Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends gather to enjoy a nice dinner and reflect on all that they have to be thankful for. Although we shouldn't wait until then to be reminded of all that we have, it is a great time to enjoy a day surrounded by those closest and dearest to you. For me personally, this is one of my favorite times of the year. My family lives in Northern California which means I don't get to see them as often as I'd like and even when I do it's usually just my immediate family. However, for Thanksgiving I typically get to see all of my family which includes about 40 relatives, all gathered at my mother's or my grandmother's home. You would think after living away from my family for over 18 years I would be use to not seeing them as often but the truth of the matter is, I don't think I'll ever get use to it. My family has been my biggest supporters and I would not be in the position I am today if it wasn't for their unconditional support and love. I am blessed and happy to have amazing friends here who are like family in addition to my patients who after 9 years in practice have also become family.
My journey into chiropractic started in 2008, when I got my first opportunity to practice in the city of Lakewood, California. I must say that at the beginning it was difficult and I struggled to maintain a consistent patient base. Fast forward to 2017 and about 4 locations later and I now have patients who are truly like family. From day one, I have made it a point to treat patient's as if they were my family since that is who is most important to me. I have developed close relationships with them which makes what I do that much more enjoyable. I know all my patients' name, their spouses, significant others, children, grand children and pets who are like children to them. I may have never treated any of the members of their family but I know of them through our conversations over the years. Others, I treat their entire family. They have referred their family and friends which I truly appreciate because it lets me know they trust me and feel comfortable referring those closest to them. I have made it a point show and let my patient's know that although I am their chiropractor I am interested in knowing what is going on with them and in their life because it helps me have a better understanding of their situation and I think the they appreciate having someone who listens to them.
This year, I am extremely thankful for all my patients who like family have stuck with me through the years and continue to support me and refer their family and friends. Without their unconditional support, I would not be in the position I am and they really are the reason why I love what I do so much. I hope this Thanksgiving you are able to spend time with you family and loved ones and remind them why you're thankful to have them in your life.