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Welcome to The Vitality Shift Podcast for chiropractors, hosted by Dr. Don MacDonald. On this podcast, you will find a mix of interviews with thought leaders, best selling authors, and Chiropractors from around the world. All designed to inspire you, challenge you and help you get the most out of practice and life.

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Welcome to The Vitality Shift Podcast for chiropractors, hosted by Dr. Don MacDonald. On this podcast, you will find a mix of interviews with thought leaders, best selling authors, and Chiropractors from around the world. All designed to inspire you, challenge you and help you get the most out of practice and life.

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Dr. Don Rocks!

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So grateful for his fresh approach! Underdog Curse changed how I practice

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Everyone needs to listen! Great info!!!!

iTunes Ratings

89 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
2
0
1
16

Dr. Don Rocks!

By Dr. McCauley - May 07 2018
Read more
So grateful for his fresh approach! Underdog Curse changed how I practice

Awesome!

By chiro rhonda - Apr 29 2018
Read more
Everyone needs to listen! Great info!!!!
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The Vitality Shift for Chiropractors

Latest release on Jan 15, 2020

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Welcome to The Vitality Shift Podcast for chiropractors, hosted by Dr. Don MacDonald. On this podcast, you will find a mix of interviews with thought leaders, best selling authors, and Chiropractors from around the world. All designed to inspire you, challenge you and help you get the most out of practice and life.

Rank #1: Change Your Lifestyle through Sales - Melissa Krivachek

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Melissa Krivachek says that sales is the only occupation that could fundamentally change the entire legacy of your family tree for generations. Thus, learning its dynamics and how to integrate them into your business is crucial.

Melissa has 23 years of sales experience and has won multiple awards. She is the author of seven bestselling books and runs The Millionaires Hot Seat podcast. Also, she is the current executive producer of The Ultimate Sales Summit, which will be held in October in Dallas.

On this episode, Melissa talks about what the word “sales” really mean. She also shares advice to rookies who don't know how to do sales and to people who experience burnouts in their businesses. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Apr 18 2018

41mins

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Rank #2: Getting The Fire Back In Chiropractic - Dr. Max Saint-Denis

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As chiropractors, we need positive energy in today’s society. However, day to day life can suck your energy up and that’s why being around with people that lift you up is important.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Max Saint-Denis. He graduated from Life University in 2003. In 2005, when his father, Dr. Roger Saint-Denis passed away, he took over his practice. Despite growing up in the profession and attending Parker seminars, Dr. Max crashed and lost his fire in practice, which is the reason why he joined the Vitality Shift.

Dr. Max shares how the Vitality Shift has helped him lit his fire back and have deeper connections with people. Now, he is having fun in practice again. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Apr 25 2018

54mins

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Rank #3: Being Mindful - Vikki Kelly

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Our ability to pay attention has atrophied because of the way that we live our lives and thus learning how to be present and mindful is crucial so we can make better decisions and be in a state of homeostasis.

On this episode, we are with Vikki Kelly. She’s a mother of three kids, a business owner, a director, a speaker, and is passionate about helping people understand the importance of mindfulness and meditation.

Vikki shares tips on how we can start being more present and how it can change your life and your practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jun 20 2018

52mins

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Rank #4: Staying Connected With Yourself - Dr. Tiffany Johnson

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Before you can be connected with your practice members, your team, your family, and everything else, you have to be first connected with yourself and grounded.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Tiffany Johnson. She graduated from Northwestern Chiropractic and has been in practice for 12 years. Also, she is a mom of two adorable kids.

Dr. Tiffany shares her experience of how she ran into a Board issue and how she accepted the full suspension, probation, and monitoring so she can start to heal and move past it. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jul 25 2018

54mins

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Rank #5: Selling Chiropractic Instead Of Yourself As The Chiropractor - Dr. Donald Francis

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Selling yourself as the chiropractor, building a practice which is all about you, and hiring an associate into that practice is a good recipe for trouble.

On this episode, we’re here with Dr. Donald Francis who has been in practice for nine years. He’s a former soldier and was an officer in the Royal Regiment Artillery for almost 12 years. He went to Palmer University when he was 32 years old and graduated in 2009. Now, he runs the fastest growing Chiropractic Clinic in the Scottish Borders that utilizes the Sacro Occipital Technique.

Dr. Donald talks about the one thing he would change on day one of his practice if he could go back in time now. It is that he would start selling chiropractic. He also shares how chiropractors can create a great environment for their associate colleagues and the importance of being able to communicate to your practice members what you are trying to do. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jun 06 2018

55mins

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Rank #6: Increasing Financial Literacy - Jonathan Gold

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Dr. Demartini who is one of my mentors said that one of the best things chiropractors could do to be better chiropractors and to help chiropractic, in general, is to become more financially stable. If we’re more financially stable, everything we do is from a state of purpose.

On this episode, we are here with Jonathon Gold. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Finance in Concordia University in Montreal. He is the founder of Gold Investment Management, a company that is focused on one thing and that is investment counsel.

