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Peak Doctor Interviews

PEAK Series – Dr. David Jockers

Dr. David Jockers
Kennesaw, Georgia
http://www.drjockers.com/clinic/

DrJockersHow long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
8 months

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
I had a great PEAK experience and was looking to provide a great “real life” experience for other high achieving, ambitious and hard-working students.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student? skills/personality/confidence
Coachability, Humility, Friendly and Hard Working nature

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
4 so far

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
Mission: “To transform our community through God’s healing power and the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living”

Vision: “To see every man, woman and child reach their God-given potential in life and health”

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
Healthy Lifestyle

Do you have have a cash or insurance based practice?
About 98% cash

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
Patient communication, screening, health & nutrition education, critical confrontational skills, corrective care technique skills, advanced healing strategies, business practices, etc.

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
However many they want/need

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
Be on time, work hard, be willing to grow out of your comfort zone, desire to learn and get better

What techniques are used in your practice? Do you use X-ray in your office? Are you open to PEAK students using other styles?
Maximized Living corrective care technique, yes – digital x-ray. We are open to other techniques but practice corrective care as our primary focus.

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
Nutrition and Fitness coaching & classes

How many people work in your practice?
6 member team

What style of practice do you have? open adjusting/individual rooms
Semi-open adjusting

How did you choose the town in which to open a practice? More specifically your location?
I like the area and found exactly what I was looking for in terms of space size, appearance, parking features and price.

What things of interest are there in your part of the country?
Atlanta – Great people and great town

How many patients do you see, on average, each week?
Roughly 350-450 pv/wk

How many new patients do you see, on average, each week?
8-10 typically

Who adjusts you?
Either my associate doctors or PEAK student

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
Once they have demonstrated the assertiveness and the competency to do so

Would you be interested in allowing your PEAK student to become an associate or independent contracting doctor if s/he was a good “fit” for your practice?
If they were a good fit and there was a need

Do you provide any form of housing or have connections for affordable housing if outside the Atlanta market?
We are close enough for an easy Life U commute.

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
Once they have demonstrated the assertiveness and competency to do so. I would love to see students wanting to set up talks and do them. This is what I did when I was a PEAK student and it greatly helped me build confidence and skills as I started my own practice from scratch.

Will your office be running screening events for new patients? At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
Once they have demonstrated the assertiveness and competency to do so

How in depth will the student be in performing daily business practices?
They will be learning from myself and my staff how to do anything and everything they would like to learn. The greater desire to learn, study and improve the greater the opportunities they will have in our office.

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
If they take full advantage of everything we offer they will be far ahead of most of their peers. I am not sure if a 3-6 month experience truly prepares you for everything that you will experience opening your own practice…but the more diligent and determined the PEAK student is the more they will gain from the PEAK experience.

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
Most students do not have any idea what being in practice is really like. They are in an artificial environment at Life and most are timid when it comes to effectively communicating with patients, building relationships in the community, adjustment skills, etc.

What words of advice can you offer PEAK students?
Take an ownership mindset into the practice where you PEAK. Do not view yourself as an hourly employee – but put yourself in the shoes of the business owner with every task, interaction and experience you have during your PEAK experience. This will allow you to view everything from the standpoint of leadership.

Develop your communication skills, team leadership skills, personal health & relationship commitments, patient interaction skills, community relationship skills and technique skills. These are the areas we need to be excellent in to have the practice and life of our dreams.

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PEAK Series – Dr. Brian Paris

Dr. Brian Paris
Rockville, MD
www.parischiro.com

parisHow long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
About 2 years

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
The real world is very different from school and being a student. I want to provide young chiropractors with the base knowledge of how to be a healthcare professional in the real world.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student? skills/personality/confidence
Willingness to learn, team player, open minded and friendly

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
I have had 2 PEAK students (called externs) from schools other than Life University.

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
Revolutionizing health care through movement, thought and nutrition. We empower people to live more active and healthy lifestyles.

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
We have a whole person practice. Starting with pain relief strategies we implement techniques to help patients get results fast. Then we progress into corrective strategies working with the structure and function. Finally we progress patients into longevity strategies to help them stay active and healthy.

Do you have have a cash or insurance based practice?
Mostly insurance

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
Technique (CBP and functional rehab), patient communication, flow, patient care management

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
Roughly 30 hrs/week

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
Humility, respect, friendly…more interested than interesting

paris 2What techniques are used in your practice?
CBP, functional rehab, decompression

Do you use X-ray in your office?
Yes – digital and we use CBP analysis via Postureray.

