Dr. Emily Hecker, DC, CNC
Why did you become a health professional? Dr. Emily founded Enlighten and Purely Motherhood out of a need for healthcare focused specifically for mothers. She saw a connection when working nutritionally with autoimmune patients. So many mothers had the same story, “All my health issues started after I had my first child.” This challenged her to research the physiology and pathology of the woman’s body during and after pregnancy. She found connections and has been passionate about spreading the word of how to prevent women’s health from spiraling out of control. She offers multiple facets of health care consisting of functional medicine, low-force chiropractic adjustments, nutritional consultations and health-related seminars throughout St. Louis. As a wife, mother of two children and a dog, she understands the ups and downs of motherhood and the untapped needs of women looking for answers in different aspects of life. Autoimmunity runs rampant in her family so she sets an example for her own children and actively lives the paleo-lifestyle. Her passion for natural health care started when her aviation career required her to work at a desk job, leading to chronic back pain. After visiting a chiropractic physician, she was amazed at how a doctor was able to evaluate her body and tell her where she was unknowingly in pain. After a few chiropractic adjustments, she was pain-free and never needed pain killers to manage her chronic back pain. As private pilot and meteorologist, Emily discovered the human body was similar to operating an aircraft in a thunderstorm, where everything had to be in balance to function perfectly. After completing her Masters of Business Administration degree she decided to dedicate her life to helping people in the most natural way God would allow by obtaining her doctorate of chiropractic. Emily specializes in women. She has post doctorate training in Functional Endocrinology, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, Neuroimmunology, Thyroid Disorders, Chiropractic Craniopathy and is Webster Technique Certified (link to the paper on Webster technique), specifically trained to treat pregnant women structurally. She uses diagnostic lab testing to validate unanswered symptoms that women and children are experiencing. She is passionate about supporting autoimmune and other chronic disorders in which the medical model leaves patients feeling abandoned. She supports natural childbirth, breastfeeding, parental choice and strives to be your best advocate.
Passions in life? Aviation, Motorcycling, Montessori & Reggio Emilio Learning philosophies, Interior design,
Specialties? Functional Medicine, Autoimmune Support, Craniopathy & SOT Chiropractic
Undergraduate degree, year graduated and school: BS Meteorology 2003 University of Oklahoma
Graduate degree, year graduated and school: Chiropractic 2011 Logan University
What drew you to utilizing methylation and nutrigenomics in your practice? Increase in number of children with tongue ties and midline defects with clinical correlations with mutation with MTHFR Gene
Ideal client/patient? Mothers or those who are striving for motherhood who are 100% committed to learning of options for enhancing their health
What are your top three recommendations that you give to the majority of your clients/patients? Paleo or AI paleo Nutrition depending on Dx.
Anything else you’d like to share? founder of Purely Motherhood and Enlighten | www.purelymotherhood.com
Describe a case or two (HIPPA compliant) where you utilized methylation and nutrigenomics successfully with a patient. supported mid 30s pregnant patient with known MTHFR genetic defect with methlyation support during pregnancy and baby was born healthy and tongue-tie free.
Where are you located? Inside the Barn at Lucerne at Kehrs Mill and Clayton Rds in Ballwin, MO. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE0-J9cWVJU