It Happened in Crawford County: His own health scare gave this chiropractor a new perspective

Kyle Harmon, D.C., has returned to Crawford County and opened Health Forward Chiropractic, LLC.
Kyle Harmon, D.C., has returned to Crawford County and opened Health Forward Chiropractic, LLC.

Kyle Harmon was born in Toledo and raised in Crawford County. He went to Bucyrus City Schools until fifth grade and then to Colonel Crawford where he graduated in 2013. He was part of the varsity baseball program, National Honor Society and Project BLACK (Building Leadership And Creating Kindness).

In March of his senior year, Kyle shattered the end of his tibia and fibula into his ankle. It took more than a year, February 2014, and lots of ankle reconstruction before it was completely perfect.  He took college coursework and advanced college courses during high school to get a head start on college.

With completion of college course work at the Ohio State University, Kyle graduated in the spring of 2017 with his bachelor’s degree in business.  While at OSU, he was part of a student organization called “Pay it Forward,” a community service in university betterment program led by students and based on Coach Woody Hayes old adage — “Make it better for someone else than when you received it.” That’s why Kyle later named his chiropractic business “Health Forward Chiropractic, LLC” with the slogan “Keeping your health forward while always having your back."

After graduating from OSU, Kyle moved to Davenport, Iowa, to obtain his doctorate at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in the fall of 2017. Basically, for the first year, he was pursuing his passion for holistic and chiropractic care. However, in the winter of 2018, he had gone to dinner with some friends before they parted their ways for Christmas break. He developed what he thought was food poisoning. After a long night of friendship with the toilet, he went to the ER. Their images showed a blood clot in his left kidney and that led to more imaging that showed a "ginormous blood clot" that had broken off from the left ventricle of his heart.

A call home from the hospital let his mom Beth and Roy Harris know their 23-year-old had a huge clot in his heart and it was very serious. They made the all-night trip to Iowa on Dec. 20 and transported Kyle back to the Cleveland Clinic the next day. Further imaging alarmed them even more for the urgency of surgery, and he had to be on the surgery schedule as soon as possible. Christmas Eve 2018 Kyle had open heart surgery. Afterwards, an additional diagnosis was added. They found out he had a blood clotting disorder that will be with him the rest of his life. After a long and rigorous recovery process, Kyle was bound and determined to finish what he started at Palmer Chiropractic and made his way back to Iowa in late February 2019.

By now, Kyle was a trimester behind with his studies, which didn’t make life any easier for his desire to be a chiropractor. Kyle said, “I’m stubborn and I’m gonna make it.”  Based on his own personal history, the knowledge of patient care hit very close to home with injuries and the rehab he had sustained himself. He may not have liked his medical ordeals, but he understands now what it’s like to go through pain and suffering. It’s not just textbook training; he has a personal insight gained only by living it. The transition from OSU to Palmer to life as a doctor showed him the importance of checking in on your spine and your alignment but also mindful that mental health matters.

The reason Kyle sought out chiropractic help for himself, and now provides for others, was the ability to help the cause of stressors versus repressing them. He can help those who haven't been able to get results with conventional avenues. Dr. Kyle graduated from Palmer College in 2021. He is grateful to his mentors in this cause. Among them locally: Dr. Roy Harris (see his story in 2017); Dr. Rupert Rudd (see his story in 2022); Dr. Michael Griffin; and mentors at Palmer — Dr. Steven Silverman, Dr. Lisa Klaus and Dr. Kevin Percuoco. They have all provided awesome knowledge to Kyle, and he wouldn’t be where he is at this point in his life without the best parts from all of them.

Kyle is the son of Beth Harris and Tim Harman and grandson of Richard (see his story in 2018) and the late Sue Harer, who offered a solid role in Kyle’s upbringing. Richard taught him farming and ditching, helping Kyle to make the decision to be a chiropractor in an air-conditioned office.

Kyle also wants to acknowledge his sister Sydney who is a sophomore at OSU. He is proud of her pursuit to achieve her own doctorate as Kyle already has his.

Dr. Kyle Harmon is home now, and he welcomes those unsure where to turn for help. He can be contacted at his office, 1750 Marion Road, Bucyrus, 419-562-0757. He says, “Invest in yourself, you’re worth it.”

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