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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
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
November 27, 2019
Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads to Boston Massachusetts to speak with Chiropractor and Educator, Dr. Martin Rosen. Dr. Rosen has led his local practice for 37-years. He has also toured, extensively teaching his unique version of a Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), his chiropractic philosophy, and about pediatric care. He has mastered his craft and has written several books about his experiences. He wholeheartedly believes chiropractors should receive adjustments as often as their patients and reminds them to speak their truth. During this episode, Martin shares his chiropractic philosophy, how he manages the finances within his practice, and sage advice to chiropractors who have not yet found their footing.   Key Takeaways: When Martin discovered practicing law wasn’t for him he decided to practice chiropractic. [2:32]  Why Martin chose to practice the Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT). [11:12] How Martin and his wife add practice members, get referrals and coordinate outreach programs. [18:20] Chiropractors should do unto others only if they do unto themselves. [24:00] How to handle the finances in your chiropractic practice. [34:23] Martin shares what drew him to become an educator and his favorite things to teach. [40:55] Martin’s advice for others based on his years of experience. [49:43]    Learn More: Dr. Martin Rosen Website Wellesley Chiropractic on Facebook @drmartinrosen on Instagram Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter
November 20, 2019
Host, Dr. Don MacDonald goes back to the motherland to visit Dr. Destiny Krogsgaard in Kent, England. Destiny was called into chiropractic without ever having an adjustment. Her mother’s chiropractic experience was so transformative, Destiny knew from a young age that she wanted to help others heal themselves. Disillusionment crept in after her college experience and early associate positions only involved the mechanistic model. Then, at just the right time she attended a training that changed her focus and helped her regain purpose.    During this episode, Destiny shares her truths about being in a relationship with another chiropractor who didn’t share her views, the toll that working in a way that didn’t align with her took on her physically and emotionally, and her advice for other chiropractors who may be stewing in uncomfortability.     Key Takeaways: Destiny was called to chiropractic because of her mother’s experience. When she joined chiropractic college she had never been adjusted. [1:35] Several life events led Destiny back to an associate position but she knew there had to be something more. [7:09] After attending classes in neurologically-based Chiropractic training, things started coming together for Destiny but her husband, a chiropractor, wasn’t moving in the same direction. [11:48] With so many new options and ideas presenting themselves, Destiny was overwhelmed and exhausted. She decided to open her own practice. [19:40] Destiny’s advice is to find like-minded people you can connect with and learn from. [36:23]   Learn More: Destiny Chiropractic Website Destiny Chiropractic on Facebook Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter
November 13, 2019
Host, Dr. Don MacDonald speaks to a returning podcast guest, Dr. Alison Young from Queensland, Australia. Alison shares important lessons she learned from constantly attending seminars and committing herself to lifelong learning. These are principles you can implement in your practice and toward your personal development. Alison reflects on the core philosophy of who she is, what she believes in, and how her beliefs have shifted.     During this episode, you’ll hear about why paying attention to the business side of your practice will keep you and your practice healthier, the state of chiropractic in Australia and how the chiropractic community there came together, and the results of shifting into the vitality model.   Key Takeaways: Ali explains the changes she has made that have led to the massive growth of her practice and her personal development work. [2:22] Ali recommends pre-planning business expenses and performing a profit analysis that includes the cost per visit. [7:46] How Ali finds peace during her off hours and connects with her family. [12:14] Shifting to the life model allowed Ali to better relate to her practice members who are parents. [25:36] The Chiropractic Assistant (CA) in Ali’s office takes care of many aspects of the practice member’s visit leaving Ali more time to spend connecting with her practice members. [33:04] The current state of chiropractic in Australia. [36:35] Learn More: Dr. Alison Young — Looking After Yourself Podcast Innate Chiropractic Gladstone Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter
November 6, 2019
Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads over to merry old England to speak with a Danish chiropractor who moved countries to follow her calling to become a healer. After years of struggling with the purpose of the pain-based, mechanistic model, Dr. Jane Hvas knew chiropractic could provide so much more to her practice members. She embraces the Vitalistic model 100% and since she has shifted, it has given her and her practice new energy. During this episode, you’ll hear about Dr. Hvas’ multi-national chiropractic education, what other coaches could and couldn’t do for her and her practice, and the advice she gives other chiropractors who haven’t yet shifted. Key Takeaways:● Jane knew she would one day become a healer but her mother’s chiropractic experience is what led her to chiropractic. [2:08]● Jane was entrenched in fear and stuck in survival mode as there were no outlets for Vitalistic care. [6:04] ● Jane knew deep down that a chiropractor could offer more than pain relief and the impatient practice member that almost caused her to retire. [13:46]● The benefits of coaching and attending the Vitality Shift. [20:19]● Dealing with her burn-out was a major struggle and major accomplishment for Jane. [28:46]● Jane’s advice for shifters and newbies, get clear about your chiropractic philosophy. [30:20] Learn More:Penkridge Chiropractic ClinicVitality Shift WebsiteTrue Concept SeminarsDr. Don MacDonald@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter
October 30, 2019
Host, Dr. Don MacDonald speaks with the President of the London, Ontario Chiropractic Society, Dr. Michelle Campbell. Michelle, like many chiropractors, was an athlete who was introduced to chiropractic to heal her body from the punishment of being a competitive figure skater. In addition to the significant relief she felt after treatments, she had a moment of clarity and felt destined to pursue chiropractic as a profession. After graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), she worked as a Locum until an illness in the family led her to the place where she would open her practice.  During this episode, you’ll hear about Michelle’s experience at the Transformer’s Mastermind, her advice for newly graduated chiropractors, and how she dealt with significant life events while being a solo practitioner.   Key Takeaways: Michelle shares how she was introduced to chiropractic and the moment when she knew it would be her career. [1:08] After graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), Michelle worked as a Locum until she decided where she wanted to settle down and start her practice. [10:28] Michelle shares how she managed being a mother and starting a new practice, and the mistakes she made. [17:22] Michelle learned the hard way that the mind and body need time to recover after significant life events. [21:00]  Michelle shares the highlights, insights, and breakthroughs she experienced as a result of attending the Transformation Mastermind. [27:25] Remove the worry from your life, slow down and enjoy the ride are Michelle’s words of wisdom for other chiropractors. [34:55] Learn More: Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Campbell Care Centre
October 16, 2019
Host, Dr. Don MacDonald speaks with long-time friend, colleague, and Vitality Shifter, Dr. Dan Fisher. At the age of nine, Dan experienced a surprisingly painful growth spurt. A chiropractor who was treating Dan’s brother at the time started treating Dan as well. After a month of chiropractic care and the total alleviation of pain, Dan was hooked. The chiropractor recommended Dan dedicate his life to chiropractic. Dr. Dan is currently in his 29th year as a chiropractor. His practice in Vegreville, Alberta is thriving due to the lessons he learned along the way, including some powerful financial ones. During this episode, you’ll hear about Dr. Dan’s time at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), a partnership that turned sour, the seminars and coaching he has participated in, and how knowing his business led to hundreds of dollars in monthly savings. Key Takeaways: ● The inspirational figure who encouraged Dr. Dan to become a chiropractor. [2:42]● Dan describes his experience at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). [9:19]● A business lesson: Chiropractors are colleagues, not competitors. [15:28]● Parker seminars, Total Solutions, and the difference of the Vitality Shift. [22:59]● Dan’s advice for new chiropractors or those wanting to inject authenticity into their practice. [35:36] ● How Dr. Dan shifted his finances to lower the overhead of his practice. [40:37]● How Dr. Dan utilizes the Vitality Shift in his Canadian practice. [49:39] Learn More: Vitality Shift WebsiteTrue Concept SeminarsDr. Don MacDonald@DrDonMacDonald on TwitterFisher Chiropractic on Facebook
October 9, 2019
Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads just South of Dublin Ireland to speak with a married couple who share a chiropractic practice. Since joining the Vitality Shift, Marie and John Osborne are taking a new approach to their practice and their lives. By overcoming their limiting beliefs and technique-driven practice member care they have flourished by focusing on their personal well-being so they can better serve their practice members. Even though they have minimized the number of offices they have, they have maximized their potential.   During this episode, you’ll hear how John overcame the all too common practice of self-sabotage to create a deeper connection with his practice members, the steps Marie has taken to nurture herself so she isn’t running on empty, and how they delegate tasks based on strengths to keep the office running smoothly.  Key Takeaways: Chiropractic ignited something in Marie but she took the long road to becoming a chiropractor. [1:53] John knew he wanted to be a chiropractor after his first adjustment, it was the philosophy that drew him in. [5:50] With three chiropractic offices, John continuing his work as an apprentice, and new babies in the house, the couple knew something needed to shift. [10:23] Marie explains the limiting beliefs that led to her identity crisis. [14:35] John realizes self-sabotage and lack of connection with his patients was holding him back in his practice. [19:03] John and Marie explain their lives and practices before and after Vitality Shift. [25:54] Lessons learned and advice for chiropractors. [33:55]  Learn More: Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Osborne Chiropractic
October 2, 2019
