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Breakthroughs and Barriers

Breakthroughs and Barriers

Gaining a seat at the health-care table
Spring/Summer 2015

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San Jose campus alumna’s ‘got game’

Dr. Chu adjusts Sacramento Kings’ player Reggie Evans
Dr. Chu seated at head of adjustment table with athlete patient

Born and raised in the city of Davis, Calif., Michelle Chu, D.C., San Jose ’10, is living the ultimate chiropractic dream. She’s practicing in her hometown and providing care for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Sacramento Kings, the team she grew up watching with her family.

Now it’s Dr. Chu who’s showing the NBA team she’s “got game”—not on the court, but by providing Kings’ players with chiropractic and soft-tissue therapy at their practice facility.

When a colleague of Dr. Chu’s who worked for the Kings learned that team members were requesting Active Release Technique (A.R.T.), she put the Kings’ head athletic trainer in touch with Dr. Chu. The result? Dr. Chu has been providing A.R.T. and chiropractic care for the Kings’ players since September 2014.

“(The Kings) give me a lot of leeway, in terms of what and how I want to treat,” says Dr. Chu. She provides care a few times each week at the team’s training facility, located adjacent to their home court, Power Balance Pavilion, and, as requested, before some of the Kings’ games.

“Players can approach me directly, but I always make sure to keep the trainers in the loop so we can collaborate on any and all treatments for the players.”

She says the opportunity to work with the Kings is a dream come true.

“I didn’t know if I’d actually ever get the opportunity to be a part of the treatment team for a professional sports team, much less so early in my career,” she adds. “It makes it extra special to be working with the Kings, because they were my childhood sports team.”

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