Finding the joy in healing others

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Woman brings her business to Los Alamos

By Carol A. Clark

Merry McIntyre is the new chiropractor in town. She’s been here before and is related to a couple of well-known community leaders.

“I’ve been seeing Merry on and off since she got her license,” said her sister Lori Heimdahl Gibson, the founder of JUNTOS who is married to County Councilor Robert Gibson. “She works on a lot of different levels and is one of the few who can adjust my neck. Knowing Merry my whole life I found that she is so intelligent and so intuitive – she has always been 10 years ahead of everybody else.”

Heimdahl Gibson suffers from back trouble and said her pain completely disappears following a treatment session with her sister.

“Merry really loves people and is especially drawn to people in difficulty,” Heimdahl Gibson said.

Initially, she shied away from chiropractic because back then the people involved were known as quacks.

But she suffered multiple severe injuries in an automobile accident at age 26 and was in constant pain. Her doctors couldn’t help her and her surgeon told her to stop whining.

“Out of desperation I saw a chiropractor and I could hardly believe the relief I felt in just one session,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre approaches treatment by analyzing the whole person from the foods they eat to their emotional and spiritual issues. She explained that chiropractic is the art and science of restoring and maintaining the integrity of the nervous system, which sends and receives information in the body.

“Our principal chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints and soft tissues and depending on the person, I may include exercise and health and lifestyle counseling,” she said. “In chiropractic, we believe that a spinal joint dysfunction interferes with the body’s innate intelligence.”

The goal, she said, is to achieve complete wellness using clinical kinesiology to communicate with each individual person and determine the cause of their dysfunction, their specific needs and course of treatment.

“The way I practice is very creative and that’s what keeps it interesting,” McIntyre said. “Each person is unique and every day is different and why I love what I do so much.”

Born in Havre, Mont., McIntyre moved to Minneapolis when she was eight where she lived most of her live.

At 38, she began studying Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University in a suburb of Minneapolis, graduating seven years later.

She and her sister moved to Abiquiu in 1999. She joined the Synergy Health Clinic in El Rito where she practiced for five years.

In 2005, she moved to Los Angeles to relax for a while and returned to the area in March.

McIntyre practices one day a week at 3250-Suite B Trinity Dr., in the pink building. She will begin practicing fulltime Sept. 1.