For years I suffered from debilitating asthma, headaches, neck and leg pain. The only answers I was receiving were “let’s try this medicine.” At 22 years old, all I saw was more medicine in my future and less quality of life. The drugs that I was taking to hide the symptoms only created serious side effects that would not let me function in a way that I could feel ‘normal.’ Indeed, my quality of life was spinning out of control at such an early age!
Shortly after marrying my wife, Lori, she began ‘encouraging’ me to go see ‘her’ Chiropractor to see if my suffering could be caused by irritated or pinched nerves. After much persuasion (I did not want to go!) and feeling like I had nothing to lose, she scheduled my appointment. After examining and x-raying my spine, Dr. Lord reported that many of my problems and the fact that my body was not healing itself could indeed be caused by tiny misalignments in my spine. I learned that these misalignments (subluxations) were distorting the vital nerve signals that control the life-sustaining functions of my entire body!
Treatment began within a couple days and immediately I noticed nothing. No change in my headache, or my leg pain, or asthma symptoms as I was expecting. I thought I had just wasted my money and more importantly, my time. However, I soon began noticing that everything looked brighter and clearer than it did before I received my first adjustment. I also noticed how light my skull felt on top of my neck, and that now, when I turned my head, it felt like a smooth, fluid motion whereas before it was labored and painful to turn. I began to appreciate the magic that time plays in the healing process as my nervous system was basically ‘re-booted’ or ‘reset’. Eventually, my body began healing again from the inside-out and I was able to eliminate the outside-in treatments that I was using to just cover my symptoms.
As I sat in Dr. Lord’s waiting room many times over many months, I thought, “if I could live my life serving humanity and helping people regain their health and wellness naturally, without side-effecting drugs or irreversible surgery, then my work life would be purposeful.” I love seeing people live and love their life again by following very simple scientific truths found in the philosophy, science, and art of Chiropractic.
I eventually changed my educational course from biomechanical engineering to Chiropractic and moved to Davenport, Iowa, to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. While there, I learned a new way to look at the body – as a perfectly organized, miraculous being, greater than the sum of all it’s anatomical parts. The body has a built-in ability to heal and to be healthy. The body rarely needs any help to heal and grow to it’s full potential, it just needs no interference! Patients regain and maximize their health when they respect the body’s built-in healing processes. I furthered my education by becoming Board Certified in the Atlas Orthogonal work in Atlanta, Georgia from Dr.'s Roy and Matt Sweat after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Continuing my own research into maximizing our human potential, naturally, I also became certified in Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (A.M.I.T.) from Dr. Craig Buhler, Torque Release Technique (T.R.T.) from Dr. Jay Holder, and became a Certified Chiropractic Wellness and Lifestyle Practitioner (C.C.W.P.) I am currently studying nutrigenomics and Wholistic Kinesiology from Dr. J. Dunn. My practice members benefit as I continue my education on current healing techniques, research, and scientific discoveries into optimizing our body’s expression of life.
Lori and I have been married for 26 years. Our oldest Son, Drayton is 21, Mireya is 18 and Alayna is 16 years old. I serve in youth organizations and service clubs. When I am not at practice you can find me at youth activities, camping, hiking, fishing and spending time with my family.