Stay-at-Home Mom Changes Gears and Comes to Northwestern

| September 19, 2017

This former stay-at-home mom listened to her chiropractor and that advice came to change her life in more ways than one.

Stephanie Hylla


For NWHSU graduate Stephanie Hylla, her “ah-ha moment” came when she was pregnant with her fourth child. “My low back pain was so severe that I had to use a walker during my third trimester.” Her chiropractor suggested that she get acupuncture. She took that advice and it changed her life in more ways than one. Hylla now has her own first-class acupuncture clinic in Mankato, Minnesota.

As a former stay-at-home mom of four children, when Hylla announced her plan to return to school her family and friends were more than a little surprised. “They were actually shocked that I would commute 85 miles one-way to the Twin Cities and I had a little mini intervention with some of them,” she said with a confident laugh. “When I started forming relationships with faculty and other students, it made me feel like this was where I need to be.”

While at Northwestern she had clinical rotation opportunities in three community settings including Courage Center, the Minneapolis Salvation Army Harbor Light Center and the Aliveness Project. “Those were exciting times for me and the advantage of being there is learning things you wouldn’t normally get in other settings, like treating spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. It helped build my confidence, especially now when patients call me asking if I have experience treating stroke.”

During her rotation at Northwestern’s clinic at the Harbor Light Center she treated patients who were addicted to alcohol and drugs, “My time at the Aliveness Project taught me how to care for patients with HIV/AIDS and I have had a few of those patients since opening my practice.”

Two other part-time clinicians work in the Mankato Acupuncture Clinic with Hylla: a second acupuncturist and Northwestern graduate, Jennifer Kolter, and Olivia Hageman, who is a massage therapist.

Stephanie is an advocate for NWHSU and our integrated approach to healthcare. She currently serves as the President of the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Alumni Board of Directors.

Stephanie Hylla, like many other Northwestern students or graduates, had the inspiration and determination to chart a new course for her future. “Owning your own business is tough, there is nothing easy about it, and there are always growing pains. But I love it, and being my own boss and setting my own hours are both important to me as a single mother.”

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