The Elevator Speech

Good morning all. I hope everyone down here is staying dry. We've been in the middle of Tropical Storm Debby all weekend. Half of Tampa was under water all weekend and parts of Pinellas were out of power, but here I am bright and early sitting in clinic hoping my appointments show up.


Despite the weather, my weekend turned out pretty darn entertaining. Saturday, my pals and I were at our local soccer bar rooting on La Furia Roja ("The Furious Red"), the Spanish national soccer team, against France. The match ended 2-0 in favor of Spain, and the celebrating didn't end till early Sunday morning. The rest of Sunday I had to suck up my mild nausea and headache and entertain family from Tennessee that I hadn't seen in about a year or so. The great thing about seeing family that you haven't seen in a while is all the questions about how and what are you doing now (can you sense my sarcasm?). Being the glass-half-full kind of person that I am, I found the silver lining and took this as an opportunity to hone my rant on what chiropractic is, and how I plan on utilizing my new found skills once I graduate in another few months.

The questions I was asked by family are questions we as chiropractors will face all the time from other health care professionals, prospective patients or skeptics. It is important to have a confident and intelligent answer to offer when this situation eventually occurs, if it hasn't happened to you already. So what do I say when I'm asked what it is that chiropractors do? I like to say that I'm a doctor (or will be one) who takes a look at the patient as a whole, and treats them as such. I'm not against the use of medications and some other allopathic treatments, because in some instances they are warranted. I prefer to treat the underlying source of a patient's discomfort in a non-invasive manner. As a chiropractor, I am almost expected to concentrate on the musculoskeletal aspect of pain, which I have no problem with it, but as an NUHS graduate I will be trained as a primary care physician and will practice in that manner. I always end with asking the questioners to come and have me evaluate them to see for themselves what it is I can do for them. I guess you could call that my "elevator speech." Believe me, as cheesy as it sounds, everyone should have one, and it should roll off the tongue.

Well, enough of my rant. I hope everyone has a great week and for those of you taking midterms, best of luck. Hopefully everyone has been keeping up with their material so the tests don't seem that daunting. Remember you usually know more than you think you do, so try not to let the nerves get to you too much.

Good luck on midterms,