Lifestyle is Goal of Care for
Chiropractor Kimberly Cincilla
Kimberly Cincilla, a 1993 MCCC graduate who majored in biology,
has had her own practice in Kent, WA, outside of Seattle, for four
years. "My motto is 'I love my patients, but I want them all
to go away!'" she says, "meaning I want them to learn
to manage their health on their own for the long-term. I work with
my patients to develop lifestyle changes that are designed to prevent
their need for chiropractic care in the future."
Choosing to become a chiropractor was as much a personal decision
as a professional one for Cincilla. She grew up seeing her father
in chronic pain and with numbness in his arm. Despite a multitude
of tests and visits with various doctors, it wasn't until he saw
a chiropractor as a last resort that he was able to find respite
from his pain.
memory of the nearly instant relief that her father experienced
remained with Cincilla and made her want to improve the quality
of life for others in the same way. In order to realize this goal,
she chose to begin her college career at Mercer County Community
College, despite having opportunities at other schools.
was absolutely essential for me in achieving both my professional and
academic goals. I say without reservation that the preparatory education
I received at Mercer was better than I could have gotten anywhere else,"
Cincilla says the convenience of Mercer's location and the price tag for
tuition were major considerations back then, but it turned out that Mercer's
science and math courses were exactly what she was looking for. She recalls
the staff as having a passion for what they taught, and in turn instilling
that passion in their students. Calculus Professor Edith Silver and Chemistry
Professor Carlo Alfare are two faculty members Cincilla remembers fondly,
but stresses that she was influenced by many instructors at Mercer.
"Professor Alfare's voice still rings in my head regarding some chemistry
jokes. Yes, there are chemistry jokes, and they're even funny!" she
A graduate of Hamilton West High School, Cincilla moved westward after
Mercer, continuing her education at Life West Chiropractic College in
Hayward, CA, from which she graduated in 1999. She describes her style
of chiropractic care as being radically different from most other chiropractors.
She doesn't recommend lifetime care, preventative care, or in-office maintenance
care. She prefers to practice what she calls a medical model of care,
which is more evidence-based and clinically justifiable. She also believes
this style to be much more effective.
While she enjoys her profession, Cincilla finds the scope of her practice
somewhat limiting. She recommends fields such as osteopathy, physiatry,
or physical therapy for students interested in the medical profession.
Cincilla herself plans to continue her education at the University of
Washington to become a nurse practitioner. She explains this will allow
her to become a primary health care provider as well as open up her treatment
options as a chiropractor.
And she believes her time at Mercer gave her the necessary foundation
to meet this next challenge. "Mercer is a fantastic springboard for
any student. I know now that I had a world-class education which more
than prepared me for all the educational challenges I faced and will face,"
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