Dr. David Jockers
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
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
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?
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.