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Hey everyone! My name is Marleena Laakso and I’m a 2021 Barcelona College of Chiropractic graduate. I moved to Barcelona from Finland in 2016 to begin my journey in
becoming a chiropractor. Believe it or not, I had never received an adjustment before I started in BCC! I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do when I finished highschool, but I
knew I wanted to learn more about the human body and to be able to help people – there couldn’t have been a better path to choose than chiropractic! The first year away from home was tough and I felt quite lost – new environment, strange languages, lots of new information. But soon enough I realized I was a part of a tribe and I didn’t feel so lost anymore. During those 5 years in BCC I made friends that I know will be in my life forever.

All the studying and hard work is much easier when you work as a team – and more fun! Organize study groups, practice technique and surround yourself with like minded people to help each other grow and evolve!

The years fly by faster than you’d expect…After graduating I joined the BCC chiropractic center team as a supervisor, which was an amazing experience to have as a new grad! I got to deepen my clinical knowledge and help the next graduating chiropractors to feel ready going into the world with confidence in their skills. I stayed on the team until May this year, when I accepted a position to work as a chiropractor in the UK. I am now officially a GCC registered chiropractor here in the UK, working with an amazing team at Chiropractic Life in Brighton. Getting registered with the GCC (General Chiropractic Council) was definitely a challenge, all the studying I did during my years in BCC helped me through it!

If you are thinking about working in the UK, I am happy to share my experience so far in more detail. The BCC has an amazing network of students, lecturers and chiropractors that are always ready to answer questions and help out – don’t hesitate to reach out!

My advice to all of you on your journey in becoming a chiropractor, whether you’ve just started out or you’re nearing the end of your studies:

Trust your gut, find your tribe and enjoy the ride!


Marleena x

Note: if you would like to contact Marleena, you can do so via email at martsu.laakso@gmail.com.