“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease.”
This quote by Thomas Edison has always spoken to me, and after practicing chiropractic for so many years, has become my philosophy on treating patients. My journey to becoming a chiropractor began after a career in real estate and generally being a professional student for awhile. When I took care of my grandmother when she was sick in her later years, she told me I should become a doctor. “You have such a good bedside manner,” she said. And that got me to thinking.
So I investigated becoming a chiropractor. One of my father's contemporaries was a chiropractor, so I spent time with him. I decided it would be a career that I could enjoy doing for the rest of my life; taking care of others and teaching them how to take care of themselves.
Then I spent the next 6 months taking intensive prerequisites all day Saturday and Sunday and before work during the week, while working full-time doing commercial real estate in the San Jose area. It was an easy jump from real estate to chiropractic because they both require a lot of detective work. During this time, I met my future wife, Lori. Upon completion of these prerequisite courses I was accepted into Palmer College of Chiropractic West in Sunnyvale, CA, in January of 1989. Lori and I were married in December 1989. I graduated with my doctorate of Chiropractic in September of 1993. Then, after 2 months of intensive daily preparation, I passed the oral California State Board Examinations.
Since my mother-in-law said, “Don't take my only child far far away from me,” I told her to find me a doctor to work with in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area where they were living. That's when she introduced me to Dr. Dale Jacobson, who taught me more about treating patients in 6 months than I learned in all my years at chiropractic college. I went to work for him in January 1994, and have been serving Nevada County ever since.
My chiropractic work with animals began when I had patient bring their dog with his neck out, right before they were going on vacation. They asked me to work on him. I did a modified neck adjustment on him and he was instantly markedly improved. It was then I decided I needed to study more on this, and discovered Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (V.O.M.) in 1998. I attended numerous V.O.M. seminars to learn animal anatomy, organ systems and how to adjust the spine with the Activator. Soon, most every veterinarian in town began using my services in their offices, because they were seeing such dramatic results without surgery or medications. I have been adjusting animals ever since.
I live in Penn Valley with Lori and our two children, Stuart and Anna. In May 2015 I opened Woodhall Chiropractic in Grass Valley.