The Ottumwa Courier

Ottumwa

December 10, 2013

Patient becomes doctor

OTTUMWA — The straight "A" high school student and talented bowler could not stop the migraines. But they stopped her.

Over a decade later, Dr. Tara Gooden still remembers pulling the sheets over her head to block out the light and the pain that kept her from living her life. Doctors seemed stumped, she said, and the medication they gave her had unpleasant side effects.

"Nothing was helping," said the 2005 Ottumwa High School graduate.

The resolution to her agony is what lead her both to study chiropractic and to open Gooden Family Chiropractic in Ottumwa.

"It was the only thing that helped me," she said of those long ago visits to an Ottumwa chiropractor. "I felt like chiropractic was the only thing that got to the root of the cause."

Her pounding headaches responded to the adjustments to her spine. She went on with her life, including going to Drake for what were going to be her pre-med classes; she has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, and another in biology. Her parents were proud that she was all set to enter medical school. So they were a bit surprised by her decision to attend chiropractor school instead.

"I know how much it helped me, and that's what I've always wanted to do: Something in the medical field, something to help people," she said.

She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in June; she's done plenty of clinical work, including a stint serving the poor in Brazil and an internship in Windsor Height. She did some extra schooling, too: She wanted to be certified to work with children as well as pregnant women; she's now a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

When the spine is out of alignment, one can feel back or neck problems. More than that, she explained, the nerves that go to the various organs and other body parts can't communicate correctly. Sufferers can feel numbness in their hands, problems with blood pressure and, of course, headaches. She is not tasked with "curing those" illnesses. She adjusts the spine until the nervous system is back in alignment, and the body can begin to heal itself.

Text Only
Ottumwa
  • 0418 OTT Tree City U.S.A. logo Ottumwa awarded as Tree City U.S.A. again OTTUMWA — Having big, beautiful trees throughout a community can help spruce up a city and make it more attractive to visitors. Ottumwa has shown a dedication to making the community more green and inviting, and the efforts have been recognized by th

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0418 OTT OEDC director -T Guiding our growth

    OTTUMWA — An organization designed to help Ottumwa grow has found a new employee in Indiana. The Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) board has chosen Sharon Stroh as the group's new executive director. “We are confident she will hit the g

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0417 OTT Camp Wapello fence photo -T -M -L Good fence irritates good neighbor DRAKESVILLE — For 82 years, Camp Wapello’s iconic entryway has welcomed people to peacefully coexist with nature. Now there’s a 400-foot barbed wire fence down the middle of the road. In February, Davis County Supervisors approved vacating of portion

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • City Council approves sale of properties OTTUMWA — On Tuesday the Ottumwa City Council met for the last regularly scheduled meeting of April. Included in the agenda for the evening were several dispositions of city owned property. Structures and land located at 519 W. Fourth St., 723 E. Mar

    April 15, 2014

  • Where to play OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Community School District wants to discuss moving to another athletic conference. Superintendent Davis Eidahl revealed that the district has been contacted by a smaller sports league, which has extended an invitation to join the

    April 15, 2014

  • 0415 Right side up monster truck pic Nice driver --- mean machine OTTUMWA --- Drivers sat at one end of their vehicles during the "pit party," meeting fans and signing autographs before the motorsport and monster truck exhibition at Bridge View Center this weekend. Monster truck driver Orville Hill let kids --- and

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT Composting ethical pic Recycling in a garden OTTUMWA --- Parents will tell you: They hate to see kids waste food. A gardner named Scott Koepke feels the same way. “First, let’s get our food to people who are going to eat it,” he said. “It hurts me to see kids in the schools throw away an entire

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0412 OTT Pothole color photo -T -M [Duplicate] A bumper crop of potholes OTTUMWA — The nice weather has been putting the bad roads on display. Officials say good: It gives us a chance to fix them. “Every city is going through the same thing,” said Larry Seals, Ottumwa Public Works director. “It has been an unusual winter

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home in a tent OTTUMWA -- As people live without shelter, they become desperate finding a place to sleep. The situation impacts more than just the community's homeless. "There is nowhere to put people who are homeless," said Mary Margaret Butler. "Nowhere." Ottumwa

    April 11, 2014

  • 0412 OTT Martha Speaks color photo -T -M Ottumwa children visited by cartoon star OTTUMWA — Iowa Public Television is celebrating its 45-year anniversary this year by helping communities like Ottumwa educate young children before they get into a school setting. One of the programs they are using to help reach out to children is by

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National