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Life and Work with Dr. Mary Beth Annas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Mary Beth Annas.

Dr. Mary Beth, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My chiropractor truly saved my life. As an early teen, I had migraines and headaches weekly, and I was on the verge of having the life-changing surgery to put Harrington rods in my back to correct a severe scoliotic curve. My parents really did not want me to have that major of surgery at such a young age, so off to the chiropractor, I went. Within a year of receiving consistent chiropractic care, my curve was almost completely corrected, and my migraines had decreased in both frequency and intensity. Surgery was off the table, and my passion for chiropractic had been ignited.

During Chiropractic school, I fell in love with the idea that I can help people in a way that doesn’t require medicine or surgery. I spent my extra weekends taking seminars about adjusting kiddos and pregnant mamas because kids are our future. If I can help prevent just one child from having a surgery that really can be prevented, then all of those years of school would be 100% worth it.

I always knew I would start my own practice. I named it “Prime” because I’ve always heard the saying “you’re living in your prime.” That seems to have an age limit in people’s mind though – and I’m just not okay with that. We know that through regular principled chiropractic care, your body will do what it’s designed to do. And when our bodies do what they are designed to do, everybody, no matter the age, can have the very best health and live in their PRIME!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Robin S. Sharma said, “The greatest things in life all require commitment, sacrifice, some struggle, and hardship. It’s not easy. But absolutely worth it.” Boy does this ring true. I had my fair share of struggles along the way – delays are part of the process. However, I found out that all of the delays that I was so frustrated with, were a blessing in disguise when I had a family health emergency the weekend before I was “supposed” to open my doors. So all of those delays had allowed me to take time away from the opening process to be with family. To be exactly where I needed to be in that moment. Without those delays, that wouldn’t have been possible. So my advice would be everything happens for a reason! It might not be as evident as it was for me, but everything happens for a reason. Trust the process and enjoy the process! It will absolutely be worth it.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Prime Chiropractic – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Like I mentioned before we specialize in taking care of pregnant women and children – it’s what we’re known for! But we see everyone. We want entire families to have the very best health that they possibly can. Our mission is to serve as many people as we possible, especially children, and that mission is what I am most proud of. We are devoted to this community and raising awareness of the health that is possible. We utilize state-of-the-art technology that will assess your nervous system and see how it is functioning and how it handles stress. Everything we do in this office is at the highest level, and we have the right equipment and technology to continue that.

It is very important to me to create a space that exudes what we do and what we stand for. We developed five core values within the office that are also what PRIME represents. “We serve with Purity in our intentions, value Relationships, Invest in our community, and promote Mindfulness to Empower families to express life to their fullest potential.” We are for our families and our community.

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Historically, the chiropractic profession has been male-dominated, but there is very much, so a shift happening there. It is important for all women to know that they can achieve whatever they desire. I am so lucky to have many female chiropractors in my life that are rock stars in our profession – they are showing the newer generations of female chiropractors the way. I think when women are confident, on purpose, and surrounded by other women who empower them and build them up, there is nothing that can stand in the way

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