Chiropractor Cindy Perkins hails from Browns Valley, Minnesota, a city of about 800 people. And perhaps for that reason, she feels right at home in Lutz.
“The Lutz area drew me in because it’s a nice area,” she said. “It still kind of has that small-town feel, but you still have a lot of accessibility to city things. And it’s a nice place to raise a family.”
Perkins has a son, Lyndon, 7, who wasn’t born when Perkins first moved to Florida. That happened a decade ago, and she has spent the past five years in Lutz.
Her practice, Back in Health Wellness Center, 18942 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 102, is located in Lutz as well. And if all goes well during her campaign, she hopes to be the next Lutz Guv’na.
The ceremonial title is given to the candidate who raises the most money for charity during the “campaign,” which concludes over the Fourth of July weekend. Armed with a number of fundraisers, Perkins hopes to raise the biggest total and come away with the title. But either way, she wants to be part of an effort to help area organizations.
The money raised by all the Guv’na candidates goes to local groups.
“It really appeals to me that the money that’s raised through the Guv’na campaign goes back to local schools or local nonprofits or the library,” Perkins said.
Helping charities already is part of her regular regimen. Perkins has been a team captain and served on the executive planning committee for Carrollwood Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society. She also participated as the chiropractor for the sports medicine team at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in St. Petersburg, a 60-mile trek to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.
Aside from chiropractic services, Perkins’ practice also provides massage therapy, exercise rehabilitation and acupuncture. She performs most of the services herself, and said she enjoys working closely with different patients, treating a variety of issues and providing them with education regarding how to live healthier and resume enjoyable activities.
And while that education often includes specific and detailed treatments, the Guv’na hopeful has a quick tip regarding back health: Don’t stay in that chair too long.
“Our bodies weren’t designed to be sitting for four, six, eight hours a day, and it leads to bad things to your neck and for your back,” Perkins explained. “Get up and move around and stretch just a little bit every hour or two.”
Perkins has decided to be active when it comes to her campaign, with plenty of events designed to draw in the dollars. She has a Bunco event scheduled for June 13, a quarter auction on June 21 and a potential bowling event with the other candidates in the works as well.
In addition, Perkins is having a drawing for a one-year massage membership and offers “flamingo flocking,” where a person can have a friend’s yard decorated with lawn flamingoes for a donation. The recipient can then donate to have them removed and order their own flocking for someone else.
But even though she’s going all out to take the title, Perkins said she’s built a strong camaraderie with the other candidates, since they’re all active participants in the community and share a common goal of raising funds for needy local causes.
“It’s all in good fun. We’re all doing it for the same reason, to try and raise money for the community and try to make a difference in the community,” she said.
For more information about the Back in Health Wellness Center, call (813) 909-0961 or visit BackinHealthWellness.com.
For information regarding Perkins’ Lutz Guv’na campaign, or visit tinyurl.com/GuvnaPerkins.
Published June 11, 2014
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