"I just felt there was so much more I could offer." – Q&A with Wendy Knight, DC
We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Wendy Knight, DC, to our faculty here at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts – and we think you’ll be inspired by her professional journey, too. Please enjoy this conversation with her, and stay tuned for more information about Wendy’s classes!
How did you first become interested in exercise and sports medicine? Were you an athlete yourself growing up?
I began participating in sports at a very young age. My father wanted me to learn self defense and started me in Judo. Little did he know that I would take it far beyond just learning to defend myself. I won two consecutive National titles.
In my third Nationals, I dislocated my kneecap. After months of physical therapy, I still was not better and ended up in surgery. That was what really started my interest in sports medicine. I wanted to help athletes, like myself, to get back to the sports they love.
What was it like to be an athletic trainer to such a wide range of athletes, from kids to Olympic competitors?
I have always really enjoyed my career. It is fun to be able to work with a variety of athletes at different age levels, sports, or experience levels.
Being an athletic trainer on the sidelines of a sporting event is a rush. You never know what can happen and you learn quickly on how to handle any and all emergencies.
The worst part of my job was when I would have to deliver the news that the injury would end their season. The best part is to help them recover as soon as possible and making them better than they were before the injury.
You also worked as an educator in a few different settings. What do you love about that work?
Teaching has been a passion of mine for quite some time. I have taught at the high school and college levels. Because of my passion for what I do for a living, teaching others about anatomy and sports medicine is extremely fun and rewarding. It is great to be able to inspire students to choose a career in medicine.
What compelled you to get into chiropractic care?
I have wanted to be a doctor since I was in high school. I was, however a single mom and didn’t think that I would be able to go that far in my education at the time.
As a was working as an athletic trainer, I just felt there was so much more I could offer and was tired of seeing athletes get surgery on things that I knew there were alternatives for. I was introduced to chiropractic and realized that between chiropractic and my sports medicine background, I could help so many people avoid surgery and simply live healthier, better lives.
What excites you most about your work today?
I have had great success treating injuries of my patients that they have been struggling with for years. It is so exciting to be able to get them back to the activities they love, that they haven’t done for a long time due to these injuries.
How would you sum up your approach to health and/or healthcare in one sentence?
Teaching proper nutrition, biomechanics, and exercises while treating dysfunctional movement patterns and lack of motion, is the key to a healthier, happier life.
Please tell us a bit about what’s on the horizon for you as an instructor at The Wellspring School for Healing Arts. What do you look forward to sharing with the school community?
This is my first year at The Wellspring School and I have enjoyed every minute. The students are very engaging and it is a fun atmosphere. I look forward to continuing to teach here!
Do you have a favorite book, blog, or other resource you’d recommend to someone exploring interests similar to your own in the field of holistic health and/or healthcare?
I would say that if you have an interest in holistic medicine, you should talk to as many practitioners as possible. Engage in job shadows. I think that you get a better feel for what it would be like by being directly engaged than to read a book or blog about the subject.