About Dr. MaryAnne Shiozawa
When I was fourteen I worked as a baby-sitter for a family with five children. Their father was a chiropractor, and at the time what that meant was a complete mystery to me.
One night while baby-sitting, the little boy around 7-years-old came to me and said, "MaryAnne, my head hurts."
"Oh really?" I replied. "Ok. Let's go into your parents' bathroom to find some headache medicine to make it feel better."
"Well, we don't have any of that stuff," he confidently stated.
This was very bizarre to me. I had never heard about not having any medicine around at home. It never occurred to me that someone wouldn't take medicine to help their pain. This way of thinking was quite new to me. I asked him, "What does your mommy and daddy do when you or your sisters have a headache?"
He looked at me as if the answer should be obvious and said, "My daddy adjusts us."
This 7-year-old boy's confidence filled me with such curiosity that I had to ask his older sisters to confirm and explain what their brother had told me. For the rest of that evening, those kids completely changed my life. My conversation with them opened my eyes fully. It was the night I knew I would become a chiropractor. Although I was still only in secondary school, my heart had found its passion and the world became crystal clear with purpose in my life.
I was to be a chiropractor.
In 1997, after graduating from Life University Chiropractic school near Atlanta, I moved to New York and worked in an office with another chiropractor. Eventually I started my own practice in the heart of midtown Manhattan in a beautiful office on the 17th floor just off of Fifth Avenue. While practicing chiropractic in New York, I've adjusted over a thousand people: babies, children, pregnant women, Broadway performers, singers, dancers, actors, athletes, firefighters, elders, and people all over the world. It was a dream come true!
The technique I mostly use is NSA — Network Spinal Analysis. Other techniques I incorporate are Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), Activator, and Extremity Adjusting. (I know for readers who are not chiropractors, this is techno-babble.) My practice technique that I base all of my analysis is with Network Chiropractic. I have found during the past 15 years that people respond the most with light and gentle applications, rather than large movements of spinal manipulation. People respond in their own way, and you and I will find the best solution for you.
While living in New York, I pursued other personal goals such as participating in the 2004 Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid. In 2005 I married and soon after I was pregnant with my first child. My heart and goals shifted, which had me decide to put aside my career and focus on creating a big healthy and happy family. Now nearly 10 years and 3 children later, my focus is back to practising chiropractic here in London, to help serve as many people as possible. Currently, I am an active member of the United Chiropractic Association (UCA), the International Chiropractic Association (ICA), and the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association (ICPA). I am also Webster Technique Certified by the ICPA. I've also studied with Dr. Karen Gardner who has developed the Gardner-Bagnell Technique which is another chiropractic technique which focuses attention on the spinal and pelvic alignment of the mother-to-be.