Welcome to the ‘new’ Vitality Shift podcast. This passion project was born out of our desire to assist chiropractors in making the necessary mindset shifts to achieve success and move to the next level. After over 100 episodes of the Breaking the Underdog Curse podcast, we decided to shift gears from focusing on the external factors that affect chiropractors and their practices and commence focusing on the internal elements that contribute to positive results and outcomes. In this premiere episode, Dr. Don and Brandi expound on the content in the Transformers Mastermind including becoming aware of the past programming that could be keeping you stuck, the connection between your identity and beliefs, and achieving a state of ease. Key Takeaways: ● Why Breaking the Underdog Curse is rebranded into the Vitality Shift for Chiropractors. [1:38] ● The Transformers Mastermind and the connection between your identity and your beliefs when moving to the next level. [7:26] ● Fray your limiting beliefs and generational patterns. [18:29] ● Become aware of your programming and then use your will to overpower it. [29:04] ● Surrender and achieving a state of ease. [32:36] ● The 3 levels of thinking. [36:14] Learn More: Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter
August 7, 2019
If you are one of the many chiropractors who is ready to make a change in your practice, or you have implemented changes in your practice but are not yet realizing the results, perhaps you need to make a shift. If your practice is a direct reflection of you, what can you do to shift your mindset, shift your business practices, or shift your belief system?  In this final episode, Brandi shares a top ten list of the qualities and behaviors that chiropractors who blow up their practice embody. She gives specific examples of what works and why. If you are ready to make a shift in your life and your practice these tips can guide you through it.  Key Takeaways: The top 10 traits of chiropractors who blow up their practice: They focus on more, not less. [15:58]  They value action over analysis even when it feels uncomfortable. [21:02] They work on personal barriers including health, toxicity in relationships, staff dynamics, and emotional chaos. [23:17] They don’t own a number which owns their capacity. [30:39] Adaptation is their superpower. [35:40] They know marketing is a simple tool to serve more, not a creepy sales tactic. [38:23] They view their practice as game #7 sports all the time. [41:40] Each person that has succeeded has found a tribe, not just lip service. [42:51] They become consistently consistent, no matter how boring the grind is. [47:46] Comfortability is their nemesis. [51:21]   Learn More: Sipping Brandi Reality Check Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter The Underdog Curse on Facebook
July 31, 2019
The future of healing may be vitalistic chiropractic care but without additional research and funding the world may never realize the potential benefits. Vitalistic chiropractic is at a stage of growth and it is necessary for our community to band together to promote the scientific research that is at the core of our professional beliefs. In this very special interview, we welcome renowned chiropractor, neurophysiologist and author, Dr. Heidi Haavik to the podcast. Dr. Haavik graduated from New Zealand Chiropractic College where she currently holds the position of Director of Research. Her award-winning research in vitalistic chiropractic is paving the way for a new generation of Ph.D. students and the study of the effect subluxation has on the brain. During this podcast episode, we discuss how we as chiropractors can fund future research specifically focusing on the vitalistic model, how the vitalistic model compares to the mechanical model, and the effect subluxation has on the brain and central nervous system. Key Takeaways: ● Dr. Haavik discusses her family history in medicine and the early days at New Zealand Chiropractic College. [1:25] ● Dr. Haavik discovered she had a natural gift for healing and research. [5:46] ● Early research in the vitalistic model deepened the understanding of the link between subluxation and the brain. [17:22] ● Why the mechanistic chiropractic model is so limited in scope. [22:34] ● Does Heidi ever feel like she is plagued by the Underdog Curse? [30:29] ● Dr. Haavik discusses the new studies and clinical trials that have her excited right now.[34:50] ● Learn more about the Adopt a Ph.D. Student Program. [41:27] Learn More: Dr. Heidi Haavik Reality Check Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
July 10, 2019
The belief system behind vitalistic chiropractic is the anchor that keeps us steadfast. It drives our purpose. It is the reason we do what we do. It allows us to maintain our dignity and it ensures we provide high-quality care no other medical therapy is able to offer. But when leaders in our profession waver on the true purpose of our work it can muddy the waters of our mission. Dedicated vitalistic professionals who carry our voices into the political arena need our support. To speak with someone who is on the front line of chiropractic innovation, we head down south to Marietta, Georgia USA to absorb the wisdom of Life University, President, Dr. Rob Scott. Dr. Scott is a Canadian who ventured to the U.S. to get a fresh start and open an existing practice. He furthered his education to expand and refresh his belief in the body’s ability to self-regulate and to heal itself. His deeper philosophical vision has sustained his position as one of the leaders in maintaining vitalistic standards in chiropractic. During this podcast episode, we discuss how to best market vitalistic chiropractic care, the underlying philosophical conversations chiropractors should be having, how to beat burnout by immersing yourself in child’s play, and what it is like to shift from running a private practice to working for a chiropractic university. Key Takeaways: ● Dr. Scott describes how he was introduced to chiropractic and the underlying philosophical conversation he engaged in. [2:56] ● The biggest challenges Dr. Scott faces working at Life University versus owning and running his private chiropractic practice. [13:41] ● To avoid burnout and rejuvenate his spirit, Dr. Scott participates in coaching youth sports. [16:52] ● The concept of vitalism and what Life University is doing to grow vitalistic chiropractic. [20:05] ● As President of Life University Dr. Scott keeps the conversation focused on the meaningful difference of chiropractic care. [27:30] ● How chiropractors can market subluxation and the scientific evidence of vitalistic healthcare. [33:06] ● Dr. Scott shares the different ways prospective students or mentors can become involved with Life University. [47:06] Learn More: Life University Website Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
July 3, 2019
Why should you get organized and get involved with your local chiropractic association? Because in chiropractic care there is no single recipe for creating wellness in patients. Every person translates and deals with their pain differently. And, as chiropractors, we still have the benefit of being able to offer neurologically-based care while resisting absorption into the traditional medical system. This offers us the unique position of providing patients with a state of well-being beyond compare. This is the incentive to make our voices heard. Today we are heading East to Nova Scotia to speak with the President of the Nova Scotia Chiropractic Association and Co-founder of Wellness Media, Dr. Chad Mykietiuk. In 2008, Chad graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and almost immediately involved himself in chiropractic politics. His fascination with the body’s natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal has been the motivating factor in his quest to validate and invigorate wellness in the chiropractic community.  During this podcast episode, we discuss how chiropractic colleges can get caught up in the mechanistic aspects of care, the two major defining characteristics of chiropractic, and why every chiropractor who has something to say should get involved in local associations and always do what is right over what is convenient. Key Takeaways: Chad knew he was going to be in a health-related profession but it was an injury that led him to chiropractic. [2:12] What Chad knew about chiropractic before and after attending Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). [6:03] Starting their chiropractic practice turned out to be a long and bumpy road for Chad and Megan. [10:13]  A borrowed CD gave Chad a renewed sense of love for his profession so he shifted to wellness instead of chasing pain. [18:53] Chad’s advice for chiropractors who wish to become involved in the politics of the profession. [24:49] The two major defining characteristics of the chiropractic paradigm and the problem with making policies that create a standard. [31:32]  Chad created Wellness Media to provide resource materials for chiropractors and their offices. [49:53] Get organized, get involved, and do what is right over what is convenient. [52:22]    Learn More: Wellness Media Website Village Wellness on Facebook @DrChadWellness on Twitter Vitality Shift Website True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
June 26, 2019
Healthy chiropractors have healthy practices full of healthy patients. If this is true, why have you been skipping your daily exercise program, eating a protein bar at your desk, and stressing out about your non-stop schedule? What training program do you engage in to make you the best chiropractor you can be? Are you practicing gender-specific physical activities that are designed to increase your overall well-being?  Today, Dr. Michael Hall and Brandi MacDonald join me to discuss the Top 2 downloaded Breaking the Underdog Curse podcast episodes of all time. Brandi is currently celebrating the success of her new book, Sipping Brandi. And our long-time mentor, Dr. Hall is enjoying sharing his Functional Neurology Series with audiences all over the world.  During this podcast episode, we discuss the different physical and mental requirements for male and female chiropractors, how to maintain a healthy practice, the role weight loss plays in overall health, how to get your energy back, and tips on how to make a mind-shift milestone and lifestyle change. Key Takeaways: Dr. Hall describes the key to resolution for females chiropractors who internalize their stress. [4:34]  Brandi makes the point that connection to clients can be lost when a chiropractor is lost in their own survival mechanisms. [14:20] Dr. Hall shares the connection between depression and exercise, the effect stress has on our neurological system, and how to handle adrenal fatigue. [18:36] Looking at the different needs male chiropractors have. [32:02]  Creating a training program for chiropractors to help them reduce stress and be the best chiropractors they can be. [41:40] Why just losing weight doesn’t make you healthier. [44:35] Brandi describes the steps necessary to maintain a state of ease. [49:28] Learn More: BrainDC Website  Changing Lives by Restoring the Curve with Dr. Michael Hall Building Sustainable, Long-term, Healthy Relationships with Brandi MacDonald Sipping Brandi: Facebook Wisdom for Extraordinary Chiropractors and Teams True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
June 19, 2019
