Education and Experience
In November of 2011, I graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC). I have wanted to be a chiropractor since I was 13 years old and experienced my first adjustment. Dr. Mark Weber was able to remove the obstacle to my best expression of health by getting my joints moving again and ridding me of my intense low back pain. I was fascinated by how, using just his hands, he was able to help me so profoundly. I knew then that I needed to be able to share this amazing healing gift with others!
While studying at Northwestern, I also began a certification program with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic care above and beyond what is taught at the basic DC level. I am continuing this educational pursuit to provide the best possible care to expectant mothers and children. I thoroughly enjoy working with pregnant women during this very exciting and transformational period in their lives. I treasure and respect the amount of trust a parent places in my hands when requesting that I adjust his or her child.
My path to become a Doctor of Chiropractic has been anything but straight and direct. My original undergraduate degree is in English Literature. I wanted to go to chiropractic school, but was too afraid of the math and science prerequisite course work at that time in my life. I love reading and opted for the friendlier world of books and term papers. Prior to starting chiropractic school, I worked at the Barber National Institute in Erie, PA with kids and adults with developmental disabilities. One of the jobs I held there was as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for children with Autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, traumatic brain injury and other developmental disabilities. I am comfortable and experienced in interacting with this population and appreciate dialogue with parents regarding the unique needs of their child. I welcome the opportunity to treat any patient interested in receiving chiropractic care.
In addition to providing chiropractic care, I also have experience in yoga and Pilates instruction and understand the unique needs of yoga and Pilates enthusiasts. I have loved exploring the world through free-spirited movement, singing and laughter for as long as I can remember. I began practicing yoga in 2000, when I tagged along with my mom to a yoga class in my home town, Erie, PA and immediately fell in love. In October 2004, I completed the 200+ hour yoga teacher certification program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Wellness in Lenox, Massachusetts. It was a life changing experience and I highly recommend Kripalu for both R&R and professional training programs! In July of 2008, I received training in pre and postnatal yoga instruction at 5 Elements Yoga and Pilates Studio in Brampton, Ontario with the lovely Michelle Cormack. I have enjoyed teaching yoga in both group class and private instruction formats in a variety of settings to all types of clients for eight years now. I have also received training in STOTT Pilates instruction through an apprenticeship at a STOTT studio (Inner Balance Pilates, with the fabulous Genevieve DeRose) and several trainings in usage of the reformer, stability balls and various other Pilates pieces of equipment.
I am passionate about eating real food and maximizing health through whole food nutrition. My thought process involving food and diet is informed by the GAPS diet, Weston A. Price Foundation, Paleo/Primal diet, and experiential learning in the laboratory of my own life and body. Each person has their own unique dietary needs, however the foundation for optimal health is always built upon a diet consisting of real, whole foods, engaging in generous amounts of physical activity and regular stress relieving practices. I am always happy to discuss elements of your wellness lifestyle with you.
I am grateful to my many teachers for their love and guidance, including my mom and dad, Kathy DiFuccia, Genevieve DeRose, James Reedy, Michelle Cormack, the Kripalu YTT 2004 staff, the Erie Yoga Teachers Network, the Northwestern Health Science University faculty and staff, Dr. Mark Weber, Dr. Steven Krauza, Dr. Spicer, Dr. Amiot, Dr. Clark and many other wonderful, gifted souls whom I have had the pleasure of working with. In my spare time, I enjoy being active outside in the natural world, cooking, reading, slacklining, hula hooping and spending time with my husband, Paul, and dogs, Emma and Otis.
- Doctor of Chiropractic
- Webster Technique certification
- Graston Technique M1 certification
- Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
- Certified 5 Elements Yoga and Pilates pre- and post- natal Yoga Instructor
- STOTT Trained Pilates Instructor
- Lots of active care rehabilitation experience
I am a proud member of the following professional organizations…
- International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA)
- Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA)
- Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA)