Hi there, my name is Taylor Frederick and I am currently a Tri VI of XII student here at Cleveland University-Kansas City. Although I was born in Houston, I grew up in Fremont, Neb. Before moving down to Overland Park to continue my bachelor's degree in Human Biology at Cleveland, I spent five semesters of undergrad as a Nutrition Science major at the University of Nebraska. Growing up, I always wanted to be a doctor because I wanted to help people, and my science classes were always my favorite. My first exposure to chiropractic came my senior year of high school when I took a class that allowed me to go shadow jobs that I was interested in. After shadowing several fields of medicine, I finally arrived at a chiropractor. During my first day shadowing the chiropractor, I fell in love with the job and knew that was what I wanted to do; a profession that helps people tremendously and shares my interest in a healthy lifestyle. When I found out about the concurrent B.S./D.C. degree program offered at Cleveland, I decided to make the move down to Overland Park. By taking advantage of the dual credit, I was able to shave off a full year of my school. Other factors that contributed to my decision to attend Cleveland were: the amazing area of Overland Park, my family living in Nebraska, and the quality of education. I've never felt so immediately at home at any school before. From my first step into Cleveland, I knew I had found my home for the next few years. Every day here is a new adventure. Spending time in a college where everyone shares the same interests in health, wellness, and chiropractic is a unique and encouraging experience. I truly believe that there is no other place that can produce the same quality of memories and education that Cleveland instills in each student that walks its halls. Cleveland truly is a special place.
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, I’m Karly Jones. I am currently in Tri VII of XII here at CU-KC. 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.
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.
Hello there. My name is Craig Stramel. I am in Tri VI of X. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University in my hometown of Hays, Kan. I enjoy playing music, attending concerts, traveling, lounging on the beach (when I get a chance to be near one anyway), and hanging out with friends. I've been interested in chiropractic for a while, but had other ideas about what I wanted to do in life before I committed to chiropractic college. I originally obtained a degree in mathematics education. It wasn't necessarily my passion, but I knew I could always get a job in that field if I wanted one. What I really wanted was to join the Peace Corps after college to experience another culture and help people. I served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2009 to 2011 and returned with a whole new worldview, but still not sure what I should pursue. I tried teaching, but realized I wanted something different. When I went back to the drawing board, chiropractic was still there and offered everything I looked for in a career — problem solving, human interaction, helping others, self-employment, can practice anywhere (even internationally), and the potential for a studio in my basement. After all, the real reason I'm studying chiropractic is because I know I can't be a rock star. I've really enjoyed the program so far. I learn many new things every day. It challenges me and keeps me busy and sharp. My classmates are great. The instructors are very knowledgeable. The atmosphere at Cleveland is very supportive and positive. I know when I'm done here, I will look back assured I made the right choice to attend Cleveland University-Kansas City.