FLEMING ISLAND – For her occupation, Fleming Island Dr. June Gentle has the right name. She is a chiropractor, taking care of Clay County residents and providing a more natural remedy to many …
FLEMING ISLAND – For her occupation, Fleming Island Dr. June Gentle has the right name. She is a chiropractor, taking care of Clay County residents and providing a more natural remedy to many ailments.
“I learn a lot [from Dr. Gentle],” said Kathleen Palovchik, Gentle’s jack-of-all-trades assistant. Palovchik has been Gentle’s assistant for about nine months now and enjoys working with her. “Learning from her with each patient.”
Gentle was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a Navy brat. She eventually moved with her family to Miami, where she grew up. She has been a chiropractor for 25 years now and loves it. Both of her parents were professors at the University of Miami, which developed her love for science at an early age. That love would lead to her becoming a doctor. She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University.
“During high school was when I actually realized I wanted to work with people,” she said. “I worked as a candy striper in a hospital.” She worked for years as a massage therapist before attending chiropractic school.
While working as a massage therapist, she was introduced by a good friend to a chiropractor, and that was when she made the decision to become one.
“People don’t realize that chiropractors go to school as long as medical doctors,” said Gentle. “It’s the same amount of years as a medical doctor, but it’s their own school.”
Gentle graduated from Life Chiropractic College in San Francisco. She then moved back to Miami, where she started a practice. After working there for a while, she moved to Fleming Island, where she opened her practice at 3535 U.S. 17.
In addition to doing her daily work on patients, Gentle also gives back to the younger generation by mentoring chiropractic students from Palmer Chiropractic College.
One of the reasons that Gentle loves being a chiropractor is because of the self-healing properties of the science. She said the United States is the most overweight and overmedicated country in the world. With what she does, she offers alternative treatments besides just prescribing medications. Theoretically, the proper alignment of the spine should allow the body to heal without surgery or drugs properly.
“I’m like a health coach to them [patients]. We keep them accountable for their diet and their food and different things like that,” said Gentle. “We weigh you, and we do these updated exams. You see this increase in range of motion, and it helps you physically, chemically and emotionally function better.”