Dr. Karen Hannah is originally from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, and relocated to Maple Ridge, British Columbia when she was just two years old. She lived there until she was eight, when she and her family moved to Davenport, Iowa. As she approached high school age, she accepted the challenge of being a student athletic trainer, which she enjoyed for ﬁve years. She learned the basics of preventative care, physical therapy, and the importance of patients’ trust and care. Throughout this process, she realized what she wanted to do with her life when “she grew up”. She wanted to expand her knowledge about human health/wellbeing and that meant studying Health Sciences. With her newly found passion, she graduated from Davenport West High School in 2003 and pursued a Pre-Medicine career at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.
Three years later in May of 2006, she graduated as Magna Cum Laude and earned her Bachelor of Science (with an emphasis in Zoology) and minors in Psychology and Chemistry. During her time at Western Illinois University, she was a Librarian’s assistant, para-professional counselor for a suicide help hotline, held numerous leadership positions in volunteer organizations, was a core developer for an honor’s society organization on campus and gained research experience as a lab assistant. Two months after graduating from Western Illinois, Dr. Hannah matriculated at one of the ﬁnest and prestigious Chiropractic colleges: Palmer College of Chiropractic. As if the classes did not keep her busy enough, she was involved in Atlas Orthogonal technique club (President, Treasurer), National Boards Specialist (Co-director), Vice President of her class, Canadian Club (Treasurer), Campus Guides (President, Treasurer, Historian and Assistant to the President), Electronic Health Records Assistant and Teaching Assistant for the Diagnosis Department throughout her three and a third years of chiropractic school. Finally, in October 2009, Dr. Hannah earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Upon graduation, she received a Life Time Achievement Award, Excellence in Student Governance and was awarded the “Above and Beyond” and “Guide of the Tri” awards for 3 trimesters. Her work experience includes 7 months in Chiropractic Care as an associate doctor (November 2009 to May 2010), 4 months as a student-doctor preceptor at New Era Chiropractic (July 2009 to October 2009) and 2 weeks as a Clinic Abroad student intern in Fiji (June 2009). In May 2010, Dr. Hannah decided it was time to venture out and begin her own private practice in Morton, Illinois. 7 months later, her hard work and meticulous planning paid off; her dreams came true and she ofﬁcially opened her dream practice in January 2011.
Since opening her practice in 2011, Dr. Hannah has had the opportunity to serve not only her community as an Ambassador for the Morton Chamber of Commerce (for the last 4 years) and Sweet Shop Co-Chairman of the Morton Pumpkin Festival, but also impoverished communities around the world as one of the original doctors of Peak Potential Outreach. Dr. Hannah has experienced 5 amazing, week long health mission trips to Fiji with Peak Potential Outreach, providing care to over 1000 patients and has plans to travel with the non-proﬁt organization yearly. Even one adjustment can change someone’s life; that’s what these health missions are about to Dr. Hannah.
In her free time, Dr. Hannah loves to travel, be outside doing anything and soak up the sun; especially if she is playing sand volleyball, at the beach or surrounded by a body of water. However, if the weather is less than desirable and she is not on vacation, she enjoys playing with her dog, Hercules (who frequently comes to work with Dr. Hannah), playing cards, spending time with her family, chatting with old friends, playing indoor sports, and watching football (especially the Bears). Dr. Hannah believes she did not choose chiropractic as a profession, it chose her; she is very grateful and gracious to accept that privilege.