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Meet Dr. Christina Binder of Elevation Family Chiropractic in Carlsbad, CA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Christina Binder.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always had a fascination with the design and the efficiency of the human body. My undergraduate studies were dedicated to the pre-med track but I couldn’t wait to get involved so I decided to work as an EMT. I am so glad that I made that decision because it forever altered my future and led me to where I am today. I was discouraged by the allopathic system and I really wanted to address the root cause of people’s illnesses rather than cover everything up with medications.

Through my first hand experiences I decided that I wanted to shift the focus of my future studies to emphasize the prevention of disease and healing of the human body. Ironically, I didn’t know what that meant in the moment and I had no personal experience with chiropractic. I took a few years to figure it out and ended up moving from South Dakota to California in 2009 where I was exposed to more and healthier lifestyle solutions. Once I discovered chiropractic, I was so intrigued by the premise of working with the body to help it heal itself. Most people hear chiropractic and think of back pain, sciatica or even headaches but it is SO much more! I particularly became drawn to working with pediatric and prenatal wellness. I love helping little babies and mamas feel their absolute best.

I received my doctorate of chiropractic degree in 2015 from Palmer West and then decided to relocate to San Diego. I looked all over for the perfect location and ended up walking into my dream when I found Elevation Family Chiropractic. The timing was perfect and I bought the practice from my predecessor in 2016. I am almost finished with my post-doctorate education through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

I am very thankful to my parents for instilling in me that Midwestern hard work ethic and I know that’s why I have been able to accomplish my dreams. There were definitely moments where it didn’t feel like a dream and I had to ride out the bumpy ride but I always kept working. I remember at one point I had four jobs to support myself. My very first job as a chiropractor wasn’t enough to live off of so I concurrently had to work as a bartender, online clinical reviewer and a retail store clerk. Now I get to show up at my dream job every morning 🙂

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Haha. When you think of becoming a chiropractor, no one ever really says you should probably also have a business degree. If I could do it over again, I would have studied business in undergrad. But there are lots of ways to do things, and I learn something new about business and the best practices every day. Chiropractic school is a challenge in itself. It is very intense and very fast and the National Boards are tough. But all of that makes it very rewarding in the end to have accomplished. As chiropractic schools are private, tuition is a challenge for the majority of students I would say. I would love to years down the road establish a scholarship program to help contribute to students in need. I would also love to see chiropractic programs integrated into main universities.

I think this would be so beneficial and help students get more access to better scholarships and financial situations. Living in the Bay Area, I had to bartend 4 days a week on top of my full time academic load just because my student’s loans didn’t cover the rent. So in retrospect, I would have gotten a bachelors in business and chosen a school in the Midwest for chiropractic school!

After graduation, the struggles have been more related to starting a business. There are a lot of hoops to jump through so you have to be incredibly organized to get started. And if you’re not incredibly rich it seems very hard to get a business started. I learned that as a brand new business you basically have zero business credit, and as a new graduate having very little assets it is hard to get approved for a commercial business lease. But if there is a will there is a way and with deposit worth 3 months of rent and 4 co-signers later, I was in business! I have learned to see all of these challenges as opportunities and I have learned so many valuable lessons. I look forward to helping others in the future and I want to craft seminars over some of these challenges to help prepare new grads for the business world.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Elevation Family Chiropractic – what should we know?
I am a family chiropractor specializing in pediatric and perinatal wellness. I offer a whole body approach to healthcare for the entire family. I have pursued many certifications and specialized training in Active Release Techniques, Sacro Occipital Techniques, FMT I and II Rocktape Certifications, Webster Technique and I am currently finishing my post-doctorate diplomate with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. I also have training as a yoga teacher with specialization in prenatal and postnatal modifications. As an overall health enthusiast I enjoy offering my patients accessible options for active and healthy lifestyles.

I think what sets me apart is my passion for helping babies and being a part of a pregnant mom’s birth team. I love educating the public on how chiropractic can naturally help their families. So many people don’t know that interferences in the nervous system can be responsible for so many of the common symptoms that people suffer through. I would say that the top reasons moms bring their babies to me include: ear infections, constipation, colic, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty nursing/latching. Pregnant moms often come to me after being referred from their midwives or doulas. I have years of experience practicing the Webster technique which is a powerful and gentle technique to help balance the pelvis of a pregnant woman.

I am proud of being able to support families and their health! We believe in redefining healthcare and empower people with the knowledge and resources to raise happy, healthy families!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Hard work ethic and passion for serving others!

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