Born with scoliosis, Candace has a 45 degree curve in her spine which means structurally, she's off. Just to put this into perspective, today she's 10lbs heavier on her right, the muscles on the left side of her back protrude out further, and her right hip is higher than her left! When Candace was 11 years old, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to have a 10" titanium Harrington rod screwed to her spine. But what was even more agonizing was having to wear a plaster body cast during the triple digit temperatures and humidity of a Georgia summer. In spite of all this, Candace ran track (hurdles), has competed in a few fitness competitions (winning most, placing high in others), and continues to be extremely active today.
Candace has personal experience with having to work with limitations and push through painful moments. Though the surgery stopped her from continuing to bend, as you can see from her x-ray, it did not correct the curve so she had to learn how to strengthen her body with limited flexibility. Candace brings this understanding to each of her clients and is able to compassionately move them passed whatever limitations they feel they have.
Candace's desire to help others live incredibly healthy lives began in college while working at hospital and retail pharmacies. Though she was constantly filling prescriptions, the patients didn't seem to be getting any better. After two years of seeing the same patients refill the same medications and actually look sicker, she decided that there had to be a better way. Having grown up surrounded by gardens and eating fresh food every day, she knew that she was healthier than even the doctors she was surrounded by and after speaking with her mother, she learned that she and her siblings had never been sick as kids. Candace realized that her health and physical strength was owed to the fact that her foundation was strong -- fresh, clean food everyday, and being active since she was a little girl whether it was playing football with the boys, gymnastics, running track, or simply being a country girl which means you're relegated to living a life outdoors.
Candace lives by the philosophy that real food heals, and movement keeps the body alive. With this mantra, she's been changing lives since 2002.