Why You Became A Chiropractor

It all started in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1960, May 12th.

That was the day that I was born.

By the time I was three years old, four years old, I was bringing home every-we lived in the country.

I was bringing home stray turtles.

I caught rabbits.

I did all sorts of things.

I was going fishing, anything that lived in a pond or around a pond, we had a pond close to our house,

I would drag home, tadpoles, frogs, fish, everything, you name it, dead birds, broken things. I drove my mother nuts.

Why do I share that with you now?

Well, ultimately, that interest in life in watching things grow and having pets turned into me working at a pet store.

I started doing that at eleven years old, and I worked in that pet store until I was 19, actually 20 years old, and left there as the assistant manager of Big Fish Little Fish in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Then, all through my adolescent years, I was in charge of a $10,000 tropical fish inventory.

My job was to keep the fish, the guinea pigs, the parakeets, the parrots, everybody alive. Why do I share this with you?

Because when I moved to California, and I chased a girl to be out here, it happens, but when I came to California, I couldn’t get a job in a pet store because Californians don’t have pets the same way people who live on the East Coast have pets.

Ultimately, that turned into me going to chiropractic college.

Now, here’s the craziest thing.

The skill that I use in being a chiropractor, the most common question that people ask me, once they’re under care, they’ll go, how do you know?

I’ll say, what do you mean?

They say, well, you just took my neck and adjusted it or just adjusted my back.

Like, how do you know what to do?

How do you know what segment to adjust to someone’s case?

I always tell people, I say, well, there are tests, there’s this and that.

The truth of the matter is it is observation.

When you’re in charge of all those animals, animals can’t talk.

Animals don’t tell you their symptoms.

We don’t even know how animals perceive pain.

What you have to do is you have to observe them and show signs of duress.

For a human being, that’s a high shoulder, head tilt here, forward weight posture going like this or you work at a desk all day.

“How’d you know?”

I looked at your body.

Since then, the skills only get more enhanced as you practice, the longer you practice.

What we have now is we have a goal in the clinic, always, always, always looking to expand to help more people and to show them the power of chiropractic and to show them how their bodies can get better without drugs, without unnecessary surgeries and to continue to be part of the community.