Since we are highlighting ROAR members in the field, I want to focus on all the ways our members contribute to the profession. Our latest interview is with Dr. Jillian Kersh. Dr. Kersh is currently an associate at Life is Good Chiropractic clinic in Brodheadsville, PA. Kersh works with fellow ROAR member, Dr. Bryn Gillow.
Dr. Jillian Kersh was an outstanding student at Sherman, and we are sure her efforts in practice will be no less. Enjoy this fun interview with this outgoing and passionate chiropractor.
Why did you choose to become a chiropractor?
After being involved in sports while a teenager, I was pretty hard on my body. After several neck injuries from soccer, I started seeing a chiropractor and haven’t looked back since. I wanted to be in a health centered career that helped people and chiropractic was the best fit for me.
What technique(s) do you practice?
Diversified, Activator, Thompson Drop.
How did you get into such technique(s)?
I got into using Diversified and Thompson because that’s what my first chiropractor used. I am also certified in Activator, and had a great mentor who taught at Sherman introduce me to it. It really helped me so I wanted to learn it to help others!
How did you choose the site for your practice (i.e. hometown, new territory, underserved, near family, etc)?
I am currently an associate with fellow ROAR member Dr. Bryn Gillow. After quite an extensive search, I was lucky enough to find her and her practice. It didn’t make a difference where the practice was located because I wanted a place I knew I’d fit in and love.
What type of practice do you have (i.e. home, small office, franchise, part-time, mobile, rented space, etc)?
It is an Open Adjusting Family Practice in our own building.
What types of involvement do you have, if any, in charity work, sports, community groups, etc?
Personally, I’m involved in my church. As an office we take part in a referral network, sponsor a soccer team, and support the athletics program at our local high school.
Why did you decide to go to Sherman College for your chiropractic education?
Sherman was the right choice for me because I loved the feeling I got when I first walked on campus. I love feeling like you’re part of a family there. Other reasons that took a part in my decision were: small class sizes, straight chiropractic philosophy, and the beautiful location. There’s nothing like being in class, looking out the window and seeing the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
What is your most important piece of advice to students going through the Doctor of Chiropractic program at any school?
Make sure you know how you study best. That will help tremendously. I didn’t actually learn that until my last senior semester at undergrad, and boy did it help. Also, if you can manage, get a part time job on the weekends. This not only helps with putting some cash in your pocket, but also, you meet people out in the community who can potentially become patients once you become an intern!
What are your future plans within chiropractic?
Eventually I will own my own practice, but I have a lot of learning to do yet. I just want to be available to change people’s lives for the rest of my life, and I’m lucky I’ve picked a profession where that’s possible!
What do you envision the future of chiropractic becoming?
I am looking forward to the day where chiropractors are unified within our philosophy. I also look forward to the day where everyone has a chiropractor. It’s not about pain; it’s about making sure your nervous system is working at its best. Once everyone realizes that their body can heal itself from the inside out, chiropractic will have really hit its stride!
Dr. Jillian Kersh
Life is Good Chiropractic clinic
Route 209 & Dairy Lane
Brodheadsville, PA 18322