“We love the Lord,” explained Andrea, co-owner of Prescott’s Cornerstone Family Chiropractic. She and her husband, Dr. Robert Boehland, operate on a Christian-based platform. “People who have a higher sense of spirituality are scientifically proven to be healthier.”
Love of family similarly inhabits their business. The Boehland children, Wyatt and Sadie, are nearly 6 and 4. “Our children have blessed our lives more than anything else,” Andrea said. “Most of our practice members know and care for them as their own. Members even come in to play with them before their appointments, as they are a bundle of energy and love to learn.”
How the family and business came together is something Andrea enjoys sharing. “It was one of the most wonderful blessings of my life,” she said about meeting Robert and sharing a love for chiropractic medicine and each other. Andrea was assistant vice president of operations for a Phoenix bank and Robert planned to study at Iowa’s Palmer School of Chiropractic.
Previously, she had believed that people go to a chiropractor after a car accident or when they have back or neck pain. “I had never had a chiropractic adjustment myself or known anyone who had. I jumped right in, curious to understand why Robert had chosen that career. My world opened up before me, showing the great testimonies of health and joy that stemmed from this health ministry.”
Andrea asked Robert if chiropractic therapy would help the scoliosis (curvature of the spine), with which she had been diagnosed around third grade, and the immune deficiencies, reproductive irregularities and chronic heartburn she endured.
“He walked me through the process of how our brain controls and coordinates everything in our bodies, including the function of our immune and reproductive systems,” she explained. “I never had any idea that this process was managed through our nervous system. Once I understood this concept thoroughly, I started to question a lot of other aspects of how my body worked, why I experienced certain things.”
After Robert left for Iowa, Andrea sought chiropractic therapy. Her pain dissolved with several treatments. She said she was amazed at how her body was able to heal from pain naturally versus masking symptoms with pain medication.
Andrea and Robert began dating after he returned home on school break. She again immersed herself into chiropractic care and challenged her perceptions, including the myth of instant relief.
“Robert explained that chiropractic by science is not designed to get people out of pain right away, but instead help them start immediate healing. When a chiropractor has a full analysis and knows what is happening with the spine, a painful condition begins to heal from the inside out and the patient feels better because the body is able to function at its highest potential.”
Andrea and Robert married, moved to Iowa and began to start a family. “Being adjusted though my pregnancy allowed my body to prepare better for labor and delivery,” she said. “My immune system started functioning at an amazing level after clearing the nerve pressure that was in my neck.”
The acid reflux disappeared as her spine stopped pressuring her digestive system, and her body’s reaction to allergens also improved. “After about six months of dedicated treatment and being adjusted through scientific approach, my whole body was in a completely different place,” she said. “I was thriving.”
The couple opened Cornerstone Family Chiropractic in July 2015. Andrea says a weekend visit to Prescott with friends changed their lives. “As we were driving down 69 into Prescott, I looked at Robert and said, ‘This is where we need to serve. This is our new home. I feel it.’ Thus, began every door opening perfectly, from location to community to raising our beautiful boy, Wyatt.”
Andrea says faith continues to inspire them as they work to create an environment for education and foster an office of loving and caring people. “We are able to serve most confidently knowing that our practice members see that in us. We have become a trusted source for health and well-being.”
Andrea and Robert give back through the Community Pregnancy Center, Blankets for Kids, The Healing Haven and Stepping Stones. They also support veterans and a children’s camp.
“One of our ultimate goals is to model for our children and our community what leadership is,” Andrea said. “It is our desire to show our children how to be empowered with the skills that they need to lead in their lives.” QCBN
By Sue Marceau, QCBN