I guess the forty credit hours and studying to pass boards wasn’t enough to keep me busy). It was during this program, coached by the life changing Dr. James Chestnut, that I learned what TRUE HEALTH was. I knew that I had a much bigger purpose than treating back pain; my purpose was to share the knowledge that I had learned about true health with friends, family, mothers, fathers, teachers, preachers, kids… so pretty much everyone, so that they understood what it meant to live a life free from illness and disease. It breaks my heart watching people become prisoners to the illnesses that are so common in our country: cancer, diabetes, ADHD, depression, anxiety, fatigue, MS, Fibromyalgia, obesity. My practice philosophy is simple, your body was designed to be healthy NOT sick. My job is to do everything I can to get and keep you well by providing exceptional chiropractic care, a wonderful healing environment and complete education that allows patients to live the healthy vibrant life they were intended and deserve to live.
I cannot lead people to better health, wellness and potential without living that way myself. That is called being a role model! So, my lifestyle is reflective of that. I will not suggest something to a practice member that I haven't tried or done myself. Again, I re-iterate that the body is designed to be healthy as long as we listen to its calling to live within the laws of nature. To borrow a phrase from my friend and mentor Dr. James Chestnut, we must eat well, think well and move well. If we provide sufficiency and purity to the body/mind/spirit and diminish deficiency and toxicity, I will bet the farm that the body/mind/spirit will do the rest.
I ask you this, is there anything more important than your health and the health of your family? I can't wait to tell you what I can do to help when we cover this question with you when you schedule for your first visit.