What does a chiropractic degree cover?
In order to receive the Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC), each candidate must complete four academic years of doctorate-level education. In the first two years, this education largely mirrors medical school; with classes covering anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, radiology and diagnosis. Chiropractors take more units in neurology and related clinical studies than general-practitioner MD’s. The chiropractic education diverges from the medical education as they study adjustive and manipulation techniques rather than pharmacology and surgery. In order to receive their degrees, Chiropractors must complete an internship and pass a series of four National Board Examinations prior to being licensed by the state. Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed to practice in all 50 states and make up the third-largest licensed health care provider group in the United States.
"I love my job, every day. My patients motivate me to learn more, to research their unique issues and find a way to get them back on the path to healing. Nothing makes my day more than helping someone find relief from their pain! We see patients walk, or crawl, into our office from injuries occurred during normal activities like moving heavy boxes, picking up their child, shoveling snow, lifting incorrectly at the gym or simply just sleeping wrong. They come to our office seeking help, which is a great privilege and responsibility, so I have come to see each case as a new challenge. I ask myself 'can I get them walking out of here feeling a true decrease in their discomfort?' In order to accomplish this goal, I have surrounded my clinic with every chiropractic device I can get ahold of including an e-stim machine, a cutting-edge cool light laser, graston scar removal tools, a full body massage chair, percussion instrument, physical therapy equipment and even a foot massager (available to every patient in the waiting room at no extra charge). I have also brought on an amazing support staff who run the front desk, organize events, run our website/social media, do massage therapy, acupuncture and more. My mom always told me, you're only as good as the people you surround yourself with and I feel lucky to have been blessed with such an amazing team! I see only growth in store over the years to come."
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Natasha Ruegsegger, DC
Natasha Ruegsegger is a Doctor of Chiropractic who serves Bend and the surrounding communities in Central Oregon. For the last three years, she has lived in beautiful Bend, Oregon with her husband and two sweet therapy certified dogs.
She enjoys a variety of outdoor sports like running, climbing, boating and being out in nature. She is a native Oregonian, having grown up in a small town called Monmouth.
During her schooling at University of Western States, Dr. Natasha earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, after having studied Exercise Sports Science at Oregon State University. She has pursued extensive postgraduate studies in Activator Methods and is certified as a Proficiency Rated Doctor.
Dr. Natasha is committed to providing thorough, gentle and effective chiropractic care for the whole family. She has an extensive background in therapeutic rehab, and is also certified in Functional Movement Taping and Graston Technique. She is committed to ongoing studies in a lifetime of learning, and continues to better herself on a daily basis.
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