Chandra Ricks MChir, DC
I was a bit of an adventurer when I was younger and my interest in healthcare began after I had a paragliding accident which left me with chronic back pain and limited mobility. Yoga helped me to overcome my injury, leading me to become a qualified Yoga Instructor and jump-starting my passion for “physical medicine.”
I gained an Integrated Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro) from McTimoney College of Chiropractic, along with qualifications in Massage and Graston Technique. Working clinically in my practice has been an amazing experience. It is wonderful to help patients progress out of pain and back into “normal” life. I also enjoy seeing that spark of interest flare in a patient when I can successfully explain why something has “gone wrong” and provide education in a lasting way to help prevent pain from occurring again.
Aside from working clinically, I am a Senior Lecturer at McTimoney College of Chiropractic teaching subjects ranging from Chiropractic Technique, Neuroscience, Clinical Neurology and Differential Diagnosis. Having an impact on the education of future chiropractors to ensure high standards is immensely satisfying.
I also work for the General Chiropractic Council as a Test of Competency Assessor which examines the standards of chiropractors trained in other countries to ensure they understand and would follow the UK’s high standards of care.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I was inspired to help support the NHS as chiropractors have a lot of clinically applicable, hands on skills beyond simple manipulation. I am now working part-time as a Healthcare Assistant in hospital and as a Clinical Caseworker on the NHS Test and Trace program.
When not working, I am the busy mama of two boys – the eldest nicknamed “Genghis Khan” and the youngest “The Scourgling.” I am an American, but have lived in England long enough that both places seem at once equally home and equally foreign. I still couldn’t fake a British accent if I tried….