Interview With Dr. Lori Smatt
Today we feature an interview with Dr. Lori Smatt, a member of the HealthCorps’ Advisory Board.
How did you become involved in HealthCorps?
Michael told me about the organization and I am so proud to be a part of it. The objectives of HealthCorps were in alignment with my lifestyle as a mother, caregiver and chiropractor. Having a large pediatric practice, I felt a strong calling to help the students and the organization. As I witness my patients regain their health, I cannot help but be passionate and grateful. I like to emphasize the great healing potential that resides within all of us. This is exactly what HealthCorps is all about.
Specifically what did you hope to contribute to the organization?
I hope to contribute a point of view to HealthCorps by helping the coordinators and the students to see health and weight control in a holistic way. The chiropractic adjustment reconnects the brain, body separation by calming and healing the nervous system. This has a profound effect on our ability to hear and listen to our bodies. We innately know when we are hungry, full or when something is not compatible or good for us. When our nervous system is in a state of confusion, these subtle messages are not as easily heard. Chiropractic adjustments put us into balance so that we can flow with ease in life.
Sharing the same profession and office with your husband, Dr. Michael Smatt – Can you highlight the many positives?
One of the many benefits of working with my husband is that we get to share our passion. Seeing patients regain their health and experience the body’s natural ability to heal is a typical day in the office together. Working with Michael is a gift. Many times, patients get so emotional because nobody told them that their body can heal or that they can contribute to their own healing. We get to help people together and share their success stories. We are very blessed.
Did some specific incident or situation lead you to choose chiropractic?
In college my hair began to thin and my menses stopped. After several doctor visits and no results, I began to exercise to relieve stress. I ended up in the emergency room, diagnosed with a whiplash injury caused by the exercise regimen. After days of medications and still experiencing pain, I decided to see a chiropractor out of desperation. After a thorough examination, I had my first adjustment. That very day I began to menstruate. In the weeks following the adjustment, my hair thickened and my energy increased. I felt as though I had gotten my life back. Knowing first hand the power of chiropractic and the body’s innate ability to heal with proper nerve flow, I chose to be a Chiropractor.
Are there any benefits specific to women that chiropractic can provide?
Women who receive chiropractic care have great results with menstrual cramps, irregular menses, fibromyalgia, fatigue, headaches, constipation, hormonal imbalances, knee, back, wrist, elbow and shoulder pain, stress, indigestion and many more conditions. It’s very empowering for women when they regain their health. Women typically suffer from enormous stress, filling so many roles; mother, daughter, wife, caretaker and often working professional, and we want to perform maximally in all these roles. The first step in accomplishing those goals is better health. When we have internal balance, we can more easily achieve balance in all areas of our lives.
What are your personal thoughts on chiropractic as a professional path in the future?
Chiropractic has been around for more than 117 years, an idea well before its time. In an increasingly stressful world, chiropractic has become more important and a necessary and vital part of healthcare. It is the missing piece. Looking at statistics, there are now at least 50% women making up the student body in chiropractic colleges around the world. We need more Chiropractors! I always encourage people to contemplate a career in chiropractic.