807. A Day in the Life–What's It Really Like to Be a Chiropractor?
Dr. Karen Tedeschi
“I think it’s really seeing someone get their life back. They think that they are never going to be pain free. And all of a sudden they are. I had a woman who had migraines every day or every other day, and we just worked on her slowly but steadily because she could only come in once a month. We changed her diet and, of course, all of this was slow. We got her on supplements and we just worked at her speed. Then over time her headaches went to only three a month. And then recently we’ve gotten them to completely go away. And even as her headaches were going down, she started traveling the world and she started actually doing more things that she wanted to do. I think that is really kind of awesome.”
Dr. Karen Tedeschi is a healer, chiropractor and teacher. She is the owner of Advanced Wellness of Atlanta, an interdisciplinary healing clinic, which brings together like-minded practitioners. She has studied Reiki, Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Brimhall technique, TBM, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Nutrition, Blood work, and Pranic Healing. Karen is dedicated to reducing the pain and suffering in the world and teaching people at all levels about health and healing. She believes in the power of individual choice and that education is key.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
I became interested in health at around 19 when I learned about juicing and massage, and I decided to become a vegetarian. I had always loved music and studied classical flute, which led me to enter the Boston Conservatory of Music preparing to become a professional musician. After a couple of years studying in Boston and awhile at the North Carolina School of the Arts, I could not see a clear career path for me in music, so I dropped out. After working several odd jobs while trying to figure out my next career move, out of the blue I decided to go to massage school. After graduating I was invited to become a teacher, so I started building my private practice while teaching. I became acquainted with many practicing chiropractors, and the more I learned about the profession, it was an easy step to decide to get my D.C. degree or Doctor of Chiropractic.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
What advice or counsel would you give young people who are considering entering the profession?
1. Go to see a chiropractor to get an up-close and personal view of what the practice of chiropractic medicine actually is—how it works and what it can do for you.
2. Be certain you are avidly interested in the sciences because the practice is heavily science-based—chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, anatomy, neurology and more.
3. Understand that when you are working with clients you are up-close-and-personal with them, in their personal space. So, you need to know yourself and whether you will like that aspect of your work or not.
4. An important step is to find a chiropractor who will let you come in and shadow them during a typical day, to get a feel for the tasks, protocols and interactions that comprise a practice’s work flow.
5. There are a couple of books that I highly recommend that are listed in the section below titled: On Her Bookshelf.
On Her Bookshelf
Dr. Fulford’s Touch of Life: The Healing Power of the Natural Life Force, by Robert Fulford and Gene Stone
Connecting With Dr. Karen Tedeschi
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