Are you open to PEAK students using other styles?
Yes

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
Yes

How many people work in your practice?
15

What style of practice do you have? open adjusting/individual rooms
Open adjusting and physical therapy, consult, exam and x-ray rooms

How did you choose the town in which to open a practice? More specifically your location?
I went to college near by and my wife grew up in this area. I chose my specific area because it is surrounded by a lot of big businesses and residential communities.

What things of interest are there in your part of the country?
Outdoor activities on the Potomac river and Catoctin mountains; Washington, DC. Bethesda, MD.

How many patients do you see, on average, each week?
100

How many new patients do you see, on average, each week?
10

Who adjusts you?
Dr. Mike Kraft, head of our chiropractic division

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
We tend to keep the students on the floor involved with patient communication, therapies and modalities. Toward the end of their tenure we introduce exam and adjusting procedures.

Would you be interested in allowing your PEAK student to become an associate or independent contracting doctor if s/he was a good “fit” for your practice?
Yes

Do you provide any form of housing or have connections for affordable housing?
No

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
After the first month

Will your office be running screening events for new patients? At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
The student will never head up an event. They will be helping the existing team.

How in depth will the student be in performing daily business practices?
From an outsiders perspective with an inside view

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
I believe all chiropractors should work for someone for at least 6 months. They are still a student during their PEAK experience.

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
Students need to learn humility. Business in the real world is completely different than business as a student.

What words of advice can you offer PEAK students?
Learn as much as you can technically in school. Work for as many offices as you can. Compile info from everywhere and then make it your own.

100% Launch Club for Students

100% Launch Club for Students
Interview: Sammy Clavell, DC, PEAK Doctor
Yamila Cruz-Martínez, DC Student

Vital Source was honored to have the opportunity to interview LIFE alumnus, Dr. Sammy Clavell, who graduated in March 2010. He has been practicing for three years, first as an associate for one year, followed by private practice in Austell, GA for the past two years. Not only is he a DC, he is also a photographer and leads the 100% Launch Club for students at LIFE.

Vital Source: Why did you decide to be a chiropractor?
Sammy Clavell: I went to med school because I wanted to help, but I realized that I was sick of the traditional health care—of the way medical doctors were “taking care” of the population, of how people don’t get better at all and get addicted to medications. I didn’t want to be part of that; I want to make a change in the world. In that process, I met a chiropractor and it all made sense; (It may sound crazy, but I never got adjusted before coming to school. Actually, my first adjustment was in student clinic.) … it was so inspiring hearing that chiropractor talk—his passion and knowledge about the profession—that I took a leap of faith and decide to study chiropractic.

VS: Can you tell us more about the club, 100% Launch?
SC: I decided to start the club because I felt like every chiropractor out there needs to be successful. If we have a vision to make a change in the world, we need to work towards that. School is amazing and teaches us a lot of what we need to know about the profession but Clavellthere are a couple of things that when you get out in the field you would need to learn. I want to help students to acquire that knowledge; be ready, be confident, have the necessary tools so when they graduate they can open a practice and be successful. The club meets every other Tuesday at my office; we have students from all the quarters. We began with empowerment session, given by one of the students, then we give constructive opinions about it; we practice screenings, talks, ways to approach patients and we finalize with orientation of various topics like chiropractic philosophy, marketing, business, goals, managing a practice among others.

VS: How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor, and can you tell us more about it?
SC: Actually, I wanted to take the step a little bit further. Students were interested in learning more of what I do on daily basis. I started being part of the PEAK program seven months ago, and my first intern was Travis Owens. He graduated last quarter and is going to open his own practice in Tennessee this January. When the students PEAK with me, they have the real doctor experience—I try to be as helpful as possible. Let them do examinations, take X-rays, do empowerment sessions, set goals, adjust. The student won’t be another CA; they will be one of the doctors.

VS: Do you have a preference in any technique or a specific way of adjusting?
SC: I am more of a Diversified guy. I like using my hands a lot. I do believe healing goes through the hands.

VS: What would you recommend to students while they are in school here at LIFE?
SC: Get the most experience that you can. Get involved. Shadow DC’s, go to clubs, do screenings. Sometimes we worry about grades, Boards, getting through the academic program; that we forget to get experience. Don’t only think “I want to be a successful chiropractor,”—be committed to it.

Thank you, Dr. Clavell!

PEAK Series – Dr. Mike Bucknell

Dr. Mike Bucknell
Mobile, AL
www.LiberationChiropractic.com

imageHow long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
Less than one year at this point

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
I was told about the program as an opportunity to help a young doctor learn what it takes to run a highly successful cash dominate wellness practice while at the same time bring new energy and the potential for future positions in the door.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student? skills/personality/confidence
Love for Chiropractic and SERVICE. This is all that really matters, we can teach the rest.

