Dr. Karen Slota with Detroit Lions
player Devin Taylor.
Karen Slota, D.C., Davenport ’99, returned for her sophomore
season as the chiropractor for the Detroit Lions in 2016. She’s excited
to have this opportunity to build on her first-year experience
in helping the players she treats achieve peak performance.
“No longer being a ‘rookie’ in the training room is huge,” says Dr.
Slota, a Washta, Iowa, native who maintains a multi-office practice,
Soft Tissue Solutions, in Michigan. “This season I’m being
consulted regarding injured players, whereas last year I wasn’t.
There’s greater trust with the veteran players.”
She averages an eight-hour day when the Lions are playing at
home, and when traveling with the team, she typically arrives
at the stadium three hours before kick-off. Her schedule includes
traveling to the Lions’ training facility—about 20 miles
from her office—twice a week, where she spends nearly three
hours treating players.
Dr. Slota hopes her achievement will inspire other women to pursue
their goals—no matter how insurmountable the challenge