Jonathon talks about investment and the fallacies associated with it. He also emphasizes the importance of not only paying your debt off but also saving early and investing. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jul 18 2018

28mins

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Rank #7: Transitioning Into A Vitalistic Practice - Dr. Danny Constable

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Chiropractic is not a numbers game. The number of patients you see and the amount of money you earn don’t matter. Chiropractic is about helping people reach their full potential.

On this episode, we are with Dr. Danny Constable. He graduated from Palmer University in 2000 and now runs a successful practice in Germany.

Dr. Danny talks about the difference between the mechanistic practice and vitalistic practice and the reason why he converted his practice into the latter. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jun 27 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: Uncover Your Gift - Philip McKernan

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Everyone has a gift and it is your choice whether to share it with the world. However, that gift lies right next to our greatest pain and most of us are afraid to deep dive into it.

Today’s guest is Philip McKernan. He is a speaker, writer, and filmmaker. He has also worked with the Canadian Olympic Team and The Pentagon. He helps people transform their personal and professional lives, so they feel more aligned with their purpose.

On this episode, he talks about how we can uncover our gift or our truth and be aligned in our work, in ourselves, and in our relationships. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

May 23 2018

52mins

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Rank #9: Finding Out What Your Real Target Is In Practice - Dr. Otto Janke

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Any time Dr. Otto Janke has been burned out is because he lost his way and took his eye off his real target in practice. He pissed away a fortune on things that started taking him away from his gifts but soon, he realized that mistake and learned from it.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Otto. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1992 and has been in practice for more than 26 years. He shares the importance of focusing on your goal and your gifts and how it can help you stay on track. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jun 13 2018

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Rank #10: Being More Certain About Vitalistic Chiropractic Through Research - Dr. Kelly Holt

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Research states that subluxation is real, it does exist, and it affects the way our nervous system functions.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Kelly Holt. He graduated in 1999 from New Zealand College and has been doing full-time research since 2009. He has been creating research that more vitalistic chiropractors can use.

Dr. Kelly talks about how he started getting interested in research, and how vitalistic research made him feel more certain about chiropractic. He also shares how chiropractors who are interested in doing some research can get started. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

May 16 2018

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Rank #11: Expanding the Essence Of Chiropractic - Dr. Jeanne Ohm

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There is an inborn intelligence within all of us and we are connected with that intelligence in different levels of expression of being beside just physical. If we trust and respect each individual, the universe becomes friendly.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Jeanne Ohm. She started her practice in 1981 with her husband, Dr. Thomas Ohm. She is the Executive Officer of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), and the Editor of the Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.

Dr. Jeanne shares her knowledge on how to make it easier to understand that life expresses intelligence, and integrate it into the whole practice. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

May 09 2018

42mins

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Rank #12: Getting Clear About Who You Want To Work With And What You Want - Dr. Louise Blair

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Having a team can help you grow your practice but how do you find the right people for it? How do you make sure that your team grows and thrives together with the practice?

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Louise Blair. She has been in practice for almost 20 years and is practicing in Wellington, New Zealand. Previously, she served as the Vice-President of the NZ Chiropractors’ Association.

Dr. Louise talks about the importance of getting clear about who you want to work with and what you want. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

May 02 2018

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Rank #13: Asking The Right Questions - Brandi MacDonald

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Everything you talk about in your practice is directly related to what you believe in chiropractic and if you’re not aligned with your concepts, it’s hard to ask the right questions and to understand what’s really going on with the person who comes into your office.

On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald. She talks about what the most important concepts are and shares different scenarios to help us understand those so we can help people achieve their true potential.

Aside from learning those concepts, it is also crucial to learn how to communicate those concepts to your practice members, and to connect to who they are and what their potential is. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jul 04 2018

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Rank #14: What Does Money Have To Do With It - Brandi MacDonald

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People have so much emotion around money so we can never have an objective conversation about it. When chiropractors aren’t able to talk about money, it creates this challenge which prevents them from serving more people.

On this episode, we are here with Brandi MacDonald to talk about what money has to do with what we learned as kids and what we believe about ourselves.

When we realize that everything we are doing is just patterned behavior, we can always change the situation that we’re in. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

May 30 2018

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Rank #15: Making A Commitment To Chiropractic - Dr. Ron Oberstein

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Shedding the husk that's on us and taking from above down inside out that you're going to create a big impact is a big part to being able to make a difference and give, do, love, and serve better.

On this episode, we are here with Dr. Ron Oberstein. He graduated from Life Chiropractic College, which is now Life University, in 1981 and is the current President of Life West. Dr. Ron has been in practice for 37 years and his goal is to spread the chiropractic message and get the world under chiropractic care.

Dr. Ron shares how chiropractors can enrich themselves so they can fulfill their mission, which is changing the world through chiropractic. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Jul 11 2018

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Rank #16: Creating Ease In Your Life - Dr. Peter Amlinger

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Sometimes we are at crossroads of what we really want to do with our life or what our purpose is. For some who have found their purpose, they are fortunate.

One way to know if what we’re doing is right is if it creates a sense of ease in ourselves. Everything becomes easier because it has become your passion.

On this episode, we have Dr. Peter Amlinger. Dr. Peter Amlinger graduated at the top of his class from CMCC in 1985, and has maintained a family oriented principle based practice in Mississauga since that time.

