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Resident opens chiropractic office
by Nneka Okona
June 26, 2013 02:30 PM | 2444 views | 1 1 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye.Dr. Patrice Thompson demonstrates her skills on her husband, Bryson Thompson, in her new office Tuesday afternoon.
Staff / Katherine Frye.Dr. Patrice Thompson demonstrates her skills on her husband, Bryson Thompson, in her new office Tuesday afternoon.
Only open for a few weeks, Touch of Life Family Chiropractic is a vision that owner Dr. Patrice Thompson has fostered to reality.

Thompson describes its opening June 1 as a “blessing in disguise.”

While in college at Clemson University, Thompson decided she wanted to be a physical therapist.

She attended the school on a track scholarship and was no stranger to walking the path of health and wellness.

While enrolled at Clemson and working at the sports and rehabilitation therapy center on campus, she noticed a troubling pattern.

“One of the things I noticed was that people came in for the same thing over and over again,” she said.

The magnanimity of approaching health from a more holistic standpoint did not strike her until she was plagued with symptoms that going to a primary care physician could not resolve.

“My co-workers told me to go to a chiropractor,” she said.

She had misconceptions about the work chiropractors do and seeks with her new practice to overhaul those same prevalent misconceptions.

“I really want to change the community and the mindset so that people understand that the chiropractor isn’t just about neck and back pain,” she said. “It’s about restoring your health and giving a different feeling to health and healing as a whole.”

Emphasizing who chiropractic care is for is one way she plans to tackle this mindset.

“Chiropractic care is for all ages and for families,” she said.

Another way Thompson seeks to change the mindset is through tapping into the autism community.

“Many times when people come in with a kid on the autism spectrum, they just want a glimpse of hope,” she said.

Thompson said she has made valuable connections with the community through her husband, Bryson, who is a mental health professional.

He said in his profession, the tendency is to medicate autism patients without taking an overall approach to healing.

His involvement in his wife’s practice is intended to rectify that.

“Autism is a neurological disorder,” he said. “Chiropractors can help clear up that nerve interference and also help with natural healing.”

The practice is at 5835 Cambellton Road, Suite 204, Atlanta.


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