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Meet Dr. Nicole Andrade of The Lydian Center for Innovative Healthcare in Cambridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nicole Andrade.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Andrade. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have been studying and practicing various natural healing techniques for over 20 years. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Pre-Medical Sciences with a minor in the Spanish language from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, 1996. I received a Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College where I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000. I interned and practiced in New York City for two years before returning to her hometown of Gloucester, MA to be closer to my family and the sea. I completed an advanced certification from the Academy of Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics in 2012 including the Webster Technique for pregnancy. I enjoyed a successful private chiropractic family practice for 15 years in Gloucester, MA and was a co-founder of Treetop Yoga Studio (see previous Rebecca Wallace article in the Voyager) before having my son and leaving business world temporarily behind.

As my son transitioned to school, I began researching where my time would be best spent as a healer with my experience. I was feeling the call to move to a group setting where I could spend more time healing and less time managing. After only three days witnessing the miracles of Axial Stability Method® chiropractic treatment and interacting with the passionate and caring staff, I knew I had found a new home at Lydian Chiropractic. ASM® combined many of the techniques I had used historically but in a new and brilliant way. It was easy to see that it offers a more gentle, more effective and longer-lasting healing, with enormous performance enhancement potential, in a much shorter time frame. There are currently only about 10 doctors in the country practicing versions of the highly sought after technique. I am excited to be involved with the first ASM® full-time residency program and participating in the development of an additional modular training program at the Lydian Center. It is truly next a level healing modality achieving miraculous results!

Personally, I spent several years competing in triathlon and international dory racing. I now enjoy family hikes, yoga, transcendental meditation and sailing adventures with my partner and our eight-year-old son. I have also studied Reiki, shamanism and ethnobotanical and spiritual healing traditions for 12 years with indigenous and traveling healers of New England, New Mexico and of the Amazon regions of Peru, Brazil and Ecuador, and I integrate these and other modalities into my integrative healing practice.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Building a successful private chiropractic practice and yoga studio was hard but rewarding work. Twice I managed the business challenges that came with up-sizing my private practice to better meet the needs of the community. It was definitely a difficult decision to close my successful 15-year-old chiropractic practice and leave Treetop Yoga just as it was growing into to a larger space. I was grateful to leave both businesses in very good hands. Spending more time with my son was what was best for our family at the time and was also a good opportunity for a critical analysis of the current healthcare system and my future place in it. It gave me time to really figure out how to be in the best service as a healer in the next phase of my career amidst dramatic changes in the healthcare system. It also allowed me to devote more focused time to advanced certifications in pediatrics, pregnancy, and herbalism. Driving from Gloucester to Cambridge to join a group practice was a huge departure from my comfort zone after being local and self-employed for so many years. It has been a wonderfully rewarding decision.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go The Lydian Center for Innovative Healthcare story. Tell us more about the business.
The Lydian Center for Innovative Healthcare is an easily accessible sanctuary for healing overlooking Fresh Pond Park. We are a community of independent practitioners offering cutting-edge alternative approaches to healthcare, education and human development. We serve all ages, with a special emphasis on children and families, Our chiropractors specialize in Axial Stability Method® chiropractic. The technique is a perfect blend of science, art and philosophy developed from the original work of Dr. David Newton in Wellesley, MA. ASM® is a gentle, low-force chiropractic technique that stabilizes the axial system which includes the structural core of the body and the sensory-motor system that keeps the body upright. It includes the pelvis, spine, cranium and associated soft tissue. When the axial system is stabilized, the whole body has a stable, reliable reference point for all of its functions – musculoskeletal, neurological, immune, and even endocrine and gastrointestinal.

This is why ASM treatments often have wide-ranging benefits for health and well-being beyond the relief of pain. We are particularly proud of the rapid relief we can give our clients in a short time frame, and the level of foundational stability attained as a result of the technique. This translates to much longer lasting treatment benefit and generally requires less follow-up for subsequent injuries or illnesses. Our initial clinical data collection shows our remarkable effectiveness for back pain, neck pain, concussions and headaches (https://www.axialstabilitymethod.com/data/). Most importantly, we enjoy the quality of life change ASM® can afford children and infants with developmental delays, poor motor skills or behavioral problems. Early intervention with ASM® can save a lifetime of difficulties for the child, and wear and tear on the whole family system. When the body’s biomechanical system moves with ease and efficiency, it frees up energy for healing and miracles happen. With 17 years of chiropractic experience, I can confidently report that ASM® is the gentlest and most effective chiropractic technique I have used to date. It is particularly rewarding for me in my pregnancy, pediatric and sports performance specialties.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I consider myself blessed, more so than “lucky”. I’ve always been a believer in putting energy out to the world in the best way I am able. I work towards creating for the greater good and being in “right relations” with all of the people and situations I interact with. I have consciously created, and have been blessed with, beautiful personal and business relationships over the years. Even interactions or decisions that seemed difficult at the time, were ultimately some of my best teachers. Staying in trust of the process of life is the key, and is also a constant practice in today’s world. When I made the decision to return to healing work, I discovered a perfectly matched opening at The Lydian Center completely by accident. It was literally a match made in heaven for me, and I was the answer to their prayers. It truly seemed like a divine intervention.

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