An Interview with Mark J. Blessley, NTS., DC.

Harmonious hobby works hand in hand with holistic natural therapeutic and chiropractic approach

Mark Blessley is good with his hands. He dove into auto mechanic training as a high school student and received GM-certification as a 'doctor of motors' and he spent time in the Alaska construction trade remodeling homes and building solariums. A decision to get a massage in the late '80s led to his discovery of the $40 per hour charge and two-week waiting list. "That's a business opportunity," he said to himself.

After extensive research, he chose the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, New Mexico and received Natural Therapeutics Specialist (NTS) certification in 1989. He set up a massage therapy practice, and eventually joined forces with a chiropractic care center to expand his ability to care for patients. "It was not my intention to become a chiropractor when I decided to become a massage therapist. That was very far from my mind," he says.

As a natural therapeutics practitioner, he often utilized harp music in the background of massage therapy sessions. His wedding featured harp music, and his musician wife soon rented a harp. It wasn't long before his woodworking background led him to build a custom harp.

Meanwhile, encouragement from chiropractors in the practice along with his assessment of the dual benefits of massage combined with chiropractic care led to a new goal. He decided to seek chiropractic training, and to help fund his tuition, the future chiropractor built and sold custom harps. He earned a bachelor's of science in human biology (1995) and his Doctor of Chiropractic (1997) from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.

Dr. Blessley's board certifications include: the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE), Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy; Washington and Oregon State Chiropractic Boards (currently licensed in Washington and Oregon); and through the North American Association of Impairment Rating Physicians (NAAIRP). In addition to fulfilling his continuing education requirements, he is enrolled in an internet-based master's program in holistic nutrition through Clayton College of Natural Health.

He is a member of professional organizations including the Clark County Chiropractic Society; the Washington State Chiropractic Association; the American Chiropractic Association (ACE); the North American Association of Impairment Rating Physicians; the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP); and the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA).

With extensive experience in a sports medicine-related chiropractic care clinic on top of his previous experience in other chiropractic and massage therapy patient care settings, Dr. Blessley is about to launch a new, wellness-focused partnership practice. "Chiropractors work from a holistic point of view; you're not just a bunch of parts, you are the sum of your parts," he says. The new venture, Good Health, NaturallyTM is expected to open its doors this fall and will aim to treat patients with a wellness-oriented, massage therapy and chiropractic focus.

You & Your Career

What initially led you to pursue a career in the natural therapeutic field?

I was up in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1988 and I was doing construction and home remodeling. I was noticing a lot of tension in my upper back and shoulders, and I thought it would be a beneficial thing to get a massage. I was also thinking about what the next step would be to get out of construction and help people in a different way. I called around for massage therapists, and I found out that they were charging $40 an hour, and that I had to wait two weeks for an appointment. So I said to myself, "$40 an hour and they are booked two weeks in advance, that's a business opportunity. There is obviously a need for more massage therapists."

After completing my training, and spending time in private practice massage therapy, I decided to pursue an affiliation with a medical provider. I searched for doctors that work directly with the body, and decided to try to work with the chiropractic field. I started work at Chiropractic Arts Clinic in New Mexico. I worked there for a couple of years, all of the while taking course in clinical interests like neuromuscular therapy and craniosacral therapy, and I got involved in sports medicine. I became a nationally certified sports massage therapist with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Sports Massage Team. I don't think the team exists anymore, but at the time (the early '90s), it was a big deal. I was also the first massage therapist asked to work with the University of New Mexico Women's Track & Field team, and I was the only massage therapist asked to go to the Olympics.

How did your natural therapeutics career lead you to the chiropractic field?

All along, my chiropractic mentors were telling me I could help people more efficiently and at a higher level as a chiropractor. I had been watching how we treated patients, and what the most effective care was; it boiled down that the combination of chiropractic and massage together is quite a bit more effective than either treatment alone.

It was not my intention to become a chiropractor when I decided to become a massage therapist. That was very far from my mind. But it turned out that being a massage therapist first was a really helpful to me as I went into chiropractic school, because I already had studied physiology and learned palpitation skills. It was a huge advantage over other students coming from other professions or schooling backgrounds. The third year of chiropractic school, you go into student clinic and work with instructors at first; they know what to feel for when you're checking them. I had instructors tell me I had a 'feel' like a doctor already, that my touch was really good. It developed a confidence. The other students were not used to placing their hands on people and were trembling; I just went right in there. If you wanted to do a part-time business while you are in chiropractor school, with massage therapy you can take appointments that fit your schedule; it's a good way to make additional income as you are going to school.

