Chloe Aman is a force to be reckoned with.
She’s just returned from the United States where she earned a Doctorate of Chiropractic and has since written the Canadian board equivalency exams and set up shop at The Ridge Sport and Spine Centre in Medicine Hat.
But her story begins years ago with a shoulder injury. Aman, a competitive ringette player in her teens, sustained the injury and went to see local chiropractor Sean Bourassa at The Ridge. From that moment on, she decided she wanted to be a chiropractor with a focus on sports medicine. She graduated from Crescent Heights High School and did two years of university transfer courses at Medicine Hat College before packing her bags and moving to Portland, Oregon where she completed a chiropractic degree and a Masters in Sports and Exercise Science. With a challenging schedule that included six hours of class, six hours of clinic, and studying on a daily basis, plus travelling to treat athletes at various sporting events, Aman still managed to complete eight years of schooling in under six.
And she’s only 24.
It’s no wonder she describes herself as “living in a hurricane” during that time.
She credits Medicine Hat College with preparing her for the storm and encourages all students to start at MHC. Not only was she able to save money for the bills still to come – most of her college education was covered by scholarships and she was able to live at home – the level of instruction was second to none.
“Academically, the college was tougher than anything I experienced at the university level. Organic chemistry at MHC was always my litmus test of how hard a course was,” says Aman, who claims to have had nightmares following Nancy’s Brown’s bio chemistry class. The trauma appears to have served her well though, as she found herself well-prepared for future studies.
Aman acknowledges that one of the most difficult parts of attending school anywhere is the ability to handle stress and maintain positive mental health. As an alumna of MHC, it’s one of the messages she hopes she can share with today’s students.
“You make the assumption going in that school is going to suck so you don’t expect it to be easy, but then you get into a terrible tunnel, grinding away,” recalls Aman of her own experiences. “It’s important to encourage students to talk about what they’re feeling and develop coping skills.”
With school behind her, Aman returned to Medicine Hat with a strong wind at her back.
“Medicine Hat was always so good to me,” says Aman, who moved to the city when she was in Grade 9. “Everything I care about is here. It just felt right to come home.”
In addition to her day job at The Ridge, Aman is eager to give back to community teams and organizations. She is involved with FAME (Females in Action Moving Empowering), an organization that encourages tween girls to stay active and try different sports and has also written pieces for the Medicine Hat News. Her next project involves planning high school football information sessions and screening for local athletes. In her spare time, she coaches U12 ringette and plays for an adult ringette team.
It looks like the hurricane is here to stay.