Breaking the Underdog Curse for Chiropractic
How Ireland is Adjusting to Chiropractors with Stuart Kelly

How Ireland is Adjusting to Chiropractors with Stuart Kelly

May 1, 2019

Believe it or not, the entire country of Ireland only has approximately 100 Chiropractors. The professionals and the services they provide are unregulated and they just recently lost their ability to x-ray patients. In an atmosphere such as this, raising public awareness is key to helping chiropractic offices thrive.

Today, Dr. Stuart Kelly joins the podcast to discuss the steps he is taking to bring international speakers to Ireland’s chiropractic stage and the early influences that led him to become a Chiropractor and a Life Coach. He shares the mindful practices that allow him to balance his life and practice, and help him avoid the dreaded burnout period.         

During this episode, we discuss the importance of partnering with other countries to bring about regulation and growth, how seminars and other events can raise awareness of your purpose, and the benefits of finding the right mentor early in your career.  

Key Takeaways:

  • After having a back injury healed by a chiropractor, a 17-year-old Stuart decided to attend a program at ACC. [2:19]
  • Stuart explains the limited chiropractic influences available to him during his studies. [8:07]
  • After some soul searching and a few Demartini moments, Stuart was determined to build his practice based on his values. [14:17]
  • Becoming certified as a Life Coach brought balance to Stuart’s life and practice. [23:03]
  • Tips to reduce burnout and increase life satisfaction. [27:36]
  • Stuart hopes this years ‘I Chiro’ event will raise chiropractic awareness in Ireland. [31:31]

 

Learn More:

Premier Chiropractic

I Chiro Event — For information and to register

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Grow Your Practice with Purpose with Dr. Paul Needham

Grow Your Practice with Purpose with Dr. Paul Needham

April 24, 2019

 

Understanding why you are doing something can be just as important as taking on the task itself, especially when running your own practice. As we become more seasoned in our profession we all evolve our techniques and strategies to better serve our clients. One area of a practice where early adoption can be essential for growing your practice is business management.

Today, Dr. Paul Needham joins us from New Zealand to share his personal chiropractic late bloomer story and the knowledge he has gained along his journey. Paul bought an existing practice just four months after graduating from chiropractic college. All the facilities were in place but some essentials were missing. Mainly, a quality front office team and basic business management skills.         

During this episode, we discuss the skills necessary for new chiropractic graduates, the importance of focusing on your core function in your practice, and the benefits of coaching, seminars, and knowing your purpose.

Key Takeaways:

  • Paul shares his origin story. [1:01]
  • How Paul’s chiropractic technique has changed over the years. [10:13]
  • After buying his practice just 4 months out of school, Paul knew the value of a chiropractic adjustment but needed to tweak other aspects of the business. [17:10]
  • The importance of front office staff and creating a statement of purpose for the practice. [22:13]
  • The biggest shift in Paul’s business was a procedural manual, figuring out the why, and coaching. [32:34]
  • If Paul could go back and speak with his younger self he would recommend getting some coaching about running a business. [36:15]
  • Solid advice for knowing who you are and what you stand for to help grow your practice. [50:54]

 

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The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

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Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Conversations in Your Practice with Dr. Martin Harvey

Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Conversations in Your Practice with Dr. Martin Harvey

April 17, 2019

Summary

The chiropractic profession seems to be under fire lately, all around the globe. Bad press, passionate politicians, and other medical practitioners have their own reasons for criticism. So, how we respond to the adversity will be what defines us. There are effective strategies for handling difficult conversations especially when they are emotionally charged. Let’s use these encounters as an opportunity for growth and connection with the people we serve.

Today, Martin Harvey supplies us with communication strategies to change adverse, even unfavorable perceptions within moments. These tried and true, affirming practices go beyond logic and leave an emotional impression of understanding and trust. Both amiable and drivers will find benefit in these strategies.

During this episode, Martin discusses examples of how to manage your emotions and react when approached with a difficult topic, how to create connection by asking permission before you share your beliefs, and a technique that can change people’s perceptions. 

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How to Gain Trust & Inspire Referrals with Dr. Craig Foote

How to Gain Trust & Inspire Referrals with Dr. Craig Foote

April 10, 2019

Summary

How important are referrals in growing your practice? For most of us, the answer is: very important. If you live in Australia where chiropractors face restrictions such as the inability to advertise, no use of testimonials or case studies, qualified referrals can be the lifeblood of your practice. So, what are the best practices to gain the right kind of referrals without taking time away from your patient care?

Today, Craig Foote share tips from The Art of Inspiring Referrals program he designed as part of his Chiropractic Flight School resource. The resource includes videos, an online library, and in-person workshops loaded with information to assist chiropractors and their staff to further their skills and grow their practices.

