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A Healer Comes to Alaska

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Lisa Grasman, DC packed up her life in the Lower-48 and moved to Alaska with her family of three: Nina, her French-Bulldog, Seven, her family horse, and Gretchen the cat. She left a successful, large chiropractic business to take a chance on a new life. One that was soon to prove to risk everything. But she felt called to heal in Alaska and those of us who have been fortunate enough to fall under these healing powers are grateful she made the change.

Lisa met the Battle Dawgs, now a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower our Nation's heroes through therapeutic and exciting experiences by harnessing the natural splendor of Alaska's landscape and the majestic healing power of sled dogs. She threw herself into this mission to help heal these warriors. Her healing-skills were massive, and she soon found many opportunities to utilize them.

Her forte and background were administering Chiropractic adjustments, nutrition/lifestyle coaching, vitamins, minerals, improving functions of the brain, and listening skills for brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, along with all the ailments modern-day Americans face, but compounded by combat wounds. Many hours were spent talking an individual off the ledge, convincing them they had a lot to live for while helping them become healthy. Often these talks involved matters of the heart – something Dr. Lisa was only too familiar with her own life. Life has not been easy, but her experiences and lessons allow her to offer a lot.

While volunteering with the Battle Dawgs, including building cabins and improving the camp, Lisa was building her private practice: AK Chiropractic. You can find her during working hours at her clinic in Wasilla. Business is thriving and one of her new patients confided in me, Lisa is the best chiropractor I’ve ever visited. I feel great.”

On weekends you can’t find Lisa. She’s off on another grand Alaska adventure, camping or “glamping” as she calls it in her camp trailer on the Kenai River – fishing or kayaking. Her freezer overflows with the fish she catches and cleans. She plans to learn the musical “fly-fishing” next. In the winter off hours, you also cannot find her. She’s on her snow-machine running through the wilderness.

These joys do not come without a price. She doesn’t mind learning the hard way – by trial and error and admits that she has taken a few spills into snowdrifts and rolled that snow-machine more than once. But the price is worth it to feel the wind beneath her wings.

Sadly, recently Lisa lost one of her family members: her horse. This has been a tragic blow to a strong lady who values friendships with people and animals. This has left her, Nina, and Gretchen alone. Nina accompanies Lisa on her camping adventures, never backing down from animals encountered along the way—no matter how big or small. Nina is the Alpha-dog and makes this well known to anyone brave, or dumb enough, to venture too close. She also leads the hikes and walks ahead but when it’s time to turn around and head home – she drags her feet and resists. Lisa says Nina makes her laugh.

For myself, Lisa has often fixed my spine – after being a little too zealous in climbing my own mountains. And I was the fortunate recipient of an invitation to join her and Nina on one of their clamping treks. Hiking, fishing, kayaking, bear watching (or avoiding), and laughing were on the agenda. It was a slice of heaven. An adventure I will not soon forget.

Anyone who knows Dr. Lisa Grasman, DC speaks of her beauty, obvious on the outside and after working or playing with her, you can’t help but notice the beauty on the inside. One of her favorite quotes is "not all that wander are lost," as taught by the dragonfly. The dragonfly is a symbol of her life. In almost every part of the world, the dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization. The change that is often referred to has its source in mental and emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life.

Well done Dr. Lisa Grasman. Thanks for coming to Alaska and being our healer. Go here for more information about Authentic Life Chiropractic:

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