Dr. Peter talks about how got into chiropractic and his experiences. He also shares how it was easy for him to dedicate his life to the principle, to the profession and to the humanity. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Oct 31 2018

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Rank #17: Pursuing Chiropractic - Dr. Frank Vaught

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Struggles and hardships are always present whenever pursuing a career. There comes a point in your journey where you feel that you are astray but never lose faith. Focus on your goals and believe in what you are doing for you will reap the rewards of your hard work.

On this episode, we have Dr. Frank Vaught Jr. He is the founder and owner of Health on Earth Wellness Centers. Dr. Vaught is a community leader for personal health and wellness, and an inspirational speaker.

Dr. Frank talks about how he got into chiropractic and his experiences starting out in the business. He also shares how he’s mentoring other chiropractors. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Oct 17 2018

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Rank #18: Starting the Journey to Chiropractic - Dr. Patrick McMahon

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Starting out in an industry is never easy. There will always be hardships and struggles. It goes with the saying that “Success doesn’t happen overnight”. We may experience that everything that we hoped and planned for didn’t follow through. Learn from the struggles and then re-invent it.

On this episode, we have Dr. Patrick McMahon. He graduated at Parker University in 2002 with a Bachelor in Science in Human Anatomy, Chiropractic. He’s one of the founders of Syntropy Chiropractic Training.

Dr. Patrick talks about how he was introduced to Chiropractic and shares his journey in this profession. He also gives helpful tips to those who are starting out in the Chiropractic industry. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Oct 10 2018

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Rank #19: Leading A Conversation - Brandi MacDonald

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How do we lead a conversation?

Not many people have the skill to lead a conversation. Leading a conversation does not only pertain on how to lead conversation but also on how not to stomp conversation.

For someone to have this skill is a great advantage however it takes time and experience to acquire it. Once this skill is practiced, it can definitely bring good results not only to one’s profession but also for personal development.

On this episode, we have Brandi MacDonald. She talks about steps that can help in successfully leading a conversation and how it can help the profession, especially for chiropractors. She shares that the biggest trait in leading a conversation is confidence and how psychological comfort is provided to people when confidence is displayed. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Oct 03 2018

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Rank #20: Changing Lives By Restoring The Curve - Dr. Michael Hall

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Technology isn't all bad but if that’s all we do, we're going to have troubles.

Forward head posture is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders associated with the use of imaging devices and when the head goes forward, chest expansion diminishes, which puts you at risk of a number of diseases.

On this episode, we are here with one of my mentors, Dr. Michael Hall.

Dr. Michael talks about how correlated our cervical spine health is to our physiology and mental health, and that when we can restore the curve, we can also restore lives. Get all the resources for this episode and listen to more at http://www.drdonmacdonald.com/

Aug 29 2018

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The Politics of Change in Chiropractic with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk

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Most chiropractors don’t enter the profession with the idea of getting into ‘behind the practice’ politics. But, making your voice heard and supporting an organization who will support you can bring about positive changes for chiropractors everywhere. In this episode, Dr. Don speaks with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk, the president of the Canadian National Alliance for Chiropractic, or CNAC. CNAC is an association that focuses on getting chiropractors together, promoting all forms of chiropractic, and to make members voices heard by gathering feedback. Dr. Mykietiuk shares the goals of the association and how it intends to move chiropractic forward in all the provinces of Canada. 

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of why chiropractors need to get involved in politics, the difference between a regulatory board and an association, and the benefits of having an association in your area. 

Key Takeaways:
  • Why chiropractors should get involved in professional politics. [3:35]
  • What chiropractic can and can’t do: Dealing with false claims. [6:35]
  • The Canadian National Alliance for Chiropractic (CNAC) was created by chiropractors for all flavours of chiropractic. [12:59]
  • The importance of connecting chiropractors and making their voices heard. [25:42] 
  • Dr. Mykietiuk explains the difference between a regulatory board and an association. [29:55]
  • Dr. Mykietiuk shares feedback from practitioners derived from a CNAC survey. [35:46]
  • Support organizations that support you and connect with other chiropractic professionals. [43:26]

 

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Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

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@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Jan 15 2020

52mins

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Just Do It to Make Your Dreams Come True with Dr. Dean Rieder

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This week Dr. Don travels back across the pond to the oasis-like town of Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England to speak with Chiropractor Dr. Dean Rieder. Just three years ago, Dr. Rieder graduated from Durbin Chiropractic College in South Africa. He moved to the UK to start his practice and during this episode shares the ups and downs of attracting practice members, the costs of starting anew, and his unique approach to a homemade commercial with a famous client. Dr. Rieder thirstily seeks out any and all seminars, including the Vitality Shift program, and podcasts about chiropractic care. He recommends taking action as opposed to overthinking. And, due to his recommendation, the next shift unplugged event will be held in Marlow in September.

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of the trials and tribulations new chiropractors face, the requirements for practicing abroad, and why it is important to get involved with a chiropractic community.

