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Prior to enrolling in chiropractic school, I trained as a massage therapist at the Shiatsu Institute in San Francisco, and practiced massage therapy for two years. During that time, I mostly worked with well people and massaged a lot of tense necks and shoulders. I also took some workshops in Tui Na (Chinese muscle and joint massage), Chi Nei Tsang (Chinese massage for the abdomen and organs), and the use of qi gong for healing others.
I graduated with honors from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in Seneca Falls, NY in 1998.
NYCC is known for having an excellent program in the basic and clinical sciences.
Click here to learn more about Chiropractic education in the US, and how it compares to an MD degree.
Since graduating from chiropractic school in 1998, I have taken hundreds of hours of additional training in many subjects.
Most of my training since gaining my degree has been in these areas:
Advanced, state-of-the-art soft tissue therapies aimed at resolving muscle and connective tissue problems. These therapies always make the adjustment easier, safer, and more long-lasting. They often resolve patient's problems without any adjustments needed at all. You can learn about some of these methods here, here, and here. My next continuing education, June 2015, will be about the safe and gentle manipulation of internal organs.
The scientific application of nutritional therapies to assist the body's chemical systems. Patients often need nutritional supplementation to support tissue healing, muscle function, digestion, circulation, and metabolism. I have studied the methods for using patient's symptoms, lab work, and physical examination to determine the precise nutritional needs. The Institute for Functional Medicine is the organization that coordinates the research and writing on this subject. The IFM is founded by and mostly consists of MD's who have (finally) discovered the great influence that nutrition has on health, and how to use lab work to identify nutritional problems.
The safest, gentlest, and most specific adjusting techniques. The more specific and precise an adjustment, the less force is needed to realign the bone. Less force makes for a safer and more comfortable adjustment. You can read about the Gonstead Method, which forms the basis of the adjusting technique I have developed.
The most up-to-date and thorough evaluation of auto injury. In 2013, I completed the Spine Research Institute of San Diego's Advanced Program in Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology. This program covers all aspects of the evaluation and treatment of injuries to the spine and head. Whether these injuries result from sports such as football, soccer, or skiing, or from accidents, I can evaluate and provide the right treatment. If any aspects of the injury are outside of the scope of my expertise, I will make the appropriate referral and communicate with providers of all types.
If you have any questions about my training, or my approach, feel free to call the clinic at 503-688-1219, or send me an email with your questions.