Dr. Mike Bucknell
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
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.
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?
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!