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
Haven’t had one yet….come to Mobile!

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
To build a wellness center in our city capable of providing Chiropractic to the whole community, where doctors don’t have to kill themselves to live so we can focus on patient care over finances.

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
Wellness, Family, and Corrective Care….definitely not pain

Do you have have a cash or insurance based practice?
Over 85% cash for 9 years straight

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
Success without being slave to insurance contracts….freedom.

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
I work a lot. Not by need but because there is a LOT of work to be done to move our vision forward. Hard work is a blessing not a curse if done right.

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
To treat them like I do and do their best

What techniques are used in your practice?
Corrective protocols from CLEAR, Pettibon, etc, many adjusting styles, arthrostim, vibration plates, other corrective exercises

Do you use X-ray in your office?
ABSOLUTELY as you can’t fix a spine you can’t evaluate.

Are you open to PEAK students using other styles?
Open for forward progress if it fits.

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
Lots of Nutrition, Detox, functional medicine type stuff, but no electric shock
therapies etc

How many people work in your practice?
2 doctors and 3 staff – All of the staff were patients before staff so are highly involved.

What style of practice do you have? open adjusting/individual rooms
Semi open as no closed doors on adjusting bays, but not wide open

How did you choose the town in which to open a practice? More specifically your location?
We looked at Florida first but due to laws chose LA (lower Alabama) as next best tropical climate.

What things of interest are there in your part of the country?
Beach, sun, small quieter city, close to Biloxi MS, New Orleans, Pensacola, etc.

image-1How many patients do you see, on average, each week?
200 personally plus other docs volume

Who adjusts you?
The other doctor, but also other docs who come to me to be adjusted

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
To be determined by individual doctors capabilities and learning curves.

Would you be interested in allowing your PEAK student to become an associate or independent contracting doctor if s/he was a good “fit” for your practice?
Of course!

Do you provide any form of housing or have connections for affordable housing if outside the Atlanta market?
We don’t provide housing as we have three small kids, but we would help locate housing. Plenty of affordable housing locally as Mobile is one of the least expensive cities to live in within the US!

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
As soon as they feel ready.

Will your office be running screening events for new patients? At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
The ability to put your ego at bay and spread the message is central to all marketing so the sooner they are comfortable the better.

How in depth will the student be in performing daily business practices?
They would be welcome to learn anything they want. I don’t hide business from my staff, they know all the numbers and we review weekly. Everyone wins together.

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
I would say yes, however, that depends on the student.

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
I’ve been surprised not to have any calls yet.

What words of advice can you offer PEAK interns?
Think HARD about where you want to practice. Think hard HOW you want to practice. These things are often taken too lightly yet you’ll be living in these choices the rest of your life!

PEAK Series – Dr. Jamie Cramer

Dr. Jamie Cramer
Troy, MI
www.nuccainfo.com

Dr. Jamie CramerHow long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
A few years

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
I was interested in PEAK because it was one of my highlights when I was a student. My preceptorship at Palmer was amazing and I HIGHLY recommend all students to PEAK. It starts to bridge the gap between student and doctor in successful practices.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student? skills/personality/confidence
I am looking for students that have a high desire to learn and help a lot of people through chiropractic. If you want to have fun and be successful this my be the office for you!

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
I haven’t had a PEAK from life but I have had interns from Palmer. I am looking forward to having a PEAK intern.

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
Precise Chiropractic is committed to excellence in chiropractic care, management, and education. Precise Chiropractic is committed to establishing life long relationships based on trust, respect, and support. We will do this by creating a safe, loving, and warm atmosphere for people to reach optimal health through a chiropractic lifestyle. We will create lifelong patients throughout Michigan one family at a time! Precise Chiropractic attracts an abundance of wealth to the office, staff, and patients.

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
Our practice focuses on wellness care.

Do you have have a cash or insurance based practice?
We have a 100% cash practice!!! It is awesome to take care of people that truly value Chiropractic care!

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
PEAK students can expect to learn how to communicate chiropractic care in a effective way, learn patient flow in a high volume patient centered office, x ray skills and how to mange patient care with low stress.

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
30-35 hours

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
I expect students to be caring and professional while working with patients.

What techniques are used in your practice?
We practice NUCCA and see miracles all the time!

Do you use X-ray in your office?
Yes we have digital x-ray

Are you open to PEAK students using other styles?
No

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
We offer massage therapy.

