For as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. So immediately after high school, I headed to college as a Pre-Med student. But, during my junior year, my dad was in a terrible car accident. His head was injured in this accident, and he was in so much pain his neck was stiff and swollen to the point that he couldn’t move it. My dad started seeing a chiropractor for his problem. He got relief and was able to move his neck again. It worked so well for him, and I was so impressed with other “miracles” I saw in his office, that I eventually made a switch and went to Chiropractic College myself.
I chose Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Going to Palmer was a full time job. Classes started at 7:30 in the morning and went until 4:00 p.m., or later if you had a class that had a lab with it. Studying for hours a night was common for Chiropractic students.
Palmer was on the “quarter system,” which consisted of between 18-20 credits in three months time, it was very intense to say the least. Since graduation I have completed over 300 hours of continuing chiropractic education course work on various subjects such as pediatrics, exercise, rehabilitation, and spinal neurology to name just a few.
On a personal note...
In the hours outside the office I keep very busy. I work out at least three times a week. Sundays I get together with family for dinner and board games. I play bridge once a month with a group that has been getting together for about 30 years (I’ve only been in the group for about seven). Dinner and a movie, or maybe a concert with friends is what I enjoy most of all.
My “recipe for health” includes chiropractic adjustments, regular exercise, proper nutrition, and plenty of sleep. I get adjusted at least once a month. My exercise program consists of a combination of machines, free weights and some cardio. Eating plenty of protein and vegetables is key to a healthy body, but I do also take a multiple vitamin and some fatty acid to make sure I get the proper amount of nutrients my body needs.
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