Becca grew up in a medically-oriented family in her hometown of Mississauga, Ontario, and as her college years approached, she considered a variety of career paths, including obstetrics, physical therapy and ultrasound.
Then Becca found chiropractic.
Actually, due to a back injury that she suffered while pushing a refrigerated ice cream cart up a ramp at the local golf course where she worked, chiropractic found Becca.
“I had no idea what chiropractic was, other than it had something to do with backs, and Alan Harper on ‘Two and a Half Men’,” said Becca, who earned her B.S. in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia-Okanagan in 2011.
“My first chiropractic experience wasn’t the best. Once I told the doctor that I was studying human kinetics, he spoke in terminology WAY over my head. I truly had no idea what he was saying, or what he was doing.” Terminology issues aside, Becca said one thing was for sure when she left his office: “I felt better!”
Her positive experience as a patient, along with the encouragement of her parents, who’d also achieved relief from pain through chiropractic, continued to push her in the direction of chiropractic.
Leaving behind the cold weather climate in Canada for the California sunshine, Becca made the 3,000-mile cross-country trek to Palmer’s West Campus in San Jose, which appealed to her affinity for exploring, enjoyment of outdoor activities, and convenient accessibility to attend additional seminars.
“Palmer College of Chiropractic is well-respected school, which is continually recognized as exceptional in Canada,” said Becca, a certified snowboarding instructor who also enjoys skateboarding and wakeboarding. She hopes to expand her “board” sports to surfing the waves along the California coast.
“My Admissions representative (Arthur Rios) was very helpful, and gave me a confident feeling about the education offered at Palmer’s West Campus. He even called to wish me a Merry Christmas while in the transition of moving my life from Canada to the United States!”
Becca has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities since initiating her chiropractic studies at Palmer’s West Campus, from getting involved in SACA, the Sports Council, and The Bartlett student newspaper to carrying one of the foam segments of The Palmer Spine at the 2012 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, a charity event that brought approximately 25,000 people to downtown San Jose on Thanksgiving morning. She also attended the 2012 ICA and ACA Joint Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“My goal is to develop a family-oriented practice that emphasizes pediatric care, which remains a specialty field close to my heart, as well as sports, because athletics has always played a major part of my life,” said Becca. “Ultimately, it doesn’t matter to me where I end up – just as long as there are mountains, bodies of water, and bodies to help!”