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June 2010 Ms. CEO of the Month: Dr. Caroline von Fluegge

Posted in INSIGHT, INSPIRATION by msceonet on June 29, 2010

International upbringing prepares this family chiropractor for healing a world of people

Back-breaking thrills in her teen years led to calmer but still exciting ways to be happy

By Nadiyah M. Jett
Ms. CEO Correspondent

Dr. Caroline von Fluegge is June 2010 Ms. CEO of the Month representing the theme, Wellness & Bliss. (Click image for larger view.)

What better way to celebrate our June theme, “Wellness and Bliss,” than to go behind the scenes with one of Atlanta’s most innovative physicians, Dr. Caroline von Fluegge? At her office, Balance Atlanta Family Chiropractic, she makes sure her clients are happy and living a fulfilling life by, first, improving their health. As she dishes on her life before medicine and her love for rock music, we see why she has such a heart for her work.

With your many travels as a child, what destination inspired you the most to live an even better life? My father’s career in international business was the catalyst for our family being transferred from one city to another in Europe every few years, so traveling and experiencing new cultures has always been a part of my life since day one. Speaking multiple languages at home, meeting people of all types of backgrounds, eating foods from all over the world has given me the appreciation for diversity, history, heritage, tolerance and much more. We would spend summers in the U.S. where I would catch up on reruns of Happy Days. I’ve always had one foot here and one foot there. At the end of the day, a “better life” as you ask about is one where you are happy where you are, right here and right now.

What sport would you try that you’d consider off-the-wall? I’ve gotten a little tamer these days. I see no need to hang from fingernails, my nose 1/4 inch from a cliff, trying to scale El Capitan. There comes a point in life where being active for the sake of stress relief and keeping my body working well are the priorities, not auditions for the X Games. I miss downhill skiing, though. Adrenaline, fresh air and power snow—what a rush. One broken back in high school and one torn knee ligament years later has put this ski bunny into hibernation.

You dream of being a rock star, so if you ever get your opportunity to hop on stage, who would you most want to rock out with? Stomping around stage and belting it out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers until my face turns blue, and I collapse in a pile of blissful sweat would be cool!

Dr. Caroline von Fluegge, June 2010 Ms. CEO of the Month, shows off her bliss! (Click image for larger view.)

When you think of what’s blissful in your life, what images come to mind? The smell of Coppertone takes me back to being a kid playing on the beach with my hair clumped together like dreadlocks by salt water, juice from an overly ripe peach running down my chin and a crumpled bag of Pepperidge Farm oatmeal cookies in the bottom of my mother’s beach bag.

What is the one phrase that your parents or a family member always said that you still live by today? With regards to career, my dad’s mantra for his three daughters was something to the effect of, “Get the best education you can get, be a professional, do something you love, do something that makes a difference, do something that puts bread on the table.” The concept of “because you are a girl you can only do such and such…” is a totally foreign concept to me. It’s like having to teach George Washington about iPhones.  As a teen, my father lost his whole family as a result of WWII. With literally nothing to his name, he emigrated to New York and enrolled in Columbia University night school to get a college education while working in a bowling alley during the day to make ends meet. Perseverance is in my DNA.


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