When I was 8 years old I fell approximately ten feet from a tree that I had been playing in. I landed flat upon my back and was knocked unconscious for nearly a minute. I awoke to find my friend standing over me. He looked down and said, “Are you O.K.?” I was a little shaken, but nodded my head and said, “Yeah.” However I was in severe pain from coming into contact with mother earth. The pain went away after a week, but would come back regularly over the next two years.
The problem worsened, and I was forced to wear a neck brace for nearly a year until an orthopedic surgeon informed my mother how bad my condition had become, the therapy and medications were not working and that I would need several surgeries to relieve my symptoms. The doctor also told my mother that the future would not be bright for me, adding that I would need the assistance of a wheelchair within 3 years. What happened next started the transformation of my life.
My mother told me she was taking me to the Chiropractor. I was a little scared and nervous. I had not been to a Chiropractor before. I remember thinking “Is it going to hurt and what’s he going to do to me?” I received my first Chiropractic adjustment that day. When Dr. Hoch told me we were finished, I started to fasten the brace upon my neck as I had done a thousand times during the past year. However, he said “Don’t wear that anymore, but save it so that you remember this day.”
Within hours my pain started to go away and a few months later I joined my elementary school’s wrestling team. A few years later I played four years of college football at Lock Haven University, pretty good for a kid destined for neck surgery.
As my participation in sports grew, so did my interest in health, nutrition and athletic training. To finish my undergraduate degree, I undertook an internship with Penn State University as a student strength coach working exclusively with their football program. Nearing the end of my internship I realized that a career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach wasn’t my calling. I reached out to the Chiropractor that I had met more than a decade before and continued to visit a few times per year. I discussed my interests and experiences with him and he recommended I attend Chiropractic school. I enrolled in New York Chiropractic College in central New York State. I graduated in 2004 with a desire to help as many people as possible live healthier and happier lives.
I practiced in Pennsylvania for five years before moving to Columbia MD to open Living Wellness Chiropractic of Columbia. I have 12 years of practice experience to share with my patients. I’ve focused my practice on Chiropractic Biophysics, a specialty within Chiropractic that only about three percent of Chiropractors use. This specialty focuses not only on pain relief but actually correcting the spine by improving posture and correcting harmful postural changes.
This past spring I brought Dr. Rachel Weene into my practice to further allow me to serve my community. She brings new insights as a recent graduate and we make a great team to provide the highest level of care to our patients every day.
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