Shadowing with Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie Wyss

I am realistic. I expect miracles. - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Over the spring break I had the opportunity to shadow with Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie Wyss in Green Bay, Wis. During my first trimester at Palmer, I Googled “pediatric chiropractors in Wisconsin” and came across the Wyss’ website and then throughout the year at Palmer other students have mentioned them to me about how great they are. So I figured over a break would be the best time to visit them since they only practice about an hour from where I grew up.

Both, Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie are graduates of Palmer. When shadowing a chiropractor, I never know what to expect and they were so open and excited to have me there for the morning! I shadowed Dr. Skip with adjustments, and then Dr. Julie spoke to me a lot about the business side of things.

Dr. Julie talked to me about insurance and how they handle it. I’ve been under chiropractic care in the past with practices that took insurance and one that was cash-based. She was telling me that sometimes people who pay cash value their adjustments more. She compared it to a car that you’ve made the car payments on versus one that would have just been handed to you. People are most likely to take better care of the car that they have made the payments on. She said that chiropractic is so similar and that patients paying cash seem to listen more carefully to maintaining the adjustment. I thought this was such great advice and so easy to understand!

Dr. Julie also recommended looking into ICPA (international Chiropractic Pediatric Association), SOT and cranial adjusting for techniques. I’ve been debating between which techniques and organizations will be most beneficial for me to take and be part of while in school. It was great to hear more about these as they are on my to-do list while in school.

While observing Dr. Skip, I was able to see many different families get adjusted. They also have an open room for adjusting, although it isn’t open into the waiting room. I liked that while Dr. Skip was checking the patient’s spine that he was talking out loud for which vertebra he was on and then talked about the organ(s) o which the nerve supplied. I felt that it really solidified to the patient that he knew exactly what he was doing and talking about. Dr. Skip mentioned multiple times to me how important PNS class is, and it definitely showed throughout my time shadowing! I was so thankful to hear that just before starting the class.

One child came in for his second adjustment that had cerebral palsy. The child seemed to keep his head back and kept looking upward. After Dr. Skip adjusted his atlas, there was a noticeable difference that he was looking more straightforward. It was amazing and even the parents were super excited! Seeing something so noticeable was awesome and Dr. Skip talked to the parents about his muscles and the importance of continuing to get adjusted. At school I’ve heard a lot of D.C.s mention that they expect miracles, and this little adjustment will most likely change this child’s life!

Dr. Skip was so excited throughout the entire morning and being around his energy was great! I felt like I had learned so much information that morning. Dr. Skip also recommended coming back throughout my time at Palmer to continue to learn from them. I was so excited to hear that because right now it’s hard to fully understand exactly why and what they are adjusting. Since I’m in toggle class now, I still have so much to learn! I look forward to learning more from Dr. Skip and Dr. Julie!

-Jen

Shadowing with Dr. Travis Howell

Smiling baby loves chiropractic

Chiropractic is great!

Earlier in February I posted how I attended Dr. Travis Howell’s Perfect Storm Workshop. Well the next week, I shadowed Dr. Travis in his off, and it was such a great experience. His office is located in Bettendorf, and he is a Pediatric Chiropractor. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to shadow him right after his workshop, since I was able to see patients come in after they attended it, as well.

I had the opportunity to see two different families come in for their initial visits and see how Dr. Travis runs through his scans and questions. From what I’ve seen while shadowing, things can be a little more chaotic (but a good chaotic in my mind) when working with children. I love seeing how practicing chiropractors work with children and communicate effectively with the mothers/fathers. The room where the scans take place has a very relaxed feeling, with toys and a couch. Once the scans were completed Dr. Travis reviews the information from the scans and from the paperwork. With the two families I observed who had their initial consult, the questions ranged from about pregnancy to the birth process and what is being observed now.

There was another child who came in for his first adjustment with Dr. Travis as well while I was there. This child had been diagnosed with autism, and his mother had attended the workshop as well. Dr. Travis talked to me about working with children with autism and what has worked for him to make them feel more comfortable in his office. For instance, asking the parents if there is something the child really likes so that he can have it in his office. He told me about the first child with autism he adjusted and how the boy really liked Woody from “Toy Story.” So he made sure he had one in his office, and whenever the child would come in he knew where to go get the Woody character.

Dr. Travis’ office has an open layout for his office, other then the exam room. I liked that feeling for a family office so that children can continue to play while their parents are getting adjusted. Everything about the office seemed very calming and open.

Office visit with Dr. Corey Schneider

Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center

Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center

Over the spring break I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Corey and talk to him about chiropractic and schooling. Dr. Corey is cousins with my sister-in-law and is one of my older brother’s friends. So I have known him for a while but haven’t really had the chance to just talk about chiropractic with him. I had been very focused on observing pediatric or family clinics that I hadn’t taken the time to observe Dr. Corey, who runs a practice focused more on rehab. Which just so happens to be some of the advice that he had given me: to look at shadowing as many people as possible and learn what you like and don’t like.

He told me that there were some students while he was in school that were focused on only one technique or one method. I think it can be really common at school to only stick with your club that you go to on a regular basis, but there are so many different techniques out there and they all work. It just depends on what works for you and the patient.

Dr. Corey also recommended asking chiropractors in the area if you can volunteer in their office. He said that it’s such a great way to learn more about the business side of a practice.

Dr. Corey talked to me about how he bought his practice. He said that he knew he wanted to work in a specific area, so he mailed out letters to practicing D.C.s in that area to see if they were looking to sell or retire in the near future. This would give him the opportunity to potentially associate for a bit before buying the practice. I haven’t talked to a lot of practicing D.C.s yet, but hearing the full approach on how he handled buying the practice was a great idea to take note of! I’m not exactly sure what my plan is for after graduation, but I know that this first year went by so fast that I really want to start figuring out my plan.

