Dr. Chu adjusts Sacramento Kings’ player Reggie Evans
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.”