El Cerrito Chiropractor : Dr. Eric Smith
Chiropractic Was For Me
In 1980 I was student laboring through my freshman year of college. My apartment was next door to a professional building where a Chiropractor had just opened an office. From my desk I could see his patients as they came and left from the office. I noticed something peculiar. People would come in, but many limped, or were clearly in great pain. After a visit they would leave looking much better than they did when they arrived. They were onto something.
In addition, they seemed happier, healthier I saw that whole families would come in together. I decided that I wanted to know what was happening in this Chiropractor's office and I had my chance when I developed a serious neck and back injury. The pain was so bad that I could barely study, but luckily I knew where to go.
Beginning The Journey
I got great results with my neighbor the Chiropractor. Soon my girlfriend and my two roommates became patients, and all of us got great results. I even started working for him part time, doing filing after school. He took the time with me to explain how my body worked, why I had pain and why I got better under Chiropractic care. He helped me so much that I knew that I wanted to help others in the same way. I got accepted at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and by 1987 I was ready to enter practice.
My time at Palmer College was incredible. There was so much to learn and I loved every minute of it. Being a Chiropractic student taught me about being a doctor, but more importantly it taught me about the wholeness of the body, and the control of the nervous system. I developed a deep respect for what it means to be human. The miracle of the body, the power of the nervous system, and the impact of stress on these systems fascinated me. I learned that every time I asked my patients "how are you" I received a gift in the form of their trust and confidence in me and Chiropractic to get them well.
A Chiropractic Family
I've been married to my best friend Shay for the past nineteen years and we have three children; Owen, Anna and Emory. Our family loves camping and hanging out together. Now that the kids are getting older we added three dogs Jake, Oscar and Scottie, just because you need someone who does what you tell them (well.... at least they come for dinner).
Shay and I have a part time band where we get to pretend we're still teenagers now and then. Shay is also very active in local community theater and has been in many plays at the Masquers Playhouse, Pinole Community Players and Contra Costa Civic to name a few. Lastly, I build guitars and vacuum tube amplifiers in my "spare" time.
Enough about me! How can we help you with Chiropractic? Give us a call.