Holla Back Y’all
Gilles Lamarche DC: Here to Make a Difference
By Michael Hollerbach, DC Student
Holla Back Y’all is a regular column which gives one member of the Life University community an opportunity to offer their thoughts and opinions and share themselves with the rest of us; in addition, it gives the community the opportunity to be able to get to know one of the many incredible people on this campus.
This edition I would like to introduce Dr. Gilles Lamarche, DC. He is a recent addition to the Life University family and comes here with boundless energy and passion for principled chiropractic. He is the new Vice President of Professional Relations and Gilles is an author, mentor, professional coach, motivational speaker and has an impressive resume. He came to Marietta with his wife, Melissa Briscoe Lamarche, DC and is here to bring the most passionate dynamic speakers in the world to our campus. He recently organized the first Philosophy Night in Lyceum Park. In addition, he is creating LifeTalks, an annual event that will soon rival the Ted Talks series. Currently, he his working to promote the Life Vision events. I recently was able to chat with Dr. Lamarche and get his story.
Michael Hollerbach: How did your journey bring you to Life University?
Dr. Gilles Lamarche: I spent 6 years at Parker University, beginning as seminar director and moving to VP in charge of clinics, research, CE and seminars. Left there in July 2012. Dr Riekeman reached out to me in May of 2013. I was driven to come to LIFE after sharing a couple days with him and learning of the vision for chiropractic that he had, and that was prevalent at LIFE. I saw this as an opportunity to have a major impact on world health, and leave a legacy.
MH: Oh that is fantastic. Very nice to hear. Do you have a personal mission statement or motto you live by?
GL: Yes I do, my personal mission statement is: “I hereby pledge my life to my greatest expression of love and service for the benefit of humanity.”
MH: So where were you born and raised and how did you find your way to chiropractic school?
GL: Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. My first experience with chiropractic was at the age of 12. Though I presented for low back pain after an injury, I soon understood the importance of the nervous system and the negative effects of subluxation on my health. I had been an unwell child, digestion and elimination issues, and discovered that these were due to subluxation, likely caused during my forceps delivery. Within a short time I regained my health and decided to do what it would take to become a DC.
MH: What has your career path been since graduating?
GL: I started my own practice in a small town of Hearst, Ontario, population 5,000. Within a few short months I had a thriving practice. Spent 5 years there, and also had a satellite practice in the town of Longlac (population 1,500). Both were high volume, principled practices, teaching the chiropractic principles for health and wellbeing. I sold both practices and then moved back to my hometown of Timmins, Ontario. Built that practice to capacity within a few months and maintained a high level service practice there for 20 years.
MH: What do you enjoy doing outside of your office?
GL: I read a lot, rarely fiction, more philosophy, psychology of success, personal and professional growth; I write – articles, books etc. I run and cycle; spend quality time with my wife who is also a DC; have always enjoyed being dad and doing things with my children, who are now adults. I have three children – Jason is a DC in the Chicago area, as is his wife, Rebecca; they have a 6 month old daughter, Brielle. My daughter is an RMT, married with a 2-year-old daughter, Kherington, living in Edmonton, Alberta. And my youngest son, Christopher, is an automotive electronics technician, owns his own business in Timmins, ON, married to Melissa, and they recently, April 22, 2014, had a daughter, Harper.
MH: What do you think of Georgia and how has your experience been since arriving?
GL: It has been wonderful. Great people, beautiful terrain, greenery… We bought a beautiful home in Marietta, and have the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park as our backyard. It’s peaceful and a great place to think, live and thrive. The Marietta Town Square also offers so much. Close to downtown Atlanta for entertainment and all that life has to offer.
MH: Have you and your wife, Melissa, explored Georgia and/or Atlanta much yet?
GL: We have spent a bit of time getting acquainted with Atlanta, a few concerts, a few great restaurants, and our immediate area. We have had one trip up to the Blue Ridge Mountains with more to come this summer.
MH: So this Life Talks series, what is it and what are your intentions for it?
GL: LIFE Talks – the inaugural event will be held at Life University in Marietta, GA (Atlanta), April 24 and 25, 2015. The goal is to have thought leaders/decision makers come together and experience the Vitalistic health paradigm conversation from a physical, mental, social, environmental and spiritual wellbeing perspective. We want to invite speakers on nutrition, exercise physiology, positive psychology, compassion, relationships, vitalism, and environmental health – all important in our opinion to a Vitalistic balanced healthy lifestyle. We believe that having thought leaders involved in this conversation will lead to improved social change.
Well, thank you Dr. Lamarche, it was an honor to be able to interview you. I look forward to seeing what great things you do on this campus in the future.