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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!

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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.

PEAK Series – Dr. Cris Eaton Welsh

Dr. Cris Eaton Welsh
Kennesaw, GA
www.eatonchiropractic.com

Dr ChrisHow long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
Our office was one of the first PEAK offices…

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
When I was in Chiropractic school we didn’t have an opportunity like this, I finished clinic early and spend my afternoons working in Dr Claire Welsh’s office and I learned more in those afternoons about how to run a practice than I ever could have learned in an institutional setting.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student? skills/personality/confidence
A desire to learn and self confidence, which is completely different than being cocky or arrogant!

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
17

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
Encouraging Possibilities

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
Wellness, Families, Standard Process Nutrition

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

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
How to run a business, how to integrate into a community

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
15 to 20

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
Professional yet inquisitive

What techniques are used in your practice?
Diversified, Thompson, SOT, Distraction, Activator and Toggle

Do you use X-ray in your office?
Yes

Are  open to PEAK students using other styles?
Yes

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
Spinalator and Decompression

How many people work in your practice?
3 staff, 4 doctors

What style of practice do you have?
Individual rooms

How did you choose the town in which to open a practice? More specifically your location?
I took over the practice from my father.

How many patients do you see, on average, each week?
350 to 400

How many new patients do you see, on average, each week?
5

Who adjusts you?
Dr Markham, My Dad and Dr Katie Beech

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
Once they are versed in our office procedures, it depends on each PEAK student. I generally require a two quarter commitment.

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, and I have actually offered that to one outstanding PEAK intern, Dr Katie Beech

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
Day One

Will your office be running screening events for new patients? At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
Day One

How in depth will the student be in performing daily business practices?
Day One

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
That is the goal, it really depends on the PEAK student

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
The students coming to the office need more business classes to prepare them for the business side of Chiropractic and they need it much earlier in their curriculum. Nothing breaks my heart more that talking to a 13th quarter student who has no idea what they are going to do when they graduate. I could not imagine investing over $200,000 in my education and not knowing exactly what I was going to do.

What words of advice can you offer PEAK interns?
Open your mind, open your heart and be willing to learn. Know what you don’t know. Realize that it takes a lot of trust for a practicing Doctor to allow a student into their practice. This is our livelihood, it is a business and putting a student into the mix changes the energy and the flow of the office. While as a PEAK doctor we want to give back to our profession and help cultivate the next generation of Chiropractors please realize it takes a lot our time, energy and effort to train you and we do it out of our own abundance. Please don’t treat us like you are doing us a favor by being here!

PEAK Series – Dr. Dan Durrieu

Dr. Dan Durrieu
Tampa, FL
www.drdanchiropractic.com

IMG_1671How long have you been involved in the PEAK program?
I have been involved in the PEAK program for over a year now.

How did you become interested in being a PEAK doctor?
I became interested in being a PEAK doctor when I became a Life Force doctor at Life.

What are you looking for in a PEAK student?
In searching for a PEAK student, I am looking for someone who wants to run a high volume office, must have an outgoing personality, and competent adjustor with a lot of confidence in their communication skills and touch.

How many PEAK students have you had in your office?
I have been part of the PEAK program for one year and I still have not had a PEAK student come down. I am looking forward to hosting my first student.

What are your practice mission and vision statements?
This is our Mission Statement:  “Our purpose is to educate and adjust as many families as possible toward optimal health through natural chiropractic care.”
The vision with my practice is to see over 700 families a week and maintain them for life time care.

What does your practice focus on? pain/wellness/PI/pediatrics
My practice focuses on family care; we probably have more children in my office than most pediatric clinics. My practice revolves around wellness care.

Do you have have a cash or insurance based practice?
We have an 80% cash practice and 20% insurance.

What can a PEAK student expect to learn while working in your office?
A PEAK doctor will learn every part of my office, from the front desk to Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 procedures on how to bring a patient through my office. They will know how to run an office effectively with a volume of 600+ patients a week.

How many hours can PEAK student expect to work in your office weekly?
The hours expected for a PEAK doctor to work are 20 to 40. I will allow them to be as much a part of my office as they would like.

What expectations do you have in PEAK students who work with your patients?
The expectations I have for a PEAK doctor to work with my patients are to speak with them with authority and conviction. Once the PEAK doctor learns my scripts, this should not be a problem.

What techniques are used in your practice? Do you use X-ray in your office? Are you open to PEAK students using other styles?
The techniques I use are CBP, Drop, Activator, Diversified, Cox Flexion, and Distraction Motion Palpation.
Yes, we use a brand new $80,000 high frequency X-ray connected to a network of 12 computers in my office. Thermography is also used in my office.

Do you offer alternative treatment therapies in your practice?
The only additional alternative treatment we offer is Massage Therapy.

How many people work in your practice?
We have 8 people on our staff.

What style of practice do you have? open adjusting/individual rooms
We have semi-private adjusting rooms.

How did you choose the town in which to open a practice? More specifically your location?
Tampa has been my home for 30 years. I am a graduate of USF in Tampa. I am 43 years old and have been in practice and in the same location for 17 years here in Tampa. My location is very centrally located and is very easy to get to from any direction in Tampa.

What things of interest are there in your part of the country?
Tampa Florida has a lot of activities to offer, beaches, many sports from Iron Man, Tuff Mudder, kite surfing, boating, fishing, golf, mountain bike trails, a ton of rivers for kayaking, both NFL and MLB sports, as well as two local college teams; USF and Tampa U.

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

How many new patients do you see, on average, each week?
We see an average of 10 new patients each week.

Who adjusts you?
I get an adjustment from my good friend Dr. Matt Wilson once a week.

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to examine/adjust/write treatment protocols?
Two weeks after working in my office, a PEAK doctor will be doing exams, consults, and adjusting.

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?
I am very much interested in allowing a PEAK doctor to work in my office as an associate.

Do you provide any form of housing or have connections for affordable housing?
I have connections in very nice and affordable housing for the PEAK doctor.

At what point in the PEAK process do you allow the students to perform health care talks?
In 3 weeks they will be doing health talks in my office.

Will your office be running screening events for new patients?  At what point will the student be heading up a screening event?
Screening events are done every month. The PEAK doctor will be actively involved with these events. I will be personally training them on how to do the screenings correctly to bring in new patients.

How in depth will the student be in performing daily business practices?
The PEAK doctor will be able to observe our standard office operating procedures. Our office uses the “Chiro Touch” method of appointment setting, billing and receiving, and our general philosophy is the standard “Body By God” textbook approach. Both are very user friendly.

Will a student leaving your practice after a PEAK experience be ready to open their own practice?
A PEAK doctor leaving our practice will be absolutely ready to open their own practice.

What have been your biggest lessons from the PEAK experience?
N/A I have not had a PEAK doctor yet in my office.

What words of advice can you offer PEAK interns?
Advice I would offer a PEAK intern: Learn as much as you can from this PEAK program. Give, love, and serve your patients and be an instrument of healing.

Plan for Your PEAK Experience

Plan for Your PEAK Experience
By Dave Jennings, DC Student

Whether you are a first quarter student or you’ve just kicked up your heals after finishing Part IV, take moment to read about the amazing PEAK opportunities available. This series features PEAK doctor interviews from around the globe. Since not every doctor can visit campus the questions posed will help you evaluate the doctor’s business model, technique and location so you can find a PEAK position with an office that fits your style. Reach out to PEAK doctors who interest you and visit offices on your breaks. You can view the full interviews here on the Vital Source blog site. They will be posted every Tuesday. Practice Excellence Art and Knowledge will allow you to set the world on fire with a dynamic practice you of your dreams upon graduation.