*What led you into chiropractic?*
In all honesty, I stumbled upon chiropractic while studying Kinesiology at San Jose State. I was trying to figure out what my next career would be and the direction I wanted to take. A friend suggested I go visit Palmer College of Chiropractic, he felt it was a good fit considering my background in athletics and my desire to help people. I went on a campus tour and was convinced that being a Chiropractor would give me the tools I needed to help people live healthier lives.
*How is training different than it was 10 or 20 years ago?*
As I have gotten older, I have had to revamp my entire outlook on how I train several times. In my 30’s I could lift heavy, then go to kickboxing with little regard for all the little boring things that were necessary for a healthy proper functioning athlete. In my 40s, I trained as a competitive powerlifter so I lifted even heavier but I was more aware of the need for injury prevention. Now that I’m in my 50s, with several serious injuries under my belt including knee replacement surgery, it is important to be aware of and attentive to how I feel. I spend time warming up and stretching, am more focused on mind/muscle connection when lifting and less concerned with lifting big weights. Training smart is the key to being able to continue to evolve as an athlete and to improving my overall health. I am also more conscious of the importance of a healthy diet and its role in training.
I think this evolution in training is something that each of us has to do as we get older and our interests and abilities change. In my opinion, the key to training is trying new things to improve yourself. Some things will work, some won’t but they will all have an impact on your attitude towards training.
*It sometimes seems like the term “chiropractor” is outdated. How would you best describe what you do?*
I feel that modern Chiropractors are very different than those of 30 years ago. Today, chiropractors can focus on sports or wellness or any number of specialties with chiropractic care being at the core of what we do.
What I do is give a thorough, full-body evaluation to see the entire picture of what could be causing the pain. I feel that treating physical pain is just the beginning of what I do. My goal is to be a partner and give you tools to live a healthier life.
*What’s your favorite success story so far?*
The first one that comes to mind is the patient that suffered from migraines since she was a teenager. She would have migraines 20-25 days out of a month. After a week of daily treatments, her headaches went away. She went 6 weeks without a single migraine. It was the first time in over 30 years that she had experienced life without a headache. It was wonderful to see her smile when she came in for treatments. I continued to treat her for several years, although her headache returned, they were not as frequent or as severe.
*What do you like to do after a long day of fixing patients?*
I’m enjoy spending time in my woodworking shop. I love building things and am an avid woodworker. I find it very rewarding taking a project through the planning stage and working through the plan and seeing the project take shape. I love the smell of fresh cut wood and the feel of sawdust.
My other hobby is photography. I enjoy being outdoors with my camera and finding beauty in desolate places. My favorite place to take pictures is Death Valley. The diversity of life in such a desolate looking place is amazing.
*Biggest life-changing moment?*
My most life changing event was a cycling accident in 1990 where I almost lost my right foot. I was not able to walk without crutches for 3 months and had to use a cane for another 6 months. This unfortunate event changed the course of my life from having to do manual labor jobs to becoming a computer programming and working for Microsoft. As a result of that accident, I met my wife, moved to California and become a chiropractor.
*What words most inspire you?*
Without a doubt the poem *Our Greatest Fear* by Marianne Williamson. It is one of the most moving poems I’ve read and reminds me that everyone is special and should be proud of who we are and that we should let ourselves shine.
*What’s one exercise or stretch everybody should do every day?*
I believe that the practice of some form of mediation and deep breathing techniques are important to relieve stress and improve posture. This can do so much for overall health. Stress, pain, recovery, relaxation and muscle tightness can all be affected by the way a person breathes. We spend so much of our day running from task to task that we forget to spend a few minutes on ourselves.