Key Takeaways:

● Dean studied at Durbin Chiropractic College in South Africa and then moved to England to start his practice. [2:14]

● How Dean discovered Vitalistic Chiropractic and the education he sought out after graduating. [8:00]

● What Dean did to get his name out there and gain practice members. [12:11]

● Dean visits the countryside and exercises as a form of self-care. [14:33]

● Dean shares his Vitality Shift experience and how his chiropractic care has changed over time. [19:31]

● Dean shares a story about the day Russell Brand came into his office and the video they made together. [24:27]

● Dean’s advice for chiropractors is to listen to chiropractic podcasts and to get involved with your community. [32:12]

● The next Shift Unplugged will be the first week of September in Marlow, UK. [35:18]

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Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Jan 08 2020

41mins

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Strategies of a Chiropractic Assistant with Natasha Rominski

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Chiropractic Assistants play a vital role in the daily activities, outreach, and success of a chiropractic practice. CA’s have unique strategies for empowering employees, offering Chiropractors the freedom to work with patients and keep the office running smoothly. To get the information directly from the source, Dr. Don heads south to North Aurora, Illinois to speak with, Natasha Rominski, the Chiropractic Assistant at Hanson Family Chiropractic and Shifter. 

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of the breadth of responsibility a chiropractic assistant embodies, how impeccable customer service can increase internal referrals, and hear some truly great nuggets of advice from a person who knows the ropes.   

Key Takeaways:
  • Natasha had experience running an office but traditional medical practices left her wanting a job more aligned with her values. [1:57] 
  • Tools that help Natasha train new employees and procedures that keep the office running smoothly. [8:59] 
  • Health talks for teens, establishing a brand, and other events Natasha participates in to draw people into the office. [13:19] 
  • Impeccable customer service drives internal referrals. [15:30] 
  • Setting the tone and culture in the office, how to handle office conflicts, and advice for chiropractors when hiring.  [21:18]
  • How to train a new employee in a chiropractic practice. [31:29]
  • Natasha shares her personal development timeline, how she empowers herself, and the importance of being adjusted. [34:36]
  • Natasha’s advice and words of wisdom. [43:14] 

 

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Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Jan 01 2020

47mins

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Increase the Vitality of a Chiropractic Business with Mike Michalowicz

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The purpose of this episode is to give chiropractors the tools to eradicate debt and to increase profitability. Dr. Don speaks with expert entrepreneur and author of seven financial guidebooks, Mike Michalowicz. Mike shares tips and strategies for chiropractors who want to gain stability and profitability in their practice. These proven principles, based on his book, Profit First, have been successfully implemented in over 300 thousand businesses.

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of how to diminish your debt, including student loans, how to become profitable from day one, and which free resources and tools will make the most impact on your practice. 

Key Takeaways:
  • Mike shares his life purpose which is to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty. [2:55]
  • How to reverse engineer profitability. [7:45]
  • Mike explains how Parkinson’s Law affects businesses and how Profit First modifies behavior. [11:18]
  • Debt reduction strategies that empower entrepreneurs. [23:21]
  • Mike’s next book, Fix This First, helps entrepreneurs identify the changes that can make the most impact on their business. [28:59]
  • Mike offers advice to chiropractors includes ‘Take action, don’t wallow’. [34:00] 

 

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Mike Michalowicz Website

Profit First Book

Entrepreneurship Elevated Podcast

@MikeMichalowicz on Instagram

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Dec 25 2019

39mins

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Chiropractic is Absolute Truth with Dr. Richard McMinn

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In this informative episode, Dr. Don travels to Brighton, England to speak with Dr. Richard McMinn. Dr. McMinn has 42 years of experience as a chiropractor who has studied and practiced in four different countries. As a graduate of Palmer University in 1977, Dr. McMinn has grandfathered access to practice in whichever country he chooses. He offers sage financial, life, and business advice to new and seasoned chiropractors.   

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of how to create certainty in your life and practice, how to keep your ledgers in the black, and the history of chiropractic from the 1970s to today. 

Key Takeaways:
  • Dr. McMinn describes his journey to chiropractic and graduating from Palmer University. [3:22]
  • Dr. McMinn says the other chiropractors he met while in New Zealand offered him guidance and insight which was vital for his growth. [12:23]
  • After moving to Perth, Dr. McMinn was ‘filling in’ for other chiropractors before opening his own practice. [14:25]
  • Money lessons from a chiropractor with 42 years of experience. [19:06]
  • Dr. McMinn recounts the necessary credentials for practicing chiropractic in different countries. [20:41]
  • The United Chiropractic Association was started in the UK to represent the vitality of chiropractic. [24:29]
  • Nuggets and advice from a seasoned chiropractor who loves his profession. [28:50]

 

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Chiropractic Life Hove

@chirolife on Twitter

United Chiropractic Association

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Dec 18 2019

35mins

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2020 Planning: Stop These 5 Things To Increase Your Vitality as a Chiropractor with Dr. Don and Brandi

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In this co-hosted episode, Dr. Don and Brandi MacDonald set out to help chiropractors increase their vitality, at home and in their practice. After working together for more than a decade, the duo has learned a thing or two about collaboration and planning. They both have distinct personality types that when used together propel them forward into an efficient and competent team. Their list of five things you should stop doing to be successful can be used as guidelines to make you and your practice happier, healthier, and wealthier.  

After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of why it is important to change spaces when performing planning exercises, why making substantial decisions should be easy, and how to limit your non-intentional conversations to increase your productivity.

