Pain-free Lifestyle is Goal of Care for
Chiropractor Kimberly Cincilla


11/09


Chiropractor 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.

The 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.

Kimberly Cincilla

"Mercer 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," she said.

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 said.

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," Cincilla said.

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