9 Characteristics to Look For in an Amarillo Chiropractor – Part Four

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

4. Knowledge & Experience of the Doctor and the Staff

I think this qualification really goes without saying. And again, knowledge and experience is of extreme importance in ANY profession. Even an experienced comedian is usually going to put on a better show than a rookie. I’ve seen rookie comedians bomb and it’s embarrassing. I’ve also seen veteran comedians with an arena full of fans that just killed it and had the whole place crying with laughter. You get my point.

For instance, I attend a chiropractic conference one weekend out of every month. Chiropractors are required 16 hours of continuing education every year. I had roughly 180-200 hours last year. Some chiropractors will only go to a continuing education seminar one weekend out of every year. I should know, I used to be one of those chiropractors. And, to be fair, being a chiropractor in Amarillo can make it tough to get to the continuing education seminars in Dallas/Houston/San Antonio/Austin but…that’s really a poor excuse in the long run. It comes down to commitment to better yourself and continually improve your skills and abilities. Only 16 hours per year is not enough time to accomplish much.

But with age comes wisdom. And the desire for more wisdom. I would do my best to ascertain the chiropractor’s knowledge and his experience. This could certainly end up being a “gut” thing as we previously discussed. But, you may also be able to look on the walls. Are they showing off things they’ve done? Ask them if they’re currently working on something? I want a chiro that is consistently working toward something.

For instance, two years ago, I was certified in spinal decompression. This year, I was certified in Whiplash Biomechanics & Traumatology. Next year I will get certification in rehabilitation. And on and on and on.

The goal is to be the Amarillo chiropractor offering the expertise a patient just can’t find elsewhere. Education is the only path to that goal. If I’m not already there, my patients can be comfortable in knowing that I’m on my way! We’ve only got one life to be the best so taking steps in that direction daily, weekly, and monthly is the only path that gets us there.

Also, does the doctor have his staff trained as well. We have monthly webinars that our staff attends for training and education. Not only that, but a member of my staff and myself have attended the Kennedy Decompression Certification.

So, I think little things such as that tends to add up over time. And, I think they add up to a more experienced doctor, a more experienced staff, and better results for the patients that visit that office.

Jeff S. Williams, D.C.
Amarillo Chiropractor