Nessa Parkinen, D.C.
Current Role Working With The Athletic Population
Dr. Parkinen comes from a competitive swimming and synchronized swimming background. She continues her involvement at the pool as the strength and conditioning coach for a local club synchronized swimming team. She transitioned her own fitness from the pool to weightlifting and Crossfit in 2013. Dr. Parkinen enjoys applying her knowledge of movement and body awareness in this new environment to help athletes move with more efficiency and avoid injury. Dr. Parkinen's main goal when working with athletes is to balance the nervous system to facilitate healing and enhance athletic performance.
Dr. Parkinen believes the body has the ability to self-heal and self-regulate. However, there are often circumstances that prevent the body from being able to accomplish this. As a chiropractor, she strives to provide individualized care to each patient. It is her goal to find the cause of a condition, rather than treating symptoms. Whether it is a problem with the nervous system, a muscle imbalance, joint restriction, faulty movement pattern, or nutritional deficiency, each patient is provided with a custom plan to facilitate healing, enhance performance, and improve quality of life. Starting with foundational drills such as breathing, bracing, and primal movements is an important aspect of patients’ treatment plans. Dr. Parkinen believes building from a strong foundation will create better outcomes. Once basic skills are mastered, rehab plans are created to address specific imbalances and correct poor movement, allowing patients to move functionally and pain free.
Dr. Parkinen has been an athlete for
as long as she can remember. She started out doing gymnastics and transitioned
into the pool where she competed as a speed swimmer and synchronized swimmer in
elementary school and high school. While competing on her club synchronized
swimming team, she and her team mates qualified for national level competition
and placed in the top 12 for 6 consecutive years. Dr. Parkinen continued her
swimming career at the collegiate level at The University of Arizona. She
served as the team captain for the University of Arizona Synchronized Swimming team and
helped her team defend their collegiate club team national title for 4 consecutive years. Dr. Parkinen became involved
in CrossFit in 2013. She enjoys staying competitive and being involved in a
community centered around functional movement and whole food nutrition.
Academic Background and Professional Training
Dr. Parkinen studied Physiology at The University of Arizona where she graduated with honors. She continued her education at The Southern California University of Health Sciences where she graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree as Salutatorian of her class. Dr. Parkinen has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge with others. She continues to attend classes and seminars to broaden her educational background and enhance her clinical expertise.
Dr. Parkinen is a certified Rock Tape provider and has completed Rock Tape FMT Level 1 and 2 courses. She is also trained in the use of Graston instruments and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).