While I was in the fifth grade, I experienced back and neck pain. My parents took me to a prominent Chicagoland orthopedic clinic. There the orthopedist diagnosed me with advanced degenerative disc disease. He informed my parents that there is nothing that could be done, that I would just have to live with it, and that he advised removing me from all sports. Years later in high school, I was at the soccer try outs. I began to experience acute debilitating back pain; it was actually hard to breath because the pain was so sharp. I limped up to my car (a 1986 chevy nova I bought for $300!) and drove myself to the closest doctor’s office that was open, a Chiropractor! Seeing a Chiropractor was “risky business” in the 90’s the AMA (American Medical Association) had just lost a court case brought forth against them, to stop their smear campaign against Chiropractors (Wilk v. American Medical Association, 895 F.2d 352, 7th Cir. 1990) and the American public, myself included, still believed the AMA’s smear campaign to be true. However, I was in pain and desperate. I allowed this doctor to examine me, then adjust me. I immediately felt better. I still had pain, but I was out of the debilitating pain. After about 2 months of regular treatments the pain that had plagued me since I was a young child was completely resolved. It allowed me play water polo, soccer, and become a successful wrestler through high school.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University, and went on to become a full-time firefighter and paramedic for 10 years. During that time, I became an accomplished boxer. I transitioned to become a USA boxing licensed coach, then a USA boxing licensed judge and referee. I also became a commercial bee keeper.
In 2016, an opportunity presented itself to move on from my career as a firefighter and paramedic. I seized the opportunity, and with it I applied to a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine program at the National University of Health Sciences. During my time there I became the University’s neuroanatomy tutor. I became a research assistant and worked my way up to becoming the research fellow for Dr. Gregory Cramer. This led to my first publication in an academic journal. Taking night classes, I earned my Illinois acupuncture certification. I also earned my Medical Neuroscience certification from Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Currently I am working towards both my diplomate from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and my fellowship from the American College of Functional Neurology.