Hello! My name is Karissa and I am a new blogger here at Optimum Wellness Chiropractic. In addition to Dr. Dara, I’ll also be posting on the Facebook page and sharing with you on the blog from time to time.
Tell Us About Yourself!
I am first and foremost a mom to two crazy, fun, little boys. We are new to the Phoenix area and are enjoying homeschooling and exploring our new home!
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a focus on Child Development with supplemental coursework in Early Childhood Education. I often read scientific journals for “fun” and am fueled by learning; questioning the status quo comes naturally to me. As a mom, I rely on evidence-based research to guide my decisions and am passionate about fitness, wholesome food, holistic healthcare, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care, baby wearing, breastfeeding, conscious parenting, and all areas of natural living.
Prior to diving in to freelance writing, I spent over 12 years coaching competitive and developmental gymnastics. I studied muscular as well as mechanical development within the human body and observed first hand the psychological impacts of various coaching techniques.
How Did You Meet Dr. Dara?
My youngest son was born with a lip and tongue tie. Due to breastfeeding difficulties and further midline implications, we chose to have it revised by laser when he was 3 weeks old. Over the next few months we saw improvement in his latch as well as some reflux-type issues that were related to the ties, but we were still struggling with some tension in his neck and on his right side. Nursing was slowly becoming more and more difficult and then one day, around 3 months old, he just refused to nurse! We both found ourselves crying and thankfully my 4 year old was able to step in as the world’s best big brother and fed baby his first bottle while I got on the phone to try to find a provider that could help us.
Fortunately, I found Dr. Dara! She was able to get us in to her office the next morning and he was nursing again by the end of the adjustment! Over the next few appointments Dr. Dara was also able to address some imbalance in his facial development and the physical evidence was astonishing!
Even Baby D would agree 😉
I look forward to sharing with you all that I’m learning!