How is your chiropractic career unfolding?

I went to work with a sports medicine group in Washington. I started with Kim Christenson. He was a sports medicine chiropractor with a very good reputation in the local area, and a rehab specialist. He was especially good at using sports medicine techniques, which is an excellent way to address injury. In sports, when have an injury on the field, they are not interested in doing something that takes a long time. You want something that makes the injury heal as quickly as possible, because these are millions-of-dollars-a-year athletes. You don't mess around; you find out what works, and that's what you do. If you think about it, everyone can be treated like an athlete when they have an injury, to get better faster, a better healing environment. It works out well to use a sports better approach. Even if you are an older person, or somewhat limited due to other health conditions, you can still tailor a sports medicine approach to the person's condition. That's what I was doing for years and years.

What I'm doing now is I'm coming back around and thinking that prevention is often the most practical. You can't prevent a car accident or a slip or a fall. But you can do sports medicine and prevention, to help a person heal after they've had an accident. All of the prevention is becoming a big issue with the congenitive (developed) diseases. Many of them are inflammatory and dietary in nature, basically life choices in nature. What I learned at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics on a basic, preliminary level is now being supported by a much deeper understanding of that part of human physiology.

What differences do the chiropractic and natural therapeutic care disciplines share?

The difference is the intent and the goal of the treatment. The chiropractor works from a holistic standpoint and analyzes the structure to make changes in the nervous system and the physiology. If a person has pronations syndrome, known as flat feet, their knees internally rotate, that puts pressure on the hips, which turns their whole body toward the side. People don't notice right away, but over time, it creates an imbalance which adds up. You have a bucket, and it is filling up and filling up. When the bucket is full, you don't have anymore reserve capacity, that's when something is going to happen: your body is going to say "I can't take it any more. I'm going to get sick so that you will stop and pay attention to me." So the body gets sick, or you have an accident. This may occur over months, weeks or years. We strive to look at the whole person, find out where the problems are way ahead of time; it's like relieving pressure in a pressure cooker. It can be quick or slow, but that's the focus.

A lot of other disciplines are symptom chasers: "You hurt here, so I'll rub that for you." In a way, that does have the effect to lessen the pressure, but the source of the pain is often not where the person thought it was. Numbness in the wrist could be coming from the cervical spine; you may be able to get the symptoms to go away because of referral relief, or you may be able to get referral release in acupuncture. But it may be temporary relief that is going to come back. We work from a holistic point of view; you're not just a bunch of parts, you are the sum of your parts. If all the parts aren't working correctly, there's friction and pressure coming down that's unevenly distributed, and that's what chiropractors address. In natural therapeutics, we're doing that, but we didn't have the same tools and knowledge and training, so chiropractics is kind of like moving up a couple of levels.

What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?

My focus has been getting less and less on the sports medicine. We treat a lot of athletes, and they are great to treat, but they are relatively healthy people. My goal right now is to establish a new clinic – Good Health, NaturallyTM – this fall. The focus will be on wellness and health, combining chiropractic and other health modalities, probably acupuncture, with massage therapy. I'm working with a massage therapist who has seven massage therapists working with him already.

There's a definite need in society right now in the area of wellness. Parker Chiropractic in Dallas, one of the earliest established chiropractic schools, has recently revised its mission statement to be a wellness-oriented school. That's a huge public statement when a college that has been around since the early 1900s revises its mission to train doctors specifically for wellness-oriented methods.

What are some common myths about the chiropractic and natural therapeutic professions?

The myths on chiropractic are that it hurts and that it just involves the back. You say chiropractic, and many people think popping bones. In reality, it's useful for many different types of problems, including internal organ problems, PMS, hearing problems.

Chiropractic care is not just for adults, it's also for children and older people. There has been considerable research on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment in treating conditions such as babies' earaches.

