As a child I had numerous health problems.
I had constant colds and flu which resulted in a Tonsilectomy at age 5.
I was over weight and my toes were not straight when I was born.
I was never able to eat the same food as other children because I would develop chronic constipation and stomach pains.
I was in and out of the doctor's office and, at age six, I had to wear funny rubber toe straighteners for more than a year to correct that problem.
Interestingly, none of the traditional medical remedies resulted in better health so when I was in my early twenties I began to research alternative ways to treat myself.
One of the first books I read was Edgar Cayce's "Handbook for Health through Drugless Therapy", 1975, by Dr. Harold Reilly. I read and reread the book and began to try some of the remedies and some of them helped.
Inspired by this, I began to research other self-care books and my journey into alternative health care began. Over the years I learned how to improve my poor constitution.
I studied reflexology, massage, acupressure and would experiment on my friends. My friends would tell me how great they felt after my hands-on treatments.
To improve my health I also joined a local gym and began to lift weights, ride a stationary bike and swim. During a latissimus dorsi pull down exercise on a weight machine, the metal wire connecting the pull-down bar to the machine snapped.
I was faced away from the machine so when the metal wire suddenly snapped I fell backward onto a small metal pin that changed the weights. The pain was so great that it took minutes for me to catch my breath and be able to move.
I was taken to an emergency room at a local hospital where an MRI and X-ray revealed disc damage at the Lumbar 4 and Lumbar 5 spinal levels, a severe sprain/strain and contusion (bruising) of the low back muscles and shock. The emergency room medical doctor said it would take a several months to heal and recommended rest.
After about a month of rest I wasn't getting any better. I was eventually referred to a Chiropractor.
After about 6 months under Chiropractic care I was able to resume a semi-normal life. To this day I favor my low back and receive Non-Force Chiropractic Care at least once a month to keep my body balanced and prevent further degeneration.
I have had several "careers" and/or jobs in my life. By my thirties I was in real estate sales but feeling very unfulfilled. I wanted to change my focus to helping people, not selling to people. I enrolled in a business program at JFK University with a goal to teaching management principles developed by Stephen Covey. Dr. Covey's program was developed to help businesses honor their employees.
My Chiropractor at the time learned that I wanted to change my focus. She said that if I wanted to help people I should consider Chiropractic. She told me that the Chiropractic profession needed someone like me who was caring, honest and motivated to helping others. She arranged a private tour of Life Chiropractic West College in Hayward, California.
As I toured Life West's campus I noticed Metaphysical quotations by D.D. Palmer who developed modern day Chiropractic in the late 1800s.
I learned that Chiropractic is the only healing arts profession that has over 50 volumes of philosophy texts. These texts and quotes reminded me of Metaphysical authors I had been reading for most of my life; people like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and John Muir. Chiropractic's metaphysical connection convinced me that this field was the right fit.
After completing a Bachelor of Science, Pre-Med curriculum, I embarked on a four year Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life Chiropractic College West.
Completing a medical degree at my age was difficult but when I finally got to the clinic internship stage I found that treating patients was easy and natural. At the completion of eighteen months of internship I received Clinic Honors, a prestigious award given to one intern in each class who has shown outstanding performance in doctor-patient relationships.
I learned about Directional Non-Force Chiropractic while a first year student at Life West Chiropractic College. Due to the stress at school I was having low back problems and needed to find a new Chiropractor. A colleague referred me to Dr. Karen Woodbury in San Francisco.
I began treatment with Dr. Woodbury and within a couple of visits I felt better than after any of the many Chiropractic treatments I previously experienced. What impressed me immediately was that she didn't twist my neck or `crack' my spine like most of the techniques I was learning at school. Non-Force Chiropractic is a gentle technique that adjusts the whole body; spine, tendons, muscles. The gentle, whole body treatment of Non-Force Chiropractic is why healing is felt so quickly.
As my technique was not part of Life West's curriculum I began attending a wide variety of Non-Force Chiropractic seminars outside of school. The complexity and thoroughness of Non-Force Chiropractic protocol helped my understanding of how the body can heal.
Upon graduation I met Dr. Doug Mosher who had a Directional Non-Force Chiropractic practice in Napa. Soon I was commuting from Marin to work for him and as my mentor.
Dr. Mosher and I immediately established a rapport. Directional Non-Force Chiropractic is a difficult technique to master which is one of the reasons why so few Chiropractors specialize in it. Dr. Mosher mentored me and I became proficient in the technique in about twelve months. Dr. Mosher's patients were very pleased with my care and he offered me a permanent position in the Napa office.
By this time I had to make a decision. Either I had to move to Napa permanently or stay in Marin and begin a new practice.
A perfect opportunity helped me to make the decision. Dr. Karen Woodbury announced that due to a hand injury she was going to sell her practice in San Francisco.
I jumped at the opportunity and in December of 1999 I began to practice at her former office on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco. In May of 2003 I moved into my current location at 2555 Ocean Avenue.
Today, Chiropractic and the alternative healing arts continually fulfill me. My passion for researching new, unconventional ways of healing are a part of my everyday life. My joy in seeing my patients transform is the greatest gift I receive. My desire to help people on a very personal level brings me deep satisfaction.
I thank Chiropractic and my patients for the opportunity to be of service.
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