I first took an interest in Chiropractic at the age of 17. I had been working in at McCullough’s Feed and Seed store in Lanark, slugging feedbags.I was a strong adolescents , and though it wasn’t proper lifting technique I liked to impress the farmers by picking up feedbags off the floor without bending my legs, lifting them over my head with ease and flinging them to the front of their truck. The bags weighed 88lbs and 100lbs depending on what they were purchasing. As fun as this was, a few months of lifting improperly ground me down.
I found out that physics will grind down even the strongest individual if they don’t respect gravity and attempt to move through it efficiently. I was hobbled, I had to drag the bags to the tailgate and there was no throwing them left in me. To look at the clock to see if it was almost time to go home, I had to put both hands on my knees to assist me in getting to my feet. I was badly bent over, and had to shuffle my feet to turn to see the clock, as I couldn’t twist me spine.My employer was a kind man and father to my best friend. He said “Andrew you have to do something, this job is killing you.” I didn’t know what to do, I felt that if I was given medication it would just cover up what was going on and not fix anything. So my employer suggested I try Chiropractic. I wasn’t too sure, my parents at that time were pretty skeptical of Chiropractic. But then I remembered my grandfather Bell swore by them and enjoyed getting adjusted, though he referred to his Doctor of Chiropractic as the “bone bender”. I took the rest of the day off, and met with Dr. Stephen Wilcox in Perth, Ontario.
He examined me thoroughly, and showed me what I had done to myself.
There were 3 major subluxations in my spine, and they were affecting the rest of my spine’s ability to move greatly, as well as causing intense pain and weakness. He was happy to tell me I was in the right place, and that he could help me by restoring normal motion and position to the vertebra of my spine. He took time to educate me, and explained that these subluxations were affecting my brain’s ability to send and receive impulses to and from the rest of my body. Also that the brain was ultimately what monitored, controlled and would heal my body, but that it needed an environment where there wasn’t so much tension on my spinal nerve roots. I responded quickly to the adjustments, and felt great relief within the first weeks. We continued to adjust and correct my spine’s motion over the following months, I felt better than I could remember feeling. At this point I knew if I could do this for people I would get a great amount of happiness from my career, and decided I would one day become a Chiropractor.
After graduating from Perth and District Collegiate Institute, I went to undergrad at Ambassador University, in Big Sandy, Texas. My major was a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. 1994-1997. Afterwards I moved to Dallas, Texas and attended Parker College of Chiropractic where I earned my Doctor of Chiropractic in April 2002. I practiced in various clinics in the greater Dallas Area, where I gained a great deal of experience with auto injury and specifically whiplash. In 2009 I moved back to Ontario Canada, and passed the Canadian National Board exams, earning my license to practice in Canada. Since moving back to Ontario I have practiced Chiropractic in Nepean, and have met many wonderful people on their journey to better health.