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Welcome to My Life!

Meet Dr Kristy Morgan:  I have been in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years, but I constantly go back and forth with my own health needs due to changing trends, circumstances, or just plain laziness! I’m sure you can relate. Being a mom and a business owner to a variety of businesses in our portfolio, life can be a roller coaster, and as our family and life continuously grow and change, things don’t look the same as they did when we first started!

My name is Dr. Kristy Morgan (Kristy Rutgers if you knew me before I was married!), and I am thrilled to welcome you into my world as I embark on this incredible journey toward wellness and navigating life in my 40s, which I honestly have started and stopped sooooo many times! NO SHAME HERE! As I mentioned, I am a Chiropractic Physician with over twenty years of experience treating patients from infants to the elderly with many different sorts of ailments. But my story is much more than just a professional journey—it’s a tale of resilience, self-discovery, and the pursuit of a healthier life against the backdrop of Lupus and inflammatory joint issues.

A little bit about me:

I was the kid who had headaches that could not be explained. If I smelled something fragrant or floral, it was instant. I got rashes if I was in the sun too long. I was the girl with anxiety and depression. I was the figure skater with bilateral knee pain who had 2 knee surgeries by the time she was 13. I had always been the odd one who fell asleep on the couch at parties in high school or went home from the bars in college early because I was tired. I was the mom who didn’t have another child (even though I loved children) because I didn’t know how I could stay up past 8 pm with a newborn again or get through the postpartum, which I never told anyone about.

My passion for helping people began early in my life. I knew I wanted to be a Dr. of some sort, but I honestly thought being a surgeon was in my future! Until I realized I am very squeamish when I see blood or open wounds. Well, that ended that career path really quick!  Then I learned about chiropractic care and how I could help people of all ages feel better in a different way. As I dug deeper into the profession, I was fascinated by the human body’s innate ability to heal itself when given the right support. Being from a small town in Canada, my parents saw a Chiropractor in our town when needed, but they never took us as kids. Which is surprising now because of the amount of contact sports my brothers and I played. It really wasn’t until I started searching for my career path during college that I even realized exactly what Chiropractic was all about.

At that time, there was one major Chiropractic school in Canada; however, there were many in the US, and being so close to the US border, I started researching how I could enroll. Turns out American Chiropractic schools LOVE Canadians, and they helped me get my US Visa pretty seamlessly as well as apply for student loans.

After years of rigorous education and training, I dove headfirst into my career, eager to make a difference in people’s lives. For the first 10 years of my career, I focused solely on my practice and as a single physician clinic seeing patients of all ages. I also had a baby of my own during that time.

A change to the life plan:

However, life had other plans for me. At the age of 35, I had a stroke. Shocking, right! I was born with a congenital heart defect called a PFO (hole in the heart) that went undetected for 35 years until a freak blood clot decided to go the wrong way. PFO symptoms include migraines and fatigue due to lower blood oxygen levels. Well, that explains some of my earlier symptoms! 6 years later I was diagnosed with Lupus—a chronic autoimmune disease. Symptoms of Lupus include extreme fatigue, skin rashes, joint pain – well, here we go again! It took almost 40 years before I realized that I had been harboring these signs and symptoms of not one but 2 issues since I was a kid. No wonder I always thought I had narcolepsy because I could fall asleep anywhere! (And I mean anywhere; once I fell asleep on my husband’s shoulder at a UFC fight!!) These two diagnoses in a matter of years turned my world upside down. Suddenly, the very thing I had dedicated my life to—health and wellness—became a battleground I had to navigate every single day.

Living with Lupus brought its fair share of challenges. I was able to have the hole in my heart repaired, but the fatigue, joint pain, and inflammation from the Lupus became constant companions, making even the simplest tasks feel like insurmountable obstacles. As someone who was accustomed to helping others overcome their health issues, it was humbling to find myself on the other side of the equation, struggling to find balance in my own life. Being a Chiropractor is a very physically demanding position. I was the adjusting doctor in our practice, and the physical toll from treating patients took on my body was painstaking. My body had suffered for years without relief, but after my lupus diagnosis, I realized that I needed to make some changes.

Adversity has a way of revealing our inner strength. Instead of letting Lupus define me, I made a conscious decision to take charge of my health and reclaim my life. It wasn’t easy, and there were setbacks along the way, but I refused to let the disease dictate my future. My journey towards wellness led me to explore various holistic approaches, including dietary changes, exercise routines, and mindfulness practices. It also forced me to look into our business model and after doing what I have loved so much for the past 20 years, take a long hard look at what may be in store for my future as a Chiropractor. I have to say, I am still trying to figure out where my career path is leading me, but I am really starting to see that path clearer now and am able to visualize where my Chiropractic career starts to intersect with new opportunities. (Having ADHD also doesn’t help as I can’t sit still for too long!)

Getting back to ME:

Through perseverance and a deep commitment to self-care, I started to see glimpses of the vibrant, energetic person I once was. The joint pain lessened, the fatigue lifted, and I felt more in tune with my body than ever before. It was a transformative experience—one that inspired me to share my story with others who might be facing similar challenges. Has it been easy? Nope. Once you find a rhythm, things can easily go off course because inflammatory diseases tend to have no rhyme or reason. I could be feeling great for a few years and then all of a sudden a random flare-up causes some other sort of issue or setback, and I feel like I am at square one again. However, the trials and tribulations I have gone through have taught me to have some patience and take a step back to reset. Sometimes taking a few steps back allows us to leap five steps ahead. 

Here’s to the future:

And so, my journey begins, again! As a chiropractor of 20 years, learning to navigate life with Lupus and inflammatory joint issues, I’m excited to connect with you all and offer a glimpse into my world. Through candid stories, practical tips, and moments of inspiration, I hope to empower each of you to embrace your own journey towards wellness, no matter what obstacles you may face. Together, let’s celebrate the power of resilience, the beauty of self-discovery, and the endless possibilities that await when we choose to prioritize our health and well-being. Welcome to my corner of the internet—I’m so grateful to have you here!

With gratitude, Dr. Kristy

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