Hey ladies! Today I’m going to talk about my past.
The Who, When, What, Where & Why.
The Who : I was born Jesse Ray Shinners. I was adopted by my father when he married my mother at the age of 3; my name became Jesse Ray West. I’m a born Minnesotan. I lived in Minnesota until 3rd grade, then Colorado from 4th-8th, then back to Minnesota (Duluth) for high school. I have a younger brother and a sister (technically by marriage) who is nearly my same age.
The When : Between 2002-2005 I attended undergrad at Winona State University where I majored in Chemistry. I then headed out to Portland, Oregon for my graduate studies at Western States Chiropractic College between 2005-2007. I completed the majority of my studies there, then headed back to Minnesota to finish my clinical rotations at Northwestern Health Sciences University. I graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic in the fall of 2009. I married the love of my life that following year, had our first baby in 2011 and youngest in 2013.
The What : I didn’t grow up thinking I’d be a chiropractor. I grew up thinking I’d go into the sciences, but never knew how I would specifically use those studies. I worked for a chiropractor the summer following my junior year of undergrad. I worked the front desk and watched patients walk in seemingly crippled and walk out pain free and smiling. I fell in love with this profession throughout the course of that summer.
The Where : I applied for chiropractic college the summer that I worked for the chiropractor. I was accepted and drove to Portland, Oregon that fall. Portland was an incredible place to begin my studies. It was an incredible place to explore. But my heart was back in Minnesota. I came home after 2 years knowing that I wanted to spend my career and my life at home near family. So here I am, and here I stay. Loving this great state and all that it has to offer.
The Why : I began this clinic because over the course of my years as a chiropractor, I also became a wife, a mother, and an adult. I learned the things that I love, and I learned the things that I don’t. Both are very important in knowing where you want to take your life and your career. In my years practicing, I learned just how much I appreciate this profession. I appreciate the fact that I can help women and children in pain.
I want to end this in saying that I’m an open book. I welcome your questions, your insight, your thoughts, your concerns. As your doctor, your colleague, your friend, and your neighbor, I want you to know how much I care and how much I look forward to this future endeavor with you.