Today I am excited to introduce Dr. Sara Butkovich, a fantastic area chiropractor and overall great person. Every time I have talked with Sara, I have been so impressed with her knowledge about chiropractic care and her love for her patients and her work. She graciously shared some of her story with me as well as why she thinks it is a great idea to see a chiropractor when you are pregnant (I wholeheartedly agree with her on this!)
Me: How and Why did you decide to become a chiropractor?
Sara: I grew up in a normal home but I was always at the doctor with all kinds of infections and I took lots of antibiotics. When I was 17, I started working at a chiropractor’s office as a receptionist. One day I had an ear infection so I had a cotton ball in my ear. The chiropractor asked if I had ever been adjusted before (I hadn’t) and I thought I had nothing to lose. After the adjustment, I felt my ear drain and a rush of heat. I never had another ear, bladder, or strep infection again. I was a believer!
I had been planning to go to nursing school, but at age 20, I switched to chiropractic school and moved to Atlanta to go to Life University. I graduated in December 2015. I had always wanted to work with babies and mothers so I was a little sad when I went to chiropractic school and thought that would no longer be an option for me. Then I found out about the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) and that you could specialize in working with children and pregnant women. I am working on my ICPA certification and I am Webster certified (Webster is a technique for balancing the pelvis during pregnancy.)
Me: What is your favorite part of being a chiropractor?
Sara: I love working with kids. I don’t want these kids to grow up like I did, instead I want to be able to educate them on the body’s ability to heal itself without interference. Stressful events are stored in our bodies so it takes longer to see improvement in adults. Kids respond really well to chiropractic adjustments and can sometimes see improvement after just one visit.
Me: What are the benefits of chiropractic care in pregnancy?
Sara: The main goal is to balance the pelvis. The relaxin hormone can causes imbalances and is produced in the body the moment we conceive. The Webster technique focuses on the sacrum using gentle adjustments with the activator or drop table. When the sacrum is off balance, the uterosacral ligament is pulled which means there is not as much room for the baby to move and turn (inutero constraint). Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy are not just about pain, they can make more room for the baby, which then can result in safer, easier, and healthier births for mom and baby, Chiropractic also affects the central nervous system which promotes proper development of the baby.
There are so many reasons to consider chiropractic care during pregnancy and Sara is a great choice for expecting moms in the Charlotte area. In addition to chiropractic, her office, Weddington Chiropractic Wellness Center at Blakeney, offers functional medicine, regular and prenatal massage, and acupuncture. If you are in the market for a new chiropractor, I recommend you give Dr. Sara a call!
Dr. Sara's Bio
Dr. Sara Butkovich grew up in a town in southeast Michigan, where she always had a passion for helping others. As a teenager, she struggled with her own health issues which motivated her to enroll in the nursing program in college. During that time, Dr. Sara started working as a chiropractic assistant in a very busy office, where she received her first chiropractic adjustment at the age of 17. After personally experiencing the healing power of the human body, she was able to live a vitalistic lifestyle and overcome her health issues.
In 2011, she changed her career path and continued her education at Life University. A chiropractic mission trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic motivated her more than ever to empower others to take total control of their health. Dr. Sara graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in December 2015.
Dr. Butkovich, “Dr. Sara”, is currently a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is certified in the Webster technique, and loves caring for the newborns, the aged, and those in need of care. She is also working at becoming a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, as it is her passion to educate individuals about healthy diet and life style. She enjoys cooking and baking, being outdoors, running, practicing yoga, and hiking with her two dogs. Dr. Sara is excited to serve the community and be a part of the family at Weddington Chiropractic Wellness Center and help you reach your health goals so you can enjoy the life that you were created to live!”
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