The Vitality Shift for Chiropractors
5 Transformational Shifts You Can Make Today with Dr. Ben Purcell

5 Transformational Shifts You Can Make Today with Dr. Ben Purcell

February 19, 2020

Shifter and guest speaker at Vitality Shift events, Dr. Ben Purcell joins Dr. Don to discuss the biggest transformations he experienced after joining the Vitality Shift program and switching to the life model.

His practice in Bathurst, Australia has doubled its growth over the past two years, and he is a vital part of our mentorship program. He describes the challenges he faced as he tried to create new habits that better align himself, and his practice, into exactly what he wants. Dr. Ben has evolved his practice into an enduring center of wellness. 

After listening to this episode, you will understand why it is important to be open to changes and know your premise, how the life model benefits the lives of practice members in a way pain-based care cannot, and how taking full responsibility for yourself and your actions can transform your practice.  

To register for our live event in Australia, please go to: https://www.trueconceptsseminars.com/gold-coast/

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Dr. Purcell describes how he overcame challenges in his practice by taking full responsibility for his actions. [4:54]
  • Real transformation occurred for Ben when he transitioned from pain-based care to the life model. [10:51]
  • The importance of the adjustment. [21:16]
  • Understanding their personality style can help chiropractors become aligned with who they want to be. [30:59]
  • Why taking care of your personal health ultimately takes care of your practice. [37:50] 
  • Dr. Purcell shares his takeaways from 2019 King’s Cliff Vitality Shift. [45:48]

Learn More:

Bathurst Chiropractic 

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Changing Your Money Mindset with Brandi MacDonald

Changing Your Money Mindset with Brandi MacDonald

February 5, 2020

Dr. Don digs deep into the archives to find this important podcast previously published as What Does Money Have To Do With It?. This 50th episode in the Breaking the Underdog Curse series is co-hosted by Brandi MacDonald. It is imperative to revisit the necessary topic of money and finances several times throughout the year because once you get your money in order it makes everything in your practice easier. If you are stressed about your finances it can be difficult to give ideal recommendations. And, if you get your money under control, objections become less of an issue.

After listening to this episode, you will hear how two very different upbringings impact a person’s financial future and how to change your mindset around the value of money.

Key Takeaways:

  • Examples of the many ways money controls our lives. [9:09]
  • Dr. Don and Brandi share their personal financial histories and how it affected their betrothment. [12:15]
  • The income to debt ratio and how it affects chiropractors. [24:27]

Learn More:

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Strategies for Adding Associates to Your Practice with Dr. David Comely

Strategies for Adding Associates to Your Practice with Dr. David Comely

January 22, 2020

Dr. Don heads south and drops into New Zealand to speak with Dr. David Comely of Total Health Chiropractic in Wellington. Dr. Comely has been in practice for 13 years, has two practices with 7 chiropractors and is part of the Vitality Shift program. When he adds new associates — mostly new graduates — into his practice he prepares them for the mental, physical, and emotional stressors they may experience by working with them on their headspace. He wants to make sure they are clear on their why, their values, and their technique. 

After listening to this episode, you will have a solid strategy for adding associates to your practice, what type of training to use with new associates, what to consider when contemplating adding new locations, and tips on how to avoid burnout associated with growing a practice. 

Key Takeaways:

  • David shares his experiences with chiropractic throughout his life and why he embraced chiropractic as a career. [2:39]
  • At New Zealand Chiropractic College, David was able to get the perspective of many different teachers. [6:50]
  • David started his chiropractic career as an associate but he had a vision for what he wanted his own practice in Wellington to look like. [12:09]
  • How David built up his practice after starting from scratch in a new city. [17:51]
  • When David was seeing 100 practice members a week and still running the business, he knew it was time to hire associates. [24:09]
  • When hiring associates David uses these strategies to help them be their best. [29:10]
  • Advice from David on how to avoid burnout. [40:10]
  • Tips for chiropractors to stay happy and healthy in their Vitalistic practice. [46:55]

 

Learn More:

Total Health Wellington Chiropractic

doctorcomely@totalhealthchiro.co.nz

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

The Politics of Change in Chiropractic with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk

The Politics of Change in Chiropractic with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk

January 15, 2020

Most chiropractors don’t enter the profession with the idea of getting into ‘behind the practice’ politics. But, making your voice heard and supporting an organization who will support you can bring about positive changes for chiropractors everywhere. In this episode, Dr. Don speaks with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk, the president of the Canadian National Alliance for Chiropractic, or CNAC. CNAC is an association that focuses on getting chiropractors together, promoting all forms of chiropractic, and to make members voices heard by gathering feedback. Dr. Mykietiuk shares the goals of the association and how it intends to move chiropractic forward in all the provinces of Canada. 

