I was skeptical!
"It is only in the last few years of practice that I have truly witnessed the potential of chiropractic care."
While I was very successful in relieving pain for my patients, I did not heed the advice of some of my chiropractic colleagues. “Ask your patients about allergies”, they would say, “Ask your patients about digestive disorders”, “ear infections” etc.,etc.. They were helping people with these problems every day, but the fact is I was skeptical.
I have had many people over the years ask me how I came to be a chiropractor. I could say that I got lucky, but I believe it is much more than that. I have always enjoyed life and would step through most doors that opened in front of me. I typically would take a peak in and if it interested me I walked through and continued on my journey.
I suppose a better question to ask than “HOW I became a chiropractor” would be “WHO” kept opening those doors in front of me.
I first got in the health and wellness field when I was 20 years old. I had gone through 2 years of college at this point and had decided to attend The Florida Institute of Natural Health. It was a massage and wellness school. Really very much ahead of its time. I was amazed at how comfortable I was with working on people and how easy it was to help someone else feel comfortable enough to work with them. It was during this schooling that I knew the healing arts was a likely calling. Shortly after graduating and getting licensed in New York I was back to school. Attending classes for pre-chiropractic program (A bunch of math and science). When I started my chiropractic studies at New York Chiropractic College I was overwhelmed with the curriculum. By the end of the third term of a 5 year program we had 30 percent fewer students than what we started with. Very intense but also very rewarding when it was done. The thing that sticks with me the most about my chiropractic education was learning the true complexity of the human body.
Simply put, chiropractors have a much greater appreciation for the bodies ability to heal itself. I really don’t treat a symptom or condition. Rather, I treat the nervous system through improving spinal function. Ultimately, this allows the body to do what it was perfectly designed to do….heal. One compelling example of this was while treating “Gabby”, a 2 year old little girl suffering with chronic sinus infections. For more than half of her short life she was on some form of medication or another. The next step was to “roto rooter” her sinuses, as it was described to Gabby’s father and mother by the doctor. I did not treat her sinus infections. I helped improve nerve function through removing interference at the upper part of the spine which in turn helped this little girls body do what it was born to do….heal, maintain, thrive. No “roto rooter”.
It is my goal too not just reduce someones pain but to hopefully educate (not overwhelm) them on some keys to improving their potential for health. Some people are at a point where they want to be proactive and a participant in their health and well being. These are the patients that respond the best to care and I really enjoy working with them. The fact is, whether I am helping someone out of pain or helping someone stay healthy, I love what I do. Interacting with my patients is what makes it so enjoyable and I truly believe it is what keeps me motivated every day.
On a Personal Note
I am married to my wife Becky and we have been together since our first date May 19th, 1984 (brownie points). I was an immature high school senior and she was a mature freshman. A perfect match. We have three of the best boys in the world. Michael is 18, Benjamin is 16 and Zachary (“Z”) is 11. Michael has always liked sports and is very competitive. I’ve tried to avoid wrestling with him for the past year or so because…..well…. it hurts.
I have had the good fortune of spending many hours in the yard throwing all sorts of things back and forth with Michael. We would stay out till dusk trying to get those last couple throws in before it was completely dark. I would typically have to drag him into the house because he always wanted “just one more”. I am extremely proud of the young man he has become. Benjamin and I have been riding dirt bikes for the past 5 years. Ben is not one for wasting time with most sports. If its not a long board, roller blades, skis or a dirt bike he is typically not interested. Although, he will get out in the yard and show his brothers he can hang if need be.
Ben and I look forward to some day going on a cross country road trip on road bikes. We love it. Ben has a heart of gold. Zachery is just a little athlete. He’s also probably the funniest kid I know. And a handful to boot. Anyhow, I remember sitting with “Z” on the bed when he was 4 and he just laid back watching ESPN. With his hands clasped behind his head and legs stretched out he murmured “I love sports”. At that point I knew I was going to have to stay in half way decent shape for the next 15 years or so. I can’t get enough of that “Z”. While it seems like everything revolves around sports in our house, it doesn’t. My best times are just sitting and talking and laughing with the kids. They’re my boys and are truly my pride and joy. Time goes by quickly and the kids get bigger every day but one thing that stays the same is my wife Becky. She’s our Queen and the love of my life. I look forward to growing old with her. Of course she does not plan on growing old without a fight. Those are her words!
While my family is number one, I do enjoy getting involved with the community. I presently sit on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks and have for the past 5 years. I also sit on the Board of directors for Prospect Child and Family center and have for the past 9 years and had the pleasure of sitting on the Board of directors for the Glens Falls Senior Center from 2005-2011. It’s been said that to if you want to see how “strong” a society is you just need to look at how well the children and elderly are being cared for. Its safe to say that there is always room for improvement and I hold these two segments of our society as precious.
Like everyone else, I will go through stages of being healthy. I am usually motivated back into exercising either by chatting with a patient who has been getting in shape or from seeing a patient who has not taken care of themselves over the years. Either way, it does require constantly checking myself and my habits. One thing that has been a constant is getting adjusted periodically. There are so many components to being healthy that it certainly can get confusing for people. I try to keep it simple for myself, my family and my patients. Feed your body with high quality fuel for building blocks, stay active,and most importantly don’t sweat the small stuff.
Life’s too short.
Life is good. Its better when you feel good. I am a doctor that does not want anything more than to help you feel how you want to feel. Ultimately, I work for you and do not take my job lightly.
So……enough about me!
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