Dr. Amanda R. Keates’ experience with her own health and well-being and that of her family, led her to become a doctor of chiropractic medicine and provide patients with functional medicine and whole-body nutritional treatment techniques.
As a child growing up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania–a suburb of Philadelphia–Amanda was interested in sports and fitness. She visited the local YMCA with her father, where she was kicked out numerous times for using weight-training equipment intended for adult-use only. In middle school and high school she excelled in field hockey and basketball, but had to quit due to many injuries.
As a chiropractor today, Dr. Keates knows her teen sports’ injuries could have been prevented through proper nutrition and biomechanical correction—techniques she uses with her patients.
She chose to attend college away from home at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. She was uncertain about what kind of degree she would seek until her sophomore year when she began to work out again, eat right and lost 15 pounds while gaining energy and a sense of health. Amanda realized she wanted to help others feel the pride of accomplishment and health benefits she had experienced.
During her senior year, Amanda worked as a college intern at the esteemed White House Athletic Center located in Washington, DC, and then graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management with an emphasis in Fitness and Sport Medicine.
After college, she went back home to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to begin her career as a wellness coach/personal trainer for a fitness center. During this time, her sister had a baby girl who Amanda adored, named Aly.
While learning to walk, Aly broke her leg and had to wear a cast which altered her walking pattern. Once the cast was removed, Aly had a prominent limp. An orthopedic surgeon advised a radical muscle-stripping procedure to correct the toddler’s gait. Aly’s parents refused the surgery and instead visited a local chiropractor who through careful examination determined Aly had a tilted pelvis and her hip was not properly in the joint. With one visit, the chiropractor adjusted Aly’s hip and lower back and she was back to walking perfectly with no limp. This “miracle” had such an impact on Amanda and her sister and brother-in-law, that they all went to chiropractic school and all three now practice chiropractic medicine.
Dr. Keates graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic located in the outskirts of St. Louis in 2004. She earned her doctorate in chiropractic, moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and founded Keates Chiropractic and Wellness Center in late 2004. She continued to practice there for the next five years making house calls with the Amish as well as time spent in the office.
Over the years, she has sought further education to make a significant contribution to the wellness of her patients, including diversified manual manipulation, activator methods, applied kinesiology, allergy elimination technique, neuroemotional technique and quintessential applications
In August 2009, Dr. Keates followed her heart and moved to Raleigh where her future husband lived and worked. She worked with other chiropractors before establishing her own practice.
Today, she lives in Clayton with her husband Jonathan, daughter Quinn and son Keates.