We, humans, have three majors drivers. Genetics gives us innate tendencies or instincts, social systems encourage us to adopt certain beliefs and ways of being, and our ego grants us our identity and self-acceptance. When all of these aspects are in alignment and we lift the veils we can truly become who we are as a person. If we take the extra step out of our comfort zone we are able to reach a state of flow. Chiropractors can achieve flow by being healthy, staying in their zone, and by increasing patient volume incrementally by 4%. Today, I am not speaking with a chiropractor from an exotic location. As we reach 100 shows, I am in my office reflecting on some of my favorite podcast episodes and the episodes with the most downloads.   During this podcast episode, I review lessons from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s books Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, and The Evolving Self. I share our top six downloaded podcast episodes and highlights from episodes that contained vital information for keeping our group of dedicated vitalistic chiropractors healthy, happy, and in the know with regards to topics that affect our practices. Need some inspiration for your next staff meeting? Brandi MacDonald’s new book, Sipping Brandi: Facebook Wisdom for Extraordinary Chiropractors and Teams is now available on Amazon or your favorite bookseller. Key Takeaways: Dr. Don shares feedback and thank you’s from the planners and speakers from Shift Unplugged Australia. [1:10] Lessons from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's books Flow and The Evolving Self. [5:00] The Three Veils are the genetic, social, and ego. [14:43] Dr. Don reviews the Top 6 Breaking the Underdog Curse podcast episodes from this past year. [27:14] Highlights of our favorite conversations from the past 99 podcast episodes. [35:07] Learn More: True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
June 12, 2019
Our bustling daily schedules may make us lose sight of the fact that we are healers. Chiropractors have the ability to elevate human consciousness by adjusting subluxations which allows the body and mind to function at their highest level. Unleashing the body’s innate abilities is a gift we must protect. To best protect our practices, we must unite to ensure the current political atmosphere remains in the best interests of our patients. Today we travel to Sydney, Australia to speak again with Dr. Nimrod Weiner, who writes a blog worthy of reading twice and sharing repeatedly. Through his writing, he tackles deep-rooted, vitalistic subject matter and offers courses of action designed to bring chiropractors together to present a united front.   During this podcast episode, Dr. Weiner reveals his three most popular blog posts and adds his personal, inspirational thoughts about each, he solidifies his position as a true believer and broadcaster of the philosophy of chiropractic, and offers advice to chiropractors who feel they don’t have a say in the political ties that bind them. Need some inspiration for your next staff meeting? Brandi MacDonald’s new book, Sipping Brandi: Facebook Wisdom for Extraordinary Chiropractors and Teams is now available on Amazon or your favorite bookseller. Key Takeaways: Dr. Weiner’s blog is a politically-charged outlet empowering chiropractors to make their own decisions about their future. [1:33] The burgeoning grassroots efforts and ‘Rally 5’ local groups that unite chiropractors. [9:28] How Australian chiropractors work together to change policies and assist each other in becoming successful. [10:21] Dr. Weiner explores three of his most popular posts, On Experiencing Magnificence, Chiropractic’s: 3 Chains of Logic, and Passively Watching its Demise... [12:47] From a global perspective, the chiropractic philosophy, paradigm, and principles can help elevate humanity. [34:50] Words of inspiration from Dr. Weiner for chiropractors about the role they play in caring for humanity. [38:53]   Nimrod Weiner Blog Creating Congruence with Your Practice with Dr. Nimrod Weiner True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
June 4, 2019
There are numerous aspects to running a chiropractic practice. In addition to patient care, a chiropractor must keep abreast of the latest technology, keep the office running smoothly, make sure the ledger is in the black, and maintain a healthy balance in their personal and professional life. The latter is imperative because if burnout sets it, it can be the most difficult to rectify. A healthy chiropractor is an essential part of having a healthy practice. Today we travel to just outside of Chicago to Batavia, Illinois to speak with Dr. Dave Hanson who is the primary chiropractor of Hanson Family Chiropractic. An injury led him to a chiropractor who relieved 90% of his pain after a single visit. Shortly after, he decided to leave the sales job he despised, sell his house, and become a student at the National University of Health Sciences. During this podcast episode, Dr. Dave shares his transition from tech sales to chiropractic care, the turmoil he endured when the adjustments he gave his wife didn’t assist in healing her from a degenerative disease, and how subluxation scans have improved his conversations and wellness plans for patients. Need some inspiration for your next staff meeting? Brandi MacDonald’s new book, Sipping Brandi: Facebook Wisdom for Extraordinary Chiropractors and Teams is now available on Amazon or your favorite bookseller. Key Takeaways: After a chiropractor alleviated Dr. Dave’s pain, he decided to leave a job he hated to pursue chiropractic. [3:19] Dr. Dave was on a quest to clarity before opening his practice which led him to a profound mindset shift. [8:49] To build his practice Dr. Dave relied upon family and friends to make referrals because he was apprehensive about doing screenings. [12:27] To cope with fatigue and burnout, Dr. Dave brought a friend and fellow chiropractor in as an associate. [18:41] Dr. Dave questioned his abilities after the adjustments he was giving his wife weren't offering her relief. [25:38] Subluxation scans offer objective measures to even out the responsibility line between a chiropractor and patient. [32:26] Common questions patients have about scan data. [41:48] Give yourself a break and let yourself breathe is Dr. Dave’s advice. [48:43] Learn More: Hanson Family Chiropractic INSIGHT CLA Scan True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
May 29, 2019
Summary The people you surround yourself with can have a major impact on your life, work, and attitude. Finding your tribe might just be the most important thing you can do to help yourself see the world, and your practice in a new, inspirational light. Working with others who have tried and tested office processes, patient services, and community involvement can lessen the time it takes to achieve your goals and build a thriving practice. Today we travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to speak with Emily Miller an integral part of the team who provides high-level care and psychological comfort to children at Life Potential Chiropractic. Emily and her husband, Dr. Tony Miller attended our Vitality Shift seminar and the Transformers Mastermind. During this podcast episode, Emily shares how she overcame Crohn's disease, her journey to chiropractic, how she and Tony built their practice by partnering with teachers and schools, and how she overcame her challenges to find her personal truth. Join our next Transformers Mastermind in Toronto, September 6th & 7th. Key Takeaways: Emily explains her first and second introduction to chiropractic care,  [2:19] After working with children in a local hospital, Emily left her job to open a practice with her husband. [8:56] Building a patient roster was Emily’s primary goal when first opening the practice. [12:02] Emily’s thirst for additional knowledge about chiropractic led her to attend a Vitality Shift Seminar. [16:48] Emily has the opportunity to provide psychological comfort when speaking with parents about a child’s diagnosis. [20:40] Emily shares the ups and downs of being a married couple in the same office. [27:30] Emily describes the board breaking and goal writing exercises from the Transformers Mastermind. [31:00] Parting words of wisdom from Emily about finding herself while obtaining her goals. [48:50] Learn More: Life Potential Chiropractic True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
May 22, 2019
Meeting face-to-face with other chiropractors in the community can build beneficial bonds and lead to exciting new ventures. Working together strengthens our local practices as well as the international chiropractic community as a whole. Graduating students of chiropractic can gain knowledge from the lessons and research of veteran practitioners. Connecting with each other on a human level is how we will move forward. Today we drop into New Zealand, to speak with a man who has been instrumental in building the chiropractic community there, Dr. Phil McMaster. He is the President and one of the original Founders of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. He also served as the Chairman of the New Zealand Chiropractic Education Trust Board. During this podcast episode, we discuss the early days of attending a chiropractic college and how it’s changed, the importance of useful research to the chiropractic community, leadership, tolerance, and how when we work together we all win. The next Vitality Shift Immersion Day is in Montreal, Canada on November 2, 2019. Register to attend here. Key Takeaways: Dr. McMaster attended a chiropractic career seminar and made the decision to become a chiropractor but had never had an adjustment before. [2:00] To build his new practice, Dr. McMaster moved to a place he loved and made connections through his love of rugby, his kids, and by sponsoring local events. [8:18] Chiropractic is a lifestyle so even when taking breaks, Dr. McMaster was hanging out with other chiropractors. [12:59] The Chiropractic First New Zealand Limited group was formed by friends who then created the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. [14:37] Dr. McMaster describes the closely linked network of chiropractors in New Zealand and how they work together to resolve issues. [22:02] The research agenda at the college is nurtured by collaborating with outside organizations and led by the college’s pioneer students. [33:56] Dr. McMaster’s advice for new or chiropractors who want to connect with others. [43:43]   Learn More: New Zealand College of Chiropractic True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
May 15, 2019
Our individual communication style is an accumulation of a lifetime of personal experiences. But the language we use at home or with friends may not seamlessly integrate into our practices. The people we depend on to keep our offices running smoothly and efficiently need to feel valued for their contributions, They also need to be empowered to perform their duties with minimal direction. Today, Brandi MacDonald joins me to discuss tips on how chiropractors can successfully integrate the salutogenesis framework of care in a pathogenetically regulated environment. She also does a deep dive into interoffice communications based on her previous Chiropractic Assistant classes, and what attendees can expect from the Shift Immersion Program, the Shift Unplugged Seminar, and the Transformers Mastermind. Key Takeaways: ● For chiropractors, practicing the salutogenesis framework of care can be difficult in a pathogenetically regulated environment. [1:08] ● Could you be devaluing your Chiropractic Assistant (CA) without recognizing it? [14:06] ● Why a simple question is the best way to improve office communications. [23:26] ● What NOT to take away from this podcast and the importance of debriefing. [29:43] ● What can Chiropractors and CA’s expect from the Shift Immersion Program and Shift Unplugged? [32:36] ● The Transformers Mastermind is an intimate gathering for in-depth communications training. [37:28] Learn More: Brandi MacDonald Website Brandi MacDonald on Facebook True Concept Seminars Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
