Hi, everyone! I am Dr. Tiffany Jones.
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself so that readers can get a feel for my "voice" and know a little more about me + why I'm so passionate about chiropractic.
I didn't always want to be a chiropractor. In my senior year of high school I was trying to decide what, exactly, I wanted to do with my life. I was more often than not coming up blank, but I leaned toward being a teacher or a journalist. Neither really excited me, I couldn't see myself doing either, and I honestly didn't have a clue how a career in one or the other would look.
In a Special Topics elective, I was tasked with shadowing a business owner to learn about local businesses. I'd been under chiropractic care for years at that point so I asked if I could shadow the office for a while. I mostly scanned documents because the office was small and needed to run efficiently but I got to sit in on their team meetings. I got to hear about patient progress, plans for the future, and learn about the why of everyone working in the office. Dr. Mike, the owner and chiropractor, asked me a couple of times about what my plans were for the future and suggested I consider chiropractic since I enjoyed the office so much and was interested in the stories I'd heard of patient success. After I graduated high school, I was offered a front desk job at the office, it was still called South Alabama Chiropractic then. I had only worked in food service up until that point so I was excited about an opportunity to work a job with scheduled hours and really decide if I wanted to be a chiropractor. (I also helped come up with the name Liberation when we rebranded the office in 2012.) I worked there for two years and it solidified my resolve to go to chiropractic school, I knew that I wanted to be a part of healthcare but not in the reactive way. I wanted to be able to proactively help people avoid illness and injury.
From 2011 to 2020, I attended the University of South Alabama to earn a B.S. in Biology and then Life University to earn my Doctorate of Chiropractic degrees. During that time, I met and married my husband, Matt, and we moved to (and then back from) the Atlanta area. Marietta, to be exact. I was a full time student for the four years I was there and took between 21-31 credit hours per quarter, my entire life consisted of class and study. My sweet husband supported us all the way through, even adding to his tool belt and taking a course at Georgia Tech to become a web developer.
I am grateful for my time in chiropractic school because it really tested if I was passionate about being a chiropractor. You only get through on passion for the profession (and iced coffee... but that's a different conversation.) I got to learn so many things in school that shaped the way I wanted to practice when I graduated. One of those was that I am a hands-ON adjuster. There are hundreds of adjusting techniques and I know that manual adjusting and corrective care is the perfect practice style for me because I can help patients physically improve their spine, thus improving their overall function.
When my education, or the title of "doctor" comes into question, I like to educate people on the fact that I received over 4,000 hours of instruction on the human body, adjusting, sciences, etc. To be exact, Life University's information page gives these numbers for the curriculum :
In addition to classroom instruction, I had to take two Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) at different times in the program, five National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exams, and then a state-specific jurisprudence examination to be licensed to practice in the state of Alabama. I also completed three levels of patient care in the clinic system at Life: Student Clinic - taking care of fellow students, Outpatient Clinic - taking care of patients brought in from the community, and then PEAK (stands for Practice, Excellence, Art, and Knowledge) providing care to patients in a private practice under a licensed doctor. I had experience in patient care for over two years before I even graduated school.
As for my voice. I trend toward the formal, blame my sweet mama for reading all those books to me as a baby and giving me a big vocabulary. I will likely try to liven up these posts with some jokes here and there. Humor me. If they get too cheesy, make a quesadilla or something, I don't know. 🤔 😂 (okay I really am sorry for that one)
What you really need to know about me:
If you've made it this far, thank you for hanging in there! Not every post will be this lengthy, or maybe they will, but I hope they can be informative for you and help you understand your care/why you need care/how to get care to live the best, healthiest life possible.
Yours In Health,
Dr. Tiffany Jones
Dr. Tiffany is a chiropractor at Liberation Chiropractic & Wellness in Mobile, AL. Her passion is corrective chiropractic care for all ages that goes beyond just aches and pains to restore the spine to the best condition possible so that her patients' bodies may function properly.