Emily Schultz follows in her family’s footsteps
WEST LAFAYETTE – Growing up, her future was inevitable in her mind. She wanted to be a chiropractor like her father and grandfather. But hey, she also had another thought – sort of.
“I loved the theater, the acting and the character impressions,” recalls Emily Shurtz. “My family said I was pretty dramatic. I think my family knew I would go to medicine or theater.
“I was in all of my high school plays,” she continued. “I even asked a college theater school to contact me after seeing one of my high school plays. It was just always so much fun. My high school class voted me most likely to be famous. It’s funny, though. I liked being on stage but I didn’t like the attention, if that makes sense. The idea of being famous did not appeal to me.
The spotlight, in fact, weren’t bright enough to take her away from her first love.
“I’ve always loved science,” she says. “I studied my father’s anatomy and physiology books at a very young age. I got interested in medicine when my dad came to my school in first grade and showed the class how to do a physical exam and showed us x-rays on a viewing box. I’ve always wanted to know more about how the body works.
The family legacy actually began when his great-grandfather was injured in a coal mine accident and was told he would no longer walk.
“A chiropractor saved him,” Shurtz said. “He was able to walk again and that’s what put my grandfather on the path to chiropractic.
Shurtz joined his father, Phillip Schrickel, in March 2010 to practice chiropractic and acupuncture in West Lafayette. His firm has existed since 1989.
“I never dreamed of practicing acupuncture,” she explained. “It was so foreign to me. I was never exposed to it before chiropractic school. When I saw how amazingly it worked, I was hooked. I had to learn more. Chiropractic and acupuncture go so well together. They really are a yin / yang pair.
Dr. Emily (Schrickel) Shurtz grew up outside of Newcomerstown, graduated from Newcomerstown High School in 2001 and Ohio State in 2005, with degrees in nutrition and dietetics. In 2009, she obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and Certification in Acupuncture with Distinction from the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois.
“As a child, I was extremely sensitive and caring,” she noted. “I’ve always wanted to make people laugh or feel better. I didn’t really have any other career path in mind. But I think deep down I really knew I wanted to be a chiropractor. Seeing my father and my grandfather taking care of so many people over the years really marked me. Even today, I have the honor of caring for the people my grandfather and my father have. I love to hear their stories and be part of theirs.
“I have been going to Emily’s for at least 10 years,” said patient Lynn Leach. “I have suffered many times and no one else has been able to help me. I go see Emily, and she fixes whatever problem it is. I trust him completely. She is very competent and efficient. She has a pleasant personality and genuinely cares about her patients. It is a blessing to have a holistic-minded chiropractor in our area who excels at what she does.
“I have the best profession in the world,” Shurtz replied. “I can really help people on a deep level. God has blessed me with this path in life. I feel like he continues to evolve and I couldn’t be happier.
Shurtz’s office is located at 52937 County Road 16 in West Lafayette. For more information, call 740-545-9010.
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