Key Takeaways:
  • The 5 things you must stop in 2020 to increase your vitality as a chiropractor. [2:03]
    • Indecisiveness [2:03]
    • Self-doubt [21:50]
    • Fear [26:32]
    • Procrastinating [33:01]
    • Non-intentional conversation [38:47]
  • The process and intended results of a planning weekend. [45:49]
  • An excerpt from Sipping Brandi read by Brandi. [49:35]

 

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Brandi MacDonald Website

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Dec 11 2019

58mins

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Seize the Day and Go For It with Dr. Richard Ledda

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads East to Winnipeg to speak with chiropractor and podcast host, Dr. Richard Ledda. Dr. Ledda explains the life events that led him to choose a career in chiropractic instead of ‘traditional’ medicine like some family members had done. He is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University and the host of The Chiro Inspired Podcast. Rich shares poignant advice for recent graduates of chiropractic college and for those considering chiropractic as a profession.

During this episode, Rich shares the obesity and metabolic challenges he faced as a teen, how he deals with burnout, how he grew his practice, and his plans to grow his practice after reaching a plateau.   

Key Takeaways:
  • Rich grew up as an unhealthy, overweight kid but it wasn’t until his dad died that he made a change and decided chiropractic was his way forward. [2:43]
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University provided Rich with a roundhouse of chiropractic philosophies and techniques. [8:10] 
  • Rich’s advice to students and new chiropractic graduates. [14:22] 
  • To grow his practice, Rich leaned into a relationship with his mentor, making the most of his systems and networks. [18:03]
  • How Rich deals with burnout and maintains focus on his family when his practice feels overwhelming. [24:10]
  • How the idea for The Chiro Inspired Podcast took root and what Rich has discovered by doing it. [27:56]
  • If Rich could do it all over again he would tell himself to prepare for the worst but expect the best. [35:56] 

 

Learn More:

The Chiro Inspired Podcast

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Dec 04 2019

41mins

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Whatever Technique You Utilize Give it 100% with Dr. Martin Rosen

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads to Boston Massachusetts to speak with Chiropractor and Educator, Dr. Martin Rosen. Dr. Rosen has led his local practice for 37-years. He has also toured, extensively teaching his unique version of a Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT), his chiropractic philosophy, and about pediatric care. He has mastered his craft and has written several books about his experiences. He wholeheartedly believes chiropractors should receive adjustments as often as their patients and reminds them to speak their truth.

During this episode, Martin shares his chiropractic philosophy, how he manages the finances within his practice, and sage advice to chiropractors who have not yet found their footing.

 

Key Takeaways:
  • When Martin discovered practicing law wasn’t for him he decided to practice chiropractic. [2:32] 
  • Why Martin chose to practice the Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT). [11:12]
  • How Martin and his wife add practice members, get referrals and coordinate outreach programs. [18:20]
  • Chiropractors should do unto others only if they do unto themselves. [24:00]
  • How to handle the finances in your chiropractic practice. [34:23]
  • Martin shares what drew him to become an educator and his favorite things to teach. [40:55]
  • Martin’s advice for others based on his years of experience. [49:43] 

 

Learn More:

Dr. Martin Rosen Website

Wellesley Chiropractic on Facebook

@drmartinrosen on Instagram

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Nov 27 2019

59mins

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Be Brave, Find Your Tribe, and Speak Up with Dr. Destiny Krogsgaard

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald goes back to the motherland to visit Dr. Destiny Krogsgaard in Kent, England. Destiny was called into chiropractic without ever having an adjustment. Her mother’s chiropractic experience was so transformative, Destiny knew from a young age that she wanted to help others heal themselves. Disillusionment crept in after her college experience and early associate positions only involved the mechanistic model. Then, at just the right time she attended a training that changed her focus and helped her regain purpose.   

During this episode, Destiny shares her truths about being in a relationship with another chiropractor who didn’t share her views, the toll that working in a way that didn’t align with her took on her physically and emotionally, and her advice for other chiropractors who may be stewing in uncomfortability.    

Key Takeaways:
  • Destiny was called to chiropractic because of her mother’s experience. When she joined chiropractic college she had never been adjusted. [1:35]
  • Several life events led Destiny back to an associate position but she knew there had to be something more. [7:09]
  • After attending classes in neurologically-based Chiropractic training, things started coming together for Destiny but her husband, a chiropractor, wasn’t moving in the same direction. [11:48]
  • With so many new options and ideas presenting themselves, Destiny was overwhelmed and exhausted. She decided to open her own practice. [19:40]
  • Destiny’s advice is to find like-minded people you can connect with and learn from. [36:23]

 

Learn More:

Destiny Chiropractic Website

Destiny Chiropractic on Facebook

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Nov 20 2019

46mins

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Massive Growth Due to Subtle Shifts with Dr. Alison Young

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald speaks to a returning podcast guest, Dr. Alison Young from Queensland, Australia. Alison shares important lessons she learned from constantly attending seminars and committing herself to lifelong learning. These are principles you can implement in your practice and toward your personal development. Alison reflects on the core philosophy of who she is, what she believes in, and how her beliefs have shifted.    

