I grew up wanting to help people, though I fortuitously became a doctor. I was set to go to business school, as I had pursued natural resource economics in college and worked for an energy consulting firm. Energy is a key resource, so producing and using it more efficiently helps our economy and people. That is how I saw I could help the world.
Until a very good friend’s life was virtually saved by chiropractic. She had spend two years with horrific intestinal problems: she had uncontrollable bowels. She received diagnoses from a variety of practitioners: medical doctors to acupuncturists to nutritionists. Nobody could actually help her though. Until she saw a chiropractor.
Why see a chiropractor for intestinal problems? Because the nerves that control the intestines are affected by the vertebra and the muscles around them, sometimes very profoundly. And chiropractic did help her, dramatically. No longer bed-ridden, she was back to teaching, traveling, and leading a very active life. When I saw the positive effects on her life, I had an epiphany. I wasn’t looking to change, but being a healthcare provider was my calling. I knew it at a gut level. I could help people, as I had always wanted to. And that passion still drives me today.
Derik Anderson, Clinic Director
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