How many people work in your practice?
There are 6 people that work in our practice including the massage therapist and myself.

What style of practice do you have?  open adjusting/individual rooms
Individual rooms

What things of interest are there in your part of the country?
Troy MI is northern suburb of Detroit. It is a great community with a lot to offer in terms of activity and job growth in the past few years. Troy is a beautiful community that I am proud to be part of.

How many patients do you see, on average, each week?
We see on average 250 patient visits a week.

Who adjusts you?
I am adjusted regularly by my radio cohost Dr. Lazar. We have a radio program on the largest Christian radio station in metro Detroit. Our show is a beacon for spreading chiropractic care! You can listen to the program at www.yourweeklycheckup.com

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
I have a training program and when certain hurdles are completed students are able to manage more on their own.

Would you be interested in allowing your PEAK student to become an associate or independent contracting doctor if s/he was a good “fit” for your practice?
Absolutely!!

Do you provide any form of housing  or have connections for affordable housing if outside the Atlanta market?
No

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
When the student demonstrates the desire to do them.

Staff Pics 002Will your office be running screening events for new patients? At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
I currently do not do screening but Associates do. Students can be heading them up as soon as possible.

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
I believe you will have so much more knowledge by having a PEAK experience that it will give you an advantage to the students that do not PEAK. I do believe that an Associate position will set you up for a successful practice along with PEAK.

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
We are always learning!

What words of advice can you offer PEAK interns?
I would recommend that you go into the PEAK experience with excitement and openness. You can learn a ton, have fun and be part of helping a lot of people through Chiropractic care! That just brings a smile to my face.

PEAK Series – Dr. Wendy Jacobs

Dr. Wendy Jacobs
Arlington, VA
www.jacobschiro.com

JacobsHow long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
1 year

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
A student contacted me about doing his internship in this office.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student? skills/personality/confidence
All of the above. Skills are essential but I can teach them the advanced information. We have a lot of personality in our office and the PEAK student needs to add theirs. Confidence is mandatory. PERIOD!

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
None so far

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
Best care for anyone who walks through my doors. Have a stress free office where I educate everyone and they then talk about it to their friends, family and co-workers.

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
Wellness and Sports Chiropractic

Do you have have a cash or insurance based practice?
Insurance

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
Many things that I have learned over the years, in sports injury care, wellness care, and relationships with your patients and staff.

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
40

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
Confidence and respect for the patients

What techniques are used in your practice? Do you use X-ray in your office? Are open to PEAK students using other styles?
Gonstead, diversified and extremities. No Xray in office and they may use their own techniques.

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
Yes, traction, cold laser, Massage and MAT

How many people work in your practice?
3 but in midst of hiring another DC.

What style of practice do you have? open adjusting/individual rooms
Open adjusting area

How did you choose the town in which to open a practice? More specifically your location?
Lived here for military service at the Pentagon and liked the area so I stayed.

What things of interest are there in your part of the country?
Everything its DC!!

How many patients do you see, on average, each week?
55-60

How many new patients do you see, on average, each week?
3-6, each week is different. 2 weeks ago we had 4 in one day.

Who adjusts you?
A near by Chiropractor

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
As soon as they are ready and comfortable to handle the patients.

Would you be interested in allowing your PEAK student to become an associate or independent contracting doctor if s/he was a good “fit” for your practice?
Yes

Do you provide any form of housing or have connections for affordable housing if outside the Atlanta market?
No, but I could assist if needed.

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
N/A

Will your office be running screening events for new patients? At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
Yes all the time, immediately

How in depth will the student be in performing daily business practices?
When I feel confident in their abilities.

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
No. Everyone needs a year or two of working with another Doctor to really gain knowledge and experience to run their own business.

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
N/A

What words of advice can you offer PEAK interns?
Listen to what is being said to you by the PEAK Doctors our knowledge and experience is invaluable.

PEAK Series – Dr. Matt Hennessy

Dr. Matt Hennessy
Battle Creek, Michigan
www.mcculloughhealthcenters.com

Dr. Matt HennessyHow long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
1 year

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
I was able to do an internship my last semester of school and consider it an invaluable experience to making me the Doctor I am today. Doctor means “to teach” and the PEAK Program offers the opportunity to teach the next generation of Principled Chiropractors.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student? skills/personality/confidence
The number one attribute is humility and a willingness to learn. Everything else is a on the job learned skill.

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
In the past, the office has had multiple PEAK students, but none recently. We are looking to get re-started with the program.

