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25 Years ago today...I graduated!

25 years ago today (1 May 1998)  I graduated from Chiropractic College, becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic and ready to take on the world!  *Ok, I did have to pass my board exams and get a license first!*, but the school part was over!

I knew then that chiropractic was a force for good and I wanted to get out to the world and make it a better place, one spine, one nervous system at a time!

As I reflect on this day, it seems surreal that I have been a Chiropractor for 25 years and 22 of those years here in the KW community ( I was also in England, Alberta and Brantford). I have learned so much, and am eternally grateful for the people I have been honoured to serve and learn from, over the years.

As I have been reflecting, I have compiled a short list of things I would tell my younger self, as I graduated that gorgeous sunny day in May.

  1. Chiropractic is a good as you think it is (and even better!) – the effects of the adjustment can and do change the trajectory of healing, but don’t take it personally, you aren’t the brilliant one, the body is!
  2. Have fun!  Laugh and be a beacon of joy to yourself and others – this is also a powerful way to bring healing to the world.
  3. Trust your instincts – but first you need to stop, take some deep breaths and get in tune with your deeper self.  Then trust yourself.
  4. Being a Chiropractor is also being a business owner – you will be running a small business, so surround yourself with mentors who can help you run a successful small business!
  5. Focus on your own well-being – it is impossible to take care of others when you aren’t taking care of yourself.  Your health is paramount – invest well.
  6. Never stop learning – the day you think you know it all is the day you need to go back to basics.
  7. Surround yourself with people you want to spend your days with – from the staff (that’s you Cindy!) to the people you share your office with!  You will be spending your days with them!
  8. Travel – get out and explore, and bring that revitalized self back to serve the people in your practice.
  9. Evolve with the times – things are going to change so make sure you can adapt and change with the times.
  10. Smile and relax- you are going to be great!

Thanks for being a part of this journey and for your trust now and over the years.

I am so thrilled to be still in practice and loving it, 25 years later.

Dr Lisa

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