Tell me a little background about your life
I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Growing up in Indianapolis was the best. Our house was on a lake and all summer long we would spend time out on the water tubing and just hanging out. When I got to high school I could not decide which sport I wanted to play. So I played as many as I could. I played tennis, baseball, football, I even wrestled.
It wasn't until I ran track that I really found a sport that inspired me and got me motivated. The only down fall was I started running when I was a senior in high school. I ended up not being too bad at the pole vault and received a track scholarship to Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. It was at Bellarmine where I really found an interest in exercise and health. I always had an interest in living a healthy lifestyle, but growing up I hid that from my friends and family. I always felt a little judged or looked down upon because I wouldn’t drink the sodas and eat the candy. Being a collegiate athlete really helped me solidify what my values about health and wellness were, what they meant to me and how to constantly improve myself.
So it was a natural segway into becoming a Chiropractor. Going to Chiropractic school was a great accomplishment for me. Another benefit was the friends and connections I made while in school. have the privilege of having great colleagues and the honor of having great friends who understand and agree with my lifestyle.
After 4 years living in Florida, going to Chiropractic school, meeting my soon-to-be wife. I can say I have had a blessed life and I wouldn't change it for anything.
Why did you start your own practice?
My dream while in Chiropractic school was to open my own office. It is the dream of every young Chiropractic student, but starting your own business and putting it all on the table can be a very scary venture. There is something to be said about creating a business from scratch and building it from the ground up. Owning my own practice allows me to treat patients the way I know how to that matches my personality and truly gets results with patients. Being a Chiropractor is a really cool job and I wouldn’t want to be anything else.
What is your long-term vision?
My long term vision for the office is to create a full and all encompassing health and wellness center. A one stop place where people can take care of their health and wellness needs. With so much going on in the world today and everyone being so busy, being treated at one place is one less stressor on your life, mind and body. In order to be an all encompassing health and wellness studio I have to have a great team. The old adage of teamwork makes the dream work is true. We can only truly be successful when people can come together with a similar vision and common goals and work together to reach those goals.
When did you first know you wanted to be a chiropractor?
I didn’t even have Chiropractic school on my radar until I was a junior in college. My Chiropractic story is pretty neat. I have more than one story, because I have had many Chiropractors help me in the past, but this is the best one. So here is the backstory. I pole vaulted in college and during my junior year I sustained a pretty serious ankle/foot injury. I was assessed and treated by the athletic trainers to no avail. They referred me to our schools Physical Therapists. I went through a course of physical therapy and was given many different diagnoses as to what was wrong with my foot. Between the athletic trainers, physical therapists, and team doctors I had more diagnoses than I did toes. To sum it all up they had no idea what was wrong with my ankle/foot, so the next logical step was to refer me to an orthopedic surgeon, all the while I was seeing this Chiropractor for other back issues I was having.
So I am coming into this Chiropractor's office every week with this big boot on my foot for weeks on end. Week after week I hobble in, get adjusted, feel better and leave. Finally one day when I walk in he looks straight into my eyes and say (yells), “Why haven’t you told me whats going on with your foot!” At this point I am a little taken back because I didn’t even know Chiropractor’s dealt with ankles/feet. So anyways, I tell him about my foot and what's going on and he say, “okay, take your boot off.” He examined it and asked me some question. Then he adjusted my ankle and I thought I was going to jump through the roof it hurt so bad. It was and still is the most amazing adjustment I ever received. I stood up from the table that day and I did not need to wear my boot anymore. All the pain was gone!! He resolved six months worth of pain with one visit. He did what my athletic trainers, physical therapists and medical doctors couldn’t do. He helped me. After that I was so interested in Chiropractic care. At this time I still didn't have any interest in going to Chiropractic school, but a few month later I learned that we was selling his office to another Chiropractor and he was moving to Michigan. On the last day I saw him, as I was leaving he stopped me and handed me a Letter of Recommendation for Palmer College of Chiropractic school and told me I was going. He even addressed to Palmer College because that was where he went and he made the decision for me that that was where I was going. That was the best decision someone else made for me and every day in practice I try to very every single patient that walks in the door the same treatment and life changing care they deserve.
What things do you do in your own life to stay healthy?
My health history is as crazy has anyones you have ever met. There are so many things that play into whether or not someone is healthy, but the main factor is how you live your life. Living a life of health and wellness comes so easy to me, because that is how I have chosen to live my life. Over the last 4 years I have been in and out of the hospital with the same issue. Ulcerative Colitis. I accepted that there was nothing I could do to cure myself from this disease and that taking medication was the only help I could get. After being hospitalized for the third time with this issue I decided that our modern healthcare system was not and will not ever be able to help me as much as I could help myself. I have since made so many improvements in my own health journey that have led me to become the healthiest version of myself I can become. Here is my list of what I do everyday:
I go to sleep early and wake up early. By going to sleep early I can get the 8 hours of sleep I need to happy and healthy.
I eat vegetables every day. Come on...you know you need to eat your vegetables and I don’t need to explain to you the health benefits from them. If your mom says it's true then you should listen to her.
I go to the gym at least 5 days a week and lift weights. I make sure I am doing something active on those two days I am not in the gym.
Go outside. Nature is the best drug.
I never go to bed angry or stressed out. I always try to resolve my problems or have a plan of how each problem or argument will be resolve.
Give us ONE piece of advice for someone wanting to make a small improvement in their well being.
The best piece of advice I can give someone to make improvements in their life and to improve their well-being is to STOP DRINKING SODA!