After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Biology from Christopher Newport University, Doctor Auchter became a Chiropractor after graduating Magnum Cum Lade from Palmer College of Chiropractic. She has always been interested in health and how the body works through biomechanics, addressing movement and systems biology, looking at the interaction of all the body systems and how our lifestyle factors contribute to the expression of our genes.
While in Chiropractic School, Dr. Auchter was the president of the Motion Palpation Club and heavily involved with the Motion Palpation Institute, attending numerous seminars and becoming skilled in a variety of chiropractic adjusting techniques. Dr. Auchter is Graston Technique certified which addresses the soft tissue component of the body, successfully treating shoulder, elbow, knee and foot pain. She often hears from her patients how much they appreciate her thorough and effective treatment methods to decrease pain and improve joint motion.
Another technique used by Dr. Auchter is the Functional Movement Systems. Putting her clients through a diagnostic screening, she is able to break down dysfunctional movement patterns to find whether the cause of pain is due to muscle and joint restrictions or to a disconnect between the brain and motor control.
Dr. Auchter is Webster Technique-certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She enjoys treating mothers to be and children of all ages.
While in practice Dr. Auchter noticed more and more patients had health concerns outside of musculoskeletal pain. Due to her passion for health and helping her patients in all areas of health she went back to school with the Institute for Functional Medicine. She now identifies and addresses the unique factors contributing to your health, including biochemical individuality, toxic exposures, and genetics. Our Chiropractor, Dr. Auchter, focuses on our environment and its influence on how our genes are expressed and diseases develop, also known as epigenetics. Both the internal and external environment contribute equally to disease progression. A person’s internal environment includes their nutrient status, gut health, hormonal imbalances and organ function, while their external environment includes toxic exposure through air and water, stress, type of foods consumed, sleep, exercise and relationships.
These internal and external factors will send signals to your genes, neurotransmitters and hormones which will either turn your genes on or off, to determine if that expression will promote health or hinder it. What we eat and our lifestyle factors create chemical components that communicate to our genes and hormones which affect your health, and ultimately; disease. What makes functional medicine truly empowering is that the doctor and patient work in a partnership to identify these imbalances, putting the control of the patient’s health back in their hands. You are the expert on your body, true health is a journey and you will learn what works best for your individual health and happiness.