A Bit About Me
Hi, I'm Marie and I'm so glad you're here. I believe it's important that we, as chiropractor and patient, have the opportunity to get to know one another in pursuit of me providing you with the best possible care. If you're interested, please take the time to learn more about me and ultimately, how The Old Village Chiropractic came to be. In 1990, I enrolled in college to become a physical therapist. A few months into my freshman year, I got into a car accident after leaving a dentist appointment and suffered severe whiplash. The symptoms - the pain and headaches - were all-consuming. My neck would randomly go into total spasm. I was in my twenties and absolutely terrified this injury would earmark the end of my active lifestyle. Of course, as we all do when we're in pain and in search of a cure, I began seeing doctors. In a short period of time, it became clear that each doctor I saw all shared the same treatment philosophy: pain medication. I knew this couldn't be the only solution available. In a desperate search to restore my health and alleviate my pain without medication, I discovered chiropractic. I learned very quickly that chiropractic gets to the root of the problem - the true cause - and the treatment allows your body to heal and strengthen. Pain is a symptom of the problem. We can't just treat pain with medication. We need to find the root of the dysfunction and treat that. There's a terrific quote - “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree." As a tree gets bent and twisted from weathering circumstances each day, it still continues to grow, though it may no longer be growing upright. It will learn to adapt and continue living. Similarly, the human body is resilient and will endure its own circumstances. And while we continue to grow and live, our symptoms and conditions will only worsen if we don't fix the root of the problem. I recovered thanks to chiropractic, and I changed my major and applied to chiropractic school. And that was that. My entire trajectory changed. Physical therapy and medication felt more like an exercise and a band-aid to the real problem. I knew that with chiropractic, I could dive deeper and diminish the problem altogether. And I did. I began my career in Winthrop, Maine, in 1998 and also Skowhegan, Maine working at a decades-old chiropractic practice that was run out of an old Victorian home. There was absolutely no signage or branding—the patients arrived strictly by word of mouth. I treated generations of families…some of the treatment cards went so far back that the adjustments were only $5. It was there that I developed lasting relationships with patients and learned how to provide an exceptional patient experience. There's something very heart-warming about treating patients as they age from infants into adulthood, and there's something incredibly significant about treating entire generations of families. Especially since so many ailments are often genetic and passed down from one family member to the next. I knew with complete clarity that one day I'd open my own practice and re-create those special experiences. While I wish my story ended there, it doesn't. It was 2018 when I slipped on a treadmill at the gym and sprained my ankle. I was placed in an orthopedic boot, which I was in too long, and because of my crooked posture, my spine began to overcompensate on one side, causing excruciating back and leg pain. I was unable to focus during the day because it felt like a lightning rod of fire was stretching from my spine down my left leg. The doctors in the hospitals I visited wouldn’t touch me. They would listen, read the notes, and write a prescription for pain relief. It was the same "solution" I was all too familiar with from my car accident years prior. Once again, it felt like no one cared to fix the problem and I couldn't wrap my mind around how I was 46 years old and walking with a cane. I knew that I needed my own quality chiropractic care, but I had always been treated by a colleague who had recently passed away and I didn't know who to turn to. Out of frustration, one of the 'specialists' I visited referred me to a pain specialist in Mount Pleasant. He was fantastic and co-treated me with a chiropractor he recommended 25 minutes away from my home. I also received platelet rich plasma injections, which were very costly...and, of course, insurance did not cover the cost. I got my first injection and began spending $400/week out of pocket, including a dry needling technique to allow the muscles to relax by a qualified, wonderful acupuncturist. This combination was helping and I was getting better...finally. It was while driving an hour-plus round trip to seek out someone qualified to help me that it felt strange that I was passing 40-50 chiropractic practices along the way. Why? While I developed strong relationships with pain specialists, orthopedists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and other alternative therapy practitioners, I recognized a dire need for a quality, skilled chiropractor in the immediate Mount Pleasant, SC area that was effective. I knew there needed to be a change. And I knew I needed to be that change. People need access to good quality, affordable chiropractic care. Happily, and with gratitude, I now run The Old Village Chiropractic out of a lovely 1945 cottage that I thoughtfully brought back to life, located just two blocks off Coleman Blvd at the intersection of Chuck Dawley Blvd. and Ben Sawyer Blvd. I intentionally run my practice out of this cottage to help decrease my carbon footprint and keep costs affordable for my patients. I pride myself on being patient focused, not profit centered. I keep it simple. I utilize a scientifically proven method for aiding the body in restoring health. My goal is to help the body do what it needs to do to restore homeostasis. Wellness. I want you to be free of pain, but at the same time, keep your body functioning at its highest potential. I enjoy an active lifestyle and I believe in the power of nutrition and balance. I want you better, stronger. I know because I’ve been there. I took my physical health into my own hands to get well. I can show you the way, too! Come see me today, your neighborhood chiropractor.
August 1990 - August 1994
January 1995 - January 1998
January 1998 - September 2001
August 2015 - Present
Obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Florida.
I received my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker College of Chiropractic, now Parker University in Dallas, Texas. I was the Intern of the month during my practicum year.
Attended the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture in Arizona and received my Fellowship.
I began my Chiropractic career in Winthrop, Maine.
I moved to Charleston, SC and opened The Old Village Chiropractic.