Hi! I’m Dr. Vicki and I am thrilled to join the healthcare team at The Natural Health Improvement Center. First, a little bit about me. I have 3 children, Nora (12), Jack (11), and Toby (10). My husband, Patrick, is also a chiropractor. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a doctor. In fact, my undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University is in Journalism/Advertising and I worked for 8 years in marketing before making the switch to chiropractic. During those 8 years, I learned first-hand just how hard it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle while balancing work and family commitments. Things got even harder after Jack was born. He had undiagnosed food allergies and was constantly ill, even to the point of struggling to breathe. When Jack was 2 months old, my several-year battle with low-back pain finally got the best of me. I couldn’t even hold my child for more than 5 minutes. Unfortunately, it would be years, countless doctor appointments, and more than a few ER visits before my son and I began seeing a chiropractor. Less than a year later, both of us were healthier than we’d ever been. That led me to enroll in National University of Health Sciences to study chiropractic so that I could bring good health to others.
I graduated from National University of Health Sciences in 2013 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC). I am currently studying Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy with the McKenzie Institute. They use the natural movements of the body to heal the back and neck as well as the extremities (shoulders, knees, ankles and wrists). I’m really excited that in February, I finally get to begin training in the Webster Technique. I’ve wanted to study this for years. Webster Technique is a method of gentle chiropractic treatments designed specifically for pregnant mothers to help them feel their best during pregnancy. It also gently eases the baby into the best position for birth. Expectant moms, you’re going to love this.
In addition to working Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays, and every other Saturday at The Natural Health Improvement Center, I work Mondays and Wednesdays at my own small office in Elmhurst. Starting in January 2016, I will begin teaching a Biomechanics course at Benedictine University. If that wasn’t enough, I am a certified Jazzercise Instructor and I teach 3-4 Jazzercise classes weekly. In my spare time, I enjoy include cooking, reading, rock climbing, and good chocolate. I don’t get through as many books as I’d like, but there’s always time for chocolate!
“My purpose as a physician is to educate and empower my patients to take control of their health. I use my training in chiropractic, rehabilitation and nutrition to help my patients reach their individual health goals, because I believe that in medicine, one size does NOT fit all. I look at all aspects of my patients' lives to find their unique barriers to health. I do not subscribe to the idea that there is a magic pill that will make everything better. I believe that each person has the capability to achieve good health; they just need the right materials, good guidance, and a chance."