We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Jen Nelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Jen, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am born and raised in San Diego. I left for 8 years to attend graduate school and start my first two businesses before returning back to San Diego. The beaches were calling! Being active was like brushing my teeth within my family. We always had gym equipment in the backyard, we spent very little time inside or at home while traveling for sporting events, my friends and siblings all played multiple sports, and in San Diego you can pretty much play outside all year long. At this point in adulthood, there are very few days a week that I am not active, I spend time at the beach grounding and meditating, and I have found so much innovation studying the mechanics of people walking by me, being human, and watching athletes of all sports move and groove within their preferred sport. Ironically, growing up with grandparents in the military, in a military city, and my brother being in law enforcement has really created a self-biased niche of supporting our military and law enforcement, as well as cementing the daily disciplines of hard work, perseverance, respect, and responsibility.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Before I attended chiropractic school, I had never been to a chiropractor. I thought what most patients think: chiropractors crack joints, I can do that myself. I chose chiropractic school because I was blessed to work in physical therapy facility alongside a chiropractor that utilized the skill set as a tool for treating the patient in front of her. My love for the human body and health started very young, and after sustaining quite a few injuries and forging my way through physical therapy, she offered me an entirely new insight into human recovery and optimization. Chiropractic school offered me a license to heal and a skillset to add to my tool belt. After school I worked with an amazing coach that opened my mind to human mechanics and internal optimization. I moved my business three more times from Santa Cruz to San Jose to San Diego. Each move was more difficult than the last ,and also, offered an opportunity to educate a new community on health optimization. Alongside, I learned how to run a business, in different cities, during a pandemic, with a growing family. Every obstacle placed in my way was another opportunity to grow, be better, serve more. I have taken the path of most resistance, other chiropractors would say I don’t follow the philosophy and I will never “make it” because I truly believe and practice with the intention of healing the whole person. And to them I say, thank you for your criticism.

As we enter a new era of health, communities are looking for doctors that will listen, support, and guide in all aspects of their health. Most understand that internal and external health are deeply connected. The more tools I have in my tool belt, the more patients I can serve, and in ways that are unique to their needs. Whether it be an adjustment, taping, soft tissue, inflammation, gut health, health coaching, weight loss, sleep recovery, performance optimization, etc., their needs can be met and their goals supported. Had I not persevered through the obstacles, let my confidence wain, curtailed my thirst for learning just to make a dollar, I would not be serving the population I am serving today.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego is the coolest city. Within two hours you can be in any climate you choose. I am a San Diego native and had never eaten in Little Italy until I moved back from grad school in my 30’s. I would show my friend all the wonderful trails around San Diego with views of the mountains and beaches. We would ride beach cruisers along the boardwalk, play volleyball in South Mission, run the Convention Center stairs at night, check out a farmer’s market in Ocean Beach, eat dinner in Little Italy, and lunch at Poseidon, George’s, and The Brigantine. We would drive to Julian and get apple pie and drive to Joshua Tree to boulder hop. Depending on their love of animals, visit the Children’s Nature Retreat in Japatul Valley. The energy in San Diego is amazing and there are so many places to love depending on what you feel like doing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without the intricate weaving of people in my story, I wouldn’t have made it to this point in my career. God first, for gifting me the passion fo healing and educating, as well as the strength to persevere when obstacles stood in my path. My family and husband, for their unconditional support of my goals, for their participation in helping me build and re-build, and for growing with me, My coaches and professors for helping me learn my strengths and weaknesses, giving me progressive feedback, and providing a foundation to jump from.

Website: https://www.drjendc.com/

Instagram: @drjen_dc

Facebook: @drjendc

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXYdL-KLzdZdBEhLDlGXeww

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