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ACA NextGen Member of the Month: August 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020  
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NextGen Member of the Month: August 2020 

In order to display the diverse accomplishments of ACA's NextGen members, ACA will feature one NextGen member a month. This is a great way for you to get to know your peers and find others with similar interests. View previous NextGen Members of the Month.


This month's NextGen member of the month is...

Joelle Santiago, DC 


Joelle Santiago, DC, has been a member of ACA since 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, where she attended ACA’s annual meeting and was involved at the state level where she served as President of the Student Connecticut Chiropractic Association. She is a third generation chiropractor and shares the mission, vision and values of ACA with her peers as well as through all of the work she does within the community. She is currently practicing in Avon, Connecticut with her mother, Dr. Joanne Santiago. To connect more about chiropractic or NextGen, email Dr. Santiago at 


Q: How and when did you first become involved with ACA? 

A: Right before I began attending school at the University of Bridgeport School of Chiropractic, my mom stressed to me the importance of becoming involved with the ACA and our state association.  As a student I attended NCLC; most of my work however was more focused on the state level, where I served as President of the Student Connecticut Chiropractic Association.  As I entered practice, I wanted to become more involved with ACA. While attending a North East Chiropractic Council meeting, Dr. Jones encouraged me to become involved with NextGen. NextGen has been a terrific transition for me to engage with ACA, as I continue to support our profession. Q: What are three words you'd use to describe the ACA?

A: Inclusive, Creative, Pro-active 


Q: Can you share your favorite thing about being part of NextGen?

A: My favorite thing about NextGen is the connection I have with other members who I haven’t even met in person! Being part of such an engaging community has created a welcoming environment of friendship.  When I connect with NextGen members I feel energized and excited to be part of this profession.


Q: How has being involved with the ACA helped your career?

A: Being part of ACA has helped my career by giving me the opportunity to have questions answered that I find are often being wondered by other members as well.  Whether it’s a clinical or practice management question, I know that ACA members will provide me with thoughtful and meaningful feedback.  Additionally, ACA has fantastic resources and information on their website, which I use often to help me as I continue in my career.


Q: What advice do you have for prospective NextGen members?

A: My best advice is to just go for it! The first step is to reach out and get involved.  Had I not done that, I wouldn’t have the same community I do now. I felt welcomed right from the start.  I recommend reaching out to any NextGen members for more information, I know all of them would be more than excited to speak with a prospective member.


Q: Favorite vacation spot? 

A: Ooo to choose a favorite vacation spot is a hard question.  I really love Condado in Puerto Rico, but I will take the beach anytime, anywhere!  I enjoy traveling internationally, but also love the shoreline in Connecticut; New England is really peaceful.


Q: What motivates you to wake up and go to work?

A: I feel most motivated in the morning by just feeling thankful.  I try to put gratitude as the center of my thoughts, and it makes even the most challenging days a bit easier. I feel thankful for my patients, my health, and to be given a new day.  Each morning is another opportunity.


Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you?

A: My next goal is to become a licensed pilot.  My mom, grandmother, and uncles have all been licensed. I hope to do the same; maybe I’ll be better at landing planes than parallel parking cars.


Q: How do you stay informed about the chiropractic profession?

A: I use the ACA website as a resource, as well as my state association’s website.  Overtime I have networked with other members of the profession who have introduced me to valuable online sources and continuing education lectures.  Sometimes the most interesting information comes from conversations with other chiropractors.  


Q: What is one thing you can’t resist?

A: I can’t resist a daytrip.  I am always down for an adventure, especially if it’s somewhere I haven’t been before.  Living in New England, I love driving to one of the other states.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year for this, if you’ve met me then you most likely know about my love for fall scenery.


Q: When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

A: How I spend my free time depends on what I need.  If I need to rest, then I let myself rest.  If I need something cheerful, then I might garden, call a friend, or read one of my books.  Other times I need exercise.  I try to use my free-time in a way that will recharge me and bring peace to my life.  


Q: How do you balance your career, personal life, family, friends as well as taking time for yourself?

A: I think balancing all parts of life is something I will always work on. Checking in with myself and creating boundaries has been helpful.  If I decide something is family time, then I know that’s what my focus is. When I’m in work mode, then that’s what my task is.  Of course, sometimes these areas overlap, but I think by keeping that balance in mind and not being shy to ask for help when I need it, I have a much easier time.  Even just talking with other NextGen members can be helpful because it reminds me we are all in this together!

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