The chiropractors at Arizona Pain work every day to help patients live their best possible lives through a commitment to patient satisfaction and a philosophy of conservative care first. This philosophy aims to limit medications and invasive procedures in favor of harnessing the body’s natural healing powers.
In honor of National Chiropractic Health Month and this year’s effort to highlight the “Conservative Care First!” philosophy, we wanted to introduce you to our caring chiropractic staff.
Dr. Kaitlin Bowen
Dr. Bowen’s desire to become a chiropractor was also borne out of personal experience. As a sophomore at Arizona State University, she developed mid-back pain that impaired her ability to sit through long classes.
Dr. Bowen was taking pre-med classes, and the rigorous course of study demanded long hours spent absorbing anatomy and other important subjects.
“Nothing I did would alleviate the pain, and I did not want to take medication long term,” Dr. Bowen recalls. After suffering with pain for six months, a friend with a chiropractor friend suggested Dr. Bowen go in for a visit.
“Years earlier, my horse had been adjusted to help alleviate his low back pain, and it gave him great relief. I figured if it could work for my horse, why can’t it work for me?” Dr. Bowen says. And it worked. “After about four adjustments, I was pain free.”
Dr. Bowen was so pleasantly surprised by chiropractic’s healing potential that she felt compelled to study it further and make it her career. An avid animal lover, she was also intrigued by the idea that she would get to help both people and animals.
After graduating from ASU, she enrolled in Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa and spent time in Brazil treating people without access to chiropractors.
Dr. Bowen says there is nothing more important to her than helping people, and advanced procedures and powerful, potentially dangerous drugs are not always necessary to achieve health. She says:
“I have seen many people who cannot perform everyday functions in their lives due to pain. Even though these patients are limited due to their pain, some don’t want to have any procedures done. Conservative care is what they turn to. There are so many different options within the conservative care from chiropractic care to acupuncture.”
With conservative care, Dr. Bowen says she has seen migraine sufferers, for example, reduce their four or five headaches per week to perhaps one every two weeks. Other people have found relief from long-term, post-surgical abdominal pain through acupuncture. “The list of conditions that can be helped through conservative care is endless,” she says.
Helping people and watching them get better provides Dr. Bowen with endless appreciation for her job. “When someone has been in pain for so long and they start to get relief, they start to get their lives back,” she says. “I am lucky to be able to help people decrease pain and live healthier lives, and my dogs and horses love it as well!”
Dr. Froerer decided to become a chiropractor because he wanted to help people. “I wanted to see individuals all around me have a better life by helping rid them of pain and mechanical dysfunction. The healing of touch is real – many times I have seen the body recover very quickly after a very short course of treatment,” he says.
Dr. Froerer completed studies at Utah Valley University and Southern California University of Health Sciences so that he could work with people and help them feel better.
“Many times, the body is misaligned by bumps, falls, and accidents,” he says. “The process of taking physical stress off of the joints and muscles allows the body to control pain and inflammation.” That’s the premise underlying the conservative care first tenant of National Chiropractic Health Month.
Dr. Froerer adds:
“Conservative measures such as spinal adjustment, rehab exercise, stretching, and spinal decompression all take the pressure off of the body. People move better with chiropractic care and are able to return to the activities of life. No other profession deals with spinal misalignment like chiropractic does. Movement is life!”
Dr. Michael Jacobson
Dr. Jacobson knows firsthand the profound healing effects that chiropractic treatment can have on patients.
“I chose to become a chiropractor because I had a truly remarkable experience as a first time chiropractic patient,” he recalls. “Walking into an office in debilitating pain and then being able to play softball that night sparked an interest in me to pursue learning more about the profession.”
He ultimately enrolled in New York Chiropractic College after studying economics at Boston University. Chiropractors operate under the premise that the health of the musculoskeletal system has a profound impact on a person’s health. In addition to structural alignment, other wellness activities like eating well, getting proper rest, and avoiding stress are important components of reducing pain.
“Chiropractic care including manipulation, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitative exercise, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle changes have helped hundreds of patients I have seen over the years,” Dr. Jacobson says. He adds:
“Whether it is losing weight, lowering blood pressure, or starting an exercise program, I have seen chiropractic care can help an individual in more ways than just getting him or her out of pain. I’ve seen patients make tremendous improvements in their lives by making better decisions when it comes to their healthcare by implementing a conservative-based approach to health.”
Dr. Jacobson says he finds his job immensely rewarding because it’s all about helping patients feel good and enjoy their lives. “Getting someone out of pain with conservative treatment keeps me motivated to help others who have never stepped foot in a chiropractic office,” he says.
Dr. Nicole M. Kibler
Dr. Kibler was first exposed to the tradition of chiropractic at a very young age. “My family chiropractor growing up was my mentor and a tremendous influence on the power of positivity with healing,” she says.
“When one of my family members was facing surgery, I had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the body’s amazing potential to heal when given the proper tools, including chiropractic care, nutrition, and exercise,” she adds.
Dr. Kibler graduated from New York Chiropractic College after earning a bachelor’s degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. She notes:
“I love channeling the body’s innate healing ability with chiropractic and acupuncture while taking advantage of modern medical advancements like regenerative medicine that our fellowship-trained pain management physicians provide.”
This multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary approach offers patients a path to pain reduction, ultimately helping them enjoy productive days and again participate in activities they love.
“I have seen some of the most uplifting and life-changing things happen to our patients with conservative care,” Dr. Kibler says. “For those of us who have ever experienced pain or sickness, there is a renewed appreciation for life.”
Like many of Arizona Pain’s chiropractors Dr. Moore’s first experience with the field of medicine was as a patient. In high school, Dr. Moore was involved in a car crash that fractured both of the bones in the lower part of the leg.
“The miracle of traditional medicine was able to put my leg back together and get me running again after three surgeries, but I was left with significant low back pain,” Dr. Moore says. Chiropractic ultimately picked up where modern medicine left off, helping Dr. Moore to heal his chronic discomfort.
A family member recommended that Dr. Moore see a chiropractor. “After the first treatment, I was 90% better, and by the second treatment, the low back pain that I had been suffering with for over 18 months had completely resolved,” Dr. Moore recalls.
Dr. Moore would go on to study zoology at the University of Washington and later earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. Career highlights include treating professional athletes and Olympians, in addition to everyday folks who want to manage pain and improve their lives.
Dr. Moore says:
“Conservative care is the best first line of treatment for the majority of neuromuscular skeletal symptoms. Pain symptoms are typically a result of inflammation and some type of overloading pressure. Conservative care works so well with helping to address the muscular imbalances, strength deficits, and actually improving the outcome.”
A secondary benefit of conservative care is that it helps patients take control of their health. “Medications have their place, but people pride themselves in maintaining their independence. Most patients come seeking care looking for answers of how they can get better and reduce the need for medications,” Dr. Moore says.
He adds, “The main reason I love my job is the joy I feel teaching patients how they can improve their quality of life and take control of their condition.”
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