Hey! My name is Breanna Bezona and I grew up in a real tiny town in the southwest corner of Kansas named Johnson. I graduated from high school there in 2012, and headed straight to Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS, where I earned my B.S. in Health and Human Performance in 2016. Growing up, I had a vague idea of what chiropractic was starting at age 4, and I often saw many different chiropractors, especially during my time as an athlete. For me, I always knew I wanted to be in a profession where I had the opportunity to help people of all different ages and lifestyles, but I wasn’t always sure chiropractic was the route I needed to take until near the end of my undergraduate degree. I started shadowing and interning with a ton of different medical professions so I could find the best fit for me, and as fate would have it, I stumbled across an awesome chiropractor. He happened to be a Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) alum, and he really opened my eyes and my heart to this beautiful profession. I got to witness and be a part of some incredible life transformations in all age ranges at his office, and that’s when I knew I had to be a chiropractor! So, I scheduled a campus visit with CUKC and loved the atmosphere because I saw that here, my potential was endless and I would have the opportunity to learn, experience and grow. I immediately enrolled and started the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program in January of 2017, and I’m currently in Tri V of X. I’m so glad I came to Overland Park and the KC area because I have ample opportunities to decompress from school by exploring and experiencing the “city life.” This includes enjoying the pool at my apartment complex, going to a Royals, Chiefs or Sporting KC game, or just relaxing with friends and family. But, my all-time favorite thing to do is get ice cream, especially at Sylas & Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream or Betty Rae’s Ice Cream!
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 X 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 I finished 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 (CUKC) 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! My name is Melissa Hirschman, and I am from Omaha, NE. I attended a small private college in Nebraska called Midland University, where I majored in biology, minored in chemistry and psychology, played soccer, and was also involved in the performing arts. Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to work in health care so I could help people, I just didn’t know how. As an athlete, I had been to the chiropractor several times to help with pain in my low back and hips from getting knocked around on the field. I shadowed several different professions ranging from physician’s assistant to physical therapist. Then one day an admissions advisor from Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) visited my school and I went to the meeting (mostly because there was free food.) I still remember walking out of that meeting and calling my dad and telling him that I finally knew what I wanted to do after graduation. A few weeks later, I visited campus for an open house and just fell in love with everything about CUKC and chiropractic. Although I’m only in Tri III of X, I know that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. The field of chiropractic is growing so quickly and we get to be right in the middle of the action. I have never learned so much in my life in such a short amount of time, and I’ve made some amazing friends. Kansas City is an upbeat and fun place to live. In my free time, I love exploring the city, cheering for the Chiefs and Royals, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, as well as spending time with friends!
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 (CUKC). 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 CUKC 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 CUKC, 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 CUKC makes it that much better.
My name is Tes Peters and I grew up in the heart of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK in 2012. After working as a health advocate and lobbyist full time for five years, I decided that I wanted to begin a new career that would make a lasting impact on the health of my community. I was extremely hesitant to give up a career I'd spent years advancing in, but I knew it was the right decision because chiropractic has had such a profound impact on me as a patient. That includes saving me from gall bladder surgery, relieving my migraines, and keeping me active during my athletic college days. So, after touring three schools, my heart was set on Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC). My husband and I packed up our things, our Husky, and sold the house, and I haven't looked back since. As a non-traditional student changing careers, I was surprised at how inclusive and diverse CUKC truly is. The staff and mentors here continue to inflame my passion for chiropractic, and I cannot wait to see what my future holds! Outside of classes, you can find me attending one of the many adjusting seminars offered every trimester, hosting friends at my place, or going to one of the festivals/events always happening around the Overland Park and Kansas City area.