My chiropractor is all kinds of inspiring. And cool. She’s super cool.
You know when you meet someone in a professional setting and you’re thinking, “I totally want to be friends with this person. To chat over a beer or a glass of wine. We would so hit it off”? Well that’s how I feel about this lady, only she doesn’t know it. Well, except now she does. Also, she just turned 40, like me, and she is funny. Basically, we’re kindred spirits. Obviously.
All stalkerish tendencies aside, I was thrilled that my very awesome chiropractor, Dr. Jennifer Murray, was pumped about chatting on my blog about the benefits of family chiropractic care. Dr. Jen makes chiropractic cool. She even passes the ‘kid test’; my children love going to see her. In fact, it’s an all-out war to see who can clamber onto her adjustment table first, back-seat negotiations frequently taking place on the drive over there.
Stumbling into Chiropractic
My family began regular chiropractic care for wellness when I was pregnant with my second child back in 2006 and, aside from a too-long, several-months break about three years ago, the kids and I have been consistent in our chiropractic visits since then.
I was initially referred by my RMT (registered massage therapist) when I was about eight months pregnant and, I have to say, whether it was the chiropractic visits, the prenatal yoga, the doula or the combination of all three, I delivered a healthy, ten-pound baby boy with no epidural or pain meds. (I know, I know. You’re thinking: Good God, woman! What were you thinking?! But enough about me…) My son (and later my twins) began their chiropractic journey from birth and my eldest daughter began from the age of two.
So, are you curious about chiropractic care? Who better to lay it all out there but my fabulous chiropractor, Dr. Jennifer Murray, whom we have been seeing since 2012. I met Dr. Jen through a local women’s business networking association back in 2010 when I was all about the cake biz. I was thankful for that connection when we were looking to make a change in our family’s care.
So, who is Dr. Jennifer Murray?
My name is Dr. Jennifer Murray and I am a Chiropractor. I am other things as well such as: a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a runner, a triathlete, an outdoor enthusiast, a diehard Leaf fan, a photographer, a gardener and a traveler.
But being a Chiropractor is not just a job for me – it is a vocation. I LOVE what I do. I am passionate about making an impact on people’s health and wellbeing and that of their families. I am blessed to go to work every day and make people feel and BE better – and I am lucky enough to realize it.
Tell us a little about you.
I grew up outside of the small village of Barry’s Bay, east of Algonquin Park, on a lake. I was raised by a single mother and I have two older sisters. I graduated top of my class from high school, receiving academic and athletic accolades. I went onto attain a Bachelor of Science degree with Specialized Honours in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph.
I thought my move from Barry’s Bay to the happening town of Guelph was a big shock but nothing compared to moving to Toronto to attend Chiropractic college! Chiropractic college requires four years of education after a four-year university degree and in the spring of 2001 I graduated with my Doctor of Chiropractic.
What led to you establishing your own practice?
I began my Chiropractic career as a “locum” doctor. This means I went into different doctors’ offices for a week or two at a time while they were on vacation and took care of their patients. This was an amazing way to get right into practice—working with lots of patients and experiencing the good, the bad and the ugly in relation to paperwork, staff and office spaces.
In 2003 I took over a friend’s practice in King City and spent 3 years there before moving into my very own “big girl” office at its present location in Oak Ridges.
How do you blend your expertise with community involvement?
My career so far has been an incredible journey. I love the Oak Ridges area and my growing practice. I am enthusiastic about what I do and about educating people about Chiropractic.
I grow in confidence and technical ability every year and constantly learn from my patients. I instruct free running groups spring and fall and lecture often at the Running Room and various other locations about a variety of health topics.
What keeps you motivated? What is your mission?
My mission is to help people get moving, get healthy and STAY healthy. To keep true to my mission, I exercise regularly – having completed various half marathons and triathlons along with the Bracebridge Half Ironman in August 2010 and the Niagara Falls International Marathon in October 2011.
Phew! So, between running, running your own practice and being so community-minded, how do you unwind?
I try my best to balance my life – I enjoy my work, I enjoy my life with my husband and my friends and take the time I need to dissipate stress with travel and outdoor pursuits.
Balance is what I strive for everyday and that (along with being born a Libra!) is why I named my practice “Balance Family Chiropractic.”
Up next: Part 2 in this series which will answer the oft-asked question, “What is Chiropractic?”