Sarah Potthoff grew up on a small farm outside of Carroll, Iowa. Following graduation from Kuemper Catholic High School, Sarah attended The University of Northern Iowa. She played for the UNI Women’s Basketball Team and received a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Coaching. In addition to Sarah’s basketball career, she is a former Olympic Weightlifting Competitor for North Highland Olympic Lifting Club.
After UNI, Sarah attended Cleveland Chiropractic College.Prior to graduation Sarah was chosen to participate in the Department of Defense/ Veteran Affairs internship at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda. Here, Sarah worked within an active military hospital and received a unique education. She delivered care to our nation’s heroes in many different capacities. First, she provided chiropractic care at the hospital-based chiropractic clinic under the direction of Dr. William Morgan. Second, she was allowed to perform weekly rotations with other departments including: Pain Management, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, Diabetes Clinic, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Oral Facial Pain Clinic. Third, Sarah also had the opportunity to be the Naval Academy Football Team Chiropractor.
Upon graduation in December 2011, Dr. Potthoff chose to continue her integrative chiropractic experience for the non-profit organization World Spine Care. Although it was the path less traveled, Dr. Potthoff was passionate in her purpose to gain a better understanding of the integration of chiropractic care within the medical model. She discovered the unmet need for complementary and alternative medicine in America’s failing health care system, particularly for low back pain and many musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Potthoff chose World Spine Care because of its mission to provide evidence-based integrative prevention, assessment and treatment of spinal disorders and musculoskeletal conditions in developing countries. Dr. Potthoff gained insight into the Botswana health care system while treating patients at the Mahalapye District Hospital. She discovered both clinical and cultural challenges that enlightened her perspective on international integrative health care.
Beyond the walls of Mahalapye Hospital, Dr. Potthoff assisted in the further development, testing and documentation of World Spine Care protocols. These protocols are implemented in the WSC clinic in Shoshong, a rural village about 35 kilometers outside Mahalapye. The clinic in Shoshong opened in July 2012 and serves as a pilot project for World Spine Care, providing multidisciplinary spinal care services previously unavailable for this population. The Shoshong Project will also conduct extensive research including pre- and post-epidemiological studies.
She returned to Des Moines, Iowa in May 2012 where she started into private practice at DSM Spine + Sport. After almost a year in private practice, Dr. Potthoff joined Casey Health Institute (CHI) a non-profit, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) primary care outpatient office in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She provides chiropractic care within Casey Health Institute and values the collaborative, integrative and patient-centered approach mission of the organization.
She is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Functional and Kinetic Treatment and Rehab Practitioner. Dr. Potthoff utilizes Graston Technique, Webster Technique and derives many clinical concepts from Motion Palpation Institute, Vojita and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.