Dr Cristina Padilla Bravo was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where her family currently resides. In 2008 she graduated from University of Puerto Rico for undergraduate studies in Biology, where she had the opportunity of participating in various research programs in Genetics and Biology but her passion for wellness and healthcare led her in 2011 to enroll in the Chiropractic program at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY.
During her time at NYCC, Dr Padilla developed a passion for Nutrition, Pediatric and Prenatal Chiropractic Care. In 2013, she became Webster Certified by Jeanne Ohm via the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). While continuing her clinical education in Buffalo NY, Dr Padilla began her training with the ICPA for the pediatric certification program. Currently, she is working on completing the clinical research to finalize the requirements for the Certificate in Pediatrics from the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP).
Shortly after graduating in 2014, Dr Padilla relocated to Jacksonville FL to continue her career. Here, she was exposed to the world of Locum and traveling Chiropractors and an idea began to brew. Wanting to pursue her dream of being a business owner and observing a constant need to make Chiropractic care more accessible to patients, in the fall of 2017, Thrive Family Chiropractic, a house call Chiropractic practice, was born.
The idea behind a mobile practice came from the fact that Dr Padilla wanted to conveniently deliver individualized, patient care to women and families in NE Florida. The vision for Thrive Family Chiropractic is that Chiropractic and Wellness become part of a family’s routine or a family activity, rather than “something they should do or have to do”. Currently, she provides her services at homes, gyms, businesses and birthing centers.
Dr Padilla is an active member of several international groups like League of Chiropractic Women(LCW) , Women Chiropractors (WDC) and the ICPA. Locally, she is the Vice President of the River City BNI Chapter, an exclusive member of the Jacksonville Maternity Directory and the North Florida Birth Alliance and manages, along with other birth workers, the Jacksonville Natural Birthing and Parenting group, a Facebook group with over 1,000 women.