Dr. Courtney Kelly has been extremely active from a very young age, participating in everything from gymnastics to softball to track and even horseback riding, she was always involved in some sort of sport. Always being on the move also meant always getting bumped, bruised, and battered, so she started seeing a chiropractor at 11-years-old for back pain. Dr. Kelly continued seeing a chiropractor through her teenage years, which significantly helped reduce headaches. Although she had utilized chiropractic most of her life, Dr. Kelly hadn’t thought of it as a career opportunity until she obtained a part-time job as a chiropractic assistant during her undergraduate studies. It was an amazing experience watching patients live healthier, happier lives and heal without the use of medications or surgery. The chiropractor that Dr. Kelly worked for truly loved what he did and had an undeniable passion for helping people, which inspired her to become a chiropractor herself.
Dr. Kelly was born in Davenport, Iowa (ironically, the birthplace of chiropractic), but was raised in Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s in Biology then continued to Palmer College of Chiropractic- Florida, where she obtained her Doctorate in Chiropractic. Dr. Kelly was involved in several extracurriculars while at Palmer, being the Event Coordinator for the Sports Council Executive Board, a Clinical Teaching Assistant, and a Rehabilitation Clinical Assistant. During her free time, Dr. Kelly volunteered as the head coach for Volusia County’s Special Olympic Softball Team and won Volusia County’s “Coach’s Leadership Award.” At the end of her schooling at Palmer, Dr. Kelly was nominated for the Clinical Excellence Award and the Dr. James Buerkle Memorial Award. Dr. Kelly’s goal is to empower her patients with the knowledge and confidence to live the life they aspire to. She loves working with active individuals of all ages, from kiddos to seniors, and those who are wanting to better their health. Alongside her adjustments, Dr. Kelly utilizes various soft tissue techniques (trigger point therapy, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and active release therapies), class IV laser, functional movement rehabilitation, and flexion-distraction techniques to optimize healing.
Currently, Dr. Kelly is completing post-graduate courses to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, which she is expected to earn in Spring 2023. During her spare time, Dr. Kelly participates in several adult league sports (mainly softball and volleyball), enjoys hiking, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, and is always down for a fun board game night with friends!