Dr. Beth Risser, Lancaster Chiropractor & Director
How I Came to Chiropractic
I didn’t discover Chiropractic until I was 24. Unlike my peers who sought chiropractic care because of health problems or pain, I sought the care of a chiropractor because I knew it would be beneficial to my health and well-being.
In my early 20’s, I was researching health careers. I was not interested in a medical-model health career, but in natural or alternative health care. After witnessing my mother’s suffering with breast cancer and her early death at the age of 49, I became most interested in preventative care and doing more things in my life that would have a positive influence on my health and well-being.
The mother of a friend of mine had suggested I look into Chiropractic as a career. She knew my philosophy on trying to live a natural life, and being from the health field herself, knew that I would like the philosophy of Chiropractic. After learning about the principles and philosophy of Chiropractic, I knew that I wanted to be a Chiropractor.
I made my first Chiropractic appointment soon after I started learning about the importance of living subluxation free. The Chiropractor I saw could not believe I was there for wellness care. She was excited to see someone that was there for the ultimate purpose of chiropractic: to make sure my body was working the best it could, and to allow my innate intelligence to do what it is always trying to do – maintain balance and function in my body.
A Chiropractic Education
It didn’t take me long before I was enrolled on the pre-requisites needed to get into Chiropractic school. I already had a Bachelors Degree from West Virginia University, but I need some science courses to complete before applying to Chiropractic school. I graduated fromSherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 1990.
I haven’t lost that passion to learn and understand more about the principles of chiropractic and have achieved diplomat status in Chiropractic philosophy. In practice, the philosophy of chiropractic is so important and the Chiropractor should always pursue the understanding and the principles as best as they can.
Chiropractor in Lancaster: Dr. Terri Heck
At 19, Chiropractic Care Relieved My Allergies
My first visit to a chiropractor was at age 19. After being adjusted for a couple of months my severe allergies were gone. The connection as to why, was unknown to me at the time. My chiropractor persuaded me to abandon my plans to enter a Doctoral program in Psychology, in favor of helping people through chiropractic.
It was then that the importance of the nervous system and its connection with all other systems including the immune system became clear. It was there that I found my love for the philosophy of chiropractic, where the self-evident principles couple with science, reasonably. The wisdom that made this incredibly complex, intelligent body runs and heals it.
Returning to Chiropractic
After graduation from Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic, I opened my own office. However after 11 years, I gave up my practice to devote my time to being a full time mom and home schooling my two children.
My children are now grown and on their own, and my mind gravitated toward chiropractic once again. As life goes on and we age, having the best quality of life becomes paramount.
Outside the office, I spend most of my time with my husband. We enjoy many sports, refereeing basketball, and hanging out with our 2 retrievers and cat. Our family has gone on several mission trips, my last one to a Nigerian orphanage for 2 weeks in June.
- Albright College, BA Psychology 1989 Magna Cum Laude
- Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic, 1992 Cum Laude
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