From Bachata Dance to Chiropractic
A student profile of Anthony Umina and Marissa Johnson
Tania Demiray and Brandi Whitehouse, DC students
We all share a common vision at Life University, yet the journeys we take to bring us together can be varied and diverse. This actually serves to enhance our studies here at LIFE, as we each bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the LIFE community. Sharing these journeys can inspire us and remind us of why we opted, at a point in the past, to choose Life University, and in the case of these two students, chiropractic. Recently, Vital Source writers Tania Demiray and Brandi Whitehouse caught up with chiropractic students Anthony Umina and Marissa Johnson, whose story is one of love and dancing.
VS: Where are you two from?
Anthony: I’m from LA, but I moved here from San Diego.
Marissa: I was born and raised in San Diego. We came to Atlanta together.
VS: How did you meet?
M: My director saw Anthony dance and asked him to move down to San Diego to co-direct a dance team with her. We then started a dance team together. After two years, it didn’t seem like we could go further in dance as our full time profession. This is when we decided to pursue a new dream.
VS: Why did you choose chiropractic?
A: Dance has been fulfilling, but I felt that with chiropractic I could reach out to many more people and empower them. Two of my uncles and an aunt are Chiropractors, so I knew a little bit about the profession. I’ve always been fascinated with human anatomy.
M: I was undecided. I knew I wanted to go back to school but I didn’t know what for. Then I heard about Life Leadership and New Beginnings. This is what inspired me to become a Chiropractor.
VS: Are you in the undergraduate program or DC program?
A/M: We are both in the pre-DC program.
VS: Is dancing still a part of your life?
M: We have re-launched dance teams here in Atlanta, and we do private dance instruction.
VS: What is your vision for the future?
A: We want to implement chiropractic into dance and travel, and practice and settle in southern California.
M: There are only a couple things in life that I have known for sure, one is dance and I found God, which changed my life and how I feel about everything. We came here and I know this is what I am supposed to do.
If any students are interested in dance lessons with Marissa and Anthony, student discounts are available for private lessons. Please contact the newspaper for more information.