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!