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Dr. Meghan Austin-Dowling continues family tradition

Three generations of Austin family chiropractors at Dr. Meghan’s graduation, left to right: Dr. Tom Austin, Dr. Meghan Austin-Dowling and Dr. Douglas Austin.
Father, Dr. Meghan Austin-Dowling, and grandfather

At four years old, little Meghan Austin had already decided on her future career. So when her mother asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with the video camera rolling, Meghan said, “I wanna be a chi-wo-pwactor like my daddy.”

On December 2, 2011, Meghan Austin-Dowling graduated as Valedictorian of the Fall Quarter 2011 class and achieved her early goal of becoming a chiropractor. (This five-generation chiropractic story received coverage in the San Jose Mercury News and the CCA Journal.)

The Austin family’s chiropractic lineage now spans five generations: Meghan’s great-great-grandparents, Drs. Jay and Mabel Austin, graduated from Palmer’s Davenport Campus in 1911. Meghan’s great-great-grandfather, Dr. Jay Austin, is the first known chiropractor in San Jose. The practice, Austin Chiropractic, is now managed by Meghan’s father, Dr. Thomas Austin, whom Meghan has joined as the newest Austin family member to become a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic.

She says she couldn’t be happier to join her father’s practice: “My father is the most honest, trustworthy doctor I have ever known, and I admire how he is so passionate about chiropractic. He has been, and will continue to be, the best mentor I could imagine.”

And Meghan’s father couldn’t be prouder: “To say that I am proud of my daughter is an understatement, Dr. Tom Austin says. “She is an amazing, talented and intelligent person and will be a great asset to our profession. I am sure that Meghan’s great-great grandmother, Dr. Mabel Austin, would also be proud—although it did take 100 years for another woman in the family to enter the profession!”

Dr. Austin-Dowling and her husband, Jake, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Skylar Kelly Dowling, on Dec. 25, 2011, and welcomed a potential sixth generation chiropractor into the world.

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