Local Chiropractor Finds Niche Treating Children, Pregnant Women
by Sheila Julson
While her father served in the U.S. Air Force, Ashley Wilcoxson, doctor of chiropractic, was a “military brat,” living in many different states while growing up. The family eventually settled in Oklahoma, and Wilcoxson attended Edmond North High School. She always knew she wanted to be a doctor but realized that many philosophies of conventional medicine didn’t flow with her beliefs in holistic wellness.
“My mom always had an interest in healthy food and nutrition, and she raised us to let the body heal itself and avoid medications, unless they are necessary,” Wilcoxson recalls. “We ate a whole foods diet and not many processed foods.”
Wilcoxson studied at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), where she pursued a major in chemistry. While in college, her son’s babysitter suggested to Wilcoxson that she study chiropractic medicine. Intrigued by the idea, she visited the babysitter’s chiropractor and shadowed the doctor. Chiropractic philosophies fit better with Wilcoxson’s interest in natural health, and she ended up leaving UCO a semester before graduation to attend Parker University, a chiropractic college in Dallas, Texas. At Parker, she completed two bachelor’s degrees—one in health and wellness and one in anatomy—and she earned her doctor of chiropractic in 2012.
Shortly after graduating from Parker, Wilcoxson gave birth to a daughter and decided to take a year off to spend time with her children. She became an independent contractor at Heller Chiropractic, in Guthrie, where she built a patient base. Then her friend, Dr. Robynn Poortvliet, owner of Advanced Relief Chiropractic and Acupuncture, in Oklahoma City, needed an additional chiropractor while she went on maternity leave.
“I loved working at Heller, but I was just looking for a faster pace and a diversified clinic,” Wilcoxson relates. “I’ve known Robynn for a long time, and the opportunity became available. It fit with what I was looking for.” Wilcoxson joined Advanced Relief in June, and she’s currently seeing patients at both Advanced Relief locations in Oklahoma City. Upon Poortvliet’s return, Wilcoxson will run the south clinic full time.
Much of Wilcoxson’s training is in pregnancy and pediatrics. She specializes in adjustments for children and pregnant women, and she has noticed more women seeking prenatal chiropractic care. She’s working on achieving certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, an organization dedicated to family chiropractic health.
In addition to prenatal and pediatric wellness, Wilcoxson also enjoys caring for those active in sports and fitness. As a weightlifter, she has noticed an improvement in her joint and muscle strength, and she’s eager to counsel and provide care to fitness enthusiasts. “I’ve worked on-site at a few marathons and triathlons to help athletes with muscle pain or injuries,” she says.
Wilcoxson aims to create a comfortable atmosphere for her patients, allowing them to leave their stress at the door. “I want to be friendly, even joke around with them and put them at ease,” she enthuses. “I really listen to them and hear what they have to say, and also meet my patients where they’re at in their lifestyle and try to bring them to a happier place.”
Wilcoxson is grateful for her accomplishments thus far, and she has ambitious visions for the south clinic. She plans to fully run that location and transform it into a women’s clinic with a medical spa, offering exercise classes and comprehensive family wellness.
As a mother of two children—an 8-year-old son, Parker, and a 2½-year-old daughter, Callie—most of her free time is spent with her kids, but she’s also able to partake in jet boating on local lakes. “But being a mother is the highlight,” she says happily. “I love what I do for a living. Words can’t describe how happy I am to go to work every day.”
Advanced Relief Chiropractic and Acupuncture has two locations in Oklahoma City: 8020 B N. May Ave., and 8090 S. Santa Fe Ave., Ste. A. For more information, call 405-822-4476 or visit AdvancedReliefOKC.com.