After we chatted for a while, he had some patients to see, so I stuck around to observe three patients. Dr. Corey has private adjusting rooms and also has a massage therapist working with patients before he adjusts them. Hearing his approach to patients was a little different or unique then what I had seen from others I have observed. And it solidified my goal of observing as many chiropractors as possible. Since I had initially just planned to meet up with Dr. Corey to talk about chiropractic, I didn’t have a ton of time to shadow so I’m hoping over the summer break I’ll have the opportunity to shadow and see a new patient evaluation!

Intergreek Philosophy Night

Not just a quick fix, we approach health as an entire lifestyle.Earlier this month at the sorority house, we had our regular Intergreek Philosophy Night, which happens every trimester. This trimester we had such a great turnout! The house was packed, with every seat was full! There were also many amazing speakers from all of the Greek houses. The speakers consisted of individuals from 2nd trimester to 10th trimester. I love hearing people’s views on chiropractic philosophy, whether it aligns with mine or not.

One of the speakers talked about explaining chiropractic to those who may not have ever had chiropractic care or to people who think chiropractic is just about “cracking backs.”

He described a specific situation that happened to him and a friend at a bar where someone asked them what they did. They told the man that they were students at Palmer and the man asked them what chiropractic was. The friend went on to explain chiropractic in more details with the nervous system. Obviously, the man looked confused, so the speaker said that he started explaining chiropractic with the following three ideas: structure, function and quality of life. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how to explain chiropractic to people (mainly through the safety-pin explanation, which is awesome) but have never heard people talk about including quality of life.

Over the winter break, my family and I talked my grandma into seeing a chiropractor after she wasn’t seeing results from her medical doctor. I took her to her first appointment, and my grandma was very set on asking everyone if they could fix her. Now looking back on how the chiropractor interacted with my grandma, she was focusing more on improving her quality of life from where she was in a more round-about way. I’ve been able to job shadow a few chiropractors in the past, but sitting there with my grandma was a very different view on things.

I look forward to next trimesters Intergreek Philosophy Night to hear more amazing speakers talk about their chiropractic philosophy.

Jen

Prospective Student Event!

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

The Palmer campus! Davenport, Iowa.

This weekend was the big Prospective Student Event on campus, which I attended to work the Pediatric Club booth. It seemed like there was a great turn-out of excited prospective students. I had a chance to speak with a few one-on-one when they stopped at our booth.

One person was telling us her story about watching a baby getting adjusted. Some people who stopped by said they were interested in pediatrics, too, but didn’t really think about babies getting adjusted. Before I was getting adjusted by my chiropractor back in Milwaukee, I didn’t think about babies getting adjusted, either. Now knowing what I know, I wonder why more babies and children are not getting adjusted!

Another person who had stopped at our both was really excited about pediatrics and started asking about how I liked Palmer. I told her that it had been a year since I had attended the Prospective Student Event and how I applied for the D.C. program that weekend when I got home–and then started in March. She was surprised with how quickly my process went, because she was looking at taking a year off and then coming next fall to Palmer. I was telling her that this event ended up making up my mind on what my next step in life should be, which ultimately was to quit my job and move to Davenport. It has been one of my best life choices!

I’ve talked about why I choose Palmer and chiropractic in a previous blog; but it was great getting a chance to be on the other side of the table, talking to those who might still be on the fence. Deciding to attend the Prospective Student Event and then deciding to attend Palmer has forever changed my life. I am very grateful to be a part of Palmer and chiropractic community.

If you are still on the fence about chiropractic or even Palmer, definitely check out a Prospective Student Event or even a tour! The students at Palmer are awesome and are always willing to help anyone out. So don’t ever hesitate to ask any question, whether it be to one of us bloggers or even the group on Facebook (Future Chiropractors – Palmer College of Chiropractic). I had my brother and his friends to ask questions of, and believe me, I had a lot!

Jen

Dr. Lovejoy … Success leaves clues!

A while ago I attended an amazing event put on by SICA (Student International Chiropractic Association) with Dr. Alan Lovejoy as the speaker. This was the first time I had heard him speak. Two of my friends in my class, Katrina and Hira, spoke so highly of him from a previous event they attended that I didn’t want to miss this one! And, of course, they were spot on, Dr. Lovejoy was an amazing speaker filled with lots of energy and passion for chiropractic. Here are a few things that really stood out to me.

• Spinal care classes: Dr. Lovejoy recommended having spinal care classes for your patients. This is a great way to educate your patients on the benefits of chiropractic care. He recommended having a two-minute story to go along with the safety-pin theory with a small or large safety-pin and spine. I really liked this idea because it keeps things simple.

• Know your vision, purpose and mission: Understanding these three things is truly important because it helps you get through the more stressful and difficult days of exams. He recommended that as students, we should start living our “why” and mission now, so that when we get out in the field, we have our purpose down and we can explain this clearly and easily. This also goes along with keeping a clear vision and visualizing what you want your future office to look like.
• Success leaves clues: This was probably one of my favorite topics that Dr. Lovejoy talked about. He discussed keeping in contact with professors and current doctors practicing what you are interested in. For example, if you want to become a pediatric chiropractor, you should shadow those D.C.s and find professors that focus on this as well. I’ve understood this before, but one thing that stood out to me was staying closely connected with a professor and asking lots of questions.
I am very grateful for doctors like Dr. Lovejoy who take time out of their busy schedules to come speak to us. I think this is great information for me to absorb before graduating. In the future, I’m pretty sure I won’t have access to all of these successful chiropractors for FREE (which included dinner, too)!