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

Hi Jennifer, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am the eldest of three siblings, born and raised in San Diego. I left to go to grad school in the Bay Area and returned back to San Diego 7 years later. I was blessed growing up because I had both parents, and siblings that supported each others sporting events. We all played multiple sports and, when we weren’t playing, we were cheering each other on. With this on-the-go lifestyle, my parents demonstrated great organization and discipline. These disciplines were demonstrated by maintaining a detailed daily schedule, setting morning and evening routines, and being prepared. As I transitioned into adulthood I found it natural to utilize these disciplines to plan my day and my week, to prepare ahead of time, and to create morning and evening routines to bring about a ramp up and cool down for the day. Some would say I am a born people pleaser and perfectionist. I believe this was a result of observing the fluidity with which our days flowed from morning waking, to school, to sporting events, to homework in the evening, and bedtime. In that fluidity there was calmness as a child, which I am sure my mother did not feel. However, it has instilled in me that if I get up early and get my personal work done first, I can set a precedence for the day. I also know that if I give gratitude and prayer before I go to bed, it allows me to organize my thoughts for the following day and/or solve any of the days problems. I now lay my clothes out for the week and pre-pack all of my families snacks and lunches on Sunday night. Eliminate the small processes to leave room for the big ones. Lastly, and maybe most prominently, I never stop moving unless it’s a planned recovery day. I exercise, in some form, everyday and I walk everyday. My parents had a weight bench and a few dumb bells and never missed a chance to exercise, whether it was running around the field during practice or lifting dumb bells at home. My parents are now in their early 60’s and are in impeccable health! I have to say that, being in the health field, they did a lot of things really well in demonstrating a healthy lifestyle to us as children. Similarly, my husband and I attempt to demonstrate all levels of health in front of our toddler so that she may begin to integrate these practices into her life. I believe living a healthy lifestyle as a child has deeply influenced my passion for the health field and showed me that these early health practices carry into adulthood and on for many generations.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started out pre-med studying to be an orthopedic surgeon when I became very ill and couldn’t keep up with the curriculum. I had always had a natural draw to observation, problem solving, and taking care of people so I was introduced to a very progressive physical therapy clinic as an aide. There I met a chiropractor that walked the line between chiropractic, physical therapy, and what we now call ‘lifestyle medicine’. I decided chiropractic school was the place I would be able to gain a foundation in all of these areas and meet a group of colleagues that were like-minded. You could say now that my practice is human performance based. Meaning, we assess the whole person from blood labs to sleep habits to movement patterns and provide them with a goal oriented, individualized plan with detailed instructions for home practices. Building this path has not been easy, as the chiropractic field works on a broad spectrum, and not always in a supportive manner. Nonetheless, it has been important to learn from, implement, and connect myself and the patients with true holistic practitioners. I am proud that we make a difference in the lives of the people we touch, our patients not only feel better physically, but they are closer to reaching an optimized health state. I have moved my business three times which has been very tough on the growth curve, but I can confidently say I can successfully do a start up now! The type of practice I run, with the specific philosophy intrigues a certain type of demographic. The type willing to step into the discomfort to change their habits with the outlook of long-term, whole body health. The challenge remains that insurance companies don’t pay for healing or health maintenance, they pay for sickness. When the population depends on their insurance to take care of their health, they assume that is their total self-investment. With the monthly premiums, you’d think we would be walking around at 100%, but that is just not the case. Some other challenges as a healer in business, are the business systems. If I could treat everyone for free, I would, because I love it! I am not naturally “business minded” and have had to seek out mentorship and do a lot of reading on the back end business processes. As a new business in San Diego, I handle the front and back end. I have learned so much about business structure, processes, and time management while running my third clinic. It is all really important and someday I’ll get to teach someone else how to do it! As I look back on the last 4 year of practicing, I can see that the time spent under “tension” has rounded out my education and provided me a greater will to help more people. Call it stubborn or blind, but I believe that I can make a difference in many lives on the path of whole body health!

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
San Diego has so many great places to see. We would probably start with coffee in Little Italy and a walk down by the harbor, visiting the USS Midway and hiking up to Cabrillo National Monument. Followed by brunch at one of my favorite brunch spots is the Tractor Room. Since exercise is a huge part of my life, we’d hike Cowles Mountain, Potato Chip, train at Kate Sessions Park, run the convention center stairs, and ride a bike along the boardwalk from Mission Beach to La Jolla. A few other places to visit would be Julian to. have an apple pie, Joshua Tree National Park for boulder hopping, and the La Jolla tide pools for some fun with the sea animals. Closing it out for happy hour and dinners would be tequila tasting at Cantina Mayahuel, dinner at Coasterra on Shelter Island, and more fun hanging out in Liberty Station at Public Market. If we’re feeling like kids, maybe a dinner at LIPS and some dancing at Moonshine Flats. And, as always, we’d drop into the clinic for an adjustment and some body work!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have quite a few mentors in my life, leading me into my career: First, God has given me a gift that I am lucky to use in my career. Second, my gymnastics coaches Debby Lenz and Diane Wavrik who rehabilitated me from my first knee surgery back to being a regional qualifier. It is because of them, I learned to work outside of the box to become even better mentally and physically. My family and my husband were very supportive in my choice to go to chiropractic school and supported me immensely while in the program. My husband has also built our three practices and taken on business operations part-time. Many of my professors at Palmer San Jose and colleagues in the chiropractic field that joined me in the movement to making chiropractic much more holistic and less “pop and crack”.

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