May 8, 2019
How many of us stick with a plan even if it doesn’t seem to be working? How many of us are feeling run down and burnout but keep pushing ourselves to the limit beyond what is healthy? If you are doing either of these things, know that it is okay to re-work your plan, course correct, and be realistic with your expectations. Today, Amy Robinson joins Doctor Don to share how she continuously course corrects. She also discusses her journey into the field of chiropractic. Like many guests, Amy suffered a sports injury that other types of medical treatments couldn’t help her to heal. She was told she would have to stop running but it was an option she wouldn’t accept. After visiting a chiropractor who relieved her symptoms in just 6-months, Amy knew she would study and then practice chiropractic as her life’s passion.          During this episode, Amy discusses starting a new practice after selling her previous one, the mental fatigue that can accompany running a successful business, being a parent while running a practice, what she does to build her referral network, and how structure has given her freedom. Key Takeaways: A sports injury left Amy searching for a model of healing that worked with the body’s natural healing abilities. [2:27] Amy shares her chiropractic school experience and offers some advice to current chiropractic students. [7:24] Amy discusses the experience of opening her own practice, gaining confidence, selling a practice, and the importance of building relationships and community. [11:23] Amy created the ‘Dinner with the Doc’ event to help grow her new practice and build her referral network. [20:59] Dealing with mental fatigue and burnout as a chiropractor and parent. [28:47] The importance of structure in order to attain freedom. [36:24] Amy’s parting advice — Give yourself time to course correct and you are enough. [42:31]   Learn More: Dinner with the Doc on Facebook The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1 Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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 The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1 Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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]   Learn More: The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1 Dr. Don McDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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.  Key Takeaways: ● How to create opportunities when bad press brings you challenges. [1:50] ● Don’t go unhinged: Strategies for managing your emotions. [5:58] ● Establish credibility and connection before stating your case. [14:44] ● How to ask permission before offering your perspective. [23:10] ● Yes, and — Using your power to move a person toward a different perception. [31:23] ● Chiropractic has the potential to change the health of the world. [40:26] Learn More: Inside Out Practices The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1 Dr. Don McDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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 The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1 Dr. Don McDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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. Get your free ‘6-Steps for Increasing Your Retention in a Vitalistic Model’ download from TheVitalityShift.com! 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 Dr. Don McDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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. Get your free ‘6-Steps for Increasing Your Retention in a Vitalistic Model’ download from TheVitalityShift.com! Key Takeaways: ● Steve describes his journey of never accepting something that brought him discomfort. [1:52] ● How Steve became ‘The Man that Can’ with his own concierge company. [9:10] ● Steve wrote Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen to help entrepreneurs get out of their own way. [14:31] ● The best sales technique is to solve, not sell.[20:31] ● How to connect with the clients you want. [30:30] Learn More: Steve D. Sims Website Text ‘SIMS’ to 345345 to connect with Steve The Art of Making Things Happen Podcast The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1 Dr. Don McDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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 The Shift Unplugged Seminar — Gold Coast May 31 - June 1 Dr. Don MacDonald The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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 @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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 @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
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 Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook
January 30, 2019
At times, people tend to be this other person that people want them to be. One can’t fully embrace or be in their top shape for their practice or profession if they’re not themselves. They worry too much of what other people would say instead of living their life for themselves. We have only one life and the best way to live it is to be you. On this episode, we have Dr. Sharon Dongarra. She graduated from Life University in 2010. She is currently practicing in Baltimore and specializes with kids. Dr. Sharon talks about how chiropractic had helped with her depression and it paved the way for her to pursue the practice. She also shares how she deals with anxiety and gives advice on being true to oneself. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 23, 2019
Age is just a number as a lot of people would say. Sometimes, people would hesitate to venture out or take risks because they think they’re old or too young for it. Let not age hinder what we want to achieve. It is not the basis for one’s success. Live the dream that you aim for. On this episode, we have Dr. Ben Purcell. He graduated from Macquarie University in 2008 and is currently practicing in Australia. Dr. Ben talks about how he got into Chiropractic. He shares his journey into his successful practice. He also shares what has changed when he took the shift. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 16, 2019
Almost everyone wants to get quick results or outcome in any given situation. This is a human condition though. However, there are certain situations that this doesn't really apply. Sometimes we need to learn to delay gratification. In delaying gratification, we may be able to fully get the results that we are expecting. This may not be easy but it can be learned.On this episode, we have Brandi MacDonald. She talks about the importance of objective findings in easing the frustration of both the patients and chiropractors when results are not seen and how objective findings can help with delaying gratification. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 9, 2019
Sometimes, people don't say what they want. At times, these are influenced by the people that surround them. People may want a certain thing because everybody wants it or everybody’s doing it. In doing so, we may not feel genuine happiness once we accomplished it. It’s best to be clear on what we really want. On this episode, we have Dr. Craig Hazel. He graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 2004. He is currently the president of the AFC (Alliance for Chiropractic in Ontario). Dr. Craig talks about how he was able to discover chiropractic and his journey to become a chiropractor. He also shares about his experiences when he was starting out with his practice and how he managed to grow his practice. He also talks about his leadership in the AFC. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 2, 2019
Growth in different aspects of a person does not end. It may pertain to personality, emotions, or even way of thinking. What is important is there is the willingness to grow. For some people, confidence is really hard to grow. However, with the help of the people that surrounds you and most importantly, it should come from yourself. On this episode, we have Dr. Pier Tierney, who is originally from Canada. She completed her degree in Chiropractic in Australia in 2009. Dr. Pier talks about how she got into chiropractic. She shares about being able to balance the practice and avoiding burn out. She also shares about gaining confidence. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 26, 2018
For some people who are starting their practice, you can begin with a small practice. You don’t have to start with a big practice right away. Starting with a small practice lets you grow your practice with you. You may experience struggles and trials while growing the practice and this is normal. These experiences will surely help you in your practice or personal life later on. On this episode, we have Dr. Theo Koenen. He graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1999 and he’ll be hosting a big seminar in Portugal. Dr. Theo talks about how his chiropractic practice started. He shares his journey in growing his practice and provides ways on how not to experience burn out. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 19, 2018
In every practice or service, there are strengths and weaknesses. At times, people are oblivious of these weaknesses. These weaknesses can come from a person’s personality, process or financial aspect. There are ways to know and combat these weaknesses. One of them is feedback. Getting feedback gives the people the opportunity to learn and from these learnings comes wisdom. On this episode, we have Brandi MacDonald. She shares her thoughts about the top learnings from working with Chiropractors. She also shares what could be done on those learnings like for example, people don’t want what they say they want to serve as a guide to people, especially chiropractors, to do better in their practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 12, 2018
When one has the passion for the things they do or their profession, it is the road to success. It could also mean that one is inspired from within. If Chiropractors are inspired from within, wherever they will be, it will mean success in what they’re doing with the inclusion of confidence and faith in what they have. On this episode, we have Dr. Chuck Ribley. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1960. He is a co-founder of Life University and was the spearhead in seeing it through its accreditation. He helps out today as a consultant to the Board at Life University. Dr. Ribley talks about his journey with Chiropractic. He shares the beginning of Life University and the challenges they faced with it. He also provides helpful suggestions for the underdogs in the profession. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 5, 2018
There are times that people feel exhausted with their business or profession. There are a lot of ways to cope with this exhaustion. One thing is to look after yourself. You need to take care of your self first before you can be able to serve others. You can also result in other activities that make you happy which is totally outside your profession or business. On this episode, we have Dr. Alison Young. Dr. Alison talks about how she got into chiropractic, and how she deals with burn out. She also shares some of her top self-care tips. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
