Chiropractic is a new experience for many people. With that in mind, my main goal when meeting a patient for the first time, and then throughout their treatment, is to help them feel as comfortable with me and their treatment process as I can. I do that by discussing their condition and how I could help alleviate their pain and stiffness in a thoughtful manner. The more they understand, the more likely they are to ask questions.
I try to make sure my patients see that I’m a person, too. I’ve been practicing chiropractic for 35 years – much of it in a multidisciplinary setting. I’ve treated patients who were as young as a month old and others who were more than 100-years-old. I can employ a number of techniques to treat a single condition or injury. But none of them will be effective if the patient isn’t compliant. This requires trust.
When interacting with patients, I try to pull back the curtain, so to speak, and show them who I am beyond a chiropractor. For instance, I founded a nonprofit rescue for terminally ill and geriatric cats with my wife. I like to stay active and be outside, as much as possible. I started saltwater fishing when I was four-years-old and never stopped. I’ve been scuba diving for 30 years. I was even into skydiving for a while.
I understand the frustration and disappointment that comes with not being able to do what you want to be doing because your body won’t cooperate. I’ve also seen what it means to recover and return to the things that give you purpose.
Improvements occur subtly with chiropractic. You may feel no different initially. But after a few treatments, or several months of treatments, you realize your pain is abating and your range of motion is almost back to what it was. My job is to encourage those changes. It’s also to keep my patients engaged and feeling positive until we begin to see the fruits of their treatment.
My practice welcomes referrals for most spine disorders, and we accept most major insurance providers, as well as Medicare.