1. What got you into Chiropractics?
My sister went to a chiropractor in my hometown for severe 38 degrees scoliosis. My mother was told that if she didn’t have surgery that my sister would; never walk, would be in a wheelchair, and never have children. My mom took her to a chiro and he was able to correct her scoliosis to 18 degrees and she was able to do function without any of the outcomes that were predicted for her. That chiropractor became my brother-in-law. Since this chiropractor/future brother-in-law took care of most of the middle and high school athletes in the area, it wasn’t too far after that I received my first chiropractic adjustment, it was at the visit that I knew this is what I wanted to do. This was pretty much in 8th grade.
2. Did you know from an early age that you wanted to work in medicine? Was it always this field that you are interested in?
I did know early on but I was still very much thinking about music school for trumpet. Music was and still is very much my passion but as I thought about what music school would have meant for me, I realized that this really wasn’t the path I wanted to take for the rest of my life.
3. What’s the most common thing that you see clients come in with?
Most of the patients that seek chiropractic care are typically in acute pain and seeking relief. This is typically a musculoskeletal problem like; lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches.. the typical complaints. I also have patients who come in trying to avoid more invasive care such as; injection or surgery. Some of these patients are self-referred and a larger amount is referred directly from my medical colleagues. With children, parents generally bring them in when medicine fails to help. **Conditions like colic, chronic recurrent ear infections, asthma, scoliosis, bed-wetting.
4. Are there steps that one can take when not under your treatment to keep their spine in alignment?
DAILY routines that keep you moving. Stretches, walking, weight training, yoga. IF you don’t use it, you will lose it! All of these, and many other self-help regimens are very important but can also become a negative if the person is already in a chronic misalignment pattern. (This wheel alignment problem and excessive use.)
5. Is there one thing that most of us are doing incorrectly that could be hurting us more than helping us?
I teach “Chiropractic Hygiene”, great exercise on an imbalanced body and subluxated spine can create problems. So even when we think we are doing something good it can cause a rapid wear-and-tear of the joints.
6. If you were not doing chiropractic what would you be doing? What other hobbies do you have?
As I stated I would probably be playing music (which I still do today – I am in 2 community bands) and/or doing my other passion – photography.
7. Some people may not know where to start or how to get started.
Can you walk us through what a typical visit is like and what the follow-up and treatment plan for a typical person would look like? If my office we always start with a detailed history and consultation. This is a starting point for all health care provider but sadly is often overlooked or due to time constraints not done – this is a big mistake. Since our office has gone paperless the first visit often starts with the patient’s inbox. We send links for them to start the process of detailing their complaints but also allows them to fill in details of their history. Even though this saves time I always review this with the patient and I inevitably dig deeper. After this is completed we perform a complete examination and often x-rays images. As for care plans, this is where we pay close attention. I do not prescribe one size fits all care plans. Care plans have many factors that I take into consideration and they are always fluid and updated as needed.
8. Most of us are aware of the issues going on with traditional pain management, is this something that can be used as pain management as well as a healthy lifestyle?
Pain is something that we all experience and never really want but it is important. Pain is the way the body warns you of danger and potential damage. Every situation is different but the common denominator that I look for is a simply 3-letter work. WHY. Why is someone hurting, how did it happen? I teach my patients that pain is similar to their check engine light. You can ignore it and hope it “goes away”, you can take some tape and cover it up OR you can find out the why. When patients come in and are in horrible pain then I have no issue with a medical referral and have had great success navigating these patients with co-management, this is certainly the exception. But the most important component of the Dr / Patient relationship starts with an examination. Often we can get to the cause pretty quickly. It is important to note that simply masking a symptom can lead to more injuries and potential damage. Today I received referrals from my medical colleagues as their primary tool of the past, Opioids, have been stripped from their protocols, and for good reason.
9. If you could give all of us one broad piece of advice, what would that be?
Listen to your body! If something is not right get it checked, don’t wait. The beautiful thing about chiropractic is that we can examination any patient without complaint and make sure that they are functioning optimally.
10. Lastly, if someone wanted to get started with you, how would they go about that and how can they contact/follow you?
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