A milestone was reached in 2016 when Stephanie Johnson, DC, was appointed to the staff of Walter Reed Military Medical Center. While chiropractic care has been available at Walter Reed, she is the first female chiropractor at the world’s largest military medical center.
“It is important to have both women and men in a team of chiropractors to provide options for patient preference,” said Dr. Johnson. She also feels it is “meaningful to have a woman on board to demonstrate that our strength and skill parallels that of men. It’s especially important to bring a woman to a team of chiropractors to serve as an inspiration to other women who are looking for career paths within the health field.”
A California native, Dr. Johnson participated in Palmer College of Chiropractic’s VA/DoD Internship at Walter Reed which she considered to be one of her “top… chiropractic experiences”. She says working there now as one of the full-time chiropractors is “definitely the dream.”
Dr. Johnson’s patients at Walter Reed Military Medical Center are pleased by the integration of chiropractic care into DoD and VA-managed health centers.
“Many express their appreciation by making a point to say their chiropractic visits are what they look forward to most in their day, and comment that chiropractic is the only thing that keeps their headaches away, or their bodies functioning at optimal capacity,” said Dr. Johnson.
“My opportunity to care for active military and veterans provides me with a unique and awesome way of saying, ‘Thank you for serving to protect this amazing country we get to call home.’”
Source & Photo Credit: Palmer College of Chiropractic