Dr. Katherine Leonardis, D.C., grew up in small-town New Jersey right next to the Delaware Water Gap. She has some wonderful memories of her youth, hiking and exploring the outdoors. Now she lives in the heart of Chicago and loves helping patients and community members embrace optimal health as our chiropractic director of Chiro One Lakeview.
Dr. Katherine’s relationships with chiropractic started during her college years at Penn State where she majored in Kinesiology. During the summer before her senior year, she experienced what she lovingly refers to as her “quarter life crisis.” She had achieved her dream internship as a Physician Assistant in an orthopedic office, but for some reason, it just wasn’t working. She found herself disliking it and never saw any patients with chronic issues improve.
Knowing the rest of her senior internship was going to be spent at another similar office, Dr. Katherine met up with her guidance counselor for help; the only other places left offering clinical hours was a chiropractic office. As it turns out, she absolutely loved it, saying: “It was amazing to see patients actually getting their health and function back and the dramatic results treatment had on patients’ lives.”
After this experience, Dr. Katherine went on to earn her doctorate of chiropractic at Life University, where she was a part of the Sports Chiropractic Club and the Functional Neurology Club. She’s also certified in the Webster technique—a specialty adjusting technique for pregnant patients.
Dr. Katherine’s favorite part of being a chiropractor is helping people realize their full potential. “It’s amazing to see people take control of their lives and get their health back with chiropractic care,” she says. “Things that patients thought were impossible can suddenly become possible.” Her goal is to help all her patients reach their goals, whether it’s a newborn baby with trouble nursing or an athlete trying to increase their performance.
In her spare time, Dr. Katherine is an active volunteer for the Special Olympics. She loves helping people with special needs and local animal groups. She has a huge soft spot for animals, especially her two cats. Dr. Katherine enjoys hiking, trying new foods, running, spending time on the water, traveling and rooting for her favorite college football team, Penn State’s Nittany Lions.