Life University alumna receives 2020 Rising Chiropractor of the Year award –

15December 2020

Life University alumna Dr. Melanie Cripps has been honored with the 2020 Rising Chiropractor of the Year award by the Tennessee Chiropractic Association.

TCA is Tennessee's biggest professional organization for chiropractic practitioners.

Dr. Cripps was picked by her coworkers to get this honor, which is offered to acknowledge the recipient's contributions of time and talent early in their career, benefitting their occupation and their neighborhood.

Growing up in Middle Tennessee, Dr. Cripps stood out on the softball field. She made her bachelor's degree at Tennessee State University while playing Division I softball, but extreme headaches threatened to sideline her up until she found chiropractic care. Motivated by her chiropractic journey as a client, she made the decision to participate in Life University. After graduating in 2014 with her Doctor of Chiropractic, she developed Carthage Family Chiropractic LLC in Carthage, Tennessee.

Over the last 6 years, Dr. Cripps has been hard at work serving her clients, however makes returning a priority – coaching a regional youth group and taking part in local charity projects, such as the Emmanuel House, an at-risk ladies's shelter. She joined the Smith County Chamber of Commerce when she opened her practice and now serves on the Chamber Board.

Discover More She has been regularly associated with serving her occupation. She participates with the TCA as both a member and legal ambassador, actively looking for professional relationships with the lawmakers in her location and regularly participating in Chiropractic Day on “the Hill.”

Her chiropractic knowledge and athletic experience have constructed a strong reputation amongst high-level athletes. Dr. Cripps works as a member on several treatment teams, consisting of those caring for professional UFC fighters and Crossfit Mayhem athletes, offering chiropractic care throughout their training, battles and competitions.

Dr. Cripps received the award during the TCA's first-ever virtual Annual Awards Event, which premiered on Nov. 21. The occasion is offered for viewing on the Association's site at


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