Hey there! My name is Ryan Grenier and I grew up just down the road in Derby, KS. While attending Derby High School, I had plenty of friends who went to chiropractors but I never really knew exactly what a chiropractor did. During my junior year of high school, I actually contacted Cleveland University-Kansas City and was immediately impressed with the amount of information I received. I learned about the bright future of chiropractic and received answers to all the questions that I had. After high school I attended Butler County Community College for two years before transferring to the University of Kansas (ROCK CHALK!) to earn my degree in human biology. Once I graduated, I scheduled a campus visit and immediately knew this was where I wanted to go to school. The atmosphere on campus is inviting and everyone wants to help you succeed. I am currently in Tri IV of XII and have already made many lifelong friends. While there are plenty of activities to get involved with around campus, the Overland Park area has a lot to offer as well. My classmates and I enjoy a lot of the restaurants around town, and we like to take advantage of the many recreation complexes to play basketball, slow pitch softball and football. However, if we do not feel like playing a sport, we can always take a quick drive out to see the Royals, Chiefs, or Sporting Kansas City play. After finishing up my first year in the D.C. program, I knew this was exactly where I was supposed to be.
Hi, my name is A.J. Hernandez and I’m from Las Vegas. I’ve spent all my life playing baseball and it’s through injuries in high school from baseball, that I was introduced to chiropractic. I spent two years playing baseball at Western Nevada Community College, and another two years playing for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My chiropractor (a graduate of Cleveland) was always able to keep me on the field, even when I sustained an injury to different parts of my body. My interest in the profession picked up as I was earning my degree in kinesiology. I decided to attend Cleveland University-Kansas City after visiting the campus during my last semester of undergraduate study. The University is in a league of its own, and so is the city where it’s located. I am looking forward to where this profession and CUKC will take my classmates and I as we journey through our education.
Hi, I’m Karly Jones. I am currently in Tri VII of XII here at CUKC. I am originally from Birmingham, AL and love college football: Roll Tide Roll!!! I did my undergraduate studies at the illustrious Berea College in central Kentucky, earning B.A. degrees in Health & Human Performance and Africana Studies, respectively. A track and field injury at Berea is actually what brought me to chiropractic. Where others had failed, my chiropractor (a Cleveland alum) was able to not only relieve the pain, but also helped me return to finish out the season. Serving my community is a guiding principle in my life, and the chiropractic profession is a respectable and rewarding avenue for me to continue doing so. In addition, the various student organizations on campus allow me to get involved here in Overland Park.
Hey everyone! My name is Zach Kucera. I’m originally from Waverly, NE., and I attended Doane University before moving to Overland Park to attend Cleveland University-Kansas City. While at Doane, I played baseball and earned my bachelor’s degree in exercise science. During my junior season I herniated a disc in my lower back, leaving me unable to stand or sit. After a microdiscectomy, surgeons told me my baseball career was over. I refused to accept that, and sought out another opinion. I began seeing my chiropractor (a Cleveland graduate) and was able to appear for my remaining two seasons. Getting to experience the healing power of chiropractic without the need for intense painkillers and muscle relaxers had me hooked. I applied to Cleveland a few months later, and here I am. While at Cleveland, I’ve been able to keep the small town, family feeling that made both Waverly and Doane feel like home. It’s not all books and labs. I still have plenty of time to hang out with friends, play some softball, and of course watch my Huskers every Saturday. The Overland Park area is such a fun place, and getting to experience it with my friends and future colleagues at Cleveland makes it that much better.
Hi! I’m Megan McRell, and while I was raised the majority of my life in Emporia, KS., I was actually born in Norfolk, NE., and like to claim Nebraska as home. In fact, it was in Nebraska over Thanksgiving break that I witnessed my first chiropractic adjustment. We have a tradition in our family where all the females go Black Friday shopping, and in the course of eight hours, my mom went from her normal activity, to barely being able to walk. At the time, my family had a chiropractor as a neighbor, and he agreed to take a look. I witnessed my first chiropractic adjustment that night, as well as the power of a chiropractic adjustment. From that moment on, I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Fortunately, Emporia State University (ESU) and Cleveland University-Kansas City had a concurrent program that allowed me to complete the first three years of my bachelor’s degree at ESU, and then transfer to Cleveland to obtain the rest of the courses required for my bachelor’s, while also working towards my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. By Spring 2016, I will have completed all of my courses to receive my bachelor’s degree from ESU. I am currently a Tri IV of XII and absolutely love the profession I have chosen. I learn something new every day that will allow me to better the lives of my future patients. Of course, it’s not all work and no play. In my free time, I enjoy working out, watching Disney movies, hanging out with family and friends, and taking in all that the Kansas City area has to offer, like the local farmer’s market, all of our sporting teams, and so much more.
Hello! I am Lindsey Spreiter, and I am from Verdigris, OK. I am currently in Tri IV of XII. I got my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and I have known for a long time that I wanted to work somewhere in the medical field, but it took me a while to realize that chiropractic was where I wanted to be. It wasn’t until right about the time I was graduating from college that I first saw a chiropractor. I hurt my back, and my family doctor was having trouble figuring out exactly what was causing my pain. After lots of scans and tests, he finally sent me to a chiropractor, and ever since then, my entire outlook on medicine has changed. My brother was actually a chiropractic student at Cleveland at the time, so I decided to learn more about it from him. As I saw him learn more and love what he was learning, I became more and more intrigued. After learning more, I went on a mission trip and started to think how beneficial it could be to have a chiropractor in some of these places around the world. I then scheduled a trip to Kansas and asked my brother to show me around Cleveland. I knew when I walked in that I was going to like it, and that if my brother loved it, then I would too. Ever since I started a year ago, I have loved it. I love the classes, the teachers and my classmates. I love learning different ways to help people and I look forward to using these techniques for the rest of my life. I even love the area that I live in, even though I am a few hours away from family. Overland Park has a small-town feel and there are plenty of things to do and explore in the area. I have thoroughly enjoyed this past year and look forward to seeing what the next few years hold for me.