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 to become a chiropractor. I asked what chiropractors do because I thought they just worked on necks and backs.
She said, “Oh no. Let me tell you about all the different ways chiropractors can help because they work with the nervous system. They don’t work with the neck. They work with the nerves that run through the neck 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 become a chiropractor.
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 philosophy that helped me realize I was in the right place. There is something a lot more basic and fundamental and natural 2 that can be done to help a body function properly and help a person not just get rid of symptoms but fix the reason that they have those 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 practice for over 20 years – it goes by so quickly. While I was in school, I realized I could make help people feel better without drugs or surgery if that was appropriate. But once I got into 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 people 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 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, 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 educational events is based on what I have learned in school but also through the work I’ve done with 3 patients. My actual experience as a practicing chiropractor helping hundreds of people is what I bring to my lectures. I believe it best to bring actual experience vs. theoretical information in a book. I’ve learned to accommodate or adapt the way I treat each person based on their specific 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 . For months and months we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. She could barely walk and was deteriorating by the day. We had our vet out to check her out and he could never figure out what was wrong. He ran test after test and never found a solution to her problem One day a massage therapist came out to the barn and my mom asked if there was anything she could do could help my horse. The lady said she could possibly help but before she touched my horse she wanted a chiropractor to see her. A vet who was an animal chiropractor 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 voodoo and went on their way. They said they’d be back in the next day or so. The next day I get a call from one of the ladies at the barn and she tells me your horses feeling better and I asked what do you mean? 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 be a chiropractor.
I actually went to chiropractic school without ever getting adjusted. My first week of school I walked in the clinic and told them that I wanted to start getting adjusted. 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 to get adjusted and within three months had weaned me off all of my medications. I have been medication free for over 10 years now.
We always wanted to have a multidisciplinary 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 wellness center we offer spinal rehabilitation. We also work with nutrition, help to detoxify the body and we work diligently with our 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 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.