Dr. Jill Howe
I graduated from high school in 1983 was going to school to become an exercise physiologist. I soon realized I was basically going to be a glorified aerobics instructor and thought maybe I should pursue something a little bit different. My interests had always been in health, wellness and medicine, so I thought about becoming a heart surgeon.
While pursuing a degree in traditional medicine I attended an undergrad lecture about human function and human anatomy and the way the body is supposed to work. I was talking to one of my classmates and asked her how she was going to use this information. She told me she was going into chiropractic. I asked what chiropractic does because I thought it only worked on necks and backs.
She said, “Oh no. Let me tell you about all the different ways chiropractic can help because it works with the nervous system. They work with the nerves that run through the body and the places in the body that those nerves control.”
I then began thinking about the significance of literally having someone’s life in my hands as a heart surgeon. I realized there might be something I could do to prevent that from happening. That’s when I decided to pursue chiropractic.
During chiropractic school I learned the basics about human function and human anatomy and the way the body is supposed to work versus traditional medicine, which is more sick care and putting the body back together after it’s broken. In chiropractic school I also learned a chiropractic philosophy that helped me realize I was in the right place. Chiropractic is more basic, fundamental and natural. Chiropractic doesn’t just fix symptoms but the causes of the symptoms.
I didn’t want to have someone come to me with a headache and give them a pill to get rid of their headache. I wanted to be able to help the person with a headache know they had injured their neck and that we not only could help them with headaches but also prevent future problems for the injury to the nerves, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. I wanted to help them improve their overall health.
I’ve been in chiropractic for over 20 years. While I was in chiropractic school, I realized I could make help people feel better without drugs or surgery if that was appropriate. But once I got into chiropractic practice, I came into contact with the real world and with people’s viewpoints on health, their considerations about what’s okay and what’s not okay for their body, what they’re willing to do, what they’re not willing to do.
I got the opportunity to interact with my chiropractic patients in a way that was conversational. “What’s going with you? How does that affect you?” More so, not just “where does it hurt” but “what’s it like to be in your body for a day and what does it feel like and how do these problems negatively impacting your life?” My favorite thing to do is to go out and educate chiropractic patients because that is the definition of physician – an educator or a teacher. I really enjoy this because I get a chance to educate the average person who maybe treats their headaches with aspirin and doesn’t know a different way. Not only can I educate them about what might be causing their headaches but that they can actually improve their health through chiropractic, not only their headaches but their whole body. They can sleep better; have more energy; get rid of sinus problems or jaw pain. It’s all connected. To see them have their “A-ha” moment when I’m talking to them and when I’m educating them is really what validates everything that I’ve done up to this point.
The information I share during chiropractic educational events is based on what I have learned in chiropractic school but also through the work I’ve done with chiropractic patients. My actual chiropractic experience as a practicing chiropractor helping hundreds of chiropractic patients is what I bring to my chiropractic lectures. I believe it best to bring actual chiropractic experience vs. theoretical chiropractic information in a book. I’ve learned to accommodate or adapt the way I treat each person based on their specific chiropractic needs. I can’t talk to person A the same way I talk to person B. The more I interact with people, the more it helps me when I go out and educate people that I’ve never met before. And that’s the most exciting to me because they come thinking “I’m going to learn about a new pill or a new shot or a new surgery to help my carpal tunnel problems in my wrist” and then they learn “Really, it could be connected to the car accident I had when I was 16?” and to see them have that understanding and really get “Hey! Maybe something can be done about this” is so rewarding.
Dr. Jodie Schultz
When I was a junior in high school my horse got hurt by getting stuck in her stall and twisting around trying to get up . We couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. She could barely walk. We had our vet out to check her out and he could never figure out what was wrong. Test after test and no results. One day a massage therapist came out to the barn and my mom asked if there was anything she could do. The lady said she could possibly help but before she touched my horse she wanted to seek chiropractic help first. A vet who specialized in animal chiropractic came out to see her and ran even more tests. He couldn’t figure out what was wrong so he told us he wanted the chiropractor who taught him to come out and look at her. So a few days later the vet and chiropractor came and checked out my horse. They did all sorts of things on her that looked like chiropractic voodoo and went on their way. The next day I get a call from one of the ladies at the barn and she tells me your horses feeling better. She said your horse is jumping the geese in the pasture. I said to her that’s not possible because the day before she could hardly walk. Once I went and saw my horse and saw that this is true I thought to myself if this can help animals imagine what this could do for people. It was then that I decided that I wanted to pursue chiropractic.
I actually went to chiropractic school without ever getting a chiropractic adjustment. My first week of chiropractic school I walked in the chiropractic clinic and told them that I wanted to start getting chiropractic care. I was somebody who had suffered from chronic headaches. I had headaches every day and I was on 5 medications to help prevent them. I have been told by my neurologist that I would always be on medication and if I went off it I would get headaches again. I was quickly referred to a chiropractor who had become a neurologist in the area and after seeing him he told me to continue chiropractic care and within three months had weaned me off all of my medications. I have been medication free for over 10 years now thanks to chiropractic.
We always wanted to have a multidisciplinary chiropractic practice. As chiropractic physicians we’ve integrated Eastern and Western medicine into our physical wellness center. This means we have chiropractors, medical doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners all working together for the betterment of our patients.
At our chiropractic wellness center we offer chiropractic spinal rehabilitation. We also work with nutrition, help to detoxify the body and we work diligently with our chiropractic patients to help them regain their health. We don’t work with their symptoms, we work with people to get their bodies functioning like they should be so they don’t have to constantly endure aches, pains and sickness. Instead they can just go and live the life that they’re supposed to.
We’ve had the opportunity to lecture a great deal throughout our careers. Dr. Howe was invited to speak to chiropractic colleagues about digestive problems as well as a group of 400 doctors at a national convention. We’ve been asked to educate fire fighters and policemen and the general public at a variety of companies on chiropractic topics like: neuropathy (where the nerves are dying), fibromyalgia (where somebody feels like they have the flu all the time), neck and back pain.
We hosted a women’s hormone symposium for 180 people and had multiple educators present. It was fantastic to hear from the audience what their struggles were and for them to realize there’s something different that can be done about their problems.