One of the Babes: Dr. Angie Becerra
Today, we feature Dr. Angie Becerra.
After Dr. Angie completed chiropractic school, she found herself working at a practice that left her unfulfilled—and without many options. To provide a better life for her and her dauther, Dr. Angie (a single mother) moved to Austin a few years ago. She is now a practicing chiropractor at her own small chiropractic, Taproot Chiropractic, and Salus Chiropractic.
Q: What inspired you to start your business? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?
A: When I was in my early twenties, I was sick. I had a thyroid issue, asthma, panic attacks, anxiety, was being monitored for a heart condition, and I was told I wasn't going to be able to have children. My medical doctor, although she cared and did everything she knew to do, just kept giving me medication after medication but I just kept feeling worse and worse.
I was working in banking at the time and had started to move up and make a career out of it. One of my clients was a chiropractor, and she said she might be able to help me. When I first started seeing her, I immediately felt more relaxed and the knot I had had between my shoulder blades for years quickly resolved. A few months later my panic attacks had completely stopped, my heart was functioning normally, and my anxiety was much, much better. By the end of that year, I was off all my medications and felt like myself again.
I decided that I needed to become a chiropractor to help as many people as I could. I found out I was pregant with my daughter the same week I received my acceptance letter to Parker University, College of Chiropractic. Chiropractic completely and totally changed my life, and I am so lucky to have such a rewarding career. I get to see the power of the human body every day and the amazing healing power it holds when able to function as optimally as possible.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?
A: Follow your passion as quickly as possible! The sooner you start the sooner you'll be living the life you love.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity (possibly a time when a burst of creative energy produced something you could have never expected, etc.)?
A: Creativity in my career comes when I see a new patient. Every person is different, and it takes a combination of art, science and philosophy to find and resolve nerve interference so the body can heal properly. I love working with women because they frequently spend their time giving to others and expect nothing in return. It is amazing and, at the same time, humbling to see the awesome healing power of the human body.
Q: What have been your most challenging moments in your career, thus far?
A: The biggest challenge actually occurred when I was right out of school. I was working in an associate position that was just not a good fit, and I was making very little money while working long hours. I was (and still continue to be) a single mom of a then 3-year-old. After some particularly defeating events, I took a leap of faith, left that position, moved to Austin and made some ambitious goals. I worked crazy hard to meet my own deadlines and found a great job at Salus Chiropractic. Although I now also own my own small clinic (Taproot Chiropractic), Salus is my second home, and I love my staff and my patients there. It was scary to make that change and move my little girl to ATX with only goals in mind, but the risk was worth it and now both of us are much happier.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: When I'm discouraged, I turn to my friends. They're the best, but not local, so a road trip is required.
Your favorite band: I'm forced to listen to a lot of Taylor Swift at the moment, as my daughter is in love with her. I prefer more of an alternative/folksy style. My last album purchase was Sia.
Your favorite book: I'm currently reading Harry Potter with my daughter, and when I have adult reading time the book "Flow: The Physiology of Optimal Experience" occupies my time.
Your local Austin gem: Since I'm up North, I love RedHorn. We don't have as many cool, locally owned businesses up here but they have a fantastic selection of beer—including their own line of brews!
About Dr. Angie Becerra:
Dr. Angie graduated from Parker University where she focused her studies to better serve pregnant women and children in her community. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is Webster Technique Certified. Dr. Angie is also knowledgeable in soft tissue techniques and functional taping that are beneficial to athletes and people with repetitive stress injuries.
Dr. Angie felt a calling to become a chiropractor after being faced with a number of health problems in her early twenties. She was frustrated with the allopathic medical system not having the answers she needed, so she turned to a Doctor of Chiropractic. Through vitalistic chiropractic care she was able to get off all of her medications and live a normal, active, healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Angie sees everyone—from newborns to the very elderly. She currently serves at two different clinics. At Taproot Chiropractic near Howard Ln, she is able to offer discounted rates due to their non-acceptance of insurance. Family and individual memberships are also available. At Salus Chiropractic in Avery Ranch, Dr. Angie works along side another chiropractor to serve patients with pain syndromes and accepts insurance.
Dr. Angie Becerra will be offering free soft tissue work at our #bossbabesATX Wellness Retreat: Self-Care and Self-Love event. She will also be discounting appointments for babes from $75 to $60 for the month of September and will be donating some of that back to #bossbabesATX at the end of the promotion. Visit her website, taprootchiropractic.com, for more information.