It has been such an incredible year, and an amazing summer. I thought I would write this blog as a little reflection on the people, the opportunities, and experiences that I have been privileged to be able to share with some who have influenced my life; and to share my excitement and anticipation about the direction my life and my career are heading as a result of realizing the positive affect I can have on others.

My involvement with swimming, diving, track and field, and dance over the years; and my relationships in The Bahamas, Georgia, Texas and Iowa have all allowed me the opportunity to share in many huge moments this summer. ?I was honored to watch unforgettable memories being made. In some ways for me it was the culmination of life events that had been developing since I was a kid.? Through these experiences I can see the value that dedication to a chosen discipline has, and I realize how important that can be as an influence on me as an adult as I continue to grow and aspire to be the Chiropractor I want to be. Best of all, I feel good that I have contributed in a small way to the development of each situation mentioned.

In June, Giovanni Brigida, a professional dancer who has been a longtime friend, a ?little brother? and an inspiration to me; was inducted into the So Real Dance crew in Houston, Texas. His strength, balance, and agility has developed and he has grown in ways I never could have imagined.

Giovanni Brigida

August 2013 for me will also be a month to remember. Deidre Freeman, my friend and ?little sis? from my time at Grinnell College in Iowa, made the USA Diving team competing in Barcelona, Spain. Deidre and her diving partner won the USA National Diving Championships for the 3 meter synchronized springboard and individually Deidre became the 2013 National Champion for 3meter? where she was the meets? highest scorer and USA diving?s highest national scorer. I am so very proud of her and cannot wait to watch her continue her progress, as she gets ready for Rio 2016.

The highlight for the summer came at the IAAF World Championship two weeks ago in Russia when triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen Mena won Gold and the first medal ever for Colombia. She is also on a pace to jump over 15m and win the IAAF?s coveted Diamond League Series for triple jump. I met Caterine during my work with the Colombian Olympic Association and had the pleasure of working on her at various times and events.

And finally, Shaunae Miller from my home country, The Bahamas, was able to finish in fourth place at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.? She was the youngest female ever to make the finals in the 200 meter. Her coach George Cleare, my former coach, has been an inspiration and motivating force in my desire to be a better doctor. His work with Shaunae has been incredible and their journey to the next Olympics has only just begun. I am honored to have been able to work with her and contribute to the growth and success of this talented young lady.

So many amazing lives and stories; so much talent, focus, and discipline exhibited by these athletes. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I love to see how the integration of chiropractic care, physical therapy, functional movement, acupuncture, and taping technique all play a role in helping these talented individuals achieve their dreams.

And how they help me to achieve mine too.

Dr. Jenn Davis, DC, CCEP, CKTP
Associate Doctor of Chiropractic
Sport and Spine Rehab of Rockville

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