A New Face at the Office

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You may have seen a new face around the office these past few weeks. My name is Delena and I recently graduated from Humboldt State University. I graduated with a degree in Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy. When I was 12, doctors told me that because of the structure of my hips I would have knee problems without physical therapy. That was what started my path to becoming a Physical Therapist.

I became a patient of Dr. Becerra’s about 4 or 5 years ago after my dad started going and instantly loved how Dr. B treated me and others. I liked the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of the office. Something about his philosophy intrigued me. I found that as I continued to pursue Physical Therapy and what I observed in a few settings, I was relating everything back to what Dr. B would tell me or what I had observed from my appointments with him.

As graduation came upon me, I started to question my path and my future. I applied to P.T. school last fall and was turned down by my top choice. This turn of events made me reconsider what direction I should go in. As doors began to close and uncertainty began to creep in I was encouraged by my mom, another patient of Dr. B’s, to call the office and see if I could get an observation/internship opportunity like the P.T. clinics I had volunteered at. With this suggestion, I began to entertain the idea I’ve had for a while to go to Chiropractic School.

In the short amount of time I’ve been present in the office, I’ve seen a lot of similarities between Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, but one thing is different. There is freedom in treatment options. With Physical Therapy, injuries are handled relatively the same for each person. With Chiropractic there is versatility and flexibility. Now, I completely believe that Physical Therapy is helpful. It has helped me numerous times and I’m thankful for it. I’ve just learned that it isn’t my style of therapy I want to use to help a person heal. I was telling Dr. B the other day that I tend to be a problem solver. When a situation or problem comes my way, I will try to figure it out. If something doesn’t work, I will try something else until I find something that works best. Looking more closely at Chiropractic, I can see that there is a certain amount of problem solving needed in the profession where as in Physical Therapy, all the problem solving has already been done for a licensed Physical Therapist.

I enjoy working in the office and enjoy seeing the various patients that come in. I’m enjoying the knowledge and the experience I’m gaining as well. I’ve never thought about going the Chiropractor route in all the years I’ve attended school, but looking back now, a lot of my thinking has been related to Chiropractic all along.

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