Meet the Campus Ambassadors
Hi there, my name is Taylor Frederick and I am currently a Tri 4 of 12 student here at Cleveland Chiropractic College. 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.
Hi! My name is Deanna Friese and I am currently in Trimester 5 of 12 here at Cleveland! Originally, I am from Effingham, Ill., but my family moved us down south to Kennesaw, Ga., right before I entered the fifth grade. After high school, I decided to move back to the Midwest when I accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). While at UMKC, I followed a pathway for physical therapy as well as earning my B.S. in Physics. I also played on the softball team as a starting pitcher where I earned a Pitcher of the Year accolade. My junior year of college, I hurt my lower back at practice and after extinguishing all other options, I tried chiropractic. It was the only treatment that eased my pain. From then on, I knew that I wanted to help others through chiropractic!
When looking into chiropractic colleges, my parents highly suggested and hinted that they would like me to return home and attend the chiropractic college twenty minutes from my house. However, before I returned home, I came to Cleveland Chiropractic College on a tour and fell in love! The minute I walked through the door I knew I wanted to continue my education at Cleveland, knowing my parents would be disappointed due to the distance. Even for a small town girl in a big city, Cleveland has provided a very personal and homey feel for me.
I have now been in the program for more than a year and a half, and I've loved every minute of it! Classes are challenging, but my foundation in anatomy and physiology, as well as the other sciences, have expanded drastically from what I knew prior to enrolling here. My classmates have become a second family with how much time we spend together each and every day, constantly giving help, support, and positivity whenever needed. Just recently, I started working as a work study in the outpatient clinic where I can learn and participate in the behind the scenes of a chiropractic office. Outside of school, I also help coach a 12 & under softball team, as well as give personal pitching lessons. With all of the opportunities here, I rest assured that one day I will be successful in my trade and that it started with my choice to attend Cleveland Chiropractic College!
Hi! I’m Angie Segovia and I am in Tri 9 of 12. I grew up near Osceola, Mo., and currently live in Blue Springs, Mo. I went to undergrad at Missouri State University but I really had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I thought Psychology was interesting so I got my degree in that. I always knew that no matter what I did, I wanted to work with people, and I particularly enjoyed working with people who were disadvantaged.
I worked as a caseworker with people with severe mental illness, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities. I loved the people I worked with, but I always knew that eventually I would go back to school. When my son came along and he ended up having special needs, I realized the impact doctors can have on their patients, both good and bad. The process of visiting specialist after specialist was eye opening, and helped my interest in the medical field grow. A friend of mine who was a Cleveland student knew I wanted to pursue a different career path and suggested I come to Cleveland for a visit. I came for a tour and was blown away! I knew this was where I was supposed to be. I loved the people and everything about Cleveland. It felt like a family. I also love the conservative care that chiropractors provide, and the personal touch they give their patients. I am currently in the student clinic, and I am so excited about putting together everything I have learned to help my patients!
In addition to being a student and mom, I participate in work study with the Research Department as well as Alumni Services. In my free time I love working out, spending time with my little guy, Zach, reading, and on rare occasions taking a nice nap!
Hello! My name is Zoe Shelden and I am currently in Tri 5 of 12. I grew up in the small town of Holcomb, Kan., and graduated high school in 2011, excited and eager to start my life as a Kansas Jayhawk! I was studying biology at KU, but always knew I was headed into the medical field. From a young age, I dreamed of being a doctor, and when I was in middle school, I realized that chiropractic was the path for me. After being at KU for about a year, I saw that there was a representative from a chiropractic college on campus, so I decided to go talk with him to figure out what all I needed to do to prepare. I didn’t realize I was nearly finished with my prerequisites for the Doctor of Chiropractic program already, and that I could start the D.C. coursework so soon.
I decided to look into Cleveland Chiropractic College because it was close to Lawrence, and I came on my first campus tour. I met with Admissions and instantly fell in love with the campus. I knew this place felt like home, so I immediately looked for a sub-lease for my apartment and transferred here as fast as possible. I was able to finish my prerequisites in the accelerated undergrad program that Cleveland University-Kansas City (CU-KC) offers, and start the concurrent program to get both my Bachelor’s in Human Biology and my Doctor of Chiropractic. Transferring to CU-KC when I did was a major advantage for me because it ended up allowing me to finish with school more than a year earlier than originally planned.
I have now been a student at CCC for a year and a half, and I continue to feel like I am at home every single morning I walk on to campus. I have gotten involved with many organizations CU-KC offers including Campus Ambassadors, Student Council, work study, tutoring, etc. In my free time, I like to go for a run, hang out with friends, visit family, and explore the great things living in such a big city has to offer, such as the City Market, shopping, and restaurants galore! I get elated knowing that the lifestyle chiropractic offers is what I get to live and help provide to others for the rest of my life.
Hello there. My name is Craig Stramel. I am in Tri 4 of 10. 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 to 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 Chiropractic College.
Hi! I’m Casey Streff, and I’m originally from Topeka, Kan. I graduated from Topeka West High School in 2007 and continued my education at the University of Kansas. During my time as a Jayhawk I was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and graduated with a degree in exercise science. Following graduation I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but I was unsure on where my path would take me. Chiropractic was always in the back of my mind, but it seemed more of a dream than a possibility.
I decided to schedule a visit to Cleveland Chiropractic College to gather more information. The city was ideal and the campus looked perfect. From the second I entered the front doors, I knew I was in the right place. Any questions I had were answered and doubts alleviated. I knew that I was going to pursue my dream.
I am now currently in trimester 7 of 12 and I love it. I learn something new every day in a variety of different subjects. In my free time, I love to work out in the fitness center on campus, take long walks with my dog, hang out with friends and family and take advantage of all that Kansas City has to offer. Looking back, I cannot believe it took me this long to arrive at Cleveland and now that I am here, I cannot imagine myself anywhere else.