My Introduction to Chiropractic
As a child I was enthralled with sports. I grew up participating in martial arts soccer, baseball, basketball, powerlifting, track, and football. However, as my high school years began to come to an end my focus drifted towards football. As a result, upon graduation from high school I decided to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College where I was offered a partial scholarship to play football. Unfortunately, in my sophomore year of college I began to suffer from severe neck pain that resulted in numbness and tingling that radiated down my arm. At times I even experienced temporary paralysis. I soon sought medical help and after a series of steroid shots, nerve blocks and physical therapy I was told that this was just something I would have to live with. Needless to say I had to stop playing football. At first, this was a very traumatic decision in my life. Football was a large part of my life, and it hurt me terribly not being able to play anymore. I couldn’t even watch football on TV. To make things worse, after I stopped playing football my symptoms didn’t improve; instead, my symptoms became more frequent and severe. Normal everyday activities, such as backing out of my driveway, soon became too painful to perform. I felt scared and helpless. At the age of twenty-two I was contemplating surgery and a very real possibility that I might have to live with this pain for the rest of my life. In a last ditch effort to stop the pain I decided to give chiropractic care a try. On my very first visit the doctor explained to me that the pain I was experiencing was coming from my neck, and that once he stabilized my neck the pain would soon go away. To my disbelief, after only two visits I began to experience relief. In addition, I now had more energy and was sleeping better. I knew right then and there that I wanted to help people with similar health problems find the relief that I had now found.
Education and Chiropractic College
I attended Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, because of its top-rated chiropractic philosophy and curriculum. While attending Life University I dedicated myself to the study of upper cervical chiropractic by attending numerous seminars leading up to my graduation. I graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduation I continued my post-doctoral education at the Sweat Institute under Dr. Roy Sweat, where I was awarded my Atlas Orthogonal Board Certification. I am currently only one of a few such doctors to hold this distinction in New Jersey. Furthermore, I have received extensive training from the Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific Federation, Knee Chest Society, and Orthospinology Society. In addition, I am a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and awarded a chiropractic license by the Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey Chiropractic Examiners.
In addition, to holding a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, I hold a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia College and a Master’s degree from the University of Birmingham, England.
Family and Hobbies
Aside from having a strong passion for chiropractic, I have had a life long interest in the martial arts. After graduating from college, I moved to South Korea for 10 years and studied with the top masters in Hapkido and Taekwondo, receiving a 4th degree black belt in Hapkido and a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. I also traveled to China and studied Chen Style Taichi with Master Chen Bin. There I achieved a 5th degree black belt and became the first westerner to be elevated to the status of disciple. While in Korea I met my lovely wife Soyoung and now we have two lovely children. Both my family and I try to practice what we preach and maintain a healthy diet, filled with plenty of exercise and regular spinal checks. We are beyond excited to be back in South Jersey helping you reach your health goals.