My name is Lisa A. Shelter. I am firstly a Christian wife and mother then a Licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Instructor, guest lecturer and a Chiropractic Assistant with over 30 years of experience. I have been associated with other healthcare professionals in the United States and England. While in England, I was invited to address Chiropractic Assistants during the 1991 British Chiropractic Association Conference.

My career actually started in high school when I would assist our family Chiropractor in his office. He gave me articles to read and encouraged me to pursue a healthcare profession.

Through a series of divinely arranged circumstances, I wound up working for Dr. Gerald G. Bronson, a Chiropractor, in Texas. He is now retired. I owe a great deal to his influence in my life and the value of what he showed me has guided my career as a Chiropractic Assistant/Therapist and Instructor.

Dr. Bronson instilled in me that the focus of a healthcare professional was to restore the patient to full health and wellness by which ever method was available. The patient comes first! His belief was that everyone has the innate capacity to be healthy, and it was our duty to assist the patient in achieving that goal.

He would invite me to observe him with patients and ask questions, which I did often. Instead of answering my questions, he directed me to his library of books to look up the answers. Being 19, and possessing an unquenchable thirst for knowledge with a mind to retain it, I eagerly dove in to his text books. Sometimes, he would give me a hands-on demonstration. I loved those times the most. He is a gifted healer and an inspirational mentor.

He introduced me to a big red book called: Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction the Trigger Point Manual by Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons. It had great illustrations and since I had been taking some college courses in medical studies, I could basically understand and it actually made sense.

This approach to pain syndromes was gaining recognition and Dr. Bronson encouraged me find out more. Using the techniques in the manual, the foundation from Dr. Bronson, and other sources, I learned how to eradicate  patients'pain and help them restore health to improve their quality of life.

For a brief time I worked as a dental assistant, for Dr. Burres W. Garrison, III,it was there I learned about TMJ disorders and how dental problems impacted the muscoloskeletal system..

While living in England, I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Rupert Malloy who helped me develop this philosophy, "If the ailment isn't obvious, go to the opposite." Meaning if the problem isn't responding to your method, use a different approach. Again, challenging me to expand my knowledge base to achieve a better outcome.

For the last 11 years, I have been able to work with Dr. Ken Clenin. He has many "tools in his professional belt" to use and has been gracious to share them with me. So as you can see, I have been priveleged to learn from talented "mentors". I expect that there are many more in my path and look forward to learning along the way.

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