During this episode, Craig discusses the current political environment for chiropractic in Australia, tips for inspiring current clients to become qualified referrers, and the framework for research funding and the current activities of The Spinal Research Foundation of Australia

Key Takeaways:

  • Craig describes the current restrictive state of chiropractic in Australia. [2:16]
  • The current guidelines for chiropractors in Australia vary state by state. [12:44]
  • Even when things are difficult, it is change that brings about growth. [16:17]
  • Craig shares tips from his The Art of Inspiring Referrals program. [17:55]
  • The vision and structure of Australia’s Spinal Research Foundation. [38:36]

 

Learn More:

Chiropractic Flight School

Australia's Spinal Research Foundation

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The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

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Tell the Truth and Put in the Work with Sabrina

Tell the Truth and Put in the Work with Sabrina

April 3, 2019

Summary

When your profession chooses you it is imperative you stay on course no matter what tries to slow you down. Whether it be a life-changing illness or a major setback, the will to continue on your quest will determine how clients perceive you and your ability to alter their health for the better.

Today, Sabrina shares her journey of becoming a chiropractor. Her teenage years were strife with debilitating headaches until a family friend recommended a chiropractor. Within months of treatments, her pain was relieved and her new life path became clear. She would study chiropractic and serve people the way she had been served. And, later when Lyme disease threatened her vitality, how she holistically got rid of it.

During this episode, Sabrina discusses her less than optimum chiropractic college experience, the speakers and students who made a lasting impact on her, the disease no one thought she would overcome, how her love of public speaking helped grow her business, and what inspired her to promote her favorite Brandi bombs.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Sabrina suffered for years with chronic headaches until a chiropractic experience changed her life. [1:29]
  • Even though the subject matter was lacking, Sabrina found inspiration in guest speakers and in other students during her years in chiropractic college. [7:07]
  • After two associate positions, Sabrina opened her current practice and beat the pavement by public speaking and offering free health classes to get clients. [17:28]
  • How to tap into your client’s network to gain new clients. [22:16]
  • How Sabrina rid herself of Lyme disease through natural healthcare practices. [27:21]
  • What motivated Sabrina to help compile Brandi’s Facebook posts into the book, Sipping Brandi. [45:09]

Learn More:

The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1

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The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

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Solve Don’t Sell to Crush the Curse with Steve Sims of Bluefish

Solve Don’t Sell to Crush the Curse with Steve Sims of Bluefish

March 27, 2019

Are you making an impact in other people’s lives? The impact you make is your value. And, promoting your value should be an integral part of marketing and branding strategy. When you promote your value clients don’t feel as if you are selling to them, they see you as solving their problems. Isn’t it nice to feel valued by clients for the work you do?

Today, I have an amazing underdog story to share with you. Steve Sims joins me on the podcast to discuss his journey from an unsatisfied bricklayer to completely content world-class concierge. He is the Founder of Bluefish, a company that is known for getting the affluent whatever they want whenever they want it.   

During this episode, Steve shares how he helps people do the impossible, how he created his own business without realizing it, and his advice for growing a business.

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How to Align Yourself with Creativity and Growth with Brandi MacDonald

How to Align Yourself with Creativity and Growth with Brandi MacDonald

March 20, 2019

What do you think of when you hear the word rigid? As a Chiropractor, you probably visualize the adjustments necessary to bring someone into alignment. But what if the inflexibility, the rigidity exists in the mind? We move past barriers by setting a discipline. Then, we are able to create space for ourselves and explore our creativity, create new habits, and live in flow.

What rituals have you settled into that no longer serve you or your practice?

Today, my wife, Brandi MacDonald rejoins the podcast. Brandi is a speaker, author, and coach. Her soon to be released book, Sipping Brandi, is a collection of her Facebook posts and blogs written for Chiropractors and their staff. She helps Chiropractors to break free of what is blocking their personal growth and the growth of their practice.  

During this episode, Brandi and I share the highlights from the Shift Unplugged Phoenix, details about the upcoming Shift Unplugged in the Gold Coast, the Sipping Brandi book launch, and our take on the obstacles to overcome from the book, Flow.

Key Takeaways:

  • Highlights from Shift Unplugged in Phoenix: Making connections with like-minded people, sourcing wisdom, and support for Chiropractors. [1:08]
  • Tips on how to create a space for creativity by setting disciplines. [7:59]
  • Reviewing the Three Veils to Overcome from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. [14:32]
  • What Chiropractors can expect from the upcoming Shift Unplugged in the Gold Coast, Australia. [28:55]
  • Sipping Brandi is a compilation of Brandi’s Facebook posts and blogs designed for neurologically-focused Chiropractors and their staff. [32:21]

Learn More:

Brandi MacDonald Website

Brandi MacDonald on Facebook

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Dr. Don MacDonald

The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

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Go Forth and Adjust with Confidence With Dr. Donald Francis

Go Forth and Adjust with Confidence With Dr. Donald Francis

March 13, 2019

What is unique about chiropractic care? How you answer this question defines the success of chiropractors everywhere. Because without our philosophy we are nothing. Every person under your care deserves your best intention. It is through you that their quality of life will improve.

