As a west Michigan native and Mona Shores grad, activity has always been a part of my life. Riding horses competitively, gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding and water sports are just a few of the activities I have enjoyed. The years of wear and tear on my body started to catch up with me. This pain led me on a search for an effective method to maintain my active lifestyle and brought me to the wellness care of chiropractic. My first experience with a chiropractor did not occur until after I had graduated from Albion College. At that time, I was having headaches with such intensity that I would come home from work in tears. After exhaustive efforts to diagnose and treat my pain I was only able to mask it. Finally I sought the help of a chiropractor. After receiving my first adjustment, I experienced overwhelming pain relief. This experience was so life changing that I decided I wanted to share chiropractic with those around me. I understand how miserable it can be to experience that kind of pain and what courage it takes to start to heal and recover. You will always be treated as a unique individual with your own specific goals at the forefront of your care.
I am a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding institution of chiropractic care with over 100 years of experience. Since graduating from Palmer, I have pursued continuing educational classes as well as being an active member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors, in order to provide patients with the most current and complete chiropractic care.
I have been married to my husband, Ron, since 2006 and we are both excited to be living back in West Michigan. Life with our two chocolate labs is always an adventure. You may just meet them at the office from time to time.
I have successfully owned and operated The BACK SHOP Chiropractic Center & Massage in Sparta since 2011. Our chiropractic family has grown rapidly over the years and given us the opportunity to update our name to Serenity Wellness Chiropractic Center & Massage as well as open a second location in Norton Shores.
I am honored to take this wellness journey with you.
Raised in west Michigan, I have been athletic starting at a young age, running in cross country and track and field. I began receiving Chiropractic care at a young age to resolve some low back pain and issues. Around 15 years old, I decided that I wanted to be a chiropractor to help people in a way which didn’t involve unnecessary drugs and surgeries. I graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2012. From there I attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2015. In order to be effective in helping may people I obtained additional training in other chiropractic techniques to help for a variety of problems and issues that people may have. I was also trained in Activator Methods basic and advanced level, Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), and soft tissues work (including Graston). After graduating, I opened my own practice and ran it for 3 years, until moving back home for family.
I was born and raised in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School with my area of study being Medical Office & Medical and Dental Billing & Coding. I worked for a major insurance company as a Medical & Dental Claims Specialist for 20 years before declining a relocation to Utah with my department.
I returned to school to purse my nursing passion and procured my National licensure
as a Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Electrocardiogram Technician in addition to my BLS/AED certifications. I spent the next 9 years as an Operations Manager for an Assisted Living & Independent Living facility where I managed a nursing team of 32.
I began working for Dr. Leyder in 2018 as an office manager. Since this time, I have gained a sincere appreciation for the chiropractic field, its misconceptions, and the relief and overall wellness I witness on a daily basis. Dr. Leyder is caring and compassionate and this carries over to her staff as well. I feel fortunate to be a part of a team with the same goal of helping others. I enjoy speaking with current patients and look forward to meeting new people daily.
During my time away from work, I enjoy our pool, trail riding, and camping but most
of all just spending time with my husband, children, friends, & family.
I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico but raised in Muskegon, Michigan where I graduated from Fruitport High School. I then went on to attend college at Western Michigan University where I graduated with a bachelors degree in clinical Exercise Science. I obtained my internship at i’move Physical Therapy where I helped clients achieve their health goals through various exercise programs, one-on-one training experience and improve their overall athletic performance. My favorite way to engage everyone was through group fitness training because each class was tailored to help individuals of all ages. It was a great opportunity to gain group support, motivation and accountability.I began working for Dr. Leyder in October of 2020 as Front Office Manager of the Norton Shores location. Since then, I have been so blessed to be a part of a network of such amazing individuals who push me to be the best version of myself each day. One of my goals here is to obtain a warm and inviting energy to anyone and everyone coming through our doors. I am fortunate to have coworkers that share the same goals of helping our clients in any way we can and making Serenity Wellness such a fantastic place to work.In my free time I enjoy vacationing anywhere tropical, trying new restaurants and binge watching Netflix. Most of all, I love spending quality time with my family, friends and boyfriend.
Emily has had over 15 years of experience working in Medical, Sports and Rehabilitation Massage. Emily has always valued the working closely with Chiropractors and Functional Medicine Practitioners in the state of Michigan. She shares the love of learning new things, and embraces a challenge when possible. A graduate of the Blue Heron Academy and the Traveling Spa School of Connecticut, NBCT member, Certified Nursing Assistant and current AMTA Holder, she ranges in different specialties such as TMJ, Whiplash, Acupressure Digestive disorders and Geriatrics Massage.
Always having fun with her husband Nolan, Emily enjoys traveling all over the world, doing volunteer work, cooking and staying active.
With the goal of finding what works best for each Patient, She is committed to tailoring the needs of each treatment with strong moral ethics and a caring heart.
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