Becoming a doctor has been a long journey requiring thousands of hours of hard work. 8 years of higher education starting at BYU and culminating with just short of 4 years at Logan University has put me where I am today at Cadence Chiropractic. All that hard work and education is worth it when I hear people stand up from my table and share with me how their life has changed with specific chiropractic care.
As a chiropractic student, I spent hour after hour in the anatomy lab not just studying anatomy but actually dissecting. This was the worst part for my wife, the smell that accompanies hours in the anatomy lab is for a lack of better words not pleasant. While this may seem a disturbing proposition to some, I felt a reverence for the lab. Many people have willingly given their bodies to help me learn and in turn given me the opportunity to serve others and increase health. Anatomy is a massive part of the chiropractic education because we understand the need to know the structure of the body. Proper structure equals proper function and our education allows us to find the true cause of your health concern.
The first year of chiropractic school is made up of what we call the basic sciences, this includes; anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, cell biology, Neurology, embryology and chiropractic adjustments. This curriculum gives us a solid bases to understand all over our clinical experiences that will came during the second half of our schooling. I remember spending hours with my friend Simeon in our school library researching and memorizing every detail. I am grateful for that time and effort as both Simeon and I graduated with honors at the top of our class.
The second half of the chiropractic education is made up of all the clinical applications for the practicing health care professional. Each trimester was full of over 30 credit hours of classes like orthopedics, biomechanics, physical diagnosis, psychology, nutrition, lab interpretation, cardio/pulmonary diagnosis, genitourinary and gastrointestinal diagnosis, pathology, pediatric and maternity, and technique specialty classes.
One of my favorite memories of my education was time spent in the clinic where we put all this education to use. I was able to perform physicals for high school students and diagnosis and treat a variety of problems. I loved having my patients come in and help them overcome their health concerns by discovering the cause and balancing the nervous system.
Over all the education that it took for me to become a chiropractor was rigorous but in the end very fulfilling. One of the greatest parts of my job is serving others and imparting some of the knowledge that I have gained of years of education and experience.