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Exploring Life & Business with Dr. Kristina Ruddle of St. Louis Family Chiropractic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Kristina Ruddle, founder of St. Louis Family Chiropractic. She shares her story with us below:

Dr. Kristina Ruddle graduated from Logan University in 2015 and is a licensed Chiropractor serving the St. Louis community. She was born and raised in South County, attending Assumption grade school and Cor Jesu High School.

She has always enjoyed helping people and knew she wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. As a child, she began seeing a Chiropractor for scoliosis, asthma, and allergies, and from then on she knew Chiropractic was her calling.

Kristina completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University, earning a Bachelor of Art in Biology and a Business Administration Certificate. She then attended Logan University and received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctorate in Chiropractic.

While attending Logan, Kristina realized her love for caring for pregnant women and children; she began putting in extensive hours working towards her Certification in Pediatrics outside of school. In 2017, she earned her Certification from the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics.

She now enjoys being able to keep the whole family healthy by treating pregnant women, infants, children, and adults of all ages!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Dr. Ruddle has been very blessed with an incredible support system throughout her life and career. However, one struggle she dealt with was realizing that the office she had been a part of since childhood, was not the forever home of her practice.

Dr. Ruddle became a patient in that office when she was about 7 years old. She benefitted so much from the chiropractic care provided by the office owners, Dr. Bill and Dr. Kim. This office was the reason Dr. Ruddle knew she wanted to become a chiropractor.  Her decision was solidified after she began working in the office at 16 years old. She loved working under Dr. Bill and Dr. Kim to help their patients obtain optimal health. She worked in the office as a Chiropractic Assistant on and off through her high school, college, and graduate school years.

During this time, Dr. Bill and Dr. Kim moved to other offices and sold their practice to another doctor. Dr. Ruddle was blessed to continue working in the practice that she loved so much, and went on to complete her preceptorship at this office. She was offered a position as a physician in the office upon graduation, and happily accepted. By this time, Dr. Ruddle knew that she wanted to help families, including children.

She spent countless hours studying and traveling to courses, and in 2017 was Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics. Through her early years in practice, Dr. Ruddle served this population in the office she grew up in. However, after about 5 years in practice and almost 15 years working in this office, it became clear that opening her own office was the best thing for the families she serves.

Thanks to the great support system that Dr. Ruddle has around her, she found an amazing office space and set it up to best serve the families she cares for. Almost 2 years into opening St. Louis Family Chiropractic, Dr. Ruddle could not be happier that she made that move!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
St. Louis Family Chiropractic is a family-focused chiropractic office.

Dr. Ruddle is Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics as well as Webster Technique certified, making her one of the leading Chiropractors for the pediatric and pregnant population in the St. Louis area. Families love coming into our office, as it feels more like a home than a doctor’s office.

“I love hearing how much children look forward to their visits to our office” says Dr. Ruddle. “The best part is watching individuals achieve optimal health within the walls of our practice.  Once nervous system function is restored and symptoms improve, patients just thrive!”

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
This is a hard question.

I thoroughly enjoyed playing sports, especially soccer! Some of my most fond memories are from my time on the field.

However, I also really enjoyed traveling and seeing the world. My most fond memories of travel are when I went to serve.  My first experience with mission trips was in high school when I went to Reynosa, Mexico with the organization Homes for the Homeless.  I was 16 years old, and the lessons I learned on that trip shaped my view of the world forever.  I went on the same mission trip the following year, during which we would built a home for a family in need.   Then, in college, I got the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip to the central region of Ghana with the organization Global Brigades.  I was there for 10 days, and fell in love with the people, the culture, and the land.  So, when an opportunity presented itself to apply for a newly developed summer internship with the organization, I quickly applied.  I was one of about 35 accepted from across the globe.  I was elated to be able to return to the central region of Ghana for a month.  During this internship, I developed a program that taught spinal exercises to the people of the villages we worked in.  This was important because most people were farmers or fishermen, that worked with simple hand tools requiring them to be bent over all day long.  Many people suffered from back pain and injuries.  The students in the communities were trained on teaching the spinal exercises and assigned certain households to visit weekly to perform them with the families.  For the participating students, we developed a system to track their grades and attendance at school, which had not been being recorded well, and made it difficult for the students to apply for scholarships for higher education.  In addition to academic tracking, the participating students were invited to participate in a community soccer league, which helped develop skills that could lead to sports scholarships.  We hand cleared the community soccer field with machetes, hired fishermen to weave new nets for the goals, and provided balls and jerseys.  Finally, we put together a manual in English, Spanish, and Fante reviewing how to implement this program in communities that Global Brigades went into on missions in the future, both in Ghana as well as Central America. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in both Mexico and Ghana, and hope to return in the future.

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