Meet Longmont Chiropractor Dr. Shelly Ditter, RN, DC
Getting to Know Me
My full name is Michelle Kay Ditter. I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up third of five children in a German and Irish Catholic family.
In 1974, I began my career in health care. By 1979, I became a registered nurse in a county trauma center assisting in surgeries ranging from transplants to open heart surgery. In 1990, I graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Los Angeles.
I currently share my home with my business and life partner, Kris Kirkbride, and our three rambunctious pooches, Zach, Zena and Chester. They are the joy of my life.
Becoming a Healing Practitioner
I became the healing practitioner that I am today because of two monumental health challenges in my life. The first challenge occurred while camping and canoeing across the US. I had sudden, severe, debilitating back pain. In a few weeks, I went from fit and active to barely being able to walk or stand up without excruciating pain. The pain pills I was prescribed from my MD did nothing to help my pain, and I was forced to take a substantial time off of work.
Thankfully, a friend drove me to her chiropractor and I literally crawled on my hands and knees into her office crying. Dr. Maureen began to perform daily low force chiropractic adjustments using a leg muscle test. After the first treatment I could walk without assistance out of her office. Within days, I had my hope back that I could work and play again. I was so amazed at the miraculous results from natural healing that I knew I had to become a chiropractor myself.
My second health trial occurred while attending Chiropractic College. I began suffering from sudden and excruciating migraine headaches. They happened several times a day and were so debilitating I could hardly move. I saw over a dozen doctors for over five years that prescribed many drugs but did not find a solution.
After five years of gaining over 90 lbs, crying constantly and feeling actively suicidal from the constant pain, I found a medical doctor that discovered I had two brain tumors. The surgeons that performed the operations gave me a uncertain prognosis since they had never before seen two brain tumors in one person.
Seeking Optimal Health for Everyone I Meet
Since my brain surgeries in 1993, I have been on a quest for optimal health for me and all my patients. I found out that the likely cause of my tumors stemmed from the toxic chemicals sprayed in my neighborhood from the US Army during the Cold War. I believe I stand before you now because I have sought out unique alternative techniques and healed my body. It is my mission to give back what I have been given; the opportunity to live a healthy life to its fullest potential!