By Natalie Reidford
Dr. Kelly Spore, DC, CFMP, aims to bring wellness to the community around her.
After living out of state, she returned to Vincennes in January and opened her practice, HealHub, and it’s going very well. However, it wasn’t the primary reason she returned home.
“I was here a lot in 2020 to help my parents learn how to stay healthy through COVID-19,” she said.
After spending the year going back and forth from her home in Phoenix during the first wave of the pandemic, she decided it was time to stay in Knox County for good.
“It just made more sense to be here, and quite frankly, I prefer being here,” she said, adding that the community has welcomed her back, and she’s enjoying the connections and close relationships of a smaller city.
Learning in Phoenix
While Spore lived in Phoenix, she took advantage of educational resources available to her, spending most of the last three years attending seminars on the latest information in the field of chiropractic.
“I met some amazing doctors who are doing very advanced things in the chiropractic field,” she said.
Spore explained that chiropractic is no longer just about making adjustments to the spine. The practice encompasses a significant amount of technology as well as integration with other methodologies. Fortunately for Knox County residents, she brought a wealth of information to share with patients here.
How it all began
Spore first developed an interest in her career when she hurt her back while cleaning the house. She was living in Chicago and sought the help of a chiropractor after other types of treatment didn’t work for her. Not only did the chiropractor relieve her back pain immediately, but she also relaxed the muscles at the back of her neck, relieving Spore’s ongoing headaches.
“I immediately said, ‘I have to know how to do that!’” Spore said. ”I knew there was something that could be done to stop the pain, and I wanted to help others stop being in pain, too. So, I literally walked home and started making plans to go to school to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. It was life-changing.”
Spore had already completed her undergraduate work with a degree in business.
“My whole family is entrepreneurial,” she said.
Vincennes locals will recognize her mother’s name — Shirley Rose runs the Historic Vincennes Farmers Market. She is also a former city council member and is very involved in the Knox County community.
Tai Chi at the Farmers Market
Spore is currently teaching a Tai Chi class at the farmers market on Saturday mornings. She’d been learning Tai Chi for her personal use when she decided that others could benefit from it as well.
Referring to her family, she said, “We’re always thinking about how we can help people and the community.”
She decided to start a 16-week Tai Chi class at the market to share the benefits with others. She believes that it is a tool most people can use right now. The strain of living in an age of constant stress, work overload and the grip of a global pandemic leave people needing an outlet. Tai Chi gives them a chance to slow down, focus and take time for themselves.
Rather than a demonstration-type class, the weekly lessons build on each other, teaching participants movements a routine they can use on their own time.
Tai Chi is recognized for its holistic benefits. Physically, it helps people improve posture and flexibility while improving strength and cardiovascular fitness. Mentally, it reduces stress while improving concentration. The spiritual aspect of Tai Chi helps people achieve harmony with nature while balancing mental health and strength to create positive feelings.
Students reap the benefits
Class participants have told Spore that they now have more confidence in their movements and enjoy more flexibility. One woman has participated from a chair while she recuperates from an ankle injury. Although the Tai Chi method Spore teaches can help people with mobility issues that come with age, she has people in her class ranging from their 20s to their 70s.
Spore has plans to start another class when the current one ends. She’s looking for an indoor venue to use after the farmers market closes for the season.
Helping the community
Spore’s community outreach extends beyond the farmers market classes. She offered a free five-point wellness check at the Knox County Fair. She used tests that cover key areas: brain integration, shoulder muscle strength, grip strength, sacral standing and symmetrical body weight. She surprised a few participants with their results by discovering underlying reasons for chronic pain. She used a low-level laser to reduce or eliminate pain where possible and gave them exercise suggestions.
“Naturally, I also told people to go see their chiropractor for a check-up,” she added.
While Spore sees patients with injuries and chronic conditions, she also wants to bring attention to the importance of prevention. As we take a car to the shop for maintenance, she explained, we should stay well and avoid injury. It is costly to miss work because of an injury, she said, for both the worker and the company.
“Companies have people we need and respect doing the work here every day in Vincennes for our homes, our offices, our vehicles, our parks, our streets — we want them to be healthy — avoiding back, elbow, neck and knee surgeries if possible,” she said.
Spore added that young athletes striving for athletic scholarships could also benefit from treatment to help them maintain their health while improving sports performance.
As she plans on more Tai Chi classes and builds her Knox County practice, Spore keeps her eye on the future as she thinks of ways to benefit the community. She has an overarching desire to help people through the healing aspects of chiropractic while carrying on her family’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Spore encourages readers interested in learning more to call her office and make an appointment for a free initial exam.
“I’m offering them at no cost for the remainder of the year in 2021 as a thank you to Vincennes for welcoming me back home,” she said.