Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Entrusting your health care to a provider is an important decision: take time to do your research on the Web, various rating groups, and ask your friends for their recommendations. Then meet with the doctor to ask questions and determine if it is a good match. Don't always look for the lowest price...scrimping here is usually not a good idea.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Many chiropractors will want to set you up on a long-term plan of care; I think that is "over-selling" the product. You should get a home-based stretching and exercise plan to help maintain your spinal health once you are out of pain. If your doctor just keeps adjusting you, and isn't working to move you into more and more activity, you may want to find another doctor.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Every person is unique, like a complex marionette with a million strings holding them together. I love to find ALL the connections that need correction: the tight strings, the loose strings, and the "sprung springs"...and set out on a planned re-tuning of the Marionette (oops...I mean the patient!) That also includes working with stress and their response to stress, exercises, stretching, and mental attitude. I love people.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. The spondylogenic reflex is going to become the new Normal when it comes to working with the body. European researchers discovered how each spine level has reflex-tightening of a variety of near (and far!) sets of muscles...and that once the reflex is set off, it tends to trigger OTHER spinal distortions, and on and on. Working with Dr Frank Jarrel, an innovative Clinician from Durango, I have been learning how to treat some amazingly "hard to treat" problems...with good success.