My name is Dr. Christina Cole and I am an animal chiropractor. What I do is still quite rare in Michigan, and there are only a small number of veterinarians and chiropractors certified in animal chiropractic. I am one of them.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Christina Cole and I am an animal chiropractor. Now I’m sure you’ve heard stories of chiropractors or may visit one yourself, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you were a bit taken aback by my profession. What I do is still quite rare in Michigan, and there are only a small number of veterinarians and chiropractors certified in animal chiropractic. I am one of them. It has taken me four years of graduate school and additional post-graduate school to become licensed to do what I do.
How I Became an Animal Chiropractor
You may be wondering how one gets involved with animal chiropractic, so I’ll tell you my story. I am the daughter of parents who have devoted their lives to the betterment of animals. My dad is the co-founder of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and has instilled in me a sense of compassion for those of the four-legged variety. At a young age, I knew my life needed to be dedicated to animals, much like my parents before me. Naturally, I decided that veterinary school was the path for me. That is until I shadowed veterinarians for several months and fainted on more surgical floors than I could count!
It All Started at Vet School…
OK. Moment of truth: how was I going to get through veterinary school if I couldn’t even watch a routine spay or neuter without getting nauseous? I hadn’t a clue. I had to do some serious soul-searching. So I decided to attend a graduate school fair at the University of Michigan, where I was completing my undergraduate education. I walked into the room and there was a booth that caught my eye—a poster board covered in animal pictures and multiple plastic spine models in front of it. I went over and discovered animal chiropractic. It combined everything I loved: animals, alternative healthcare, and NO needles.
Making the Switch to Animal Chiropractic
That very night I went home, researched every chiropractic school, and decided upon Life University in Georgia. Five months later, I was on my way down south to start the rest of my life. Now, one might think animal chiropractic would be a fairly common practice in the chiropractic profession. However, when I stood up during my first day of class and announced my name, where I was from, and that my sole reason for coming to chiropractic school was to specialize in animal adjusting, I’d never seen so many blank faces in my life. Throughout my graduate career, I was constantly told I could never make it by having a practice exclusive to animals, and that I’d have to do that on the side and instead work on people. Naysayers aside, I continued forward, positive that I would do exactly what I had set out to do. I completed my post-graduate certification for animal chiropractic at Options for Animals College of Chiropractic in Kansas and became certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
My Practice Today
Four-and-a-half years after starting chiropractic school, I’ve opened my mobile practice, Advanced Animal Chiropractic, and am servicing Southeastern Michigan to the best of my ability. I work hand-in-hand with veterinarians and can be found at various practices helping patients. I am also the chiropractor to the Detroit Mounted Police Force horses and can honestly say every time I adjust these guys I am honored to be helping my city.
Watch An Animal Chiropractic Adjustment
Video: Typical Canine Adjustment
Video: Typical Feline Adjustment
How to Schedule a Session with Me
Initial examination and adjustment for small animals is $85, and follow-up visits are $50. Depending on the type of visit, an additional call fee may be applied. Large animals initial examination and adjustment runs $150, with follow-up visits ranging between $100-$125, depending on the number of animals being treated that day.
I’ll also be doing adjustments at The Pet Beastro every two weeks!
To schedule an appointment with me, call the retail store at 248-548-3448.