Meet Dr. Carie Kwan
Specializing in pediatric and pregnancy care
Currently on Sabbatical
I was sure that my career path would be physical therapy. I grew up being very active and participated in many sports. I was a gymnast for 10 years, ran cross country in middle and high school, played varsity basketball, have been rock climbing since I was 7 years old, and was sectional champion in the 300m hurdles in my senior year on the track and field team. However, this level of physical activity had its price. I had major knee issues that peaked in high school. I went to physical therapy to try to strengthen the muscles around my knees and had an amazing experience with a kind and caring PT. That was the start of my journey to physically help people like PT helped me.
I attended University of California, Davis for a bachelor’s in science in Exercise Biology. I worked hard throughout my four years at UC Davis with the intention of applying to physical therapy graduate schools after receiving my bachelor’s degree. I had multiple physical therapy internships during my time at UC Davis to boost up my chances of getting accepted into PT school. After I graduated, I decided to work as a physical therapy aide in a private PT clinic while I was applying to schools. I worked at the PT clinic for one year and absolutely loved my experience with all the amazing physical therapists. However, I noticed something that altered the career path I was on. I noticed that almost all the patients coming into the clinic were for postoperative recovery, post-injury rehabilitation, and/or taking medications for pain management. Many of the patients would also stop coming in once their prescriptive PT visits were up. I realized I wanted to do something with more of an impact. I wanted to do something that would prevent people from getting surgery, injured, or taking medications in the first place.
I was at a crossroad. Do I continue applying to physical therapy schools even though I knew I probably would not be happy being a PT for the rest of my life? What were my other options? I decided to talk to my high school basketball coach who also happened to be a chiropractor. I shadowed Coach/Dr. Wong a couple of times and the more I became exposed to chiropractic and all it’s art, science, and philosophy, the more curious I became about the profession. The idea that patients were coming in to get checked and adjusted by Dr. Wong when they had no pain, symptoms, or issues was an eye opener.
The philosophy of “the power that made the body heals the body” seemed so foreign, yet so simple. The easiest way this concept was explained to me is, if you fall and scratch your knee, your body innately responds by clotting up the area so it will stop bleeding, then a scab will form in a couple of days, and finally the scab will fall off and reveal fresh, new, completely healed pink skin. We all have the power of innate healing through the function of our nervous system, but many times we are not in the most optimal state to heal because our nervous system is not functioning at 100%. This can mean longer sicknesses, weaker immune systems, fatigue, headaches, aches and pains. Chiropractors help the body, and more specifically the nervous system, to restore its functions and allow the body to heal itself. Chiropractors do not cure diseases or illnesses, but rather aid in the healing process that occurs naturally and innately within yourself.
I decided to make the big career change and apply to chiropractic school. I was accepted by one of the top chiropractic schools, Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA and started the 3.5 year program in the summer of 2013. I graduated in the Fall of 2016 with the honor of Summa Cum Laude and Salutatorian of my graduating class. Throughout my time there, I was exposed and learned many chiropractic techniques such as Gonstead, Toggle, Upper Cervical, Activator, extremities adjusting, and many more.
The one technique and specialization that drew my attention most was Pregnancy and Pediatrics care. My passion has always been about preventative and proactive healthcare. How much more proactive does it get than taking care of a baby that hasn’t even been born yet through the care of the pregnant mommy? To further my understanding on how to care for this specific population, I am completing a year and a half of additional courses and seminars for my certification in chiropractic pediatrics through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA). I am also Webster technique certified by the ICPA, which was a technique specifically developed to check and adjust pregnant mothers using a light touch ligamentous adjustment for the pelvis. Taking care of pregnant moms, infants, toddlers, and children of all ages is what I absolutely love to do, so I cannot wait to meet all the new families that are seeking a more holistic and natural lifestyle!