Today, we welcome Dr. Donald Francis back to the podcast. Currently practicing in Scotland, Dr. Francis is a Palmer College graduate who is continuously researching and applying new techniques, including Sacro Occipital Technique, to enhance his patient’s condition and care plan. Many of his clients who are suffering from incurable illnesses have seen noticeable improvements since being adjusted.

During this episode, Dr. Francis shares his desire to empower chiropractors to confidently assess and adjust their clients, real patient success stories, and why some might consider him a dirty, rotten, Vitalistic Chiropractor.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Dr. Francis sings the praises of Palmer Chiropractic College Technique Department. [2:38]
  • Most chiropractors go through a ‘technique’ evolution. [9:44]
  • People with ALS, NMD, Parkinsons, and other incurable illnesses have experienced significant improvements after adjustments. [16:14]
  • Dr. Francis uses SOT principles when applying the technical process of moving cranial spinal fluid and dura mater membranes. [28:20]
  • Mastering the Adjustment of Complex Segments is a seminar in the UK that equips chiropractors with the confidence to assess and adjust. [43:19]

 

Learn More:

Dr. Donald Francis - Podcast Episode #1, June 6, 2018

Mastering the Adjustment of Complex Segments Seminar, UK

The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast June 2019

Dr. Don McDonald

The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

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Does Your Chiropractic Practice Align with Who You Are? With Dr. Laura Foster

Does Your Chiropractic Practice Align with Who You Are? With Dr. Laura Foster

March 6, 2019

Summary

Little things can make a big difference in how you show up in your practice. If you want to provide the best care for your patients, take care of yourself first. Getting sufficient restful sleep, slowing down, and replenishing your energy will help you deliver high-quality care and more closely align with what you want your practice to reflect.

Today, we welcome Dr. Laura Foster who practices in Newmarket Ontario. Her 20-year Chiropractic career started at Palmer College of Chiropractic and through determination and grassroots efforts she created a successful family practice. In addition, she facilitates wellness retreats in mind-blowingly peaceful destinations like Costa Rica and Rock Mountain in British Columbia.

During this episode, Dr. Foster shares how she knew Chiropractic was the only practice for her, her experience with the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance, and how she staves off burn out through self-care.

Key Takeaways:

  • After an injury during medical school, Laura ‘found’ Chiropractic more welcoming than the sanitized hospital environment. [1:24]
  • The importance of being able to shift the way you think about Chiropractic. [6:16]
  • Dr. Foster realized the importance of getting adjustments and keeping herself well during her apprenticeship as she served a large number of patients. [9:05]
  • Dr. Foster shares her experience with the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance Program. [15:37]
  • Getting out of the office and knocking on doors was the key to Dr. Foster growing her business. [18:35]
  • How to turn desperation energy or burn out into a success story. [25:59]
  • Dr. Foster created Soul Inspired Retreats to blend her love of serving people with her love of travel. [35:40]

Learn More:

Dr. Laura Foster Retreats & More

Foster Family Chiropractic

Chiropractic Leadership Alliance Program

The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast June 2019

Dr. Don McDonald

The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

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Chiropractic Care is Founded in Service to Others with Dr. Patrick Sim

Chiropractic Care is Founded in Service to Others with Dr. Patrick Sim

February 27, 2019

Being in service and healing others is the philosophical foundation of chiropractic care. But for some, growing a practice and making as much money as possible can muddle the nature of our profession. Burn out can creep up on those who have forgotten their purpose, or the why behind their predilection for Chiropractic.

Today, we welcome Dr. Patrick Sim who practices in Adelaide Australia. Dr. Sim believes all chiropractors should be in service to their patients and paying it forward. So much so, that he helped to create the Australian Chiropractic College Initiative.

During this episode, Dr. Sim describes the lure of bio-geometric integration, the roadblocks he and other chiropractors face in Australia, and what led him into politics and ultimately to create an educational facility that focuses on healing, not churning out pain-based chiropractors.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sports and social events dominated Dr. Sim's university life while chiropractic didn't become his focus until after joining a practice. [1:51]
  • Applying the chiropractic philosophy through adjustments to patients allowed Dr. Sim to see the difference he was making in people's lives. [10:06]
  • Dr. Sim attracted patients through local advertising, but by far the largest contributor to the growth of his business was word of mouth. [14:52]
  • Getting back to the primary principle of being in service to others kept burnout at bay. [17:27]
  • In an effort to protect the true nature of chiropractic care, Dr. Sim helped to create the Australian Chiropractic College Initiative. [19:37]
  • What can a chiropractor do to help the ACC initiative? [35:27]

Learn More:

The Australian Chiropractic College Initiative

Spinal Research Foundation

Dr. Don McDonald

The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

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