The Livewell Clinic - May 2019

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In the few months that she has been here, Kelsey Prince says The Livewell Clinic’s patients and the lifestyles they are learning about have already left an impact on her life. “My favorite part is learning about functional medicine and seeing all the patients go through the journey, […] learning a better way to help themselves and their families,” Kelsey says. “[The patients are] warm and welcoming. I love when they come in, and they are just happy and love to do this.” This winter, Kelsey joined our Livewell team at our front desk operations. Her duties include checking patients in for their appointments, answering phones, and helping the clinic run its day-to-day operations. Kelsey says she is appreciative of all her coworkers at the clinic; each has been engaging and helpful during her short tenure. Having worked in chiropractic clinics in the past, Kelsey has a basic understanding of functional medicine and is excited to continue learning about the process at The Livewell Clinic. “I wanted to learn more about health and helping people,” Kelsey says. “[I remember] a patient who did the cleanse, and it was, ‘Oh, my gosh, this was my missing piece.’ You can tell when a patient goes through it and they are happy, and you can tell by day one to day 14 how much their journey has started to change.” Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Kelsey moved to Iowa just over a year ago. She and her boyfriend, Kyle McGinn, are enjoying their new home and life with their pit bull, Zetty. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her friends, riding her bike, and taking Zetty for a walk. (She loves all other dogs, too!) As she continues her journey here at The Livewell Clinic, Kelsey hopes she can become more engaged with the patients and health coaching. “It’s so cool to see [the patients] with their goals and watch them change,” Kelsey says.

We’re thrilled with the enthusiasmKelsey has had since she joined our team! Thank you for all your hard work.

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