Meet Dr. Ashley Neuman | Chiropractor and Science Geek
Rebecca (Organizer of Chicago Women Rising): Hi Ashley, thank you for sharing your story. First, I’d love to start with your background. Where did you grow up? What were you passionate about as a child/teenager and what shaped you to your present career?
Ashley: Thank you! I’m super excited to be part of this group!
I grew up in Wisconsin in a smaller town. As a teenager I was very active in sports – I played basketball, softball, soccer, figure skated and played women’s hockey as well. When I was a senior in high school playing soccer I had a collision with another player and had a lot of hip and lower back pain afterwards. My mom decided it was time for me to go see her chiropractor, so nervously I went with her and got my first adjustment and, as cliche as it is, the rest is history! I spent time hanging out in my chiropractors office asking him questions and learning more about how spinal alignment effects the rest of the body because it helps your nervous system to function at its peak. It was all fascinating to me as I was already a nerd and loved all things science!
Rebecca: I read a bit about how you got in to your profession on your practice’s (Relief Care Chiropractic, L.L.C.) website, but would love to hear what drove you to be a doctor in this field, what it was like for you in medical school, and your transition to working at a practice to having your own.
Ashley: My personal experience with chiropractic really drove me to pursue it as a passion and career. After high school I got my undergraduate degree in psychology at Marquette University, which I think pairs very well with chiropractic as there is such a strong mind and body connection when it comes to pain, especially in the chronic realm, so a lot of cross over there. After undergrad I went to chiropractic school in St. Louis, which was another 3.5 years of nerding out on science. After graduation I knew I wanted to be a little closer to family so I took an awesome opportunity to work as an associate for 5 years in a practice here in Chicago that I eventually took over and rebranded into Relief Care Chiropractic about 3 years ago now.
Rebecca: What is your vision for Relief Care Chiropractic? Where do you see the practice going?
Ashley: Owning my own practice has been both amazing and scary at the same time! I love being able to help people every single day! Currently I utilize chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy to help my patients get better. I have advanced training in treating pregnant moms and lots of children too. I see a number of little ones with autism and have seen some pretty great results when restoring nervous system function with adjustments and nutritional support.
I am also working on completing a secondary functional medicine specialty that really dives deep into nutrition and can help with more systemic type diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It also helps pinpoint through the use of blood work and other lab testing any food allergies or sensitivities that can cause inflammation in the body and leads to a number of different symptoms and diseases as well. So much of our health is reflected by our nutrition! So I am very excited to work on more of these types of cases. I’m always trying to learn as much as I can to help my patients as much as I can!
Rebecca: Beyond the day to day, what gets you going, what are you passionate about?
Ashley: I’m lucky in the sense that my day to day is what I am passionate about. I literally get to come to work everyday and help people function better. Living the dream over here!
Rebecca: What are your favorite things to do in Chicago? How do you feel Chicago fits in to your career and your life?
Ashley: I remember coming to Chicago as a kid on mini vacations and being so excited to see the skyline as we drove into the city, moving here was just as thrilling! My first drive into the city with my car loaded down with all my stuff is something I probably won’t ever forget! Now, 8 years later I still get a little awe struck when I come home if I’ve been out of the city for awhile. I love all the entertainment there is here – we live in a city where we can literally do something different every single day! I’m a huge fan of Second City (go if you haven’t been!) and I love all the restaurants! Being in the West Loop there is food for days! I love it!
Rebecca: Thank you Ashley for sharing your story. Where can people find more about your business and the opportunities you offer in your practice.
Ashley: First of all, I’d love to offer all the women/members in Chicago Women Rising a free chiropractic consultation. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to take advantage of this offer. Find out more about my practice and our offerings at https://www.reliefcarechiro.org/