Look Good, Feel Good

When I first arrived at Cleveland, I was able to notice a clear visual distinction between the “freshies” and the upper classman. 

Not like high school where the juniors and seniors stand 2 ft over freshman, with bigger muscles, boobs, and confidence. This was a professional difference. A “This guy is going to be a Doctor soon, while I’m here waiting for a new backpack to arrive in the mail” type of difference.

It may have been the business attire. It may have been the way they walked into school each day exuding comfort and ease, knowing that they were so close to becoming what they had worked so hard for.

While most students may not have thought much of it, I couldn’t help but notice the contrast. I was ready to look professional and more importantly, feel and be professional. After all, that is what we are here for, right…? To become a pro at what we do.

Some may disagree, but looking the part matters. What better way to say “I’m great at what I do, and confident in myself” than a well pressed white coat, power tie on a fitted shirt, and a pair of slacks that break just at the top of a pair of oxfords.

Don’t get me wrong… Skill and competency always come before image and impression, but why not have both?

With the start of my clinic life as a tri 7/12 student, I am now required to dress accordingly several days out of the week. I’m learning to be a chiropractic physician and and what it means to look professional while doing it.

Above all else, reaching this milestone represents progression. It doesn’t feel long ago that I was wondering when I’d be one of the students who made the distinction between freshies and upperclassman. I’ve grown as a student and more importantly as a person. Each day I walk through the double glass doors of this oh so familiar building, I’m getting closer to graduating. I finally feel like I represent the profession.


Have you ever had an instance when you felt like a freshman? How’d it feel when you finally reached the level that you once aspired to be at? I’d love to hear your success stories of conquering goals and starting new ones, comment below!



3 thoughts on “Look Good, Feel Good

  1. Humility and humbleness are two qualities left out of a doctor’s education. Recognizing one’s limitations makes future growth possible. I became a “sponge” listening, learning, researching and studying the various components necessary for healthy living AFTER GRADUATING.

    As chiropractic physicians we’re taught the importance of biomechanics and functional living. We’re taught that nerve flow is the essence of life. Although I certainly believe it is an important component in health, one must also accept the limitations it possesses to achieve maximal patient results. If we become too focused on ANY ONE COMPONENT of health, we jeopardize our ability to SEE missing pieces necessary to achieve quality patient results.

    Frequently I have heard colleagues say it is our exclusive job to find subluxations and restore health by restoring proper segmental motion. If a doctor wishes to believe the scope of practice is this focal and limited, we should relinquish our right as primary portals of entry. You can’t demand the privilege of primary status while simultaneously defining your role as an exclusive “spinal” specialist. Primary means you accept the responsibility to evaluate your patient’s needs and make the necessary diagnosis to determine the appropriate follow up care. If chiropractic is the appropriate care, wonderful. If a cardiac pathology is detected or blood work reveals abnormal liver enzyme panels, it is the PRIMARY chiropractor’s responsibility to recommend appropriate referrals and/or care.

    Each doctor must determine the path they wish to follow. Those focused on patient care and overall health improvement will find this career BOTH challenging and REWARDING. In my opinion there is no finer profession for helping people discover a path to quality living!

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    1. Thank you so much for your input, Dr. Jonathan. You are absolutely right. What we do as Chiropractic Doctors is incredibly important to health, wellness, and prevention. It’s so important for us to see more than just the subluxation if we want what is best for our patients. Seeing the patient as a whole provides them our best service, as well as being able to identify when we need to refer out provides the best for their safety and health. Humility is necessary to give our patients the best care, and that means doing what ever is best for THEM. Not what is best for ego’s. We learn about health and disease as a whole to become well rounded and able to work with other practitioners, whether that be other D.C’s, P.T’s, or M.D’s, for the sake of the PATIENT.

      I aspire to be a doctor who can help a patient achieve wellness, period. If it’s a problem that I, as a future D.C, am capable of taking care of then great! But humility, knowledge, and perspective allows me to recognize what ought to be referred elsewhere. The only way I can make these decisions is if I look at the patient as a WHOLE, not just one component or subluxation. This way of thinking has been much inspired by you, Dr. Jonathan.

      Thank you for your advice and outlook! Myself, and other readers of Adjusted Thinking continue to learn from your views, comments, and all of your personal posts.

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      1. Go glad to be able to offer my experience to help prepare future generations of chiropractors to meet their obligations.

        My “door” is always open if an independent opinion is needed.

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