My History with Chiropractic
In a previous article, I wrote about the history of chiropractic from its roots dating all the way back to the beginning of recorded time, to its United States history from the founder of the profession, Dr. David Daniel Palmer in Davenport, Iowa in 1895.
For this month’s article, I wanted to share a little bit about my own history with chiropractic. My first true exposure to chiropractic treatments were from my parents, who regularly received care for wellness and acute and or chronic conditions.
At the age of seven, I was participating in an after school program and injured my neck performing a tumbling exercise. At the time, like most children, I shook off the pain and went about playing as usual. I don’t recall if I even mentioned it to my parents or the teacher that day, but shortly after, I remember developing chronic headaches that increased in severity to regular migraines.
As time went on, and the headaches became more frequent, my parents decided to have me examined by their chiropractor. He could tell from examining me that I had injured my neck in the past and questioned me about the injury that I had long forgotten. The treatments I received not only relieved years of suffering from the debilitating headaches but little did I know that it was planting a seed in my mind about my future vocation.
I started college at the University of Delaware with hopes of becoming a physical education teacher. My parents were both educators so I decided to follow in their footsteps. I would still receive chiropractic care regularly, well into my twenties and on one particular visit, the doctor suggested to me that when I finished college, I might consider chiropractic school? I took his suggestion and enrolled in the Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina, earning my degree as a chiropractic physician in 1988.
I opened my first office in Bear, Delaware at People’s Plaza in March of 1989. I discovered, even a bit to my own surprise, that the seed that had been planted in me so many years earlier, was truly my destiny, as my skills began to reveal what I believe was a God-given gift to heal patients, as I had been healed, through chiropractic.
In 1995, I left my first office and relocated to Sussex County where I opened my practice in Long Neck. Since arriving in the area, I became a contributing writer to several of the local publications, a regular speaker in the community, and a staff physician for Beebe Healthcare. I served for six years on both the State and National Boards of Chiropractic. I have been a professor for Delaware Technical and Community College as well as the University Of Delaware and Beebe-Rollins School Of Nursing.
In the spirit of the season, we often pause to reflect on our many blessings. The purpose of this article is not only to give a brief history of my experience, but it is also to express my gratitude for the many people who have been with me on this journey. First, I thank God for anointing me to do this work. I thank my first chiropractor who saw something in me that I hadn’t yet noticed in myself, and I thank my family and friends who encouraged me to work at the level of my gifting. I could not have done this by myself. Last, but surely not least, I thank the thousands of patients who have entrusted me with their healthcare. It is difficult to express in words what my patients mean to me. Because of them, I am a better doctor and a better man. I am challenged in ways that reveal my own strengths, and sometimes weaknesses, and I am humbled by the faith that is placed in me. My daily prayer is that I live up to that faith, and that the skills that I have been given, combined with my passion for my profession, will not only heal bodies but also transform the lives of the patients who come through my door. On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the privilege to serve my patients and hope that each one knows how much they have given to me.