West Campus alumna provides 'golden' chiropractic care for pro boxing champion
When Carina Moreno walks into the Watsonville, Calif., office of West
Campus alumna Goldi Jacques-Maynes, D.C. (’07), many of the other
patients waiting for their appointments recognize Moreno as the small
woman with the big smile who often warms tortillas and runs the cash
register at her family’s Tacos Moreno taqueria, located in the downtown
area of this central-valley farming community. What many don’t know
about Moreno is that this 5-foot woman is a petite-but-powerful
three-time world-champion boxer who has utilized chiropractic rather
extensively while amassing a 21-3 professional record during her
collective 10-year (pro and amateur) career.
fact, the current International Boxing Association (IBA) junior
flyweight (108 pounds) champion and former Golden Gloves champion
credits the care she receives from Dr. Jacques-Maynes at Golden
Chiropractic for helping her stay in shape, especially during the
physically grueling training schedule (eight hours a day for six weeks)
she maintains while preparing for a bout.
When Moreno’s long-time
chiropractor moved out of the area, she couldn't find a chiropractor to
fit her needs. During a lunch visit by Dr. Jacques-Maynes to the Moreno
family restaurant last year, Carina learned that the customer she was
serving also happened to be a hometown chiropractor. She’s been a steady
patient ever since.
“Seeing Dr. Goldi makes a world of
difference and makes me a better athlete,” said Moreno. “She’s really
helped my neck, which gets stiff and sore from taking punches to the
face. The adjustments really help. I also had some shoulder issues, and
she’s really helped with that as well (with soft-tissue therapy and cold
laser treatment). Dr. Goldi takes time, talks to me and asks questions
to find out how I’m doing, and I appreciate that.”
Jacques-Maynes was introduced to chiropractic when her mother took her
to receive care from West Campus alumnus Thomas Smith, D.C. (’88), in
Santa Cruz for chronic neck pain she suffered as a member of her high
school swim team in nearby Soquel.
After graduating from UC-Santa
Cruz with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology,
Dr. Goldi began working at a pharmaceutical research and development
start-up company, which is when she met West alumna Mary Reimer, D.C.
“Dr. Reimer introduced me to the chiropractic philosophy
of the importance of keeping your spine and nervous system functioning
properly without interference. It was game-changing for both my husband
(professional cyclist Ben Jacques-Maynes) and I,” said Dr.
Jacques-Maynes, who also considers Dr. Smith as one of her “most valued
mentors” for introducing her to the field of sports chiropractic.
Jacques-Maynes credits the Sports Council program as the main reason
she decided to attend Palmer’s West Campus. Since graduating, she has
worked with many athletes, but Carina is her first patient whose primary
sport is boxing.
Carina recognizes that she’s already had a
rather lengthy career by boxing standards. However, she’s focused in her
quest to reclaim her two former world titles. Especially with Dr.
Jacques-Maynes in her corner.
“I see Dr. Goldi as part of my
team; she keeps my body feeling good, especially after long days of
training for a fight,” said Carina, a former Pan American Games
champion, who was selected World Boxing Council (WBC) “Female Fighter of
the Year” in 2007.