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Meet Danielle Calahan of Calahan Family Chiropractic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Calahan.

Danielle, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?

I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. I am a third generation graduate from Long Beach Wilson High School. While at Wilson, I led my soccer team to a CIF, State, and National Championship my senior year. I went on to play division one collegiate soccer for the University of San Diego, where I obtained my BA in Sociology. During undergrad, I thought that I wanted to pursue a career in Pediatric Physical Therapy, and during my tenure at USD, I realized that was not going to be the career for me. I was working at a chiropractic clinic and realized I loved going to work there.

After I graduated, I went straight into chiropractic school at Southern California University of Health Sciences – Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. It was during my first year that I switched my emphasis of sports to family wellness. I took the ICPA Webster Certification during my first year and fell in love with studying and working with pregnant women and children.

I received my Doctorate of Chiropractic in April of 2016. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Dr. Lester McCoy Clinical Excellence Award. I started my career working for my family’s chiropractor in Long Beach, CA and after having my first baby and living in Orange County, I decided to take a leap of faith in October of 2019 and start my own practice. It was one of the best decisions I ever made, because come September of 2021, I had outgrown my space and needed to move into a bigger space to accommodate our growing practice.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?

It definitely has not been smooth, nor has it been exceptionally rough. I definitely took a leap of faith in October of 2019 to leave a practice where I was working for someone else to start my own practice.

We encountered a rough time during COVID-19 with the fear of the unknown of what was going to happen. I tried to maintain a steady practice for my pregnant and new mamas to maintain stability for them in their care.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Calahan Family Chiropractic?

I am a perinatal and pediatric chiropractor, who specializes in family wellness. I love working with families to help them feel well throughout their journeys. I have taken an extra 200-hour certification on perinatal and pediatric adjusting through the ICPA to effectively care for this special population. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can be beneficial for the normal physiological function of the mother and baby. During pregnancy, chiropractic care focuses on alignment and balance in the musculoskeletal structures of the pelvis. Proper pelvic alignment helps the mother have an easier pregnancy and can also ease the birth process! This is done through the Webster technique.

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This optimizes uterine function and allows for a safer, easier birth. I have completed my Certification of the Webster Technique through the ICPA.

Postpartum chiropractic is also essential for moms and babies. I work closely with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), helping families navigate breastfeeding and digestion. This specifically pertains to helping babies latch both sides if they have a head turning preference, constipation, and/or sleep disturbances.

There are so many things that help families navigate through the first few months of life. I work with babes with constipation, sleeping issues, feeding issues, tongue/lip ties, plagio/brachyo-cephaly (flat-headedness), etc. One of the biggest things that sets me and my office apart is that we utilize the team approach to helping families. In the office specifically, we have an IBCLC, Occupational Therapists, a Pediatric Physical therapist, mommy and me classes, and two different birth classes that are hosted at the office.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I wish I would have known that I could make it on my own from the beginning. If you are truly passionate about something, it might take some hard work and dedication to get it off the ground, but once it takes off, enjoy the ride.

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