Dr. Jessica Donaldson is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nutrition Science. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2013. She is certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and licensed by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She completed training and certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy in June 2014 from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, WI and is registered and licensed in Minnesota as an Animal Chiropractor. Dr. Donaldson practices “human” Chiropractic at Thompson Chiropractic Clinic in Delano, MN.
Dr. Donaldson has always had a special connection to animals and dreamed of being a Veterinarian when she was younger. She was introduced to chiropractic at a young age and knew that though she loved animals, chiropractic was her calling. She was born with extreme acid reflux and other digestive issues. After years of surgeries, medications, hospitalizations, and more her mother discovered chiropractic. She began receiving regular adjustments at the age of nine and went from being hospitalized every six weeks with multiple medications to medication-free and freedom from constant hospitalization. Dr. Jessica continued to receive chiropractic care through her childhood and continues to receive regular care to maintain her health.
Why Animal Chiropractic?
It wasn’t until Dr. Donaldson was in school that she realized that animals could be adjusted and experience the benefits of chiropractic care just as she had. She made the decision to seek training in Animal Chiropractic “at some point” in her career. “Some point” came sooner as she discovered just how powerful the chiropractic adjustment can be for the care and maintenance of animals’ health. Dr. Jessica has two cats, Tiramisu and Truffle that she and her husband rescued from the Humane Society while she was in school. Tiramisu had limber tail syndrome, also known as a dead tail or sprained tail while Dr. Donaldson was in chiropractic school. Dr. Jessica adjusted the tail based on her knowledge of the joints in the area and Tiramisu’s tail popped right back up. Truffle broke her leg when she was a kitten and had surgery to repair the break. Following the surgery her Veterinarian suggested that Dr. Jessica adjust Truffle to maintain motion in her hind end. Dr. Jessica has been impressed with Truffle’s continued motion, activity level, and general health. She knows that regular chiropractic care along with a nutritious diet and a lot of love have maintained Truffle’s health and vitality.