November 28, 2018
There are a lot of ways to be successful in a business or a profession. It is a little bit of everything. Every aspect should be accounted for. It can be from your certainty in your abilities to how you deal with your customers. Each person has his/her own road to success. As long as you and your customers’ beliefs are aligned, then you’re on the right track. On this episode, we have Dr. Martin Harvey. He talks about his idea of certainty and how it applies to the profession. He also talks about tying communication with his procedures and provides tips about retention. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
November 21, 2018
Every person has their own needs and wants in life. It differs for everyone. The needs and wants of one person may not be as important to the other person. This also applies to any profession or service. For chiropractors, being sensitive to the people that you adjust is important. Some people are receptive to delicate touch while others may need a different approach. When providing service, it must be catered to the customer’s needs. On this episode, we have Dr. Peter Kevorkian. He talks about his journey on how he was able to find his own technique for c+hiropractic. He shares on how he's able to flex back and forth between his techniques. He also provides tips on how to stay consistent in providing chiropractic service. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
November 14, 2018
There could be a lot of barriers to something that you love to do. It could be distance, money, and a whole lot of factors. However, if you are driven and passionate, you will be able to overcome it. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll find a thousand ways to make it work. You just have to believe in yourself and never give up. On this episode, we have Dr. Jorge Campos. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and is currently practicing chiropractic in Chile. Dr. Jorge talks about how chiropractic was introduced to him. He also shares how he was able to survive studying in the U.S. and how he was able to overcome the struggles of practicing chiropractic in his country. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
November 7, 2018
Sometimes, people tend to overthink. They are scared to do or take the next step in their practice or profession for the thought that it might not work in their favor. The more time that we spend on thinking on the bad things that will happen, we lose the opportunity to grow. Take that step and you’ll never know, it might be the best thing that will happen to you. On this episode, we have Dr. Keltie Warren. She graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College last 2013. She owns Warren’s Chiropractic Café of life. Dr. Keltie talks about how she got into Chiropractic. She shares her struggles with the practice and how she was able to overcome it. She also provided tips on how to be able to practice chiropractic successfully. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
October 31, 2018
Sometimes we are at crossroads of what we really want to do with our life or what our purpose is. For some who have found their purpose, they are fortunate. One way to know if what we’re doing is right is if it creates a sense of ease in ourselves. Everything becomes easier because it has become your passion. On this episode, we have Dr. Peter Amlinger. Dr. Peter Amlinger graduated at the top of his class from CMCC in 1985, and has maintained a family oriented principle based practice in Mississauga since that time. Dr. Peter talks about how got into chiropractic and his experiences. He also shares how it was easy for him to dedicate his life to the principle, to the profession and to the humanity. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
October 24, 2018
Chiropractic is important not only to humans but also to animals too. It does not only limit to domestic animals but also includes adjusting animals that are part of the food supply. Being able to perform chiropractic on animals provides a lot of benefits not only to the animal itself but also to the environment. On this episode, we have Dr. Bill Ormston. He received a BS in Animal Science in 1982 and a veterinary degree in 1982, both from Iowa State University. He became a certified Animal Chiropractor in 1998. Dr. Bill talks about how he got into Animal Chiropractic and his experiences adjusting animals. He also shares the effects of adjusting animals to the community. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
October 17, 2018
Struggles and hardships are always present whenever pursuing a career. There comes a point in your journey where you feel that you are astray but never lose faith. Focus on your goals and believe in what you are doing for you will reap the rewards of your hard work. On this episode, we have Dr. Frank Vaught Jr. He is the founder and owner of Health on Earth Wellness Centers. Dr. Vaught is a community leader for personal health and wellness, and an inspirational speaker. Dr. Frank talks about how he got into chiropractic and his experiences starting out in the business. He also shares how he’s mentoring other chiropractors. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
October 10, 2018
Starting out in an industry is never easy. There will always be hardships and struggles. It goes with the saying that “Success doesn’t happen overnight”. We may experience that everything that we hoped and planned for didn’t follow through. Learn from the struggles and then re-invent it. On this episode, we have Dr. Patrick McMahon. He graduated at Parker University in 2002 with a Bachelor in Science in Human Anatomy, Chiropractic. He’s one of the founders of Syntropy Chiropractic Training. Dr. Patrick talks about how he was introduced to Chiropractic and shares his journey in this profession. He also gives helpful tips to those who are starting out in the Chiropractic industry. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
October 3, 2018
How do we lead a conversation? Not many people have the skill to lead a conversation. Leading a conversation does not only pertain on how to lead conversation but also on how not to stomp conversation. For someone to have this skill is a great advantage however it takes time and experience to acquire it. Once this skill is practiced, it can definitely bring good results not only to one’s profession but also for personal development. On this episode, we have Brandi MacDonald. She talks about steps that can help in successfully leading a conversation and how it can help the profession, especially for chiropractors. She shares that the biggest trait in leading a conversation is confidence and how psychological comfort is provided to people when confidence is displayed. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
August 29, 2018
Technology isn't all bad but if that’s all we do, we're going to have troubles. Forward head posture is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders associated with the use of imaging devices and when the head goes forward, chest expansion diminishes, which puts you at risk of a number of diseases. On this episode, we are here with one of my mentors, Dr. Michael Hall. Dr. Michael talks about how correlated our cervical spine health is to our physiology and mental health, and that when we can restore the curve, we can also restore lives. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
August 23, 2018
Having a chiropractic assistant is essential to make sure that the chiropractor can focus on being a chiropractor and on making a difference but being a CA is not easy. There are a lot of things that go on to be a chiropractic assistant. On this episode, we are here with Cath Foote. Before knowing Dr. Craig Foote, her husband, she didn’t know much about chiropractic at all. Her husband was her introduction to chiropractic and he taught her a lot about the practice. Cath talks about how her journey as a chiropractic assistant began and how crucial that role is in helping grow and maintain the practice. She also shares about her mindset behind hiring a staff and looking after them, and how you can keep them inspired on a regular basis. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
August 15, 2018
We all know that the world is changing and we also got to change with it because if we keep on doing what we did yesterday, it’s not going to continue to work. But when we do something that we’ve never tried before, we create all these new ideas about the thing that we’re good at. On this episode, we are here with Jonah Sachs, who is a returning guest and author of the book Unsafe Thinking. Jonah explains the difference between “safe thinking” and “unsafe thinking” and how the latter can help us break into our creative minds. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
August 8, 2018
One of the reasons why people get burned out is they have lost their love of what they do or they have lost being able to see why they do what they do. At those times, connecting with yourself, the practice, and the community are things that are going to bring you back to life. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Erin Hawken. She graduated from Murdoch University and has been in practice for 13 years. She has worked as an associate in four different practices and now, she has her own practice, LiveLoveLife, which is located in Sydney. Dr. Erin talks about how crucial it is to bring yourself into practice in a true and authentic way, which is a big part of being successful in growing a practice. Also, she shares her experiences of feeling burned out in her career and how she was able to get back on track again. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
August 1, 2018
How involved are you outside of your practice? That is the question Dr. Gilles LaMarche asks every chiropractor he meets.Dr. Gilles encourages chiropractors to get involved in the practice. When we are more involved in the practice, it impacts you, your life, your career, and your community for the rest of your life. On this episode, we are with Dr. Gilles. He is the Vice President of Professional Relations at Life University. Also, he has been an Ambassador of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. Dr. Gilles talks about various ways that chiropractors can become more involved in the practice. He also emphasizes how crucial it is for chiropractors to not only become an exceptional chiropractor but also be the best practice member in their practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
July 25, 2018
Before you can be connected with your practice members, your team, your family, and everything else, you have to be first connected with yourself and grounded. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Tiffany Johnson. She graduated from Northwestern Chiropractic and has been in practice for 12 years. Also, she is a mom of two adorable kids. Dr. Tiffany shares her experience of how she ran into a Board issue and how she accepted the full suspension, probation, and monitoring so she can start to heal and move past it. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
July 18, 2018