On natural therapeutics, a myth in general is that health comes from the outside in. In reality, the body has mechanisms that are genetically programmed for health, and they get misdirected or become overwhelmed by toxic substances in the environment, toxic thoughts or restrictions due to injuries or illnesses. So the two basic premises of natural therapeutics are to find and remove toxicities and to create nutritional adequacies.

How does nutrition factor into your patient care offerings?

I plan to work with people who have weight problems as part of my nutritional treatment goals; obesity in our culture is one of my clinical interests. There's an interesting concept related to obesity that many people don't think about; our foods are not as nutritious as they used to be 20 years ago or longer. If the body doesn't get the nutrition that it needs, the vitamins and minerals, the body says to the brain, "eat." Unfortunately, the brain can't say, "You need beta carotene, go have a carrot." It says, "You need beta carotene, go eat more." If the closest thing is a donut, you're going to eat it. Your brain says eat more, and if the food doesn't have the nutrition you need, you eat more, and you gain weight and you still don't have the vitamins and minerals. We have to increase our healthy choices and make sure we're getting the right intake of enough foods.

Do you feel that is important for someone to be passionate about the chiropractic and/or the natural therapeutic field in order to be successful?

You could never make it through the training unless you were passionate. It's a long row to hoe. You have to be passionate to get to the point of getting into practice, and you have to take care of yourself along the way to make sure you have adequate energy. You need to have the willingness and the desire to help people in general; otherwise you couldn't make it through. You have to have a dream or a goal or a destination.

The beautiful thing about studying the body is that no matter how long or hard you study, you can never know even know a fraction about it. New things are being discovered all the time. For instance, energy medicine has been practiced for thousands of years, but no one really ever pinned down why it works. Now the beneficial healing energy of people's hands is becoming more measurable. Researchers are finding healers have the ability to promote certain frequencies, or up-regulate or down-regulate the body's energy field. They're finding that people with the innate ability to heal have intuitively figured out how to up-regulate or down-regulate energy fields.

The spark of learning is an important aspect to have if you are getting into the healing professions, because there's always more to learn. I guess I'm a junkie.

What contributions do you feel the chiropractic and natural therapeutic fields have made in society?

From a microscopic viewpoint, a more balanced person and a healthier person tends to interact with society much more harmoniously. A person who is balanced doesn't create problems for other people, and is much more productive. Balanced people tend to raise the level of consciousness of community and global progress rather than tear it down. So on a small level, if you add up all the people who feel better and operate more efficiently, it has a global effect. It's a small thing and a big thing, it all adds up.

The only person you really have influence on is yourself. Work on yourself, and as you become balanced, you will overflow with benefit to others. If everything is working well, the energy effects others, and they become infected and infect others, all in a good way.

Education Information & Advice

How did you choose the Natural Therapeutics Specialist program at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics?

I wrote to 21 schools, I personally visited seven schools, and I picked the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. I moved from Alaska to Albuquerque, took the 1,000 hour course in natural therapeutics and also massage therapy and polarity, which was similar to an associate's degree. I finished in January of 1989 and went into private practice.

You went on to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Human Biology and your Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College. What led you there?

I met and married my wife in Albuquerque, and along the way we decided it would be a good goal for me to become a chiropractor. So I started the pre-requisites to get into chiropractic school, which are the same as a medical school course. It's basically pre-med; you have to take the physics, the chemistry, the organic chemistry, the biology. I did all of that in Albuquerque.

We checked chiropractic schools, decided we'd like to live in the Northwest and chose Western State in Portland. I like trees, and the Northwest is really good for trees. We moved up to Washington State, and I started school. I graduated with Bachelor's of Science in human biology in December 1995, and got my doctorate in chiropractic in June 1997.

How did you finance your chiropractic schooling?

Similar to medical school, it's not cheap to go to chiropractic school. Part of what I did to pay for chiropractic school was to use my woodworking abilities. My wife Valerie and I build (and play) harps, and I actually paid for some of my tuition in cash with 'harp money' from Blessley Instruments. I paid for several quarters by making them count out $100 bills; it was $4,000 a quarter; that's a lot of money. Not too many students pay in cash. Most students end up borrowing money and signing checks, a lot of chiropractors end up $100,000 or more in debt by the time they are done. I got out with about half of that amount of debt. I was written up in the local newspaper, The Oregonian, in an article called something like "Local Chiropractic Student is Good With His Hands."

