MARSHALL - Marshall native Dr. Sara Christiansen has joined the staff at Fixen Chiropractic and brings with her not only an expertise in chiropractic care, but also in acupuncture.
Christiansen had planned since high school to be a chiropractor. She said that during high school she had headaches that traditional medications could not cure, but she found relief through chiropractic care.
"It was my key to warding off my headaches and keeping it at bay," she said. "I didn't want to be taking pills my whole life."
Dr. Sara Christiansen, a 2003 Marshall High School graduate, is a new member of the staff at Fixen Chiropractic. Christiansen also does acupuncture.
She graduated from Marshall High School in 2003 and was accepted into the University of Minnesota-Duluth. While there she focused her studies on biology and chemistry to prepare for her future career.
She continued her education after graduating from the U of M and attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington. It was here that she began focusing her studies on chiropractic care. As part of the program Christiansen was required to complete an internship. She decided to do the internship in Marshall rather than find a doctor in the cities.
"It's kind of like a medical degree where you need an internship," she said. "and I didn't want to be a city girl, I wanted to be a hometown girl."
The internship with Dr. Quentin Fixen lasted from January to April. In May, following the completion of her schooling, Christiansen obtained her Doctorate in Chiropractic care and continued working for Dr. Fixen.
"He was one of the chiropractors who got me interested," she said, adding that he was a doctor she had in high school.
Christiansen did not stop there. In June she completed her certification in acupuncture and is now offering those services at Fixen Chiropractic as well.
"I decided it would be a really good addition to a practice to allow patients to have more reliable resources to better their health," Christiansen said. "It's a different approach to natural health care."
Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago, she said. It helps balance the flow of energy through your body, and stimulates the body's natural pain killers while increasing blood flow.
Christiansen said that there are many misconceptions about acupuncture that simply are not true. She is offering free consultations to explain the procedure and the benefits associated with acupuncture.
"Contrary to popular beliefs, the needles are very small and painless," she said. "It allows patients to work with the energy flow in their bodies."
Christiansen said she also focused much of her training on children. Currently she is working on her pediatric certification through the international chiropractic pediatric association.
"One of my passions in this office is treating kids and treating families," Christiansen said. "Our goal is to make sure the whole family is under care."
The methods used for chiropractic care on children are slightly different than adults.
"It's a gentle approach to chiropractic care," she said. "It's a more natural approach to health care for kids."
Christiansen added that most insurance companies now cover chiropractic work and more are covering acupuncture every day. In addition to the office in Marshall, Fixen Chiropractic also operates a satellite office in Wabasso that is open Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Christiansen said she is glad to be back in Marshall and is looking forward to working with the community.
"I love my job here," Christiansen said. "I love the community and being back in Marshall. I see a big future here."