Christina Ippolito '09
Major: Exercise Science
Job Title: Doctor of Chiropractic
I am an adjunct faculty member in the chiropractic program at New York Chiropractic College, teaching in the gross anatomy lab, diagnostic and chiropractic technique courses. I also spend time as a research assistant collecting data for studies involving the chiropractic profession. I am currently finishing my master’s in acupuncture degree.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
Why Mount Union
I was looking for an exercise physiology program, but did not want to go to a big school. The small campus community and classroom settings were very appealing. I was also drawn to the track and field program because it allowed for a balance between school and athletics.
Even though it is a smaller college, Mount Union has a vast amount of resources available to enhance learning (such as the equipment in the exercise science lab, the anatomy lab and internship opportunities).
Class with Dr. Mendel was rarely a dull moment. He also had us constantly thinking critically about information because he emphasized that there will always be new research in any aspect of the exercise physiology world. Dr. Mendel would always look for ways to improve the program so that we had real-world experience as well as a familiarity with the latest academic advancements.
Some of my favorite memories of Mount Union include service projects with Alpha Phi Omega, late night studying in Bracy, hanging out in the residence halls, Sunday cookouts and track adventures.
I went directly into graduate school, so my first job has been teaching in the chiropractic program. Upon completion of the acupuncture program in April, I will be moving to New York City to begin my practice as a chiropractor and acupuncturist. I would also like to continue teaching in an anatomy lab.
I had a research internship at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism during the summer following graduation. It was a great continuation of the research principles we learned from Dr. Mendel, and a bridge to the healthcare field and the research involved with graduate school.
I was a member of Exercise Science Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Track and Field and the Pre-Health Professions Club.
I attended New York Chiropractic College, earning a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2012 and am attending Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to earn a Master of Acupuncture (expected completion is 2014).
The education I received in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and biomechanics prepared me for such a rigorous course load in graduate school. I was much more prepared than many people in the basic science classes. The critical thinking skills I learned from the exercise science program have helped me to independently analyze any information that I come across in my career. When I went to the International Society of Sports Nutrition conference with Dr. Mendel, that began my interest in seeking out as much continuing education as I could to further my knowledge. The life skills I have learned from my psychology classes and APO involvement have helped shape my career and interactions with other people.
I would like to teach seminars around the world, either based on anatomy and biomechanics, or chiropractic and acupuncture.
My Mount Union education gave me opportunities and experiences that have continued to prepare me for my future.
When I went to the International Society of Sports Nutrition conference with Dr. Mendel, that began my interest in seeking out as much continuing education as I could to further my knowledge.
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- There, they’re, and their are not interchangeable!
- In a meeting with your peers is your phone on the table, in your pocket or purse, left at your desk or in your car?
- What is your usual bedtime?
- 10:30, or as soon as I sit down in the evening, I’m out like a light.
- Do you dance in the car?
- Only when I am trying to stay awake during late night drives
- What was the occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?
- I wanted to ride horses for a living.