As a chiropractor, you are required to take continuing education classes. What are your current interests?

Right now I'm taking a 100-hour certification course in chiropractic wellness through the International Chiropractic Association; the instructor is Dr. James Chestnut. His philosophy is very simple, and well put: "Move well, eat well, think well." Essentially, it means that you will help yourself by doing those three things: get your body moving correctly, maximize all of the joints and keep everything moving; eat right to decrease toxicity; think right, avoid negative thoughts, strive toward the positive, and laugh.

I was recently privileged to take a class with Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, the private personal physician to sports icons including Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong. The course was "The Winning protocol, the Tour de France." It explored the preventative treatment, the conditioning and the acute injuries treatment leading to Armstrong's winning the Tour de France seven times in a row.

What advice do you have for students hoping to pursue chiropractic or natural therapeutics educations and careers?

Keep up on your math. Don't let the math slide, even if it seems boring and doesn't seem useful for the future. Get good at math. Erasers are really useful too. In my woodworking, when young kids are in my shop looking at the woodworking tools, I ask them, "What the most important tool here?" They usually point to something big, like the band saw. I show them the pencil eraser and tell them the eraser is best, most important thing. You plan, you write stuff out, but you find you want to change it, and erasers are really helpful.

I was not that good of a high school student, I couldn't see the value. While I was in high school I actually went to auto mechanic school nights. I got certificated as a doctor of motors, which was a General Motors certification that you got in auto mechanic school that has since been replaced with Mr. Goodwrench certification. The way I look at this from a retrospective view is that I started out with mechanical things, figured out how they worked, electrical systems, pressure, hydraulics. Then I went on to building very technical solariums, and sun spaces and things with glass, aluminum and wood in challenging environments. It kept bringing me closer to the most exquisite mechanical thing in the world, the human body. I kept graduating.

What did you like and dislike about your education?

I wish I knew how critical math was going to be. I had to go through a lot of extra work, because I didn't take the classes when I should have. I didn't see the importance and value of algebra as a student. When I realized I had to take physics class, calculus and have a certain math level before I could start school. I got a tutor, I rented math videos. Have you ever watched a math video? Instead of sleeping pills, go rent a math video, and I guarantee you'll be asleep before you know it. I caught up pretty fast; I got a C in my first class, than an A in the next one. It was something like six quarters in sequence I had to take. So, make sure you have math training.

In retrospect, what do you know now, that you wish you knew before you pursued your education?

I did a lot of traveling and looking at the world before I started, and I don't regret that. You start when you're ready. Get some of the stuff out of the way; travel and get a broad perspective of the world. Before you settle down, make sure you know what you want to do, create goals for yourself, and get good at accomplishing your goals. It's a big goal to become a doctor, and a big responsibility afterwards, so you want to make sure you're ready for that.

Doing massage therapy is not quite as large of a schooling commitment, but there is a high burnout rate in massage therapy. If you want to get into massage therapy, that's something you should make sure you get an education in, how to avoid burnout. They teach that well at the best schools.

What factors should prospective students consider when choosing a school?

Choose the place where you would like to live, make sure you visit more than one school. It oftentimes boils down to being in a place you like to live. That's for your practice, too; look for a place you want to live, and when you have your practice, you'll be happier and the practice will flow better.

I would visit several schools, as they all have a different feel. They have the same requirements, taking much of the same classes, but each has a different feel and a different philosophy. It's hard to know what your philosophy is, but if you find a place where you know you want to live, that your intuition tells you is a good place, it's probably the right school for you.

Does school choice make a difference in being prepared to treat patients? In landing a job or launching a practice?

There are differences in philosophies of the schools; they all have fairly similar curricula to be certified. I would get with a mentor or a chiropractor; go out to lunch with someone who does what you'd think you'd like to do. Interview them a bit. Ask them how they like what they are doing. There are differences in chiropractic treatment philosophies, but you don't get some of that info from the schools' web sites and brochures and literature. If you want to focus on wellness, a school that has changed their mission statement to focus on wellness may be a draw. Find out what extra-curricular clubs are at the school, what the students are into. How many people are involved in the wellness clubs, sports clubs, motion palpation club, nutrition circles? Find out the extra stuff at the school. If you're married, find out if there are things going on in the area to interest your spouse.

