I am a chiropractor, mom, wife and daughter. I graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University and opened Family First Chiropractic & Wellness Center in 2009. My passion for pediatrics and working with kids started when I was young. I grew up in an in home daycare, and have been around kids for what feels like my entire life but I didn’t decide to specialize in pediatrics until my trip to New Zealand. I studied and worked with children that often had significant health challenges and saw them get healthy through chiropractic care. That experience lead my back to Minnesota to continue my education and specialization in pediatrics. I received my pediatric specialization training (CACCP) through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (www.icpa4kids.org) and continue expand my knowledge every year on how to help babies/children and pregnant moms.
After my husband Jay and I got married, we moved to Vadnais Heights and moved Family First Chiropractic and Wellness Center to White Bear Lake in January of 2014. We are blessed with three amazing kids; Alivia, Audrey and Reid. We also have our beloved goldendoodle named Ginger.
When I’m not at the office, I love being with my family, spending time outside, yoga, running, traveling and a good cup of coffee!
Credentials and Training:
-Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
-Certified in Webster Technique, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (specialized technique for pregnant moms)
-Spinning Babies Aware Practitioner (training involving using Spinning Babies techniques to help pregnant moms)
-Baby Bare Training (training involving childhood movement and brain development)
-Various specific adjusting techniques: MC2, TRT (tonal and low force/gentle techniques), Advanced Muscle Palpation, SOT, CranioSacral work, and Thompson Technique.
-International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
-Paleo Physicians Network
-Spinning Babies Aware Practitioners
Dr. Joan Arbour
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in science, particularly the mind/brain/body connection, and always thought I would be a part of the health care profession. When my 2nd grade teacher asked each student to say what we wanted to be when we grew up and why, my response was “a nurse because I want to help people.” At that young age I was not aware of the chiropractic profession, but I’ve never lost that passion to help people.
It wasn’t until my brother announced he was going to become a chiropractor that I learned what chiropractic was all about – affirming my innate beliefs about health and well-being — and that began my journey. In 1995, I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA, after which I moved to the Twin Cities and became licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin (my home state).
Being the youngest of eleven children, I’ve always had a love and appreciation for family. I have been blessed being able to raise my son, who is now an adult. I have a special interest in nutrition and have spent numerous hours studying, reading and researching this area. In my “spare” time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, gardening, DIY projects, reading, writing, doing puzzles, and spoiling my cat.
Trudy Lodien – Chiropractic Assistant
Inspired by her eleventh grade teacher, Mrs. Bowman, Trudy, has a mission to always help others be their best. Her philosophy makes her a perfect team member at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
Along with the goal of making every person who walks in our door smile, Trudy brings an extensive background in communications to our office. She has made her career training and customer service with the emphasis on knowing and caring about the practice members. Trudy is a director with the highest grade essential oil company and also belongs to numerous business groups for women in addition to the Chamber of Commerce. It’s this experience that makes her such an asset to our chiropractic team! “I want to make people feel special and let them know that we care about them! I love communicating and building relationships with our chiropractic practice members!”
When Trudy isn’t in the office, you might find her teaching essential oil classes, spending time with her grandchildren, reading, or gardening. Also, if you happen to know someone with connections to an elephant sanctuary, let Trudy know! Caring for elephants is on her bucket list and she’s determined to make it happen.