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West alum’s care sends Emilie Pieters dancing into chiropractic career

Dr. Kobsar and Ms. Pieters at his practice in San Jose.
Dr. Kobsar standing next to Ms. Pieters

During her first semester as a dance major at San Jose State University (SJSU), Emilie Pieters quickly discovered whoever coined the phrase "dance your life away" must never have actually attempted the feat. The physical stress of dancing eight hours a day, five days a week in her SJSU classes, coupled with her after-school job as a dance instructor, took its toll on Emilie, who suffered an injured hip early in her first semester.

She was referred to West alumnus Dr. Brad Kobsar ('95), who has worked closely with the South Bay dance community for the nearly two decades he's maintained a practice in San Jose. Little did she realize the degree to which the referral would change her life.

Dr. Kobsar's care relieved her hip pain—and inspired her to follow a career path into chiropractic. Within a few weeks, Ms. Pieters' condition improved to nearly 100-percent recovery. Until her final year at SJSU, she was planning to become a physical therapist. After her "amazing journey" with Dr. Kobsar, she rerouted her career.

"It was a very humbling experience to watch her transformation," says Dr. Kobsar. "Emilie has a very keen intellect, and I was excited and gratified that such a talented and caring person was entering the chiropractic profession."

Ms. Pieters started at the West Campus in January 2013, and, no surprise, she's president of the Dance Club. And her husband, Kyle Pieters, has redirected his career into chiropractic, entering the West Campus program in July. The couple's goal is to "develop a family practice in which we can treat and change the lives of as many individuals as possible," she adds.

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