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 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. We remove that interference between the brain and body with a gentle, specific and scientific chiropractic adjustment. Literally enpowering our patients to express their full potential in life. Because nothing is bigger than life!
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). We have three of the best boys in world. Michael, Benjamin and Zachary. Michael was recently married and Benjamin is engaged.
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. 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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