Dr. Demartini who is one of my mentors said that one of the best things chiropractors could do to be better chiropractors and to help chiropractic, in general, is to become more financially stable. If we’re more financially stable, everything we do is from a state of purpose. On this episode, we are here with Jonathon Gold. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Finance in Concordia University in Montreal. He is the founder of Gold Investment Management, a company that is focused on one thing and that is investment counsel. Jonathon talks about investment and the fallacies associated with it. He also emphasizes the importance of not only paying your debt off but also saving early and investing. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
July 11, 2018
Shedding the husk that's on us and taking from above down inside out that you're going to create a big impact is a big part to being able to make a difference and give, do, love, and serve better. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Ron Oberstein. He graduated from Life Chiropractic College, which is now Life University, in 1981 and is the current President of Life West. Dr. Ron has been in practice for 37 years and his goal is to spread the chiropractic message and get the world under chiropractic care. Dr. Ron shares how chiropractors can enrich themselves so they can fulfill their mission, which is changing the world through chiropractic. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
July 4, 2018
Everything you talk about in your practice is directly related to what you believe in chiropractic and if you’re not aligned with your concepts, it’s hard to ask the right questions and to understand what’s really going on with the person who comes into your office. On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald. She talks about what the most important concepts are and shares different scenarios to help us understand those so we can help people achieve their true potential. Aside from learning those concepts, it is also crucial to learn how to communicate those concepts to your practice members, and to connect to who they are and what their potential is. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
June 27, 2018
Chiropractic is not a numbers game. The number of patients you see and the amount of money you earn don’t matter. Chiropractic is about helping people reach their full potential. On this episode, we are with Dr. Danny Constable. He graduated from Palmer University in 2000 and now runs a successful practice in Germany. Dr. Danny talks about the difference between the mechanistic practice and vitalistic practice and the reason why he converted his practice into the latter. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
June 20, 2018
Our ability to pay attention has atrophied because of the way that we live our lives and thus learning how to be present and mindful is crucial so we can make better decisions and be in a state of homeostasis. On this episode, we are with Vikki Kelly. She’s a mother of three kids, a business owner, a director, a speaker, and is passionate about helping people understand the importance of mindfulness and meditation. Vikki shares tips on how we can start being more present and how it can change your life and your practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
June 13, 2018
Any time Dr. Otto Janke has been burned out is because he lost his way and took his eye off his real target in practice. He pissed away a fortune on things that started taking him away from his gifts but soon, he realized that mistake and learned from it. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Otto. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1992 and has been in practice for more than 26 years. He shares the importance of focusing on your goal and your gifts and how it can help you stay on track. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
June 6, 2018
Selling yourself as the chiropractor, building a practice which is all about you, and hiring an associate into that practice is a good recipe for trouble. On this episode, we’re here with Dr. Donald Francis who has been in practice for nine years. He’s a former soldier and was an officer in the Royal Regiment Artillery for almost 12 years. He went to Palmer University when he was 32 years old and graduated in 2009. Now, he runs the fastest growing Chiropractic Clinic in the Scottish Borders that utilizes the Sacro Occipital Technique. Dr. Donald talks about the one thing he would change on day one of his practice if he could go back in time now. It is that he would start selling chiropractic. He also shares how chiropractors can create a great environment for their associate colleagues and the importance of being able to communicate to your practice members what you are trying to do. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
May 30, 2018
People have so much emotion around money so we can never have an objective conversation about it. When chiropractors aren’t able to talk about money, it creates this challenge which prevents them from serving more people. On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald to talk about what money has to do with what we learned as kids and what we believe about ourselves. When we realize that everything we are doing is just patterned behavior, we can always change the situation that we’re in. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
May 23, 2018
Everyone has a gift and it is your choice whether to share it with the world. However, that gift lies right next to our greatest pain and most of us are afraid to deep dive into it. Today’s guest is Philip McKernan. He is a speaker, writer, and filmmaker. He has also worked with the Canadian Olympic Team and The Pentagon. He helps people transform their personal and professional lives, so they feel more aligned with their purpose. On this episode, he talks about how we can uncover our gift or our truth and be aligned in our work, in ourselves, and in our relationships. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
May 16, 2018
Research states that subluxation is real, it does exist, and it affects the way our nervous system functions. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Kelly Holt. He graduated in 1999 from New Zealand College and has been doing full-time research since 2009. He has been creating research that more vitalistic chiropractors can use. Dr. Kelly talks about how he started getting interested in research, and how vitalistic research made him feel more certain about chiropractic. He also shares how chiropractors who are interested in doing some research can get started. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
May 9, 2018
There is an inborn intelligence within all of us and we are connected with that intelligence in different levels of expression of being beside just physical. If we trust and respect each individual, the universe becomes friendly. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Jeanne Ohm. She started her practice in 1981 with her husband, Dr. Thomas Ohm. She is the Executive Officer of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), and the Editor of the Pathways to Family Wellness magazine. Dr. Jeanne shares her knowledge on how to make it easier to understand that life expresses intelligence, and integrate it into the whole practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
May 2, 2018
Having a team can help you grow your practice but how do you find the right people for it? How do you make sure that your team grows and thrives together with the practice? On this episode, we are here with Dr. Louise Blair. She has been in practice for almost 20 years and is practicing in Wellington, New Zealand. Previously, she served as the Vice-President of the NZ Chiropractors’ Association. Dr. Louise talks about the importance of getting clear about who you want to work with and what you want. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
April 25, 2018
As chiropractors, we need positive energy in today’s society. However, day to day life can suck your energy up and that’s why being around with people that lift you up is important. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Max Saint-Denis. He graduated from Life University in 2003. In 2005, when his father, Dr. Roger Saint-Denis passed away, he took over his practice. Despite growing up in the profession and attending Parker seminars, Dr. Max crashed and lost his fire in practice, which is the reason why he joined the Vitality Shift. Dr. Max shares how the Vitality Shift has helped him lit his fire back and have deeper connections with people. Now, he is having fun in practice again. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
April 18, 2018
Melissa Krivachek says that sales is the only occupation that could fundamentally change the entire legacy of your family tree for generations. Thus, learning its dynamics and how to integrate them into your business is crucial. Melissa has 23 years of sales experience and has won multiple awards. She is the author of seven bestselling books and runs The Millionaires Hot Seat podcast. Also, she is the current executive producer of The Ultimate Sales Summit, which will be held in October in Dallas. On this episode, Melissa talks about what the word “sales” really mean. She also shares advice to rookies who don't know how to do sales and to people who experience burnouts in their businesses. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
April 11, 2018
Most people in a relationship don't understand what it takes to build a sustainable long-term healthy one. As chiropractors, it is our responsibility to be aware of who we are and how we enter into a relationship with everybody than just being unconscious about it, and getting consumed by a quick fix of happiness, which is what the whole world is doing. On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald to talk about the most significant challenges in a relationship, whether that is in an intimate relationship, in your team relationship or your practice member relationship. One of the deep-wired human needs is the connection that happens in relationship with somebody. For that relationship to work well, it is crucial to be healthy, and that means that the brain is working, firing, and viewing the world and others. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
April 4, 2018
The human body knows how to do what it needs to do, and when it needs to do it. There’s this innate intelligence within us that is always present. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Patti Guiliano, who has been in practice for 35 years. She graduated from Life University in 1982 and is now in practice with her husband, Dr. Peter Kevorkian. In addition, she has taken leadership roles in the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice, IFCO Board, and State Board in Massachusetts. As the Co-Founder of the League of Chiropractic Women, she helps to bring women's voices onto the chiropractic scene. Dr. Patti talks about the chiropractic philosophy and its application. She emphasizes that it doesn’t matter if you adjust with your hands or an instrument. What is more important is your intention. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
March 30, 2018
Dr. Brian Kelly says that the gap between a chiropractic education and practice is ginormous. People pay a lot of money for their education, but the reality of practice is nothing like it. Dr. Brian Kelly is from New Zealand, but studied chiropractic in Australia and built a successful practice there for 11 years. He was appointed as the President of the NZ College of Chiropractic for eight years, and after that, he became the President of Life Chiropractic College-West in California, which he led for six years. He has helped to influence thousands of chiropractors and students around the world. His experience as the former President of two Chiropractic Colleges made him realize how he can raise the standard of chiropractic. He knew that he needed to find a way to get the message out there. Thus, Dr. Brian shares the challenges that chiropractic is having and how chiropractors can make a difference in helping the practice grow, expand, and be in better shape. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
