We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Allison Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Allison, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
As an essential healthcare provider, my office remained open to treat patients during the Los Angeles County “Safer at Home Order”. However, as my practice remained open, I realized I had to shift the way I practiced. I focused on how I was going to reach out to my patients to reduce their fears of leaving home. I had to get creative and through that process of sending patients exercise videos, daily affirmations and health tips, it simply reminded them to go back to the basics of their health. Stress is at an all-time high for all of us and as I reminded my patients to stay calm, eat healthy, and remain as active as possible while remaining at home, it forced me to do the same. When I thought about balance, I found that it reignited the things from my past that I was and still am passionate about. Through the process I continued my daily workouts, started baking and searching for the most delicious vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. I read daily affirmations and now have more time to read for leisure. I also had time to dive deep and catch up on the latest chiropractic research. However, what impacted me most was the ability to get in touch with myself and what I wanted to do moving forward both professionally and personally. Through much reflection, I found that creating balance starts with a positive mindset. When you go into each new day with a positive mindset, no matter what obstacles come your way, as long as you are committed to yourself and wellbeing, you will find a way to keep the peace and balance in your life. One of the most enlightening things that happened through my journey to inner peace and balance was figuring out what my next move would be. What I discovered was that I am still deeply passionate about sports and treating athletes. I got into chiropractic because I wanted to be a sports chiropractor. While I never fully lost sight of that, over time, it was pushed to the side while I focused on building my private practice. During this pandemic, I became more vulnerable with myself and my patients. It all fell into place for me as I rediscovered my love for softball. I played fastpitch softball for 12 years as a pitcher and during this down time, I found myself wanting to play again. With that said, I’m excited to pursue my sports chiropractic physician’s degree next year. It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. I am incredibly passionate about chiropractic, so much so, that there has never been a day where it was a job.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
There are so many chiropractors here in Los Angeles, that from the very beginning, it was important for me to figure out what would separate myself from the rest. I think the answer to that question is that I deliver personalized care to each individual patient that I treat. There is no one size fits all when it comes to health. I really take the extra time to get to know the patient when they walk through my office door. It is important to utilize a whole person approach. Meaning, we first need to figure out what the real cause of dysfunction is rather than treat the symptom. Once that is determined I develop a care plan tailored to the individual. I wish I had a really cool or interesting story about how I got to where I am today, but it all just boils down to hard work and commitment to the job I love. I shadowed many different doctors that practice various chiropractic techniques and operate different types of offices. That provided me with the information I needed to figure out what I did and did not like. I always knew that I wanted to have a family practice that would allow me to work with all age groups. I also knew that I wanted and needed to get involved with the local community. No two days are ever the same for me. I love that I can see a newborn infant in my office on the same day as one of my elite athletes, an expectant mother and a patient with chronic back pain and stenosis. Once I decided on the city, I would open my practice in, I started networking and have never stopped since that decision was made! I am actively involved with the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and various city council committees. I give lunch and learn health talks to local businesses. I perform spinal screenings at local events and give educational health talks at the local schools. It’s not always an easy schedule to keep, but I honestly wouldn’t do it differently or have it any other way because I love what I do, and I love spreading the word about chiropractic. I think the one thing that I would like people to know about myself and ChiroLife Family Wellness is that it is a place of healing, hope and health education. I want every patient that walks through my door to leave not only feeling great and out of pain but also feel empowered that they are the ultimate gatekeepers to their health and wellbeing. I just help unlock their potential and facilitate what is already innately in them to heal!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1: Pick up from LAX (Locals will understand that you only do this for the special people in your life). I think the first stop is the most obvious and that would be to stop at In N Out for burgers next to the airport and then enjoy the rest of the day relaxing before going to dinner at Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks for delicious Mexican food and margheritas. Day 2: An early Runyon Canyon hike to see a great view of the city followed by breakfast at the Griddle Café for red velvet pancakes. The afternoon would be a visit to LACMA to check out their creative art exhibits. Dinner at CATCH in West Hollywood and drinks at E.P./L.P. on their rooftop to take in another great view of the city at night. Day 3: Pre -pandemic, I would say a trip to Disneyland/California Adventure is always a good idea with dinner at the Blue Bayou or at Downtown Disney. Day 4: Breakfast at Joan on Third and then walking along Hollywood Blvd. checking out the sidewalk stars and handprints at TLC’s Chinese Theatre. Then lunch at the famous Farmer’s Market at the Grove. We would continue to Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive for some shopping with dinner at The Ivy (my favorite) for delicious food and drinks. End the night at Warwick in Hollywood for drinks and dancing. Day 5: Santa Barbara for relaxation and wine tasting. Day 6: Santa Monica beach day followed by walking around the 3rd St Prominade shops and then on to Venice. Dinner at Gjelina’s on the famous Abbot Kinney Blvd for their delicious mixed mushroom pizza. Day 7: Early morning hike at Temescal Canyon Trail and lunch at Paradise Cove in Malibu to end the trip.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
They say you are the average of the 5 people that you spend the most time with. I always try to spend my time with those that are smarter and vibrate at a higher positive frequency than me so I can constantly grow into the best individual and doctor that I can be. I have been blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible strong women in my life who inspire me every day personally and professionally. The most important person being my mother. Her constant strength, encouragement and love have been my driving force for my entire life. Shout out to my best friend and confidant (Dr.) Eileen, who not only can pick out the best wine for our girls’ night but she is also the one who pushes me, supports me, holds me accountable. So lucky to have her in my corner. Being in a profession that is male dominate, I have been incredibly lucky to have Dr. Claire O’Neill and Dr. Randa Cobey and the late Dr. Angie Weilikala who constantly inspire me with their abilities to run the most successful chiropractic practices while raising their families. They are the true definition of Boss Babes! I know that they are always a phone call a way for all of my professional questions and advice. Lastly, I want to give a shout out to my patients. It is because of them that I strive to grow and be the best doctor I can be every day.