During this episode, you’ll hear about why paying attention to the business side of your practice will keep you and your practice healthier, the state of chiropractic in Australia and how the chiropractic community there came together, and the results of shifting into the vitality model.  

Key Takeaways:
  • Ali explains the changes she has made that have led to the massive growth of her practice and her personal development work. [2:22]
  • Ali recommends pre-planning business expenses and performing a profit analysis that includes the cost per visit. [7:46]
  • How Ali finds peace during her off hours and connects with her family. [12:14]
  • Shifting to the life model allowed Ali to better relate to her practice members who are parents. [25:36]
  • The Chiropractic Assistant (CA) in Ali’s office takes care of many aspects of the practice member’s visit leaving Ali more time to spend connecting with her practice members. [33:04]
  • The current state of chiropractic in Australia. [36:35]
Learn More:

Dr. Alison Young — Looking After Yourself Podcast

Innate Chiropractic Gladstone

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Nov 13 2019

46mins

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Shifting from Pain-based to the Subluxation Model with Dr. Jane Hvas

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads over to merry old England to speak with a Danish chiropractor who moved countries to follow her calling to become a healer. After years of struggling with the purpose of the pain-based, mechanistic model, Dr. Jane Hvas knew chiropractic could provide so much more to her practice members. She embraces the Vitalistic model 100% and since she has shifted, it has given her and her practice new energy. During this episode, you’ll hear about Dr. Hvas’ multi-national chiropractic education, what other coaches could and couldn’t do for her and her practice, and the advice she gives other chiropractors who haven’t yet shifted.

Key Takeaways:● Jane knew she would one day become a healer but her mother’s chiropractic experience is what led her to chiropractic. [2:08]● Jane was entrenched in fear and stuck in survival mode as there were no outlets for Vitalistic care. [6:04] ● Jane knew deep down that a chiropractor could offer more than pain relief and the impatient practice member that almost caused her to retire. [13:46]● The benefits of coaching and attending the Vitality Shift. [20:19]● Dealing with her burn-out was a major struggle and major accomplishment for Jane. [28:46]● Jane’s advice for shifters and newbies, get clear about your chiropractic philosophy. [30:20]

Learn More:Penkridge Chiropractic ClinicVitality Shift WebsiteTrue Concept SeminarsDr. Don MacDonald@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Nov 06 2019

35mins

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The Pitfalls of Pushing Too Hard with Dr. Michelle Campbell

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald speaks with the President of the London, Ontario Chiropractic Society, Dr. Michelle Campbell. Michelle, like many chiropractors, was an athlete who was introduced to chiropractic to heal her body from the punishment of being a competitive figure skater. In addition to the significant relief she felt after treatments, she had a moment of clarity and felt destined to pursue chiropractic as a profession. After graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), she worked as a Locum until an illness in the family led her to the place where she would open her practice. 

During this episode, you’ll hear about Michelle’s experience at the Transformer’s Mastermind, her advice for newly graduated chiropractors, and how she dealt with significant life events while being a solo practitioner.  

Key Takeaways:

Michelle shares how she was introduced to chiropractic and the moment when she knew it would be her career. [1:08]

  • After graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), Michelle worked as a Locum until she decided where she wanted to settle down and start her practice. [10:28]
  • Michelle shares how she managed being a mother and starting a new practice, and the mistakes she made. [17:22]
  • Michelle learned the hard way that the mind and body need time to recover after significant life events. [21:00] 
  • Michelle shares the highlights, insights, and breakthroughs she experienced as a result of attending the Transformation Mastermind. [27:25]
  • Remove the worry from your life, slow down and enjoy the ride are Michelle’s words of wisdom for other chiropractors. [34:55]
Learn More:

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Campbell Care Centre

Oct 30 2019

38mins

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Shift Your Business by Knowing Your Expenses with Dr. Dan Fisher

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald speaks with long-time friend, colleague, and Vitality Shifter, Dr. Dan Fisher. At the age of nine, Dan experienced a surprisingly painful growth spurt. A chiropractor who was treating Dan’s brother at the time started treating Dan as well. After a month of chiropractic care and the total alleviation of pain, Dan was hooked. The chiropractor recommended Dan dedicate his life to chiropractic. Dr. Dan is currently in his 29th year as a chiropractor. His practice in Vegreville, Alberta is thriving due to the lessons he learned along the way, including some powerful financial ones.

During this episode, you’ll hear about Dr. Dan’s time at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), a partnership that turned sour, the seminars and coaching he has participated in, and how knowing his business led to hundreds of dollars in monthly savings.

Key Takeaways:

● The inspirational figure who encouraged Dr. Dan to become a chiropractor. [2:42]● Dan describes his experience at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). [9:19]● A business lesson: Chiropractors are colleagues, not competitors. [15:28]● Parker seminars, Total Solutions, and the difference of the Vitality Shift. [22:59]● Dan’s advice for new chiropractors or those wanting to inject authenticity into their practice. [35:36] ● How Dr. Dan shifted his finances to lower the overhead of his practice. [40:37]● How Dr. Dan utilizes the Vitality Shift in his Canadian practice. [49:39]

Learn More:

Vitality Shift WebsiteTrue Concept SeminarsDr. Don MacDonald@DrDonMacDonald on TwitterFisher Chiropractic on Facebook

Oct 16 2019

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Move Past Your Limiting Beliefs to Focus on Connection with Drs. Marie and John Osborne

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Host, Dr. Don MacDonald heads just South of Dublin Ireland to speak with a married couple who share a chiropractic practice. Since joining the Vitality Shift, Marie and John Osborne are taking a new approach to their practice and their lives. By overcoming their limiting beliefs and technique-driven practice member care they have flourished by focusing on their personal well-being so they can better serve their practice members. Even though they have minimized the number of offices they have, they have maximized their potential.  

