Meet Dr. Cassandra Peterson
Owner and Director of Clinics
Available in HAWAII KAI
Available in WAIPIO
Simply put, I was a skeptic about chiropractic. My father used to tell me that chiropractors were “quacks.” Being a product of my upbringing, the thought never crossed my mind to visit a chiropractor.
It wasn’t until a life changing car accident with friends at the age of eighteen, that I was introduced to chiropractic care. A family friend recommended that I go see the late Dr. Bob Fox, who at the time was a retired chiropractor living in his motor home. Every time I wanted to get adjusted, I would have to call him up and find out where he was parked! My parents and I would go and get adjusted as a family, and after the adjustments we would sometimes sit and visit for an hour or more. Dr. Fox became a powerful mentor to me. By this time, I was earning my B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. Because of the accident, I wanted to pursue a career that would offer hope and renewal to people like us, going through difficult times. Well on my way to a career in audiology, Dr. Fox asked me one day, “Why would you ever want to be anything but a chiropractor?” I pondered his question, and had to agree wholeheartedly with his line of thinking.
I originally wanted to go to a chiropractic school close to my home in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. However, Dr. Fox passed away suddenly and it wasn’t until I was standing at his memorial service that I decided that I had to go to the school that he went to if I was going to pay tribute to the magnitude of chiropractor that he was. It wasn’t long before I was moving three thousand miles across the country, away from my family and friends, to attend Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC. After a rigorous education, I graduated Summa Cum Laude at the top of my class.
My mission in chiropractic is to connect people with their ultimate health potential. Wouldn’t it be nice to go to a doctor who is not looking for what’s wrong with you, but is actually looking to accentuate what’s right about you? Your natural state is health, and if you are experiencing symptoms then it is a sign that you have lost a part of your health. The good news is that you can get it back! By removing interferences to your nervous system, the system that allows the brain and body to communicate, the right information can get where it needs to go! That’s why it is so important to get your spine checked early on in life, and that’s why my passion is adjusting pregnant mothers, infants, and children. As Ghandi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Through chiropractic, you can take control of your health and make a relevant and meaningful change in your life.
In 2010, I closed my practice in Washington to answer an ad for a chiropractic position in Hanoi, Vietnam. With the intent to become a pioneer of my profession, I encountered a whole culture of people who were new to chiropractic! I refer fondly to this time in my life as my “comedy nightmare,” as I struggled to uphold the principles of my profession in a setting where even the bosses thought it might be better if we could just prescribe medications . . . a real oxymoron! I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world, and am currently working on the book. Stay tuned!
After Vietnam, I spent the next two years living and working in Singapore where I helped start a chiropractic company, Natural Healing. I wore many hats here: hiring doctors, adjusting patients, solving daily problems, and developing the business. These experiences taught me so much about myself. I got to the point that I needed to be back in full control of my life and the care that I give to others, instead of working under the constraints of a big company. In 2013, at my best and strongest ever, I arrived in Hawaii to serve the amazing people of Oahu. In 2015, I met my wonderful Dutch husband Carlo outside my Hawaii Kai office, and I have to marvel at what my chiropractic career has brought me!
I love chiropractic care, and get adjusted every week! But chiropractic is only a portion of what I do to stay strong and healthy. I also eat out of the garden as much as possible, juice fruits and veggies, go to the gym, hike up mountains, and ride my bike on the forest trails. I’m not afraid to get sick or catch germs. The best thing about living a healthy lifestyle is the peace that comes with knowing that my body will take care of me, because I take preventative measures to stay healthy! I’m very much looking forward to teaming up with you to help you reach your health potential!