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of why chiropractors need to get involved in politics, the difference between a regulatory board and an association, and the benefits of having an association in your area. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Why chiropractors should get involved in professional politics. [3:35]
  • What chiropractic can and can’t do: Dealing with false claims. [6:35]
  • The Canadian National Alliance for Chiropractic (CNAC) was created by chiropractors for all flavours of chiropractic. [12:59]
  • The importance of connecting chiropractors and making their voices heard. [25:42] 
  • Dr. Mykietiuk explains the difference between a regulatory board and an association. [29:55]
  • Dr. Mykietiuk shares feedback from practitioners derived from a CNAC survey. [35:46]
  • Support organizations that support you and connect with other chiropractic professionals. [43:26]

 

Learn More:

Canadian National Alliance for Chiropractic (CNAC)

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Just Do It to Make Your Dreams Come True with Dr. Dean Rieder

Just Do It to Make Your Dreams Come True with Dr. Dean Rieder

January 8, 2020

This week Dr. Don travels back across the pond to the oasis-like town of Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England to speak with Chiropractor Dr. Dean Rieder. Just three years ago, Dr. Rieder graduated from Durbin Chiropractic College in South Africa. He moved to the UK to start his practice and during this episode shares the ups and downs of attracting practice members, the costs of starting anew, and his unique approach to a homemade commercial with a famous client. Dr. Rieder thirstily seeks out any and all seminars, including the Vitality Shift program, and podcasts about chiropractic care. He recommends taking action as opposed to overthinking. And, due to his recommendation, the next shift unplugged event will be held in Marlow in September.

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of the trials and tribulations new chiropractors face, the requirements for practicing abroad, and why it is important to get involved with a chiropractic community.

Key Takeaways:

● Dean studied at Durbin Chiropractic College in South Africa and then moved to England to start his practice. [2:14]

● How Dean discovered Vitalistic Chiropractic and the education he sought out after graduating. [8:00]

● What Dean did to get his name out there and gain practice members. [12:11]

● Dean visits the countryside and exercises as a form of self-care. [14:33]

● Dean shares his Vitality Shift experience and how his chiropractic care has changed over time. [19:31]

● Dean shares a story about the day Russell Brand came into his office and the video they made together. [24:27]

● Dean’s advice for chiropractors is to listen to chiropractic podcasts and to get involved with your community. [32:12]

● The next Shift Unplugged will be the first week of September in Marlow, UK. [35:18]

 

Learn More:

Halsa Group

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Strategies of a Chiropractic Assistant  with Natasha Rominski

Strategies of a Chiropractic Assistant with Natasha Rominski

January 1, 2020

Chiropractic Assistants play a vital role in the daily activities, outreach, and success of a chiropractic practice. CA’s have unique strategies for empowering employees, offering Chiropractors the freedom to work with patients and keep the office running smoothly. To get the information directly from the source, Dr. Don heads south to North Aurora, Illinois to speak with, Natasha Rominski, the Chiropractic Assistant at Hanson Family Chiropractic and Shifter. 

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of the breadth of responsibility a chiropractic assistant embodies, how impeccable customer service can increase internal referrals, and hear some truly great nuggets of advice from a person who knows the ropes.   

Key Takeaways:

  • Natasha had experience running an office but traditional medical practices left her wanting a job more aligned with her values. [1:57] 
  • Tools that help Natasha train new employees and procedures that keep the office running smoothly. [8:59] 
  • Health talks for teens, establishing a brand, and other events Natasha participates in to draw people into the office. [13:19] 
  • Impeccable customer service drives internal referrals. [15:30] 
  • Setting the tone and culture in the office, how to handle office conflicts, and advice for chiropractors when hiring.  [21:18]
  • How to train a new employee in a chiropractic practice. [31:29]
  • Natasha shares her personal development timeline, how she empowers herself, and the importance of being adjusted. [34:36]
  • Natasha’s advice and words of wisdom. [43:14] 

 

Learn More:

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Increase the Vitality of a Chiropractic Business with Mike Michalowicz

Increase the Vitality of a Chiropractic Business with Mike Michalowicz

December 25, 2019

The purpose of this episode is to give chiropractors the tools to eradicate debt and to increase profitability. Dr. Don speaks with expert entrepreneur and author of seven financial guidebooks, Mike Michalowicz. Mike shares tips and strategies for chiropractors who want to gain stability and profitability in their practice. These proven principles, based on his book, Profit First, have been successfully implemented in over 300 thousand businesses.

