When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to choose between 2 classes that were offered at the same time. Did I want to pursue my apparent interest in education or take the healthcare route? I could either take 2 hours a day of early childhood development or 2 hours of sports medicine. For me, it was a no-brainer and really an eye opener to the path I should pursue in college. After majoring in human biology with a minor in chemistry in college, I still was unsure what in healthcare I wanted to do. At the time, I was an EMT and through that had been exposed to emergency medicine. I decided to take a year off after my undergraduate studies to explore my options and decide what I wanted to essentially spend my career doing.
In that year, I shadowed or volunteered with several healthcare professionals. I volunteered in the emergency room and shadowed professionals in physical therapy, optometry, dentistry, and several others. But the one area that stood out to me was chiropractic. Admittedly when shadowing different chiropractors, there were many different styles and approaches to how the doctors ran their practice as well as how they treated patients. But one thing I fell in love with was the atmosphere in the offices. In general, both the patients and staff I interacted with came in with a positive attitude. Patients wanted to come in because they knew of and had experienced the benefits of care. Staff was encouraging and seemed excited to be a part of helping people get out of pain and improve their life.
Another area that caught my attention was the different approach that was taken to care. In no way do I feel chiropractic is the only way or always the best way to treat all problems but I did see the importance of addressing underlying problems instead of just using medication to cover up those problems. Particularly regarding pain, people came in to get relief. Sometimes they just wanted short term relief, but more often than not they also wanted to know how to prevent this from happening again. How could the problem be fixed instead of just covering it up?
I wanted to learn how to do this and how to help patients reach those goals. I wanted to interact with patients who were willing to take an active role in their care. I wanted to come to work every day and be excited to interact with people and help them achieve their goals. I felt that going into the chiropractic profession would be the best way to help me achieve these goals and I am glad that I did. I learn new things every day, with every different patient I interact with.