Dr. Desai received her bachelors degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Prescription from the University of Oklahoma, where she worked as a peer educator for the Health Education Department at Goddard Health Centre and received honors and awards for her work there, including the Most Valuable Peer Educator Award. After being a patient of Chiropractic herself, she went on to pursue a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Desai graduated with her Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine in 2010 following a yearlong internship.
Dr. Desai has been practicing Chiropractic Physical Medicine in the Chicago-land area since 2011. She has performed over 10,000 spinal manipulations and is also proficient in exercise rehabilitation, soft tissue techniques and patient education.
Specialty: Chiropractic Medicine, Physiotherapy, Manual Therapy, Exercise Therapy and Rehabilitation
Special Interests and Expertise:
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ/Jaw Pain); Head Ache; Neck Pain; Low Back Pain; Sciatical Mid-back Pain; Shoulder Pain and Rehabilitation; Knee Pain and Rehabilitation; Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow (Elbow Pain); Hip Pain; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Hand/Wrist Pain; Leg, Ankle and Foot Pain; Arthritis Pain; Chronic Pain Conditions
Q&A WITH DR. DESAI
What are you most passionate about professionally?
I really enjoy the patient education component of my profession. I am very passionate about keeping my patient’s off drugs and surgery unless they are absolutely needed. I am extremely passionate about my profession and really enjoy working with all of my patients, from my 10 year olds to my 83 year olds and everyone in between. I enjoy teaching my patients about how to make healthy decisions about food, fitness and physical activity in order to have a long and healthy life. I believe that healthcare should be conversational. Lets talk about your health, explore your options and get you feeling better. My ultimate goal in practice is to empower all of my patients to take control of their health by giving them all the tools and knowledge they need in order to achieve and maintain a life of pain free well being. I want patients to get pain free and moving, not only for the duration of their treatment, but also for life.
My family and my drive to keep life fun, exciting by exploring new things.
What three traits define you?
Honesty, compassion, joyfulness (is joyfulness a trait??)
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
What are you surprisingly good at?
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family, good coffee
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do?
My patients get better! And they seem to like me 🙂
How long have you been working in your field?
Over 6 years
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
My son, Connor
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
Who is your ideal client and why should they connect with you?
People who have desk jobs, moms and dads, weekend warriors. They should connect with me because I know their struggles/can empathize with them and I can help them get through it all without pain and while feeling like they are in the best health of their life!
In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?
The concepts of honest & ethical chiropractic practice; putting the patient first, above all else; being a positive resource
What is your grand, audacious goal? What do you wish people would know, believe, do?
Believe that you can have control of your health, feel great and thrive through life no matter what your age or background
Where do you live? Downtown Chicago, where I enjoy long strolls with my son, cooking, running, doing yoga and participating in local community events.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? Entertaining my son, reading, working out, trying new recipes
What is something unique that most people don’t know about you?
I grew up in Zambia, a small country in Africa!