March 28, 2018
It's tough for someone who moved to start a new practice, get new patients, and get people to your door. This is difficult because you don’t have any network at your new place. Dr. Enrico Dolcecore grew up in Alberta and graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he met his wife, Dr. Christine Hafer. In 2017, they headed down to Florida, where he became an associate. At first, it was hard for him to get patients, then, he realized that he could do it online. On this episode, he gives us an overview of Facebook marketing and how it can attract new patients. He says that if you learn how to do Facebook marketing yourself, you will discover that you don’t need someone else for thousands of dollars to do that for you. Also, he has been helping other chiropractors for free by setting up their Facebook ads, and teaching them how to learn it by themselves. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
March 21, 2018
We are here with Dr. Laura Jean Baxter-Gravelle. She’s from London, Ontario and has been in practice for 15 years. She and other chiropractors collaborated to write a book "The Art of Being Healthy," which is a book on the real-life accounts of mothers and children healing through Chiropractic. On this interview, she shares the story of how her daughter, Lucy, was healed through chiropractic adjustments. Also, Dr. Laura shares how difficult and stressful it was to try to scale up her business and do everything by herself. That’s when she decided to enroll herself to Vitality Shift. After watching the videos from that program, she shifted her practice from a little basement to a 1,500-sqft office. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
March 16, 2018
When we are disconnected from ourselves, we become a different person, someone we think we’re supposed to be because that’s what we learned from our past experiences. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Tony Miller. He graduated from Life University in 2013 and has been in practice for three years. The number one thing that Tony struggled with was always feeling authentic, and it took him 30 years to discover his true being. Until he realized what his real power was, it was exhausting and stressful for him to borrow other people’s vision and wear their personas. He was even dreading Mondays because he wasn’t sure why he was in his practice doing what he was doing. On this episode, he shares how discovering who he really is has created freedom for him and made his practice more fun. He realizes that his power is to be in this connecting and passionate place. Unlike before, now, he is looking forward to connecting with people whatever they’re coming in with. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
March 14, 2018
Dr. Nick Laurie says that doing a lot of personal development, going to many seminars as you can, and having a mentor can teach you the quickest way to grow your practice and reach your target without sacrificing your family and health. Nick has been in practice for close to 18 years. He graduated from NZCC where he was in their 2nd class. He also came up with Fiji on Fire, where chiropractors have the opportunity to learn from ‘Chiropractic masters’ through power sessions and hanging out. Nick shares how he got hung up on the value of achievement and got focused on the numbers which made him felt isolated from his family and friends. He did things to make up with it, but didn’t realize it was putting his health at risk. Nick had a heart attack, and when he recovered, the things he learned from coaching and self-development programs have helped him to rebuild himself and his relationship with the people around him. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
March 7, 2018
Not all people who go to chiropractic clinics understand what chiropractic is all about and its true message. Thus, for people in practice, it is vital to be able to understand people's health views and let go of those who don’t accept your message. On today’s episode, we are here with Dr. Paul McCrossin. He has been in practice for 23 years, very much involved in the United Chiropractic Association, and helps other chiropractors practice safely and ethically. He talks about the reasons why people complain and how to handle it. For him, it’s a feedback when people complain. Paul says that miscommunication is one of the reasons why there’s a disconnection between the chiropractor and the practice member. People drop out of care because they feel they’re not being listened to or the chiropractor doesn’t care. When you communicate where they’re at, you would be on the same page making them feel connected to you. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
March 2, 2018
Being with like-minded people and having a mentor can definitely up your game. Dr. Ernest Li invested his money, time, and effort attending seminars, which made him realized what his true value is. On today’s episode, we are with my mastermind buddy, Dr. Ernest Li. He is a chiropractor, and a businessman who owns real estates and a pub. Dr. Li wouldn't have discovered chiropractic unless he hadn’t gone into his fifth car accident. The accidents he had caused him pain that made it tough for him to focus on school. He tried everything else and ended up seeing a chiropractor as his last resort. After three adjustments, he felt better than a year and a half of physiotherapy and massage combined. Like other chiropractors, Dr. Li also overdid the practice, got burned out, worked his butt off serving his patients, which took him away from family time. That was the time when he thought that there must be easier ways to make money other than being a chiropractor. When he started investing his money in various things, he realized it isn’t easy and that no matter what business you’re in, you got to work hard. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
February 28, 2018
People want to know more about Heart Rate Variability and how to use that application in order to deepen conversations with practice members. On today's episode, we have Dr. David Fletcher to discuss HRV and to help us understand it in the Chiropractic setting. Also, he shares how to describe HRV in a simplistic model to your practice member when you’re doing it. How chiropractic differently impacts the HRV compared to sleeping or exercising is that it engages specific parasympathetic feeds, arousing the body’s innate responsiveness, and giving it an energetic boost so it can keep the momentum going. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
February 21, 2018
Some institutions have an oppressive environment where students are forbidden from being exposed to Vitalistic Chiropractic. They’re in a culture where they are afraid of making adjustments and of saying anything. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Marc Hudson. He graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in 1994. He, together with his wife, Lynn, created ChiroEurope. They also founded Barcelona Chiropractic College, where they were able to raise two and a half million euros to establish it. Dr. Hudson says that you can’t be a Vitalistic Chiropractor when you practice in fear. It is because fear keeps you away from your practice or your dreams. He shares how chiropractors can get over their fears for them to achieve success. Moreover, Dr. Hudson also talks about ChiroEurope and how unique it is in the chiropractic world right now. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
February 15, 2018
On today's episode, we are with Dr. Rick Wren, a fantastic chiropractor, and one of the most prominent leaders of all the Parker seminars I've been to over the last 20 years. Dr. Wren also has one of the biggest hearts you’ll ever see in the world. He, together with the Chiropractic Emergency Response Team provided help to people who were affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. He is the founder of the Society of Chiropractic Masters, which is designed to take you through the 21 Principles of Practice Success to help chiropractors not only become a Master of Chiropractor but a Master of Chiropractic Success. Dr. Wren shares about how he started speaking at Parker and why chiropractors should try to attend as many seminars as you can. He says that it wasn't speaking that got him fired on; instead, it was the community he was with. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
February 14, 2018
Dr. Nicole Lederman knew she wanted to be a doctor and help people at an early age. She graduated from CMCC in 2000 and then worked as a locum for almost three years in Ontario. When she moved to Texas together with her husband, she ended up teaching in the clinic and on the academic side of Parker. After 11 years of teaching, she realized it was time for her and her family to come back to Canada to start a new phase of life. On this episode, Dr. Lederman talks about how her 18 years in practice have been like. As a woman who is less than five-foot tall, she emphasizes that size doesn't matter. In fact, she shares that small female chiropractors are highly specific when making the adjustments. As a working mom, she also experienced being burned out and not being her vibrant, healthy self which taught her that it isn't true that you can have balance. What’s true is you can choose what you want to do. Moreover, being herself, doing self-care, and connecting with others is the biggest things that have helped her over the time. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
February 7, 2018
On today’s episode, we are going to switch the tables to learn more about the ultimate underdog, Dr. Don MacDonald. Don shares how his last 18 years of being in chiropractic have been like.When Don was starting out his practice, he apparently loved chiropractic and the potential of what it could do for people, and then, it became not that for him. During the first seven years of his practice, everything seems like such a price for him that he lost any vision of what the promise was. Don was able to keep the practice at a good volume and still did a lot of things for the profession, but it was at a huge detriment to his health. He had gone through a couple of issues and trauma that not only burned him out mentally but also his health. He felt broken, hurt, and exhausted all the time. What Don realized was he was not doing what he needed to do to take care of himself. What he did is he focused on his body and on few things that he knew are going to make the most significant difference in his practice. Aside from perseverance, another key to his success is his wife, Brandi, who supports him of what he does. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
February 2, 2018
When people are faced with many tasks, their main impulse is to ignore the most important thing, and do two things at once. However, multitasking fires the stress response and shuts off the frontal lobe that lowers the person’s IQ. Jay Papasan is the co-author of The ONE Thing, a New York Times bestseller about identifying your ONE Thing and how to do that thing. On this episode, he talks about that ONE Thing and how it delivers extraordinary results in every situation. When you focus on it and start establishing your productivity rituals in the morning, you can be back in control instead of being adrift in the stream of life. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more athttp://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 31, 2018
