The BIG question.. Why did I move to London to be a Chiropractor?

Why did I move to the Chelsea/Fulham area of London to practice as a chiropractor?

Deborah Ben-Shah, Chelsea/Fulham Chiropractor

From the Beginning…

How I ended up moving to the Chelsea/Fulham area of London to practice as a chiropractor is a long story! I will have to back up to my childhood for this story! I was born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah where I enjoyed spending time with friends and family and enjoying all the natural beauty of Utah by waterskiing, camping, hiking, and boating whenever I got the chance. However, I’m one of the few people who grew up in this ski town but never learned to ski!

By the time I was ten years old, I knew two things for certain; I wanted to work in healthcare and I wanted to live overseas. When I was 18, I began working as a nursing assistant in an elderly home and joined the Air Force with the intention of serving overseas. I was on my way to fulfilling my dream. But I ended up falling in love and staying in America to start a family.

At a Crossroad 

I decided to go to university, and at first, I wanted to be a nurse, but I switched my course of study to medicine. While I was obtaining my Bachelors degree, I spent 4 years working with gang and at-risk youth helping them to give back to their communities and also worked with low-income senior citizens recruiting volunteers to help them meet their needs. I also had a weekly volunteer job in an A&E for two years. I loved seeing how medicine could save lives. But it was during that time I came to a crossroads in my career path. I was becoming aware of the fact that if I were to practice medicine, I would for the most part just be giving out medications to patients. I wanted something more “hands on” and natural, and really wanted to be in a profession where I could not only help them with my own two hands, but also educate my patients on how to take care of themselves with diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits. In the U.K., there are a lot of physiotherapists and osteopaths doing similar types of work. But in America, you would primarily seek out treatment from a chiropractor for this kind of treatment. My sister was a massage therapist and also in chiropractic school at the time and really convinced me, after a few discussions, that a career as a chiropractor was the right path for me. My big sister was always right!

The Big Move

One week after graduating from the University of Utah in 1998 with a degree in Exercise Physiology, my young daughter and I moved to California to pursue my education in Chiropractic. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2002 and began practicing in Los Angeles.

I have been fortunate to do a lot of travelling and meeting new people from around the world. I had visited England, multiple times and fell in love with the country and its people, so I made a giant change in my life and moved to England where I can do what I love as a Chiropractor in the country that had stolen my heart. I have lived in a couple of towns in the south of England. But now that I am finally in the Chelsea/Fulham area of London, I finally feel like I am in the right place.

How I Practice Chiropractic 

I have always had a strong commitment to my community and the wellness of others. Whether working with disadvantaged youth and senior citizens, or providing healthcare to members of my own community, I have always enjoyed working with people and have a genuine concern for the wellness and well-being of others.

My approach to treating patients is one where I educate and encourage my patients to take an active role in the improvement and maintenance of their health. I know that patients get better when they take an active role in their wellness and comply with the exercises and lifestyle changes that may be needed, and will work with each patient according to their individual needs.

As a chiropractor, I have a gentle but effective approach to treating patients and always encourage two-way communication with them to make sure that their treatment goals are staying on track. You will find that I am very warm, friendly, and kind and it is not difficult to feel at ease around me!

I am really enjoying working here in London and bring with me the knowledge and clinical experience of nearly 17 years in practice. I have treated all sorts of patients which vary from patients with sports injuries, pregnant patients, toddlers, senior citizens, etc. and am looking forward to helping you with your health care needs as well.

All the best of health to you and thank you for reading!

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