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Dr. Brittany Akehurst will host a grand opening celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. April 5 at her Free to Soar Chiropractic office in Forest Lake.

Dr. Brittany Akehurst’s family has a long history of benefiting from chiropractic care. That history was the catalyst that prompted her to become a chiropractor herself and open her own practice in Forest Lake.

Akehurst will host a grand opening event from 4 to 7 p.m. April 5 at her Free to Soar Chiropractic office at 843 W. Broadway Ave., Suite A.

Akehurst’s sister Courtney was diagnosed at a young age with Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system with symptoms including delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, problems with movement and balance, and seizures.

“In middle school, Courtney was taking up to 10 pills a day to try and control her symptoms,” Akehurst said. “When she was in high school we discovered chiropractic care. Her anxiety decreased right away, she sleeps through the night now, her seizures are gone, and she is medication free.”

Although Courtney’s story was more than enough to convince Akehurst of the benefits that chiropractic care could provide, she was at first unsure about making it her life’s work. She initially earned her undergraduate degree of biology from Northern Michigan University and began work at 3M in the Critical and Chronic Care Solutions division. She soon realized, however, that she desired to serve others on the proactive end of health care.

“I shadowed our family chiropractor at Discover Life Chiropractic in Edina and I knew then for sure that this was the thing I wanted to do,” she said.

Akehurst went on to pursue a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.

For the last two years, Akehurst has been working in several local chiropractic offices in an effort to gain some real-world experience in the field. The last doctor she worked with before setting up her own practice was the family doctor that she initially shadowed.

“I learned a lot from Dr. Chris Erickson, and he really pushed me out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways,” she said. “It was nice to come full circle and work with him right before I started Free to Soar.”

Akehurst is from Bloomington, but says she felt called to the Forest Lake area as it is close enough to her home but just far enough away from the Twin Cities. She recently moved in to the city to be closer to the community that her patients are a part of.

Akehurst plans to help her patients by focusing on the health and function of the nerve system.

“Our bodies are constantly working to adapt to stress, and when we physically fail, our ability to heal decreases, leading to symptoms and disease,” she said. “Through neurological chiropractic care, we are able to effectively, gently and specifically address the root cause of a person’s health issues without the twisting, popping or cracking.”

Contrary to popular belief, Akehurst said, chiropractic care is not just about headaches and sore backs. She touts the care she administers as helpful for those with ADD or ADHD, allergies, anxiety, asthma, autism, colic, constipation, ear infections, digestive issues, PMS, pregnancy aches and pains, and sensory processing disorders, among other things.

Akehurst also stressed that the care she administers is suitable for every member of a family.

“We understand that a parent’s main goal is to keep kids healthy and thriving, and we are here to support you,” she said. “With our gentle and effective technique, we are able to support children as they grow and develop to become healthy adults. Healthy children come from healthy parents and that is why we love serving families as a whole.”

Akehurst will host her grand opening at Free to Soar Chiropractic with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. April 5. Drinks, appetizers, raffle prizes, and tours will continue until 7 p.m.. Akehurst will begin taking patients April 9. Specific hours of operation and more information can be found online at freetosoarchiro.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/freetosoarchiro.

Dr. Brittany Akehurst’s family has a long history of benefiting from chiropractic care. That history was the catalyst that prompted her to become a chiropractor herself and open her own practice in Forest Lake. Akehurst will host a grand opening event from 4 to 7 p.m. April 5 at her Free to Soar Chiropractic office at 843 W. Broadway Ave., Suite A.Akehurst’s sister Courtney was diagnosed at a young age with Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system with symptoms including delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, problems with movement and balance, and seizures.“In middle school, Courtney was taking up to 10 pills a day to try and control her symptoms,” Akehurst said. “When she was in high school we discovered chiropractic care. Her anxiety decreased right away, she sleeps through the night now, her seizures are gone, and she is medication free.”Although Courtney’s story was more than enough to convince Akehurst of the benefits that chiropractic care could provide, she was at first unsure about making it her life’s work. She initially earned her undergraduate degree of biology from Northern Michigan University and began work at 3M in the Critical and Chronic Care Solutions division. She soon realized, however, that she desired to serve others on the proactive end of health care.“I shadowed our family chiropractor at Discover Life Chiropractic in Edina and I knew then for sure that this was the thing I wanted to do,” she said. Akehurst went on to pursue a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington. For the last two years, Akehurst has been working in several local chiropractic offices in an effort to gain some real-world experience in the field. The last doctor she worked with before setting up her own practice was the family doctor that she initially shadowed. “I learned a lot from Dr. Chris Erickson, and he really pushed me out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways,” she said. “It was nice to come full circle and work with him right before I started Free to Soar.”Akehurst is from Bloomington, but says she felt called to the Forest Lake area as it is close enough to her home but just far enough away from the Twin Cities. She recently moved in to the city to be closer to the community that her patients are a part of. Akehurst plans to help her patients by focusing on the health and function of the nerve system. “Our bodies are constantly working to adapt to stress, and when we physically fail, our ability to heal decreases, leading to symptoms and disease,” she said. “Through neurological chiropractic care, we are able to effectively, gently and specifically address the root cause of a person’s health issues without the twisting, popping or cracking.”Contrary to popular belief, Akehurst said, chiropractic care is not just about headaches and sore backs. She touts the care she administers as helpful for those with ADD or ADHD, allergies, anxiety, asthma, autism, colic, constipation, ear infections, digestive issues, PMS, pregnancy aches and pains, and sensory processing disorders, among other things. Akehurst also stressed that the care she administers is suitable for every member of a family. “We understand that a parent’s main goal is to keep kids healthy and thriving, and we are here to support you,” she said. “With our gentle and effective technique, we are able to support children as they grow and develop to become healthy adults. Healthy children come from healthy parents and that is why we love serving families as a whole.”Akehurst will host her grand opening at Free to Soar Chiropractic with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. April 5. Drinks, appetizers, raffle prizes, and tours will continue until 7 p.m.. Akehurst will begin taking patients April 9. Specific hours of operation and more information can be found online at freetosoarchiro.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/freetosoarchiro.

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