What can students do to increase their chances of being accepted to chiropractic and natural therapeutic programs?

You have to do your prerequisites, get good grades in the pre-reqs and have good goals. The schools look at what your goals are, and why you want to be a chiropractor, how well you express yourself. Some states require a bachelor's degree before starting chiropractic college.

What other advice can you give to prospective students thinking about an education and career in the chiropractic and natural therapeutic field?

I would go and check out what chiropractors do, shadow one and watch what they do. If you have a goal of how you would like to help people in practice, and try to pick a chiropractor who is doing that kind of procedure.

The Actual Work

Describe a typical day of work for you.

I treat around 18 to 20 patients a day. I greet them in the waiting room, I watch them move, how they get up from their seating position and how they walk. That's a big advantage to me over a doctor who might come in when they are already in the examining room. I do a bit of an exam every time, measure certain points and tenderness or muscle spasms. Then I do adjusting. I use a percusser, which is an impact tool, it percusses rather than vibrates; it puts a wave directly into the tissue that directly reaches the tissue; it doesn't oscillate, it's like a piston coming in and out that loosens the tissues. Then I do chiropractic adjusting depending on what they person needs. For an older person, I do it gently, while for a young athlete or a vibrant person, I might use a more assertive touch. Sometimes I use an ortheostem, a device that creates an impulse of 12 times a second into the nervous system. It helps to balance the muscles in the area, turns off the pain receptors and increases the feedback from receptors that cause pain to go down. I talk patients about stretching and nutrition. Then I'll check to see how they are doing, watch them walk. Treatments usually last between 10 and 15 minutes. It takes much longer with a new patient or an acute patient.

Each visit, I try to do something a little bit different the patient. One time I might check feet and knees, another time their shoulders. I want to check their whole movement system, but I can't do it all in one visit. If was to do everything I could do, it would last hours. So I have to break it into different aspects each time. I have a medical assistant who works with me for checking blood pressure and conducting range of motion tests. It's beneficial to work with other professionals that can do some of the work, that way you can plan your patient encounter by knowing what other person can assist you with future patient care plans.

On a basic level, what skills does your career demand?

It demands empathy for people. It demands having an ability to recognize patterns; you need to have the ability to palpate, assist tissues changes and different motions of joints. There are many different ways we assess joints – sometimes the end feel when you move a joint will be squishy, sometimes it will be hard, sometimes it comes to the end point slowly, but appropriately, and sometimes it comes too quickly and you can't move a joint. You need the ability to analyze different kinds of movement.

Is 'squishy' the technical term?

The actually terms we use can be kind of funny. There's a term 'boggy'; swelling makes tissue feel boggy, like pushing down on a swampy area of ground. It's funny how we use different terms; we can use squishy. I try to make my feedback to the patient appropriate to whatever level they can understand. I've worked with nurses and people who have had anatomical training, and I'll go right in to naming muscles and talking about origins and range of motions. Other people don't have training, and they might not understand. You can explain it and it is going right over their heads, but they may still nod as if they understand. Terms like squishy work for everyone.

What do you enjoy most about your patient encounters?

What I like is when they get up and say "Wow, that doesn't hurt any more" or "I can feel my headache going away" or "The veil has been lifted, and my consciousness is upgraded" or "I feel so much better now." I could almost do my work without getting paid. I like helping people, and I like it that I get that feedback every day. That's what keeps me going.

What unique challenges and rewards come from being on the chiropractic and natural therapeutic side of a multidisciplinary healthcare facility?

There are challenges in explaining what you are doing and how it is helping, especially when a person has a chronic problem that has existed for years. It's like the difference in working with concrete. If a person waits and doesn't come in until the illness or disability has settled in, it's like working with solid concrete, its very difficult to work with. If the person comes in with a new injury, or something that has just started up, its more like working with liquid concrete, you can still smooth and form it. One of the challenges is how to explain why it might take months to get better than they are now, and that they should get little changes for the better, but that at some points they might feel like they are getting worse. People have ups and downs. I try to relate treatment programs and progress in common terms. So that's a challenge, but its fun to do that and to find new ways to express things.

How can the reality of being a practicing chiropractor and natural therapeutic provider differ from typical expectations?

