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My KCA focuses on KCA members, their paths into Chiropractic and how they utilize association products and services to support and enhance their practices, promote the profession, and improve the treatment of their patients.  

 

Dr. Kristina Gibbons, Full member  

Wellsville, Kansas

  

Why did you become a Chiropractor?

In the summer of 1999, I was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer and pushed into another car. I was forced to deal with a tremendous amount of health issues which caused me to begin failing my college classes. As a last ditch effort, I sought help from a chiropractor who not only helped me with my health but inspired me to do the same for others. It was from that point that I dedicated myself to the study of Chiropractic and natural healing. I have been practicing and sharing my story now for over 8 years.

 

Are there any other DCs in your family? 

I'm a first-generation college student. Neither my father nor my mother had a degree when I began college. Due to the injuries sustained in my accident, I was advised that child-bearing may be difficult, if not impossible, so it's unlikely I will ever have children to carry on the tradition. I would like to note, however, that I did encourage my mother to go back to school while I was attending Cleveland Chiropractic College, and she now has both her Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and an MBA! She helps me quite a lot in my practice and it’s a joy to have someone help me who understands how much this profession has changed my life.

 

What is your favorite thing about being a Chiropractor? 
I have two: watching people begin the journey toward (and hopefully reaching) their optimum health naturally; and educating people about health, life, nutrition, posture, etc. I never dreamed I could incorporate my two favorite hobbies, healing and talking, into one profession, and make a living doing it! Someone pinch me…

 

Who inspires you?

First and foremost is my family. My father taught me to be honest and work hard. My mother taught me to be considerate and empathetic to the needs of others, and the necessity of  good customer service. My mother-in-law taught me patience. But what inspires me to be the best person I can be is my late father-in-law, Richard Gibbons. He passed away suddenly more than two years ago, but his legacy is one I hope I can match. Family always came first, and he always had time for a kind word, a wise bit of advice, or to help with a tricky situation. He was also one of the most compassionate men I have ever met, volunteering daily with the Kansas Humane Society. I aspire daily to be as loving, intelligent, driven, and compassionate as this man.


What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I have two hobbies close to my heart--working with my hands/being creative, and being involved in my community. I create masques, jewelry, and costumes for various people and events. When it came time to design and renovate my office, I became my own general contractor and wasn’t afraid to get my hands dirty helping frame walls, lay flooring, and decorate the finished product. Recently, I built a wooden rocking horse to donate for auction to raise money for needy children.


I’ve been a member of the Ottawa chapter of Soroptimist International for four years. This is a global volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children through education, service projects, scholarships, etc. I was elected vice president  of the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce shortly after I opened my clinic in 2015, and have served the community here by organizing school supply charity drives, donating money and supplies for various auctions and charities, and promoting local business in our rapidly growing community. Last summer I was asked to help lobby in Topeka at the Statehouse on behalf of chiropractic on the concussion bill. At that time, I was asked to join the KCA as the Alternate Director of the Southeast Region.

 

Why is membership in KCA valuable to you?

KCA is valuable because it helps me connect with other chiropractors. Since I am the only doctor in my practice, it’s nice to spend time discussing new techniques, policies, issues, laws, and other medical-related topics with my peers. I also enjoy the classes, webinars, newsletters, and emails available. These are wonderful resources and benefits and I take advantage of them! KCA is an organization which aims to strengthen our health-conscious community but most importantly, it offers the intangible benefits of pride, satisfaction and accomplishment. It warms my heart knowing that through the hard work of those involved, KCA is there when I need it.

 


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