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
Our mission is to take chiropractic and holistic wellness/living to our community and ultimately, the world! In addition to spinal correction, our office offers nutritional counseling, therapeutic massage, and monthly talks on a variety of holistic health topics.

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
We are a corrective care office focused on whole body health for the whole family.

Do you have have a cash or insurance based practice?
We accept both cash and insurance.

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
The systems of how to run a high volume office, the ability to not only attract but also retain Practice Members for future growth and business acumen to run their own office.

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
25 to 30 hours of Practice time with potential time outside the office as well.

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
We expect them to treat this practice and the Practice Members like their own. They will have an opportunity to learn how a successful office runs from the front-end to the back-end. We ask that they invest in the learning process and embrace the experience 100%.

What techniques are used in your practice? Do you use X-ray in your office? Are you open to PEAK students using other styles?
We are a corrective care office using a mix of Gonstead, Diversified, CBP, Flexion/Distraction and extremities. We perform x-rays on the majority of our patients, including re-x-rays to monitor their progress. McCullough Family Chiropractic is always looking for ways to offer the best quality care to our Practice Members and would be open to new ideas.

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
We have therapeutic massage available to all of our patients, a Crossfit gym and do functional nutrition.

How many people work in your practice?
Currently we are a two doctor office with four support staff.

What style of practice do you have? open adjusting/individual rooms
We are semi-open. There are adjustment rooms with four walls, but no door. Our therapy suite is mostly an open format. Our consultation and examination rooms have doors.

How did you choose the town in which to open a practice? More specifically your location?
Battle Creek has been home to one of the doctor’s wives her entire life. The office is specifically located in a well-known building in the community that is directly on the main business road of the city.

What things of interest are there in your part of the country?
We live in the Midwest, more specifically the Great Lake State. We are blessed to have innumerable outdoor activities within a short driving distance and one of the best parks in the state in our own town, Fort Custer. We are close to the college town of Kalamazoo with all of the amenities that come with that and an hour from the fastest growing metropolitan area in Michigan, Grand Rapids. We are blessed with all four major sports in Michigan and less than a four hour drive to Chicago.

How many patients do you see, on average, each week?
We see 600+ patients per week.

How many new patients do you see, on average, each week?
On average we see 10 to 12 New Patients per week.

Who adjusts you?
Because we are a two doctor office, we are able to stay on an active adjusting schedule with the ability to get additional adjustments as need arises.

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
After thoroughly learning and role-playing the process and procedures of patient flow, they will have opportunities to fully invest themselves in those situations.

Would you be interested in allowing your PEAK student to become an associate or independent contracting doctor if s/he was a good “fit” for your practice?
We would have room to work with qualified doctors both in our office and potentially helping with options for a satellite office if the opportunity presented itself.

Do you provide any form of housing or have connections for affordable housing if outside the Atlanta market?
We have a network of Realtors who have short-term housing options available while actively seeking more options for students.

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
Our office speaks in the community often on a variety of health related topics. A student will have the immediate opportunity to be a part of talks both in the office and within the community. Once they show aptitude and are comfortable role-playing with the staff, they will be able to give talks in the community as well.

Will your office be running screening events for new patients? At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
We are active in the community and often doing screenings in which PEAK students would be invited. After practicing on their own, with staff and assisting on active screenings, we will happily let students take over the entire process from set-up to performing a screening event.

How in depth will the student be in performing daily business practices?
Students with get the opportunity to oversee, shadow and train in every aspect of running a successful Chiropractic office and business. We recognize that the students will be technically sufficient through their training at Life, we desire to teach them how to learn business practices in a real-life situation as to  prepare them for the next stage of their career.

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
The process of opening a new practice is a bigger endeavor than any of us can imagine. Will they be ready to open their own practice? Not sure. Who really is right out of school? Will they be better off by learning through this office than just starting a practice from scratch? We believe they can learn a lot of valuable information to allow them success in future practice options. We will not hold back on teaching them what it takes to run a successful practice from top to bottom, inside and out.

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
We are just getting started so we cannot base it on our experience with students, but on our own experience as student interns, we hope it will be an eye-opening experience to what it takes to run a practice. We look forward to working with Life Universities best and having pride on the future of our great profession.

What words of advice can you offer PEAK interns?
Life University creates amazing Doctors of Chiropractic, but with all of the book and hands on knowledge you receive, there is still a gap between school and practice. Our desire with the PEAK Program is to be a bridge from clinical excellence to practical function of every aspect of running one’s own office. If that opportunity is with us or another office, we ask that you keep a teachable heart and embrace the business side because that is the most difficult thing to master without real world experience. We are eager to be able to offer that to every student that interns with us.