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Inspiring Conversations with Dr. Jennifer Nelson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Jennifer Nelson.

Hi Dr. Nelson, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Being an avid athlete in a family of athletes, injuries were bound to happen. By age 18, I had sustained 12 broken bones, including two spinal fractures and two knee surgeries. I had been through the gamut of therapy with the usual progress and lingering symptoms. I remember thinking, “There’s got to be something better.” At 20 years old, I began volunteering at a progressive physical therapy company in San Diego, Water and Sports Physical Therapy, where I met a chiropractor that integrated strength and conditioning with her rehabilitative programs. She motivated me to go to chiropractic school to attain a license and then to create my own niche in the field to serve the whole human.

Working alongside her in an integrated facility with personal training, massage, and physical therapy, the education was immense, and I knew I had found my “something better.” When I entered into practice, I set my goals on the integration of human health. The protocols to optimizing health had to include the internal and external factors to build a healthier athlete for long-term, daily performance. So, I integrated chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue tools, neuromuscular re-education, functional nutrition, and recovery tactics for each patient’s health goals. In the process, I managed to heal my own lingering chronic pain and have been able to help many people take new and alternative steps to daily health practices.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My journey to my current location has been full of triumphs and trips and falls. I always got back up because guiding people on their health journey is my passion. In chiropractic school, we learn to be great doctors with high-level diagnostic skills. However, we do not learn to be great business owners. Learning the process of starting your own business, marketing and networking, patient retention, pricing that reflects education and not a reflection of self-worth, internal processes of insurance collections and appeals, money management, taxes, etc. takes years of consistent education. These are all learned on the fly.

I believe the biggest struggle I have faced is that I wear many hats that often don’t cross over. I’ve had to learn to balance the business owner, the biller, the assistant, the doctor, the educator, the healer, the individual. Each hat has its own set of instructions and protocols, and the only balance that can be maintained is knowing when to swing the pendulum back the other way. I had to learn when to stop working because it’s really easy to take it all home and continue with the progress, but we miss out on being present in our lives while we are in the grind to get the business to a stable point.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My goal for my patients is to bridge the gap of knowledge and application. For the patient to leave the office feeling better and understanding more about the function of their individual body. By utilizing evidence-based care in the areas of spinal and extremity manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, tools and taping, blood labs, nutrition, and recovery techniques, the patient receives a whole-body, holistic care plan that helps them achieve their short term health goals while priming their daily lives for health longevity. I take pride in the uniqueness of treating the extremities and also going beyond the treatment room to create programs that resolve underlying health concerns that relate to chronic pain, health performance, and internal optimization.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I have been blessed with an amazingly supportive husband, family, and professional mentors. I spent time studying under Dr. Jenn Marcello and Dr. Kahl Goldfarb at Water and Sports Physical Therapy, learning the most up-to-date treatment methods in chiropractic and physical therapy. Dr. Thomas Souza had the greatest impact on my thirst for knowledge. Dr. Ti Pence and Dr. Scott Snow developed my clinical and adjusting skills so that I was able to manipulate many different joints in many different ways. My internship at Positive Motion Chiropractic with Dr. Brant Pedersen began my deep dive into bringing my business alive. In terms of being confident thinking outside of the box, I have to attribute that to Austin Einhorn at Apiros, Jeff Moreno, DPT, and Dr. Justin Brink. My business coach, Dr. Bryan Hill, has shown me new and innovative ways of running my dream business. Lastly, I’d like to thank the agents of San Diego Border Patrol’s PT Fit Program for trusting me to keep our heroes in the field protecting us.


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