Writer / Janelle Morrison
Dr. Bravo serves Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. A graduate of Purdue University, she has a Bachelor of Arts in English and has a passion for literature. While attending Purdue Dr. Bravo took up running for relaxation and exercise. She injured her back shortly after and decided to see a chiropractor for treatment.
“No one in my family ever went to a chiropractor,” Dr. Bravo said. “It just wasn’t something that we did, but I knew that just taking Tylenol or ibuprofen wasn’t going to fix my back. I went to see a chiropractor and felt incredibly better after my first adjustment. I was so amazed by my experience that I decided to change my course and go to chiropractic school. I graduated from Purdue in 2005 and began looking at schools here in the U.S. There were only 16 institutions in the country and I decided to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida. I lived in Florida for five years and really enjoyed it. I ended up taking a job in Lafayette, Indiana and practiced there for two years. I was doing a lot of soul searching at that time, contemplating on if I wanted to continue working for somebody else or take the leap and start my own practice. My husband was attending nursing school at this time and we knew that we were wanting to start thinking about having a family, so there was a lot to consider.”
After her husband graduated from nursing school and the couple had two beautiful children, Dr. Bravo decided that it was time for her to focus on her career. Knowing that she wanted to start her own business, she researched mobile chiropractic practices.
“I happened to come across a chiropractor in Miami who’s been very successful at having a mobile practice,” Dr. Bravo said. “She now trains chiropractors on the logistics of running a mobile practice. After beginning training in June, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I had worked in high-volume chiropractic practices before, which did not allow me to spend much time treating each patient. I like to evaluate patients more holistically. If I feel exercises and stretches, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, or diet modification or supplements would be helpful, the flexibility of a mobile office allows me to spend the time with the patient to address these things. At the same time, treating patients in their home or office offers a great convenience to the patient. Wasted time in traffic and waiting rooms is eliminated, and there is less disruption to the patient’s daily schedule. The length of a mobile chiropractic appointment ranges from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the treatment or treatments the patient receives.”
Dr. Bravo is continuing her education by working toward completion of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s 200 hour certification program. All chiropractors receive training on pediatric assessment and adjusting techniques in chiropractic college. However, additional training through organizations such as the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association is available to chiropractors who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in this patient population. Last November, she became certified to perform Webster Technique. Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that aims to improve the neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis. When used to treat
pregnant women, this helps the baby to comfortably position itself in the best possible position for
birth. This November, Dr. Bravo will be attending a pediatric chiropractic seminar to learn additional assessment and treatment techniques.
“A baby can benefit from chiropractic care as soon as it is born. Birth can be traumatic and put a tremendous amount of pressure on a baby’s head and neck, even during a normal birth. Although the thought of pediatric adjustments may sound scary, the pressure used to adjust a newborn is less than the amount of pressure needed to dent the skin of a ripe tomato. It is a very gentle adjustment. Some common conditions that may be improved by pediatric chiropractic care include torticollis, ear infections, colic, constipation, and bedwetting. Of course chiropractic care is also helpful for children who experience conditions that cause adults to seek chiropractic treatment, such as headaches, neck pain, and back pain.”
In addition to treating pregnant women and children, Dr. Bravo enjoys treating families and busy professionals who find it difficult to carve time out of their day to drive to a chiropractic appointment. By treating professionals in their office, she is able to assess the patient’s work station and posture while working in order to make suggestions that could help alleviate the patient’s symptoms. Dr. Bravo also offers complementary lunch and learn presentations for businesses, which include tips on how to stay healthy and minimize pain in their specific workplace or industry.
“I currently offer complementary 15 minute phone consultations so that potential patients can decide if
mobile chiropractic is right for them and to make sure that I am a good chiropractic fit for them too.”
Hours of operation:
Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.