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Dr. Cristina Padilla

Photograph by Christy Whitehead / Christy Whitehead Photography

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Cristina Padilla spent her childhood and teenage years involved in sports, primarily volleyball, where she had her first experience with Chiropractic care. As a young girl, she expressed great interest in science and healthcare.

The University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus is Dr. Padilla’s alma mater, where she received a Bachelor’s in Biology and had the opportunity to attend summer internships at both University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. These experiences sparked an interest in Dr. Padilla to continue to pursue studies in women’s and children’s health.

In 2011, Dr Padilla relocated to Seneca Falls, New York to begin her Chiropractic education at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC), where she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge in Nutrition, Rehabilitation, Pediatric and Prenatal care. Following her passion, she began a 12-course program provided by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) that further trained and certified her in the Webster Technique for Pregnancy (certified in 2012), along with very specific care for infants and children through several different Chiropractic techniques. Dr Padilla also received a certification in levels 1 and 2 in Kinesiotaping from KT International.

In the summer of 2015, after battling intense winters in Buffalo, NY, Dr. Padilla and her husband, Dr. Tom Beckerton, relocated to warm and sunny Jacksonville, FL, where part of Dr. Padilla resides.

Thrive Family Chiropractic, LLC was founded by Dr Padilla in the fall of 2017 with the idea that Chiropractic care should be convenient and accessible to all, with a focus on facilitating care for families, women during pregnancy and children. Throughout her years of practice, Dr Padilla has seen how challenging it can be for families to incorporate Chiropractic into their lifestyles and make it a priority rather than a luxury. With this thought in mind, Dr Padilla wants to provide the best, most personalized and individualized Chiropractic care to women during pregnancy and to children of all ages, to help improve their lifestyle, prevent chronic illness and allow them to express their full potential in life, sports, school.

During her time off, Dr. Padilla enjoys traveling around the world (especially Canada and Puerto Rico), reading, cycling, training for half-marathons and the beach.