During this episode, you’ll hear how John overcame the all too common practice of self-sabotage to create a deeper connection with his practice members, the steps Marie has taken to nurture herself so she isn’t running on empty, and how they delegate tasks based on strengths to keep the office running smoothly. 

Key Takeaways:

Chiropractic ignited something in Marie but she took the long road to becoming a chiropractor. [1:53]

John knew he wanted to be a chiropractor after his first adjustment, it was the philosophy that drew him in. [5:50]

With three chiropractic offices, John continuing his work as an apprentice, and new babies in the house, the couple knew something needed to shift. [10:23]

Marie explains the limiting beliefs that led to her identity crisis. [14:35]

John realizes self-sabotage and lack of connection with his patients was holding him back in his practice. [19:03]

John and Marie explain their lives and practices before and after Vitality Shift. [25:54]

Lessons learned and advice for chiropractors. [33:55] 

Learn More:

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Osborne Chiropractic

Oct 09 2019

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The New Vitality Shift Podcast

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Welcome to the ‘new’ Vitality Shift podcast. This passion project was born out of our desire to assist chiropractors in making the necessary mindset shifts to achieve success and move to the next level. After over 100 episodes of the Breaking the Underdog Curse podcast, we decided to shift gears from focusing on the external factors that affect chiropractors and their practices and commence focusing on the internal elements that contribute to positive results and outcomes. 

In this premiere episode, Dr. Don and Brandi expound on the content in the Transformers Mastermind including becoming aware of the past programming that could be keeping you stuck, the connection between your identity and beliefs, and achieving a state of ease. 

Key Takeaways:

  • ● Why Breaking the Underdog Curse is rebranded into the Vitality Shift for Chiropractors. [1:38]
  • ● The Transformers Mastermind and the connection between your identity and your beliefs when moving to the next level. [7:26]
  • ● Fray your limiting beliefs and generational patterns. [18:29]
  • ● Become aware of your programming and then use your will to overpower it. [29:04]
  • ● Surrender and achieving a state of ease. [32:36]
  • ● The 3 levels of thinking. [36:14]
  • Learn More:
  • Vitality Shift Website
  • True Concept Seminars
  • Dr. Don MacDonald
  • @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Oct 02 2019

42mins

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Top 10 Traits of Chiropractors Who Maximize Their Practice with Brandi

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If you are one of the many chiropractors who is ready to make a change in your practice, or you have implemented changes in your practice but are not yet realizing the results, perhaps you need to make a shift. If your practice is a direct reflection of you, what can you do to shift your mindset, shift your business practices, or shift your belief system? 

In this final episode, Brandi shares a top ten list of the qualities and behaviors that chiropractors who blow up their practice embody. She gives specific examples of what works and why. If you are ready to make a shift in your life and your practice these tips can guide you through it. 

Key Takeaways:

The top 10 traits of chiropractors who blow up their practice:

  1. They focus on more, not less. [15:58] 
  2. They value action over analysis even when it feels uncomfortable. [21:02]
  3. They work on personal barriers including health, toxicity in relationships, staff dynamics, and emotional chaos. [23:17]
  4. They don’t own a number which owns their capacity. [30:39]
  5. Adaptation is their superpower. [35:40]
  6. They know marketing is a simple tool to serve more, not a creepy sales tactic. [38:23]
  7. They view their practice as game #7 sports all the time. [41:40]
  8. Each person that has succeeded has found a tribe, not just lip service. [42:51]
  9. They become consistently consistent, no matter how boring the grind is. [47:46]
  10. Comfortability is their nemesis. [51:21]

 

Learn More:

Sipping Brandi

Reality Check

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

The Underdog Curse on Facebook

Aug 07 2019

1hr

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Brain-based Vitalistic Chiropractic Research with Dr. Heidi Haavik

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The future of healing may be vitalistic chiropractic care but without additional research and funding the world may never realize the potential benefits. Vitalistic chiropractic is at a stage of growth and it is necessary for our community to band together to promote the scientific research that is at the core of our professional beliefs.

In this very special interview, we welcome renowned chiropractor, neurophysiologist and author, Dr. Heidi Haavik to the podcast. Dr. Haavik graduated from New Zealand Chiropractic College where she currently holds the position of Director of Research. Her award-winning research in vitalistic chiropractic is paving the way for a new generation of Ph.D. students and the study of the effect subluxation has on the brain.

During this podcast episode, we discuss how we as chiropractors can fund future research specifically focusing on the vitalistic model, how the vitalistic model compares to the mechanical model, and the effect subluxation has on the brain and central nervous system.

