Keizer University College of Chiropractic Medicine alumnus Dr. Krista Satra is grateful to launch a professional journey born out of a desire to holistically relieve pain for geriatric patients.
Now practicing both chiropractic medicine and diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound at a facility in Suffolk, Virginia, Satra recently shared that her primary motivation for pursuing a career in chiropractic medicine stemmed from a desire to ensure that people elderly such as her grandparents were as comfortable as possible during the aging process and while encountering health issues. “You learn so much from older generations,” she said. “I really care about people and had a strong desire to help them feel better.”
Satra’s educational and professional journey began with a career in veterinary medicine after earning her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska in 2014. Still in love with animals, she moved to Chicago to work at a shelter for animals without killing and as a part-time caregiver for the elderly while attending classes at Northwestern University. It was around this time that she suffered a back injury on the job that ultimately changed the course of her profession. Although her love and compassion for animals was always strong, she realized that her professional life was meant to focus on human care with a particular focus on holistic healing.
“My first experience as a patient in an interdisciplinary medical group opened my eyes to the benefits and endless possibilities of career pathing,” Satra said of the impressive collaboration and management of her condition. by its chiropractic and primary care teams. “I also experienced that with just one adjustment to my back, the pain that had been there for so long instantly left my body. It was the first time I had relief in years. Since then, I started looking to make chiropractic my career so I could give someone else the same experience,” she said.
Satra also believes that the growing demand for chiropractic care stems from increased public awareness and the value placed on holistic approaches to medicine.
“Keizer University was the only option for me because of its strong emphasis on using evidence-based techniques,” Satra said while sharing her appreciation for the professional contacts she made, including Dr. Charles Portwood, who had given the opportunity to focus on interdisciplinary medicine and musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound at Scott Airforce Base in St. Clair County, Illinois.
Now excelling in her new role, Satra looks forward to a fulfilling career as her love for her grandparents and patients of all ages continues to inspire her to become the best doctor possible.
With a mission to train caring and critical healthcare professionals who focus on spine care, Keizer University Spine Care Clinic offers a variety of treatments including chiropractic manipulation of the spine spine, Cox flexion-distraction, class II laser therapy, physiotherapy modalities, therapeutic exercises, and more. All care is administered by senior student trainees under the direct supervision of faculty clinicians. To schedule an appointment, please call 561-273-0099 or visit the Keizer University Spine Care Clinic website.
The Doctor of Chiropractic program at Keizer University is a rigorous professional program consisting of ten semesters of study that take place over 40 months. It combines traditional lectures with small group learning, weekly lectures and seminars, laboratory and experimental sessions, and clinical training opportunities at a number of sites. All courses include case-based relevance to the practice of chiropractic as an entry-level profession dedicated to excellence in spinal care.
Keizer University is a private, independent, nonprofit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and at two international locations. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees ranging from associates to doctoral degrees. Keizer University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #1 in the United States for social mobility by US News and World Report in 2023.