Chiropractic Assistant & Practice Representative
Background: Hi everyone! My husband Steve, our chocolate lab Rileigh, and I have lived in Norwalk and the Des Moines area for 11-12 years now. I grew up in Western Iowa in one of those towns (Tennant) that you would miss if you blinked while driving by it. I have worked in Retail Management for over 20 years, but have always been interested and intrigued with health and wellness. In 2010 I made the decision to pursue that interest, quit my job and went back to school full time. I recently got my BS in Health Science with Nutrition as my emphasis. Currently I am pursuing a Masters in Health Education. You might ask what I plan to do with that in the future. Well I have not decided 100% yet, although I have a passion for helping people get healthy and feel great. I am strongly considering using my education and passion to help create programs to do just that.
Favorite aspects of working at Compass Chiropractic: My favorite aspects of working at Compass, besides our patients, is the chance to utilize my education and passion in helping people get healthy and feel great. I am very excited to work with Dr. Krohse. He has always been such a wealth of information! I could always tell that he genuinely cared about the health and well being of his patients. He has that same care towards his staff.
What I enjoy outside of work: Outside of work you will catch me taking my “baby girl” Rileigh for walks, reading, listening to music, cooking, going to the movies, making jewelry and exploring my creative, crafty side, and how I LOVE to shop (just ask my husband)! I also love to bike ride, but have not found the time to squeeze it into my schedule, plus my bike is pretty darn dusty and needs some serious maintenance right now.
How I give back to the community: This is another reason I am excited to come to work for Dr. Krohse. He does some great community work, and that is something I have not been as involved in as much as I would like. Although I will say I am a sucker for those kids and teenagers that come knocking at my door to sell me something that benefits the school or some activity they are in. I am hoping to find the right community involvement fit for myself through this job.
Words to live by: Try to find the positive aspects in any situation you encounter. It may be a small one, but it is ALWAYS there.
Favorite local restaurant: For me to pick a favorite restaurant would be like asking your dog to pick their favorite toy. Because they love them all! For someone who is nutrition oriented, this is definitely a problem. I love to eat out and yes, there are some restaurants I like better than others, but really, I am not too picky.
Something most patients don’t know about me: I donate a dollar almost every time I shop at Petsmart toward whatever donation they have at the register.
Billing & Back Office Manager
Background: It's great to be working again! I retired from the corporate world 12 years ago where I spent many years focused on developing and overseeing areas that provided high quality, timely customer service for life insurance and annuity policyowners and agents. I'm one of those people who yearned to spend more time enjoying my children as they were growing up and had an epiphany one day whereby I decided it was time to quit thinking about it and in fact, do it! My years of not working also allowed me to have the time to spend as caregiver and advocate for my widowed mom, her gravely ill sister and most recently my 94-year-old uncle. At times, my life resembles chapters out of the book Tuesdays with Morrie. My husband of 35 years and I recently became empty nesters and, as I pondered getting back into the workplace, I knew I wanted to work in an environment and for a cause that I feel passionately about: chiropractic care. Years of being the soccer mom, girl scout leader and carpool queen, left me with significant right leg pain and sciatica from driving, driving and more driving. Several years ago, I became tired of masking the painful symptoms with medicines and went in search of explanations for the cause of my pain and solutions for feeling better on a consistent basis. Chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic exercises have worked wonders for me.
Favorite aspects of working at Compass Chiropractic: I believe in the work that Dr. Krohse does and I like his mission statement and philosophy for assessing and treating patients. I spend most of my time working behind the scenes on insurance, accounting and billing-related issues, which I love. With a business major in finance and insurance, I know that many people don't necessarily understand their insurance and I enjoy the challenge of ensuring that patients receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
What I enjoy outside of work: Quilting, gardening, Sudoku, reading and vacationing with my family.
How I give back to the community: I've spent the past 15 years of my life heavily involved in the WDM School system as a volunteer and frequent chaperone while supporting and promoting fine arts and music education.
Words to live by: I have a favorite Plato quote: "...as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain, therefore, awhile from setting yourself up as judge of the highest matters." And I dearly love the poem "The Station" by Robert J. Hastings.
Favorite local restaurant: Fleming's for a fancy night out, Tasty Tacos for something quick, yummy and local and Fuel for a refreshing dish of yogurt.
Something most patients don’t know about me: During my 12 year hiatus from working, I literally created my own bucket list and have slowly, but surely, been crossing things off. But.....I keep adding to it too! Scariest thing still on the list? Doing a tandem parachute jump from an airplane.
Background: I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I began and graduated from Des Moines Christian School. After graduating in 2008, I began my college education at Iowa State University and DMACC with a major in computer science. Coming this semester, I will be transferring to Grandview College as a junior. I recently got married to my high school sweetheart in October of 2011. My wife and I adopted two dogs from the Animal Rescue League, and we are already seeing that parenting is a challenge!
Favorite aspects of working at Compass Chiropractic: I like meeting new people and being a part of their recovery. It's amazing to see the progress first hand with patients.
What I enjoy outside of work: I enjoy fitness and recreational sports. I currently play in an indoor soccer team with a few of my friends. My wife and I enjoy outdoor activities. We love taking our dogs to the dog park, fishing, and just being a newly married couple,
How I give back to the community: I like to volunteer with Meals from the Heartland, Habitat for Humanity, and Kids Against Hunger. In the summer, I enjoy helping my family run the Meals from the Market stand at the Downtown Farmer's Market. I benefit from knowing our own community is being helped by other local Iowans.
Words to live by: Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. -Jim Rohn
Favorite local restaurant: Mustard's Barbeque has the best rib, chicken combination platter.
Something most patients don’t know about me: I can speak fluent Laos and Thai. I also enjoy cooking and baking new and traditional dishes.