ALICE DU PONT
In just 26 short years, Dr. Candace McMillon-Dantley has done more than a lot of people have done in a lifetime. The Quincy native recently opened her own a chiropractic office here in the town where she grew up and has always wanted to return.
"I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical field. It was funny how I got interested in medicine. A dental hygienist came to our school when I was a little girl and talked to us about careers in health care. I wanted to be a doctor but I wanted to be a pediatrician because I like children," she said. That started it for the middle child of marvin and Teresa McMillon. With her sights set on medicine and parental and family support she had no doubt she would reach her goal.
She did the rest. As a duel-enrolled student at James A. Shanks High School and Tallahassee Community College, after delivering the valedictory speech in 2003, she walked across the stage with the highest academic average in her class and her AA Degree from TCC. Always focused, in high school she was a majorette in the marching band, a member of the track team (800 meters and cross country) and was a member of the volleyball and basketball teams as freshman. After graduation, she attended University of South Florida in Tampa, majoring in bio-medical science.
One day, trying the decide which medical career she would chose, she shadowed local physician, Dr. Charles Kent.
"Being a pediatrician wasn't what I thought it was. I had not envisioned children hurting and suffering," she said.
But while in college she visited the university's career center. To help students nail down their career a series of questions are posed to them. A computer analyses the answers and makes several suggestions. Chiropractor came up as one her suggested careers.
As if by fate, she landed a job with a Tampa Chiropractor, Dr. Scott Hegseth. She learned that she liked chiropractic medicine because she could help people with medication. With knowledge from Dr. Hegseth and a new outlook on medicine, she enrolled at the Florida Campus of the Palmer College of Chiropractice, one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in the field.
After three years she graduated on Sept. 24, 2010. Two weeks later, she married a local man, James Dantley III, and the two now have a have a 5-month-old daughter, Kadence Emmarie. Her practice is open but the grand opening is still in the planning stages. Her office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Unless you think that she has a minute free, she teaches anatomy and physiology at TCC on Tuesdays and Fridays.
She also volunteers to speak to local groups and organizations about the benefits of chiropractic medicine.
"A lot of people don't exercise because they're in pain so their health suffers, or they're on medication that makes them feel so badly they only want to lay down. Things like poor posture or the simple act, that many people do, of holding the cell phone between their neck and shoulder can cause problems. This type of medicine can help a myriad of problems without drugs," she said.
And, she's happy to set up practice in the place she she grew up.
"I've always want to do something in medicine and I wanted to do it here. I hated it because our people had to go to Tallahassee for everything. I wanted to bring resources to our community. Her office is located at 223 E. Washington St., Suite A and that's exactly where this hometown girl made good wants to be.