The beginnings of my medical background.
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.
My medical background grew out of necessity!
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.
An important part of my medical background was self-taught.
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.
Experiences with Chiropractic was an important part of my medical background.
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.
Another important part of my medical background included the formal education of completing a Bachelor of Science, Pre-Med curriculum and embarking upon 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.
Learning about Directional Non-Force Chiropractic while a first year student at Life West Chiropractic College was one of the most important medical background epiphanies. 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 which added to my medical background. The complexity and thoroughness of Non-Force Chiropractic protocol helped my understanding of how the body can heal.
Having a successful, outcome-oriented mentor was essential to my medical background.
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.
Creating my own practice was an important part of my medical background.
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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