SUWANEE -- A part-time job in college gave Lauren Millman a taste that eventually fueled a passion to open her own practice.
Working in the office of a chiropractor, who happened to be her older sister, Millman quickly gave up her career dreams of becoming a journalist, and set her sights on a field where she hopes to cure patient's discomfort and restore bodies back to balance.
"That's when I fell in love with it," Millman said. "That's the background I came from."
So after a year and a half of working in Sandy Springs with who she called the innovators of the technique she uses -- QSM3, a form of the Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic -- Millman opened her own practice last week in Suwanee off of Moore Road called Suwanee Spine and Wellness Center.
Millman, a Jacksonville, Fla. native who earned a doctorate of chiropractic from Life University in 2010, said she's experienced a range of emotions as she's prepared to open the business.
"It's beyond exciting and beyond scary all in the same feeling," said Millman, a Suwanee resident.
After 11 years of working to one day open her own practice, Millman said that it's surreal that, "I'm finally able to live my passion."
Millman said any new business owner is always a little nervous, but she has had a lot of positive energy and support from family and friends.
Millman earned an undergraduate degree in community health and health education from the University of North Florida, and then traveled the Sunshine State working for the Florida Health Department educating people about heart health.
That kind of educational philosophy is what Millman said her new practice will be built on.
While most people think every chiropractor is the same, and relate those visits with cracking, popping and twisting backs and necks, Millman said the technique she uses only adjusts one bone.
Millman said she examines X-rays along with each patient consultation to determine if an adjustment is necessary.
"This is the only technique that takes into account body composition when adjusted," Millman said.
The most common ailments are low back, hip and knee pain, Millman said, but she also sees children with immune system problems and attention deficit hyper activity disorders.
While the concept of restoring a body back from misalignment seems simple, Millman said each patient is unique.
"I fell in love with it because I see people getting well," she said. "It's very fulfilling to help people in many ways that they didn't know existed. They say, 'I tried everything. This is my last resort.' When they get better, there's probably not a better feeling."
The easiest of all of the decisions to open the practice was its location in the city. Since Millman and her husband live in Suwanee, they wanted the practice to be there, and to be involved in the community.
Along with the Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic technique, Millman said she made it a priority to include "wellness" in the practice's name, because she will also offer nutritional testing, neuromuscular therapy, life coaching and personal training.
All of those are related to a body being in propert alignment and balance, Millman said.
"We were put on this Earth to enjoy life," she said.