Since I was doing patient care already, it was pretty much as I imagine it. I can remember when I was first hired by Dr. Christenson; we were in a meeting discussing patients and I asked about red flags for disc problems. He looked at me and smiled, and said "We treat those people every day." I was being over-cautious because I was new.

There are times you have to refer for a neurological consult; a student has a lower threshold for determining if it's a case you can treat or if you need to refer. What people don't know is that chiropractic students treat the student population for a year. The last year you are in chiropractic college, you treat the general public. At Western State, students work at the free clinic in downtown Portland. By the time you are done with school, you develop pretty good confidence.

How has the popularity of the Internet affected your profession?

The Internet is becoming a larger and larger impact; we have all of our pre-treatment forms on the Internet. People are checking out doctors before they go see them. And of course, there's a degree of marketing that the Internet makes available.

Best patient care tip for a novice?

Look them in the eyes, watch their movements and find out what their primary complaint is. And always address the primary presenting complaint first. They could have a foot problem that is causing a lower back problem, but if they complain of back pain, don't go for the foot first. Check the lower back first, and then let them know the treatment will explore other potential causes.

Information, Trends & Advice

What are some of the trends that you see in the chiropractic and natural therapeutic field which could help students plan for the future?

The interconnectedness of the disciplines and the medical community is a trend. All of the disciplines are starting to talk to one another more flexibly. The Internet is bringing people together, and more information can be disseminated. Research is getting better and better. Staying in contact with other doctors and would be a way to promote yourself and as a means to keep the art alive.

Wellness is up and coming as a concept. It's been around for a long time, but is being looked into more as prevention rather than cure, the old phrase an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A lot of research is pointing to problems that develop over time rather than problems that just show up that could be preventable, conditions like arthritis and diabetes potentially being caused by inflammatory conditions, food allergies, toxicities in the environment and other forces that are preventable. Preventative medicine is getting a big push; food as well as wellness care.

What is the impact of managed care in the chiropractic profession?

Insurance is going up and up and up in price, and to keep the price down, they are decreasing the types of providers that are able to be on the panels and lowering the amount of reimbursement. Something else that occurs is that the managed care companies will say 'we cover chiropractic,' and they'll even advertise that they cover 10 visits a year. But the reality is that they may only cover a certain amount of visits for a certain condition. That's almost like they are practicing medicine without a license. Insurers are dictating the care people are getting. That's wrong.

How available are internships and other hands-on learning experiences? Are there formal internships beyond in-school clinical experience?

Some schools allow or encourage, instead of the last quarter, they encourage a student to go out into the local community to work in a practice. We've had several interns work at our clinics, and it's a good thing. Although, right after you get them trained, then they leave. It's a good experience for the students; they get a real world experience. The colleges have protocols, but it's a good idea to check out different protocols; there is more than one way to treat a patient.

How is the job market now in the chiropractic and natural therapeutic field? How do you think it will develop over the next five years?

As baby boomers reach their peak, and more and more people are getting older and living longer, I think it's pretty positive for job outlets. There are opportunities in many areas; for instance, hospitals are starting to incorporate some chiropractic care in rehabilitation and elsewhere, adding chiropractors to the hospital staff.

What is the average salary/compensation package for a chiropractor? What can recent chiropractic school graduates expect as a salary range starting out? Once they get to the top of the profession?

It's a rapidly accelerating amount you get paid. As an associate you get paid less than if you are in private practice. If you go into private practice out of school, you're going to make less the first year or two. I know that the American Chiropractor Association says the average salary $80,000 to 100,000 after a couple of years of practice. Some will make more, some less; for a new doc, you have to figure its going to be less to start with. It all depends on your skill level. It's probably good for a new person to make an agreement with their employer that as their patient numbers increase, that they would get appropriate levels of increased compensation. It's also a good idea for a new employee to have a risk-free trial period, of say three to six months. and essentially say "lets try this out and see we work well together, and if not, let's part agreeably." Make sure philosophies are congruent and then go from there.

Closing Remarks

Is there anything else you can tell us about yourself, your career, or the profession that would be interesting or helpful to others aspiring to succeed in the fields of chiropractic or natural therapeutics care?

Chiropractic treatment is not just back cracking. What we mostly do is remove interference so the body can work more efficiently. Most people don't realize that chiropractors have considerable training in nutrition and other aspects of holistic wellness.

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