Hello! My name is Dex, and I am a student in
National University's Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Program. I'm
also part of the inaugural class of NUHS' DC program in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Being a part of this amazing profession and
this school is fantastic, and being only 20 minutes away from the
beach in sunny Florida makes it that much better!
A quick overview of me: I'm 25 years old and started here at
National in Fall 2009. I graduated from Florida State University
(GO NOLES!) with a degree in biological science in December 2008,
and during my time in Tallahassee worked as a bartender for four
years. I am a Florida-boy through and through; I can't live without
the beach, the sun and the water near me. The majority of my free
time (which is unfortunately few and far between at the moment) is
spent on the water fishing, on the beach bumming, attempting to
golf, and spending any other time with family and friends. Keeping
one's sanity in this intense program is a necessity, which is where
cutting loose with friends comes in, and I'm sure through this blog
I'll get to share some good stories of me and my pals. Aside from
all this is my passion for this extremely special practice of
chiropractic and for helping people.
One might ask, "Hey Dex, why did you choose to be a
chiropractor?" and the answer to that riddle starts back in high
school. When I graduated high school at Jesuit in Tampa, I had no
doubt that I wanted to be in a health care profession. I had my
path narrowed down, and eventually decided to pursue a career as an
orthodontist. Shadowing my own orthodontist and dentist I quickly
came to the conclusion that I had no desire to be looking in
someone's mouth day in and day out. Though orthodontics was not a
fit for me, I knew I wanted to help people, and I wanted to do so
in a medical setting. I am privileged to have friends with parents
who are MDs and was able to do some shadowing with them as well. It
wasn't until I took my cousin up on his offer to shadow him for a
day that I finally had a day that I wasn't dying to end.
My cousin, Dr. Kevin Valdes, is a chiropractor in Brandon,
Florida, and had treated me for a wrestling injury in high school.
The relationship he had with his patients, the hands-on approach of
manual chiropractic care, and the help he could give to people in
pain drove me towards researching a degree as a doctor of
chiropractic. I am so grateful that I made the decision to pursue a
DC degree. This profession allows us to help patients in so many
different ways, and tailor treatment to the individual's unique
condition. How could someone not be intrigued with such a
The next step was to choose a school that fit my view of health
care, and would mold me into the doctor I wanted to become. When I
was young, I was constantly in and out of doctor's offices. I was,
and for the most part, still am allergic to just about everything
nature has to offer. I've been seeing the same allergist since the
first time I swelled up after petting my grandmother's house cat.
If it wasn't for weekly allergy shots until I was 16 years old, I
may have spent those years living in a plastic bubble. I believe
these experiences drove me to a profession involving helping
others. Science also interested me and came somewhat easy, and with
this combination I entered and graduated FSU as a biological
The emphasis National University places on the science, and the
FACTS behind what we do and how we treat, drew me in immediately.
National's blend of medically-based diagnosis, manual care,
education of the use and benefits of botanicals, along with the
university's passion for furthering our profession is unique, and I
believe sets it apart from all other chiropractic institutions. I
have learned from personal experience that it is not enough to work
hard to succeed, but one must also place themselves in a place to
succeed to truly achieve their goals; and very simply put, National
is that place for me.
Please enjoy the blog. If there's anything I can do to make it
better please don't hesitate to let me know (the worst I'll do is
ignore you or possibly make fun of you… JUST KIDDING!). I'm here to
offer my honest opinion on being an NUHS student and offer any and
all advice and help I can. Please feel free to email me with any
questions or concerns you may have and I will do my best to answer
or find the answers for you as quickly as I can.
Thanks for reading,