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On being a grown-up and new sponsor, Essence Chiropractic

November 18, 2012

The funny and wonderful thing about living in a town for so long is that you get to watch all your friends grow up. In the past 17 years my dear ones—whom I’ve known since our gloriously carefree early 20’s—have become: town mayor, business owners, a Chinese medicine doctor, representative to Colorado’s U.S. Senator Bennet (who, after sharing the latest political brouhaha, likes to remind me, “that’s not going on the blog, right?”), teachers, artists…

Please welcome new 6512 and growing sponsor, Dr. Stephanie Harris of Essence Chiropractic! Steph is a local chiropractor, and one of the old school homies, who incidentally, made our wedding cake 10 years ago, zucchini chocolate, naturally. Not only can she get you into alignment, she has mad baking skills too.

Steph has worked on both my kids, many of the town’s kids, and is currently unlocking my computer-neck. I particularly like to see Steph before I get on an airplane and at the start of the cold/flu season. She is passionate about bringing her clients back to health and it shows.

Incidentally, Rose and my spinal columns get locked up in same pattern.


I have been seeing Stephanie at Essence Chiropractic for a year and a half now. I can not tell you how much it has changed my life!!!!  I no longer walk around with neck, shoulder, hip and knee pain. I am more focused at work and productive in a general sense because my body is being taken care of.  My 3 year old daughter has also seen Steph for the same amount of time. My daughter’s MD’s told us that we should consider putting tubes in her ears. Instead, Stephanie started adjusting her and allowed for proper drainage of her ears. Cori is healthier and happier than ever! 

M.D., Durango

Since I got pregnant 5 years ago, I’ve had lower back pain that I really thought was impossible to heal (ie; I tried yoga, acupuncture (which helped a bit, but not completely), exercise, etc).  2 visits (2 VISITS!) with steph, and no more back pain!  My posture has improved dramatically and now we’re working on my hips, as they were pretty tweaked due to the back injury.  I feel blessed to have steph as my chiro because she is super thorough, loves what she does, uses a holistic approach, and is very much invested in my healing.

K.H., Durango

When I signed up for Dr. Harris’ “Wellness Care Plan” last April 5th, I truly didn’t expect the results I have enjoyed nor as soon as they have occurred.  I went in because I was having neck discomfort and dizziness to the point of feeling nauseous especially when I bent over.  I am seventy and have always been very active and healthy–still snow ski with my grandchildren.  After a month, I started realizing how bad off I’d really gotten because I started feeling like my old self again.  I awakened with more energy after a better night’s sleep and the dizziness started to subside.  During the treatments I realized there were sore spots on my spine and back which I wasn’t even aware of before which began to improve.  By the third month, even my lifelong constipation problems disappeared.  Acid reflux is no longer as much an issue for me as it was before.  Also, I am more aware of body tension versus relaxation. The health plan has definitely made me more aware of that difference now that I have experienced less tension.  I am so happy I AM NOT DIZZY & NAUSEOUS, and I don’t have neck discomfort anymore plus a lot of other annoying problems…      

N.P., Durango

Dr. Stephie (as Col and Rose call her), is passionate about family wellness. She specializes in serving the families of our community with quality chiropractic care and family education. Dr. Stephanie is passionate about caring for pregnant women, babies, and children, in order to provide the opportunity for shorter labor, safer births, and for optimum health as children grow and develop.  Dr. Stephanie offers a unique combination of gentle spinal adjustments integrated with lower force (or light touch) applications that allows for maximum health and healing.

Dr. Stephanie Harris is offering $20 off any new patient visit (which is a bomber deal to begin with) for readers of 6512 and growing.

More info on her website here.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2012 1:43 pm

    Thinking of taking a medical tourism trip to Durango. Dr. Harris sounds amazing!

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      November 18, 2012 1:53 pm

      Kyce, Really? I could introduce you to all kinds of special healers! Let me know, Rachel

  2. Maribeth Harris permalink
    November 18, 2012 8:14 pm

    Nice blog entry!! I can vouch for Steph’s healing touch. I am am long time Chiropractic beliver, since a whiplash injury in High School, I have been to many a Chiroproactor and I feel SO LUCKY that Steph has married into my family. She can adjust my neck like no one else has ever been able to do. I wish I lived closer for so many reasons her mad skills are some of them (her beautiful children being two others). If you are lucky enough to live within driving distance I highly recommend her. Again Rachel, I worship your writing skills and I look forward to your blog posts about your adorable children (and husband and root cellar) What a nice surprise to see one of my bonus sisters today!

  3. November 19, 2012 11:35 am

    Great to meet you and Rose in the office last week Rachel. Three CHEERS for Stephanie’s chiropractic style. She is helping me unwind a car collision and I am grateful for her gifs. If Kyce comes to Essence, let me know, Id love to share about the benefits of cranio sacral therapy. – Ananda of Ananda Foley Studio practicing at Essence Chiropractic

  4. November 21, 2012 8:17 am

    A long time ago I had a very colicky baby. Years later when our entire family of six went to the chiropractor for the first time….. it was my girl with the concerning issue. Her pelvis was tilted slightly to the side…. shoulders followed to compensate. The chiropractor asked, has she ever had an accident? No, I tell him. (she was four at the time) Was she a colicky infant? Oh yes, I said. She must have twisted funny at birth and this is the result, he said. It’s nothing to be concerned about, but it’s too bad I didn’t meet you when she was a baby he told me with a smile. I still think about all the pain that would have saved us both and I have sent many a friend with a colicky wee babe to visit a chiropractor that treats children.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      November 21, 2012 9:40 am

      Stephinie, wow. That’s an amazing story. I’m sure any mom with a colicky baby would be thrilled to hear that story. I had a series of headaches as a teenager and my mom took me to a chiropractor. One adjustment, one visit: solved.

      xo Rachel

      • November 21, 2012 9:53 am

        Totally helps Joe’s migraines too. If his neck is sore…. migraines are sure to ensue. One visit to the chiropractor fixes him up. He goes every 2-3 months and it has cut his migraines down tremendously!

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