As I am starting my 4th week here at Back to Health of Anthem, I figured it is about time to officially introduce myself. So hello! I am Dr. Courtney Knight, the new associate chiropractor at Back to Health. My Arizona license is pending so you won’t see me adjusting patients yet, but I have been plenty busy training with Dr. Hester, working on new ideas for the upcoming year, and transitioning from being a student to an actual practicing doc! For those of you who don’t know, I just graduated from National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, FL in December and I have been living in Arizona for less than a month. The past 30 days have been full of many changes for me, so to say it’s been a whirlwind would be an understatement. I am slowly getting into a routine in our new home here in beautiful Arizona. You may be wondering, how in the world did I end up all of the way out here from Florida? Well here’s the story:
As a native Michigander, I attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate degree… Go Blue! But 21 years in the tundra was enough for me. So instead of attending the Chiropractic program in Chicago (where it is even colder than Michigan!), I enrolled in National’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. My younger twin sisters, who were about to graduate high school, were on board with going with me to Florida where they would attend the University of South Florida. It was truly the best decision we ever made. Getting to learn how to live on our own in a completely new state was never short of interesting but the bond we created through it all was priceless. The Knight girls took on Florida full force and achieved everything we set out to do. But 3 years in the sunshine state was enough for us, so they decided to attend Palmer School of Chiropractic in Iowa (yes they went back to the freezing cold and yes, they are going to be chiropractors too!) and I saw my chance to finally move to my dream home of Arizona.
We grew up always vacationing out here because my aunt and her family live in Phoenix and I have yet to find anything like it. For once, school was not dictating where I had to live so I talked to my cousins, Jason and Janelle Zeller, about possibly connecting me with their chiropractor since they speak so highly of him. That is where Dr. Hester and Back to Health of Anthem came into the picture. I flew out here in August, met him, fell in love with his office and all they were providing for their patients, and lucky for me, Dr. Hester felt I was the missing piece. So there’s the story! Oh and one last point, probably the most important of them all, my Florida grown boyfriend of 2 years, Bryan, committed to chasing this dream with me as well so I have him here to love and support me through it all! (Thank you God for that answered prayer!)
Over the next year, I hope to share a variety of things on this blog including my passion for Nutrition, how to make being healthy convenient for your schedule and family, and also the random learning experiences I’ll now have living in the desert. For example, I saw MY FIRST SCORPIAN last week. OMG! Obviously I was paranoid for the next 4 days at home. Checking under the covers each night, tapping out my shoes to make sure none made their way in there, and for once in my life, not leaving my clothes on the floor. Scorpions are a lot of work! But don’t worry, we had our house sprayed so we should be good for the next couple of months. Hallelujah!
I also decided I needed to check out this hiking thing all of you Arizonians talk about all the time. So to Daisy Mountain we went but let me tell ya, I’m not sure I’m cut out for that mountain life. Granted, I definitely didn’t do it right. I wore my cute Nike Tanjun tennis shoes that have about an inch and a half of a platform because all I was worried about was the pictures I wanted to take when we got to the top. Not a good plan! I spent my entire hike looking down to evaluate each step to ensure I didn’t twist an ankle. Plus, I was overly concerned about getting tan lines because I didn’t plan ahead on that either. Going into it, I thought this would just be a 1-2 hour little activity and we would have the rest of our Sunday to run all of the errands I planned, but as the 2 hour mark hit, we had just reached that wooden post thing everyone talks about (which I knew meant we still had a while to go). It was at this point that I threw in the towel. It still took about an hour just to get back to the car so I was more than ready. And I’m sure by then Bryan was ready too because I was not very good at hiding my discontent with the experience over the past 2 hours. So basically, I need to go shopping for proper shoes and attire before I attempt this hiking thing again. If anyone has any tips, don’t hesitate to help a girl out when you see me in the office!
Well, that’s all for now. Make sure to come in the office to say hi and check in each week for a new post from me. Wouldn’t want to miss my latest Arizona and adult life lessons ;)
Dr. Courtney Knight is a recent Doctor of Chiropractic graduate of National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Go Blue! Dr. Knight was born and raised in a small town in southwest Michigan where her sense of community and wellness drove her to pursue a career in the holistic health field. She saw the inconsistency in what society was being told was "healthy" and desired the research on how to truly correct one's diet to fuel their body rather than feed cravings. Dr. Knight focused her studies on the anti-inflammatory diet, discovering that our bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation due to the food we are eating which in turn, is the underlying cause of so many diseases plaguing our world today.... see more
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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