The Choice of Upper Cervical: An Interview With Dr. Lauren Clum

by The Atlas of Life on April 15, 2009

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I had the chance to meet Dr. Lauren Clum last September at the Blair Conference in Dallas. I found it very interesting to talk with her and hear her opinion on things, especially since chiropractic runs in her family. I did not know much about Knee Chest at the time, but she gave me a very good explanation of what it was.

I’ve had the chance to correspond with her from time to time over the internet since then. Even from afar, I can tell what an impact she is making with the people out in Oakland, CA.

I am grateful Dr. Lauren was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to do an interview for The Atlas of Life.

Brandon: You are a second generation chiropractor. Have you always known you would be a chiropractor, or did the decision come later?

Dr. Lauren: “I decided in high school that I wanted to be a chiropractor. Every time I would envision my future, I would see myself involved in chiropractic in some form or fashion, so I figured the first step would be to go to chiro school!”

Brandon: How did you get interested in Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Dr. Lauren: “It’s something I have always been aware of, and have always had an appreciation for.

When my brother was in school, he was all about upper cervical, so I learned more about it, but wasn’t completely sold on it.

Then when I got into the health center in chiropractic school I just about had a breakdown because I felt like what I was doing was not matching up with what I was saying. I felt like we talked about the nervous system all the time, that chiropractic restored function to the nervous system to improve health, but then all I was doing with my patients was following the pain, no matter how hard I tried to just “adjust what I found”. I felt like a big fat Band-aid, and hated it.

I knew I needed to do something different, so I started looking for something objective. I came to a crossroad where I knew that I was either going to become a CBP doc, or an upper cervical doc. I guess you can see which road I chose.”

Brandon: Why did you decide on the Knee Chest Upper Cervical technique?

Dr. Lauren: “My brother, Don, bought Dr. Shawn Dill’s knee chest clinic in Costa Rica when Shawn moved back to the US. So as Don got more and more into it, I learned more about it.

Then Shawn moved to California and started teaching at Life West about a quarter or two before I graduated. We became friends, so I started learning even more about knee chest. This is about when I was realizing that I was meant to be an upper cervical doc, so it just made sense to get into knee chest.

So I took Dr. Louis Tiscareno’s knee chest module to learn the work, and that sealed it!”

Brandon: How long have you been in practice and what has it been like?

Dr. Lauren: “When I graduated from chiropractic school I moved to Costa Rica to live and work with my brother and his wife. I practiced with them in their offices for just over a year before I moved back to CA and started on plans to open my own office.

I opened my practice in October 2007, and it has been a lot of fun. It has been challenging for sure, but I can’t imagine doing anything else! I love helping people get well, that’s what it comes down to.”

Brandon: Can you tell us about a particular experience in practice that has left a lasting impression with you?

Dr. Lauren: “It’s easy to get in your head about things, to question things, and wonder if you’re on the right path. It happens a lot to me, anyway. Thankfully you get broken out of it by the amazing healing journeys of your patients.

The other day a patient started crying because she was so happy to have her life back, free of migraines and pain. She just couldn’t believe that it was even possible, that she had come so far, and she was so genuinely thankful. It took my breath away.”

Brandon: Recently, you converted your practice to one of the Specific Chiropractic Centers, founded by Dr. Shawn Dill and Dr. Paige Van Slooten. What made you decide to join them?

Dr. Lauren: “It wasn’t so much of a conversion as it was a joining of forces.

My daily practice really didn’t change much, just the name did, and our collaboration on systems and marketing. It just made sense for us to converge our paths, combine our efforts, ideas and abilities, than to each continue trying to do everything on our own. We’re able to broaden our reach together, which helps us achieve our overall vision of helping as many people as possible.”

Brandon: Do you have any long term plans you would like to share with the readers?

Dr. Lauren: “My plan is to continue building the practice of my dreams, helping as many people (including new chiropractors) along the way!”

Brandon: What is your vision for the future of Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Dr. Lauren: “To me, chiropractic IS upper cervical. So my vision for chiropractic is that it will become a household name associated with true health, that people will know that if they really want to get well, that they’ll have to get their nervous system back on track with the help of a chiropractor. And that kids will grow up with chiropractic care, and that they won’t know the craziness of things that currently plague our youth.”

Once again, thank you to Dr. Lauren Clum for a great interview. I really enjoyed it.