One of the reasons why some people kept hitting the walls is that they don’t have a clear foundation of what they’re trying to create in their life. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Dustin Behn. He grew up in Hampton, Iowa and his passion for sports led him to an injury in which he lost feeling in his arm. His best friend advised him to go to a chiropractor and after being adjusted, his injury improved, which made him decide that he wanted to do that. Dr. Behn also shares how he made a commitment to growing himself as a person and in what he has to offer the world. He emphasizes how important it is to define who you are and figure out how to build yourself. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 24, 2018
Many people are holding themselves back because they're afraid of what others might think about them or they’re worried that they will look inauthentic. Thinking about these things while communicating sends out a message that you’re not confident with what you’re doing. It also makes people feel that you can’t be trusted. On this episode, we are here with Lorna Earnshaw. She is a singer-songwriter, journalist, dancer, and an online marketer. She has been a voice coach for 15 years focusing, mostly on vocal health and technique. Lorna helps us understand how to use our voice correctly to be able to communicate effectively and inspire more people. When we can improve how we communicate, not only we can grow our business, but we can also free our voice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 19, 2018
Dr. Paul Reed is the owner and CEO of Bridge Chiropractic with a staff of over 30 and four clinics in Vancouver, WA. After he had his first adjustment in his 8th grade, he knew he wanted to be a chiropractor and do something bigger. After attending a Cal Jam, Dr. Reed realized that he wanted to keep the chiropractic on the west coast philosophically strong and that’s how ChiroFest was created. On this episode, he shares how he was able to expand the reach of chiropractic, and not only serve his patients, but also the practice as well. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 17, 2018
Dr. Sheridan Kay was born in Australia into a large family of chiropractors. She graduated from Life University in Atlanta, USA in 1996. Currently, Sheridan teaches the Thompson Technique at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.She faced a massive challenge when she became an associate of her late father, Dr. Alan Brady. Because of her size and age, people thought she's not strong enough to be a chiropractor. Her father advised her to get stronger with love which she did, and it completely changed her practice. On this episode, Dr. Sheridan shares the challenges she faced when she was starting her practice and when she moved to New Zealand. Also, there was a time where she felt burned out with family and health. Breathing, having people to guide her to bring things back to herself, setting clear boundaries with love, and looking after herself restored everything for her. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 10, 2018
Dr. Ryan Rieder is a coach, speaker, entrepreneur and the co-founder of Halsa Care Group which is the largest provider of chiropractic and physiotherapy in Europe. The business expanded into nine large clinics within four years and is now a multi-million-pound practice. Ryan believes that a business is not just a single person’s energy and something that doesn’t fall apart when that person is not there. Rather, it is an enterprise that works without you. On this episode, Ryan talks about the importance of developing yourself as a person because once you have that personal growth, outside growth also happens. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 5, 2018
It's easy to get caught up in the demands of our practice that we forget to see the bigger picture of our lives and relationships. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Mike Southwick, who has been in practice for 18 years. He shares how he was able to keep a good relationship with his wife and kids and have a successful practice at the same time. When he was in high school, he had a shoulder injury while playing basketball. After undergoing traditional medical care and physical care, it resulted to limited motion. In college, his condition worsened, and his sister referred him to a chiropractor and found immediate relief. At that point, he realized he wanted to be a chiropractor. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
January 3, 2018
What's stopping people from doing things is the fear of stepping into the unknown. However, we won't know what's in there if we don't take the courage to step into it. Today, we are here with Dr. Naomi Mills. She is the business owner of the Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic, a chiropractic marketer, and a mother of a two-year-old. Dr. Mills is a busy chiropractor who sees 220 patients a week and recently bought a new clinic. She shares how she was able to do this and expand her practice in a year by getting things done. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 27, 2017
Being surrounded by positive people will fill you with positive energy and inspire you to do better. On today's episode, we are here with Dr. Ernie von Schilling, who had been in practice for 47 years. He was paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 13 which led him to being carried into a chiropractor's office by his dad. That experience inspired him to pursue chiropractic as a career. Dr. von Schilling shares how being around with successful people is essential to keep yourself be on fire and how it makes you become a better person. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 22, 2017
For some people, Christmas is not an inspirational time of the year because they live in an obligatory mindset. They have to spend money they don’t have, be with people they don’t like, and present a persona that’s not true. Going through the holidays with that self-sacrificial mindset not only stresses you mentally, emotionally, and financially, but it also affects you physically. Emotions like fear, guilt, and anger produce stress chemicals that break down your physiology. On this episode, we are here with Don and Brandi MacDonald. They talk about setting boundaries during the holidays so as not to sacrifice yourself for the things you don't want to do and how to do it without blowing up everything. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 20, 2017
When big companies such as The Walt Disney Company, McDonald’s, and Ford Motor Company were just starting out, each of them had an Integrator helping the Visionary make their entrepreneurial dream a reality. On this episode, we are here with Mark Winters. He is a Certified EOS Implementer, coach, facilitator, and author of the book Rocket Fuel. He has led a range of companies, from startups to multibillion-dollar global enterprises such as Procter & Gamble. Mark talks about how having a well-matched Integrator can give visionaries freedom. He shares valuable tips on how Visionaries and Integrators can find each other and maximize their relationship, which is a significant factor in the business’s success. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 13, 2017
Everyone is on social media right now and creating social media pages is one of the best ways to be found. In fact, some people won't think your business is real when they can't see you on social media. Recently, what's becoming trending is the use of a live video. With a live video, people will know how authentic and real you are. However, many people and businesses, are scared that they might not look great on camera or they might say something wrong. On today’s episode, we are here with Nicole Cowley. She is a Senior Technology Solution Specialist for a premiere Chiropractic EHR and Practice Management software company. She also owns ChiroSocialTech and shares tips on how you can leverage social media to help build your practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 8, 2017
Practicing chiropractic in congruence with who you authentically are is empowering, and it is a way to influence, engage, and impact the world.On this episode, we are here with Dr. Nimrod Weiner. He has been in practice for 15 years and was on the Board of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation for nine years. Dr. Weiner shares his story about deliberately leaving Medicine because of the profession’s philosophies that aren’t congruent with his. As humans, we tend to get a little bit off the track. To get back to congruency, one of the things Dr. Weiner suggests is to do a slow parasympathetic breathing. Stopping and taking a moment allows you to get into your heart state. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
December 6, 2017
Melissa Sandford started off as a chiropractic assistant and has taken a massive leadership role at the UCA. Being married to a chiropractor, she started hanging out with more chiropractors and had access to many chiropractic conferences, which got her more interested in the practice. On this episode, she shares tips on recruiting, managing, and training staff, and the common errors that chiropractors do when it comes to hiring an assistant. One of the significant failings that people make is they start up an office, and they bring somebody else to figure things out. As a chiropractor, you need to understand how the system works and be able to operate that so you can see when it's not working. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
November 29, 2017
Chiropractors may think they don’t have to do marketing and sales, but these are two things that any business needs. They have resistance to learning stuff related to business because they're afraid that they will look ‘salesy.' However, this creates a dissonance because people don't know who they are and what they are about. Dr. Pam Jarboe began her chiropractic career working as an assistant for a chiropractor in 1986. She was inspired by the changes she witnessed in this practice which then made her attend Life University. She also serves as a board member for several chiropractic organizations and an international speaker for the profession. In this episode, Dr. Pam talks about how marketing is not only about promoting your product. Marketing starts before that which is figuring out your brand, who your audience is, and who you are to them. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
November 24, 2017
Sitting is the new smoking. When we don’t move, the frontal lobe doesn’t function which means we can become sick not only physically, but also in our thought process as well. On this episode, we are here with Dr. Michael Hall. He is one of my biggest mentors in chiropractic. He is a chiropractic neurologist, and is affiliated with Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas, Texas. He shares how chronic sitting can affect our health, how we communicate, how we perceive life, and how we succeed in life as well. He says that people who are more active tend to not only have better physical health, but also better mental health and a better shot at breaking the curse. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/
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