Meet Dr. Hawkins
Meet Dr. Hawkins
Redondo Beach Chiropractor : Dr. Kari Hawkins
“My family has always been involved with helping people in different ways.”
My late father did his best to provide me with an exciting early life and I have fond memories of playing sports and recreational activities with him until he succumbed to cancer. He was always active within our community and strived to make it a better place. I was definitely ‘Daddy’s little girl’. I know that he would be proud of the woman I have become and how many people I have been able to help. My mother was an elementary school teacher and helped influence the future of children by educating them. My grandfather was a pharmacist along with my uncle, who is still practicing-more on them later.
I was first introduced to chiropractic care when I was in elementary school. My mother and grandmother regularly visited Dr. Assay, our local chiropractor . When I began to experience lingering headaches after a sports injury, my mother suggested that I try chiropractic treatment. I admit, was skeptical and a little scared to get adjusted for the first time. Although reluctant, I gave in to my mother’s persistence and visited Dr. Assay. It was incredible-I will never forget that first chiropractic adjustment. It was as if a huge weight was suddenly lifted from my shoulders and my headaches went away. The idea that you could adjust someone’s spine and restore his or her health without medication deeply intrigued me, even at a young age. Right then I decided being a chiropractor was for me.
Natural Chiropractic Care
My ambition was supported further as a teenager working for my grandfather and uncle at their pharmacy. There is no question; pharmacists help people by providing them with medication- medication that many people cannot live without. However, working there, I gained an education about medication. It is not always the answer. I saw how much medication some people took and how side effects often caused problems. It is often sad to be in an environment with unhappy, unhealthy people relying on medications that did not always provide results. How can you be truly healthy if you rely on drugs? These experiences made me want to help people in a natural way with chiropractic care.