A: I have always felt a strong urge to help others and to be a part of the healthcare system. I occasionally visited a chiropractor throughout high school to support my athletic activities, but never dreamt of becoming one until it was suggested to me; once I started researching into the schooling and career, it clicked! I began graduate school, learning about the power of our bodies motivated me to start making healthy habit changes and I was astonished at the results! Growing up, I was what my parents called a ‘catcher’; I was always sick. By supporting my body with chiropractic adjustments, exercise, and healthy eating habits, my illness frequency dramatically decreased and now I rarely get sick (knock on wood!). Becoming a chiropractor has helped my family value and care for our bodies and I am grateful for the ability to influence others to do the same!
Q: What keeps you engaged in your profession?
A: The longer I am in practice, the more I become inspired and amazed at the potential of our bodies. I believe in addressing the source of the issue, not just the symptom, and my goal is to empower others to take control of their health. Chiropractic care supports your body to function at its best. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?!
Q: What kinds of clients do you like working with most?
A: My passion resides in supporting women prior to conception, throughout pregnancy and postpartum; and of course, meeting the little one after! I have advanced training in Chiropractic for Pregnancy, Craniosacral Therapy for Infants and Pregnancy, and Evaluation and Rehabilitation of TOTS (tethered oral tissues) in Infants. I utilize Spinning Babies Techniques® and have a Certification in the Webster Technique to optimize pelvic positioning throughout pregnancy. I am currently a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and plan to continue my pediatric education with future ICPA courses.
Q: Tell us about a time you really connected with a patient.
A: An infant first presented for care following a lip and tongue-tie release procedure, seeking chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy, and rehabilitation exercises. They were struggling with a weak latch while nursing and jaw tension. After the first treatment, their mom noticed an immediate positive change in nursing. After three treatments, their mom mentioned how happy and relaxed baby’s demeanor was; she then explained how previously, baby would have periods of irritability, needed to be held, and would not tolerate simply lying on the floor alone (this was something we had not discussed before!) Not only were we addressing the main issue of concern, but there were also other improvements occurring that positively affected the whole family. The encounter refreshed my excitement for the holistic effects of chiropractic.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: I LOVE SOUPS! Ramen, cauliflower, bone broth, chicken noodle, pho, root vegetable, mushroom, and vomacka (a Czech soup)… just to name a few! Living in Minnesota, I need the warmth to get me through the winters and the smell of a broth simmering all day is heavenly!
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: Majority of my free time is spent with family and friends. My husband and I love to travel and explore whenever we get the chance- I am obsessed with beautiful scenery and new food. I try to be outdoors as much as possible- preferably at a lake!
Q: How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: Activities that bring me joy are yoga, walks with my pup Alton, swimming, and my newly purchased standing paddleboard! I take pride in cooking healthy meals for my family and am looking forward to summer to begin a garden for fresh ingredients!
Q: What do you look for in a health care practitioner?
A: I look for someone who will listen to my concerns and address them with empathy. If they do not have the answer, I appreciate honesty and guidance to point me in the right direction!
Dr. Jillian Skluzacek is a Chiropractic Doctor (DC) and has been practicing for over three years. The combination of a drive to help people and a passion in health motivated her to become a chiropractor. She discovered the powerful influence chiropractic has on the body once she began schooling and receiving regular adjustments; and ever since, she continues to be inspired and amazed at what our bodies are capable of!