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Meet Dr. Jessica Duncan Propes of Well Adjusted Buckhead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Jessica Duncan Propes.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Propes. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always been very active and passionate about health and fitness and grew up riding horses, doing gymnastics, and participating in other sports like track and field. When I was 18 years old and a freshman in college, I began having severe back lower back pain, to the point where I would avoid riding in the car because going over a bump was too painful. I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my lumbar spine and treated with oral medication and injection therapy. The treatment held for a few years, but in 2012 after a few years of intense training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (and a bronze medal at the World Championships), I began feeling the pain return in my lower back. I was diagnosed with yet another herniation. I tried massage, yoga, medication, etc., but nothing was working. I was told by a specialist that I would more than likely need surgery in the near future, and I was devastated, because that would mean the end of my athletic career. Devastated and desperate, I started looking for anything that may help. A good friend of mine referred me to her chiropractor, and I was hesitant, but I went. My pain was so bad that day I basically crawled through his door, but about an hour later, I walked out feeling worlds of relief.

Over the next year, I continued to seek treatment and was slowly rehabilitated back to full functionality. I was so profoundly moved by the help I received from my chiropractor, that I decided to go back to school, and entered the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Life University in Marietta, GA in 2013.

Fast forward five years, and I have opened my own practice where I can help people overcome injuries, and more importantly, help them continue living the lives they love. It has become my passion to educate professional and recreational athletes alike to the notion that surgery and medication are not their only options when it comes to neck and back pain (and joint pain in general). I try to lead by example on a daily basis and show people that you can still participate in the physical activities that you love, even after being diagnosed with seemingly debilitating injuries.

Has it been a smooth road?
I definitely would not describe the road to where I am now as smooth, but I have embraced every adversity as a learning experience. Unfortunately, chiropractic healthcare has somewhat of a negative stigma in the eyes of many, so dealing with the challenges that come along with that have been taxing at times. That being said, it gives me that much more drive continue to educate the public to what we do as chiropractors and that receiving chiropractic treatment for injuries and illness is a real and valid option.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Well Adjusted Buckhead – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My company is called Well Adjusted Buckhead, and it was founded in June 2018. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic and focus primarily on injury rehabilitation, recovery, and wellness care for athletes and non-athletes alike. I have a personal passion for soft tissue in addition to spinal and extremity care, so the fact that I do a variety of soft tissue work such as Graston and offer services such as Game Ready cryo-compression therapy is a game changer for many patients. The fact that I have experienced many of the injuries that patients to come to see me for (especially when it relates to the lower back) definitely gives a more thorough understanding of what they are experiencing and feeling, and where they are in the healing process. I am also extremely active in the sports of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, CrossFit, and Olympic Weightlifting, which makes communication much easier between doctor and patient, because I understand where they are coming from, how they may have injured themselves, and what type of recovery their bodies require. It has been a whirlwind of an experience opening a small business, but I have always had a vision of providing a welcoming, healing, and comfortable atmosphere to my patients, and I am proud to welcome everyone into my office!

What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
Although the idea of luck, good and bad, is intriguing, I am not really a believer in luck. What I do believe in is hard work and perseverance through difficult times. I know it is hard to accept setbacks as learning experiences, but they have truly cultivated me into the (business) woman I am today, and they make enjoying the successful times that much sweeter.

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