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of how to diminish your debt, including student loans, how to become profitable from day one, and which free resources and tools will make the most impact on your practice. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Mike shares his life purpose which is to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty. [2:55]
  • How to reverse engineer profitability. [7:45]
  • Mike explains how Parkinson’s Law affects businesses and how Profit First modifies behavior. [11:18]
  • Debt reduction strategies that empower entrepreneurs. [23:21]
  • Mike’s next book, Fix This First, helps entrepreneurs identify the changes that can make the most impact on their business. [28:59]
  • Mike offers advice to chiropractors includes ‘Take action, don’t wallow’. [34:00] 

 

Learn More:

Mike Michalowicz Website

Profit First Book

Entrepreneurship Elevated Podcast

@MikeMichalowicz on Instagram

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Chiropractic is Absolute Truth with Dr. Richard McMinn

Chiropractic is Absolute Truth with Dr. Richard McMinn

December 18, 2019

In this informative episode, Dr. Don travels to Brighton, England to speak with Dr. Richard McMinn. Dr. McMinn has 42 years of experience as a chiropractor who has studied and practiced in four different countries. As a graduate of Palmer University in 1977, Dr. McMinn has grandfathered access to practice in whichever country he chooses. He offers sage financial, life, and business advice to new and seasoned chiropractors.   

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of how to create certainty in your life and practice, how to keep your ledgers in the black, and the history of chiropractic from the 1970s to today. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Dr. McMinn describes his journey to chiropractic and graduating from Palmer University. [3:22]
  • Dr. McMinn says the other chiropractors he met while in New Zealand offered him guidance and insight which was vital for his growth. [12:23]
  • After moving to Perth, Dr. McMinn was ‘filling in’ for other chiropractors before opening his own practice. [14:25]
  • Money lessons from a chiropractor with 42 years of experience. [19:06]
  • Dr. McMinn recounts the necessary credentials for practicing chiropractic in different countries. [20:41]
  • The United Chiropractic Association was started in the UK to represent the vitality of chiropractic. [24:29]
  • Nuggets and advice from a seasoned chiropractor who loves his profession. [28:50]

 

Learn More:

Chiropractic Life Hove

@chirolife on Twitter

United Chiropractic Association

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

2020 Planning: Stop These 5 Things To Increase Your Vitality as a Chiropractor with Dr. Don and Brandi

2020 Planning: Stop These 5 Things To Increase Your Vitality as a Chiropractor with Dr. Don and Brandi

December 11, 2019

In this co-hosted episode, Dr. Don and Brandi MacDonald set out to help chiropractors increase their vitality, at home and in their practice. After working together for more than a decade, the duo has learned a thing or two about collaboration and planning. They both have distinct personality types that when used together propel them forward into an efficient and competent team. Their list of five things you should stop doing to be successful can be used as guidelines to make you and your practice happier, healthier, and wealthier.  

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of why it is important to change spaces when performing planning exercises, why making substantial decisions should be easy, and how to limit your non-intentional conversations to increase your productivity.

Key Takeaways:

  • The 5 things you must stop in 2020 to increase your vitality as a chiropractor. [2:03]
    • Indecisiveness [2:03]
    • Self-doubt [21:50]
    • Fear [26:32]
    • Procrastinating [33:01]
    • Non-intentional conversation [38:47]
  • The process and intended results of a planning weekend. [45:49]
  • An excerpt from Sipping Brandi read by Brandi. [49:35]

 

Learn More:

Brandi MacDonald Website

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Seize the Day and Go For It with Dr. Richard Ledda

Seize the Day and Go For It with Dr. Richard Ledda

December 4, 2019

Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads East to Winnipeg to speak with chiropractor and podcast host, Dr. Richard Ledda. Dr. Ledda explains the life events that led him to choose a career in chiropractic instead of ‘traditional’ medicine like some family members had done. He is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University and the host of The Chiro Inspired Podcast. Rich shares poignant advice for recent graduates of chiropractic college and for those considering chiropractic as a profession.

During this episode, Rich shares the obesity and metabolic challenges he faced as a teen, how he deals with burnout, how he grew his practice, and his plans to grow his practice after reaching a plateau.   

Key Takeaways:

  • Rich grew up as an unhealthy, overweight kid but it wasn’t until his dad died that he made a change and decided chiropractic was his way forward. [2:43]
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University provided Rich with a roundhouse of chiropractic philosophies and techniques. [8:10] 
  • Rich’s advice to students and new chiropractic graduates. [14:22] 
  • To grow his practice, Rich leaned into a relationship with his mentor, making the most of his systems and networks. [18:03]
  • How Rich deals with burnout and maintains focus on his family when his practice feels overwhelming. [24:10]
  • How the idea for The Chiro Inspired Podcast took root and what Rich has discovered by doing it. [27:56]
  • If Rich could do it all over again he would tell himself to prepare for the worst but expect the best. [35:56] 

 

Learn More:

The Chiro Inspired Podcast

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter