The natural non-drug, non-surgical approaches offered at Joie de Vivre Health and Chiropractic represent just a few of the many treatment options available to patients. My goal is to help guide you through the different options with information and insight into treatment so that you may select the options that work best for you. There are no guarantees in healthcare; sometimes what works for one person doesn’t work for another. But as an evidence-based practitioner, the choices I present are, whether traditional medicine, alternative and complementary medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, or other intervention, backed by research evidence and the best available information today. Therefore, you can feel confident that the recommendations given to you aren’t coming from “left field” but are ones that will help you reach your goals. Sometimes these recommendations are services we offer here at Joie de Vivre Health and Chiropractic and sometimes they aren’t. If they aren’t we will certainly give you referrals to those healthcare professionals better suited to help you with your condition. Regardless, we will always be advocating for the care you need and deserve as a member of your healthcare team. Treatment is always your choice. It is your body, your goals, and your decision about the care you receive. We at Joie de Vivre Health and Chiropractic will always support you to the best of our ability; that is our commitment to you.
My healthcare journey began at the age of 26 when, after a car accident, I experienced chronic neck and low back pain as a result of the accident and poor healing afterward. For four years, I steadily developed worsening symptoms resulting in daily headaches and frequent migraines not to mention "throwing my back out" which landed me in bed for over a week on multiple occasions. My medical doctors at the time, offered few solutions other than opiates for the pain or muscle relaxants for the stiffness. I opted not to take the medications except when the pain was horrific as they significantly impaired my ability to work, drive, and earn an income. It wasn’t until I eventually landed on a chiropractic physician’s doorstep that I began to understand the power of chiropractic and physical medicine. After the first adjustment, my then constant headache was gone for the first time in nearly four years. Now, the effect of that first adjustment wasn’t permanent and the next day my headache had returned, but with care for about six months -- and mind you, back then almost no one covered chiropractic care so this was all out of pocket for me -- I no longer had constant headaches, and to this day, I can’t remember the last migraine I experienced. I became a believer in chiropractic treatment.
After an eleven-year career in business, I decided to pursue massage therapy with training at New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts (NHITA). As with any career change, I was reluctant to give up my steady income; as it turned out, it was an incredibly wonderful decision! While at NHITA’s Bridgton, Maine campus, I learned a variety of soft tissue massage techniques including Swedish, sport massage, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, shiatsu and others. You can find more information about NHITA from their website: http://www.nhita.com/. After completing my massage therapy education in 2006, my family and I moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where I opened my massage practice in two locations: Springfield and Northampton. For the next six years, I served those communities offering both relaxation massages and soft tissue treatments for injury recovery and pain management.
In my constant pursuit of knowledge and to increase my skill and effectiveness with treatment outcomes, I enrolled at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) (https://www.nycc.edu/) in their Doctor of Chiropractic program in 2012. There I met some phenomenal faculty, staff, and friends, but due to a family health emergency, our family moved to Florida where I was fortunate enough to transfer to National University of Health Science (NUHS), Pinellas Park campus, where I again met exceptional chiropractic educators, to complete the Doctor of Chiropractic degree (https://www.nuhs.edu/). While studying at NUHS, I had the good fortune of pursuing acupuncture training with Dr. Brett Martin. His faculty bio page can be found at https://www.nuhs.edu/about-us/faculty/k-p/martin,-brett/ and webpage at http://holisticsimplicity.org/.
In December of 2016, I was awarded the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Summa Cum Laude from NUHS. As was the case when I graduated from massage school, I decided to open my own practice: Joie de Vivre (often translated “Joy of Life” or “Zest for Life”) Health and Chiropractic, LLC in Winter Park, Florida where I begin serving that community as a chiropractic physician certified in acupuncture.
Along the way, I have been exceptionally fortunate to learn from some amazing practitioners including Drs. Kris Petrocco-Napuli (Dr. P) and David Seaman.
Dr. P is an accomplished chiropractic researcher with a passion for adjusting technique, women’s health, and integrative health care. While at NYCC, I had the privilege of obtaining my second degree: Bachelor of Professional Studies which emphasized integrative healthcare from a program coordinated by Dr. P. with the capstone course taught by her. Her amazing journey is chronicled on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drkristinapetrocco and Twitter: @drkrispn. Her faculty bio with NUHS is available at https://www.nuhs.edu/about-us/faculty/k-p/petrocco-napuli/.
In my own life, I have dealt with chronic pain since the car accident, not an uncommon story in our modern American society. It is the search for answers which did not seem to be available from my medical doctors which prompted my own health care journey. During my tenure at NUHS, I had the tremendous privilege of enrolling in multiple courses taught by the renown Dr. David Seaman. Dr. Seaman’s work focuses on diet, inflammation and their link to chronic disease and pain expression; finally, much of my own experience with pain began to make sense. Since learning about the role of diet in inflammation and pain, I transformed my diet, not without some resistance, to be a much more anti-inflammatory diet, or as Dr. Seaman would say, a “DeFlame Diet”. This change in diet had a remarkably positive effect in my life and subsequent pain expression where over 90% of the residual daily pain disappeared. If you deal with chronic disease or pain like I do, Dr. Seaman’s work is certainly one to investigate; there is hope, but it takes work and often lifestyle changes. You may find out more through his website at http://www.deflame.com/ and his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC01BY1nkLX15_RdTd4LOK1g.
A huge "thank you" to two of the best “break room” friends and companions one could want during clinic: Drs. Kaylee Klee and Sarah Sponaugle. These were my fellow students with whom I brain stormed treatment ideas and study strategies, commiserated with about boards, and celebrated successes. You may follow Dr. Klee at http://www.totalhealthtampa.com/ and Dr. Sponaugle at https://www.drivenfit.com/lifestyle/tampa-chiropractic-care#tab_panel-1.
Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank my friend, mentor, and inspiration to become a chiropractic physician, Dr. Kenneth Sullivan-Bol. Without his help and guidance, the dream of Joie de Vivre Health and Chiropractic wouldn’t have become a reality so quickly. His model of integrated therapy at Chiro-Med in Bennington, Vermont became a model for my own practice. You may find out more about Dr. Sullivan-Bol’s practice at http://www.cmrehab.net/.
The process to become a chiropractic physician is a very long, arduous, and stressful process. Without companions, mentors, family, and friends, it would be an impossible road. Gratitude and thankfulness are always appropriate. A tremendous “thank you” to all of those who helped me, shaped my mind and character, and the family and friends who stood by and supported me along the way. It is through physicians and other healthcare professionals that patients find their empowerment and have guides through the process of healing. It is our sincerest wish at Joie de Vivre Health and Chiropractic that you possess the “zest for life” that comes from true health.