Dr. Kay is a Bloomington chiropractor who began her chiropractic journey in 2011 after graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. She attended Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she studied a variety of avenues for helping patients conquer physical, mental, emotional, and chemical stresses that wreak havoc on their nervous system. She completed her education by taking part in an externship program in Boulder, Colorado. She was mentored by Drs. Danny and Richelle Knowles, D.C., two of the top chiropractors in Boulder and top Network Spinal Analysis doctors in the world at Network Family Wellness Center.
After graduating from Sherman College in 2015, Dr. Kay opened ChiroCore+, LLC as a local chiropractic housecall service in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. "I had very little funds to start up or buy a practice after chiropractic school, so I bought a well-used portable table and got to work building a business. It was pretty tough at first. The business grew very slowly, but it gained some popularity over time," Dr. Kay explains. To make ends meet, she happened upon what she considered the perfect stepping stone to being an excellent and principled chiropractor. She took on an associateship at New Life Chiropractic Center with Dr. Joel Feeman, D.C.
"Dr. Joel taught me so much about how to help as many people as possible be healthy by believing in the principles of chiropractic and by leading with the heart. He would always say 'Chiropractic is about more than cracking necks and backs to make headaches and back pain go away.'"
Dr. Kay took what she learned from her education and from her mentors and returned to the Bloomington area. She was on a mission to help people discover the gift of chiropractic. She opened ChiroCore+, LLC in a brick and mortar building in Ellettsville and took temporary substitute chiropractic positions from one side of the state to the other for doctors needing to take time away from the office. During this time, her exposure to different chiropractic and practice management techniques sky-rocketed.
"That was an important time in my career. In the same way toddlers are sponges, soaking up information, I was in the infancy of my career and soaking up all I could to make the care I was providing patients the absolute best it could be."
Now, having the experiences she does, Dr. Kay uses a unique approach to patient care:
"Many chiropractors get indoctrinated to use a single technique or method of adjusting. Many chiropractors get 'addicted to (chiropractic) crack' so to speak. The important thing that is missing is the understanding that what is right for one patient may not be appropriate for another. The technique that I use is called 'what the patient on the table needs.' I spent an awful lot of time, money, and resources to go to chiropractic school and postgraduate training. I have a lot of tools in my toolbox and it would be a shame to not share each and every one in the appropriate scenario."
Dr. Kay joined The Well-Being Studio (then Sophia Collective) team in 2018, and in January 2020 consolidated her ChiroCore business to The Well-Being Studio's current location at 619 N. Morton Street in Bloomington.
Some of the adjusting techniques Dr. Kay utilizes in practice are:
She is currently pursuing postgraduate training to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician so that she can better manage the athletes that come to her for care. "This area is a hub for great, competitive athletes, from gymnasts to basketball players at all levels of competition," she notes. While Dr. Kay greatly enjoys working with athletes, she also loves pregnancy, pediatric and geriatric chiropractic care.
"One of the greatest joys of doing what I do is seeing people at all ages and from all walks of life. Each patient that walks into the office has a different story and different challenges. I'm always excited to see all the different puzzle pieces of patients coming together into this beautiful chiropractic family. I get to have an impact on generations of people. Even if I'm just a footnote in someone's life story, I appreciate the role that I play."
Dr. Kay is currently accepting new patients "of all ages and from all walks of life."