When I started chiropractic school, I immediately took an interest in anatomy and embryology. Learning how the body developed and how the different parts functioned fascinated me. A friend of mine attended the Mayo Medical School at the same time and I found it interesting how similar the curriculum’s were. It made me more confident that I was receiving a high quality education that would help me provide a high quality of health care in the future .My decision to pursue chiropractic came about gradually. I spent my first two and half years of college at SDSU pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. About two years into the curriculum I decided to explore other options. My father suggested I talk to a local chiropractor that was also a friend of the family. After spending some time talking with this Doctor I decided to switch majors and start taking my prerequisites for chiropractic school. I graduated with a BS in biology and went on to attend Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota. Once I had to opportunity to begin treating patients, I could see the impact I could have on their health by utilizing the skills I was taught in school. This was when I knew I had made the right decision.
My goals are to provide the best treatment in a quick and effective manner that best fits the patient’s treatment goals. Once the patient’s goals are determined, an accurate diagnosis of the problem must be reached. I must determine if the patient’s problem is one I can help with. If the problem can be helped by chiropractic, my goal is to help the body function by correcting body’s mechanics (structure). If I can correct the structural problems that occur the body can then function optimally. Education regarding nutrition and physical activity can often help address a problem that goes beyond a simple mechanical problem. If a patient’s problem cannot be addressed by chiropractic, then I need to point them in a direction to where they can receive the proper care. I grew up in Brookings and after high school attended SDSU, where I received my BS in biology. I was a member of the baseball team through my sophomore year. During my junior year of college I met my wife Jennifer while she was on Christmas break from the USD school of law. We have two children, Benjamin and Anya, and one dog named Coco. Ben is five and just started kindergarten this fall at Hillcrest Elementary. Anya is two and her switch is on “go” from morning to night. In my free time I enjoy relaxing at home with my wife and kids, golf, softball, and spending time with my large extended family in the Brookings area.
My family gets adjusted every couple of weeks, or more if they are not feeling well. While we seem to be constantly going from one activity to another we still find the time to eat mostly home cooked meals. Most of the snacks our children eat consist of fruits and vegetables. We recently began juicing our own fruit and vegetable juice, which the kids enjoy making and drinking. The kids are involved in many activities to get their exercise including soccer, t-ball, gymnastics, ice-skating, tae kwon do, and swimming. When the weather allows, my wife and I enjoy going on walks around the neighborhood with the kids. I personally enjoy biking for my main method of exercise.
Thank you to Brookings Chiropractic Center for the opportunity to be a part of this great facility. I look forward to being a part of the team.