Why do I do what I do? Why do I get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care?
These are all questions that we assume are essential to our being but are not easy to state in words.
I am a Christian, a husband, and father of four. I always knew 3 things as a child; I would serve in the U.S. Navy, I would be a pilot, and I would be a doctor.
In March 2001 I joined the U.S. Navy and between then and 2013 I lived all over the world. From about 2004 I started feeling like something was not quite right with my health but couldn’t put my finger on exactly what was wrong. From the outside I was a young, fit navy nuclear engineer and navy diver student living in Hawaii and was in the best shape of my life, but I knew something was wrong on the inside.
Things started to deteriorate with my health and I started going to doctors. I only sought additional help after I could no longer run many miles on the beach and instead would lose my breath going up a flight of stairs. This deterioration took less than a year. I saw another doctor when my heart would race for no reason at all and another when my blood pressure became abnormally high for someone of my age and condition. I ended up being referred to another and another as different symptoms kept appearing. Each doctor I visited said my symptoms were caused by something else, prescribed a medication that would make me feel better, and sent me on my way. Sometimes the drugs worked, but usually the effect was temporary.
Finally in 2012 I was diagnosed with cancer and was scheduled for surgery. After surgery, the doctors told me this was likely the cause of all my problems over the last 10 or so years and that all my symptoms should go away now that the real issue had been addressed. So there I sat, alone in a hospital bed at 29 years old with a group of doctors who thought they just gave me great news, trying to think of how I ended up in this position.
After the cancer had spread and I had my second surgery in 2015, I knew something would have to change if I was going to once again be healthy. I spent the next few years researching what it meant to be truly healthy and stumbled on the WHO’s definition of health: “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This was the first time I started to realize that being healthy was more than just not being sick. I began to change everything in my life to maximize my well-being and not just avoid disease. After I had made all these changes I realized I was living the same lifestyle as I had been raised. My father is a Chiropractor.
Because of my time as a paramedic and firefighter during my off duty hours in the navy, I assumed that my calling to be a doctor was to be a trauma surgeon. My family is full of medical doctors and Chiropractors so I started making phone calls. My question was simple: If you knew then what you know now, would you choose this path again? Without exception, all the medical doctors answered no. Some gave me a path close to what they are currently doing such as a physician's assistant, but none would choose to be a doctor. Next I called all the Chiropractors and posed the same question. Not a single one said no. Most said they would do it sooner.
I moved from Hawaii to Marietta, Georgia to attend Life University to become a Chiropractor in 2017 and have loved every grueling second of the journey. I have always been able to connect with children and love their innocence. I have a special place in my heart for taking care of pregnant mothers and children and through my additional training can now give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves (Prov 31:8). During my time in school I attended additional outside classes towards my board certification with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and am currently one of only 19 doctors in the state of Georgia certified to that level. I also attended additional training while in school in clinical functional neurology and advanced technique practices.
In March 2022, I started Anchor Chiropractic of Marietta, LLC as an homage to mine and my wife’s time in the navy. Our motto is that we are “Changing lives through the love and power of Chiropractic.” We encourage our patients to not give up their health and remind them that life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors. Chiropractic is an important piece in anchoring your health to solid ground.
Growing up my mother always told me she didn’t care what I did in life as long as I did it to the best of my ability. I truly believe becoming a Chiropractor was the greatest thing I could have done for myself and my patients. I hold myself to my mother’s standard every day in the office.
And, yes, I’m also a pilot.
Education, Awards, and Certifications
CACCP, Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, 2024
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Curriculum, 2018-2022
Webster Certified, 2018
DC, Life University, 2022
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Certified Advanced Activator, Activator Methods International
Certificate of Clinical Functional Neurology
Proficiency Rating, Activator Methods International, 2021
BS, Biology, Excelsior College, 2021
BS, Nuclear Engineering Technology, Excelsior College, 2017
Nuclear Operator, Navy Nuclear Power Propulsion School
Active Duty Navy, 2001-2013
Command Chief, Naval Support Activity, Ballston Spa, NY, 2011-2013
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, 2018
Georgia Chiropractic Association, 2018
International Chiropractic Association, 2018
Activator Methods International, 2021
Community Service / Hobbies
Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter,
General Schuyler Emergency Squad, 2009-2015, Dodge City Emergency Squad 2015-2017
Recreational Pilot, VFR/IFR, Sea/Land, Single/multi-engine, Fixed wing