As a Female Chiropractor in Austin, Dr. Julia Pinkerton chose to specialize in Upper Cervical, Prenatal and Pediatric Chiropractic care and is certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Working with pregnant women (utilizing the Webster technique) and children has been her passion throughout her chiropractic training. She now also is affluent in the upper cervical technique Orthospinology.
Dr. Pinkerton grew up in a rural community in Central Oregon where her family has a wheat farm that is over a century old. Her 2 doctors growing up were her family chiropractor and naturopath, so she was brought up in a holistic environment. “My mother started seeing a prenatal chiropractor when she was pregnant with me and I was adjusted for the first time at ten days old. My second adjustment was at 10 months old when I had an unfortunate encounter with my walker and the basement stairs.”
This journey continued for Dr. Pinkerton and eventually led to her completing chiropractic school in Brazil in 2006 where her family had moved after she graduated high school in 1999. Her plan originally was to come back to the US for undergrad, but after being welcomed into her mother’s huge family, learning the language and the culture, she decided she couldn’t leave Brazil just yet. The 1st Brazilian chiropractic school, Centro Universitario Feevale, opened close to where she was living and she took it as a sign to attend.
Unfortunately for her she didn’t realize that this education would not be recognized as a chiropractic degree in the US. “It was a really tough decision to do the full chiropractic program again, but I found that my love and passion for the profession would not allow me to choose another path.” She graduating at the top of her class at Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012. She is a bit of a rarity as she is one of the few chiropractors that has a double chiropractic degree.
Dr. Pinkerton was involved in multiple clubs and organizations in school. She was recognized nationally in a speaking competition called Talk the Tic in 2011 where she took 3rd place, she was a representative for the Foundation For Chiropractic Progress and helped host multiple events through the World Congress of Chiropractic Students. She also was president of the Pediatrics club, vice president of the WCCS chapter, head delegate at the congress in 2010 and was one of the conveners of the 2011 congress. She participated actively in the Philosophy, Gonstead and Upper Cervical clubs as well.
She now is a member of the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) and is on the board of directors of the League of Chiropractic Austin chapter. She also still helps coordinate the WCCS alumni events around the world.
Dr. Pinkerton was introduced to Dr. Patzer who lectured at her school on numerous occasions. They formed an instant connection and bond. After graduation she took some time off and traveled around the world visiting Australia, Spain, Portugal, England, France, Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Dr. Patzer keep tabs on her during her travels and when she returned to the US he invited Dr. Pinkerton to join the Austin Life Chiropractic team. She is now a partner in the ownership of the practice as well.