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What do you do?
Joni Jugler

Where do you work and what is your title?
        I actually have two jobs: I am a chiropractor at Catalyst Chiropractic; I am owner, operator, marketer, bookkeeper and even do the cleaning. I also work part-time in a hospital laboratory blood bank.

      What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I take a history, evaluate and provide treatment for a variety of conditions. I also do some trigger point therapy, stretching and even nutritional supplements to help the body start the work of healing itself. In the laboratory, I work with a lot of blood, I make sure someone who gets transfused gets the correct product. Sometimes that can be tricky work.

      How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
      I have been a chiropractor for nearly 10 years, almost 2 1/2 years at my current location. I have worked in the laboratory for nearly 18 years. So I have worked in a health-care field for over 28 years total.

      What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
        Helping people and seeing the relief they get from chiropractic care, especially when they have tried so many things that did not work.

      If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
      That everyone could have a positive experience with chiropractic and get regular adjustments. It would not just be the “last resort.” Many people are living in chronic pain.

      What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       In chiropractic: That I would have to “sell it.” In the hospital? How many very sick people there really are in the world.

      What makes working on the Westside special?
       It’s close to “home.” I have had a house in the area since 1992. It has a “small town” feeling, more individual businesses and small neighborhoods, with few bigbox stores and cookie-cutter places. Real folks that you get to know.

      “What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer, geared for people who have interesting jobs on the Westside but don't necessarily live here. If you or someone you know seems like a good fit for this column, please give us a call at 471-6776 or e-mail editor@westsidepioneer.com.

(Posted 4/10/16; Opinion: What Do You Do)