SEU Alum Opens Chiropractic Center
“When I was younger, I would always pray, ‘God these are your hands. Use them.’ I still pray that prayer every day at the office before I start my day,” said Dr. Ida Abraham, a 2007 SEU grad.
Ida is among one of the few female chiropractors in Lakeland, Florida. She has owned her private practice, South Lakeland Chiropractic Center, since October of 2014. “Being a female chiropractor in Lakeland has opened more doors for me because there are not that many of us,” she said.
Ida purchased the practice from a chiropractor who had decided to retire after working in the field for 36 years. At the time the practice went on sale, Ida was looking for something new in her career path. The wooden-structured building has two practice rooms, a room with an aqua bed and a massage room. The cozy environment is complemented by Ida’s bubbly and personable personality.
“It was an absolute answer to prayer. I was in a journey where I was ready to make a change, and I didn’t know where the change was going to be; this door opened wide. It was a gift from God,” she said.
Ida is well-versed in a variety of techniques, including the Gonstead technique, which involves the individual adjustments of the vertebrae of the spine. Before determining which technique to use on each patient, she asks his or her preference. “Each patient is unique. The way I adjust a football player is different from how I adjust a swimmer. When you train in different techniques, you can cater to the patient’s preference so that you are not boxed in on what you can do. If one technique is not working, you can change it,” she said.
While adjusting patients, Ida shares with them her passion for science and the study of the human body. You ask her any question about science or the function of the human body, and her face lights up with an explanation of how it all operates because of its unique design.
“When you study the design of the body, you are understanding the nature of God — that He likes things operating. For your heart to beat or your lungs to breathe — God designed it. God just put the most amazing power in your brain, and it can control things that we don’t even think about. But God created every part to function as a whole and designed the structure for a purpose,” she said.
Ida’s interest in science and the human body began at a young age. When Ida’s brother was in high school, he fell from an 18-foot building at school. His recovery involved four different surgeries. She spent countless hours at the hospital with her family while her brother underwent surgeries and the recovery process. Her time in the hospital and watching her brother recover from each procedure would develop a fascination of how the human body was able to heal and be restored.
“It was amazing to see how the body could heal. It’s incredible to see how when there is no hope, there is something that can be done. There are solutions out there, and I loved that,” she said.“Educationally Southeastern helped me to be competitive to get the board scores that I needed to practice, and also spiritually, you really learn to be God-dependent.”
Ida pursued a bachelor’s degree in biology/pre-med at Southeastern without knowing what she wanted to specialize in until after graduation. “Educationally Southeastern helped me to be competitive to get the board scores that I needed to practice, and also spiritually, you really learn to be God-dependent. It’s not just being led in the worldly wisdom but being Spirit-led as well. That kind of training doesn’t come with one-day seminars. The three-and-a-half years I was there, it really helped me to have a relationship with the Lord and to lead off of that relationship. It’s not a private life; it is a daily life,” she said.
During her last year of college, she went on a mission trip to Mexico that changed her perspective. She spent time during the day helping give people medications, and at night they held services for the community. Her time in Mexico also opened her eyes to the reality that there were not a lot of pharmacies available for people to get medicine from. The trip developed a desire in Ida to pursue medical missions as well.
“I really liked how you could take care of a community, not just virtually but also physically. A lot of it is emotional too. When someone is sick, they need hope. When we did those night services, we would point them to Jesus. It gave us access to people groups that have medical needs, and we were able to give them the hope of Christ,” she said.
Following graduation, Ida took time off from school and shadowed different medical practices in Lakeland. She also volunteered at Lakeland Regional Health. The moment she stepped foot into a chiropractic office to shadow a chiropractor, she knew that was the field she was supposed to go into. “I absolutely knew that was what I wanted to do. The response patients have to a single treatment is incredible,” she said.
She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2012. During her rotations, she worked with the Chiropractor Center of Lakeland. She started shadowing the chiropractor on a Friday morning. The following day, he offered Ida a full-time job. Ida worked as the associate doctor for two years before transitioning to her private practice. “I got a lot of training there; we were treating 60 to 80 patients a day. It was a huge blessing. Now that I am in my practice, it is easy. I was trained for it,” she said.
In her practice, Ida lives by Psalm 139:4: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well” (NJKV). “That is the thing that I stood on, depended on and lived on because the power that made the body heals the body. The great thing about faith is there are times when only God can fix it. The great thing about science is it works together. It is not opposing teams. It is like a unity because you learn there is order to things that God designed because you are studying the order, and that’s what science is to me,” she said.