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Jul 31 2019

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Vitalistic Chiropractic is Much More than MSK with Rob Scott, Ph.D., D.C.

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The belief system behind vitalistic chiropractic is the anchor that keeps us steadfast. It drives our purpose. It is the reason we do what we do. It allows us to maintain our dignity and it ensures we provide high-quality care no other medical therapy is able to offer. But when leaders in our profession waver on the true purpose of our work it can muddy the waters of our mission. Dedicated vitalistic professionals who carry our voices into the political arena need our support.

To speak with someone who is on the front line of chiropractic innovation, we head down south to Marietta, Georgia USA to absorb the wisdom of Life University, President, Dr. Rob Scott. Dr. Scott is a Canadian who ventured to the U.S. to get a fresh start and open an existing practice. He furthered his education to expand and refresh his belief in the body’s ability to self-regulate and to heal itself. His deeper philosophical vision has sustained his position as one of the leaders in maintaining vitalistic standards in chiropractic.

During this podcast episode, we discuss how to best market vitalistic chiropractic care, the underlying philosophical conversations chiropractors should be having, how to beat burnout by immersing yourself in child’s play, and what it is like to shift from running a private practice to working for a chiropractic university.

Key Takeaways:

  • ● Dr. Scott describes how he was introduced to chiropractic and the underlying philosophical conversation he engaged in. [2:56]
  • ● The biggest challenges Dr. Scott faces working at Life University versus owning and running his private chiropractic practice. [13:41]
  • ● To avoid burnout and rejuvenate his spirit, Dr. Scott participates in coaching youth sports. [16:52]
  • ● The concept of vitalism and what Life University is doing to grow vitalistic chiropractic. [20:05]
  • ● As President of Life University Dr. Scott keeps the conversation focused on the meaningful difference of chiropractic care. [27:30]
  • ● How chiropractors can market subluxation and the scientific evidence of vitalistic healthcare. [33:06]
  • ● Dr. Scott shares the different ways prospective students or mentors can become involved with Life University. [47:06]
  • Learn More:
  • Life University Website
  • Vitality Shift Website
  • True Concept Seminars
  • Dr. Don MacDonald
  • The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success
  • @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter
  • Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook

Jul 10 2019

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Effective Chiropractic Care Isn’t A One Size Fits All Policy with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk

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Why should you get organized and get involved with your local chiropractic association? Because in chiropractic care there is no single recipe for creating wellness in patients. Every person translates and deals with their pain differently. And, as chiropractors, we still have the benefit of being able to offer neurologically-based care while resisting absorption into the traditional medical system. This offers us the unique position of providing patients with a state of well-being beyond compare. This is the incentive to make our voices heard.

Today we are heading East to Nova Scotia to speak with the President of the Nova Scotia Chiropractic Association and Co-founder of Wellness Media, Dr. Chad Mykietiuk. In 2008, Chad graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and almost immediately involved himself in chiropractic politics. His fascination with the body’s natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal has been the motivating factor in his quest to validate and invigorate wellness in the chiropractic community. 

During this podcast episode, we discuss how chiropractic colleges can get caught up in the mechanistic aspects of care, the two major defining characteristics of chiropractic, and why every chiropractor who has something to say should get involved in local associations and always do what is right over what is convenient.

Key Takeaways:
  • Chad knew he was going to be in a health-related profession but it was an injury that led him to chiropractic. [2:12]
  • What Chad knew about chiropractic before and after attending Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). [6:03]
  • Starting their chiropractic practice turned out to be a long and bumpy road for Chad and Megan. [10:13] 
  • A borrowed CD gave Chad a renewed sense of love for his profession so he shifted to wellness instead of chasing pain. [18:53]
  • Chad’s advice for chiropractors who wish to become involved in the politics of the profession. [24:49]
  • The two major defining characteristics of the chiropractic paradigm and the problem with making policies that create a standard. [31:32] 
  • Chad created Wellness Media to provide resource materials for chiropractors and their offices. [49:53]
  • Get organized, get involved, and do what is right over what is convenient. [52:22] 

 

Learn More:

Wellness Media Website

Village Wellness on Facebook

@DrChadWellness on Twitter

Vitality Shift Website

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook

Jul 03 2019

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Stay Healthy! Chiropractor Self-care Practices with Dr. Michael Hall and Brandi MacDonald

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Healthy chiropractors have healthy practices full of healthy patients. If this is true, why have you been skipping your daily exercise program, eating a protein bar at your desk, and stressing out about your non-stop schedule? What training program do you engage in to make you the best chiropractor you can be? Are you practicing gender-specific physical activities that are designed to increase your overall well-being? 

Today, Dr. Michael Hall and Brandi MacDonald join me to discuss the Top 2 downloaded Breaking the Underdog Curse podcast episodes of all time. Brandi is currently celebrating the success of her new book, Sipping Brandi. And our long-time mentor, Dr. Hall is enjoying sharing his Functional Neurology Series with audiences all over the world. 

During this podcast episode, we discuss the different physical and mental requirements for male and female chiropractors, how to maintain a healthy practice, the role weight loss plays in overall health, how to get your energy back, and tips on how to make a mind-shift milestone and lifestyle change.

Key Takeaways:
  • Dr. Hall describes the key to resolution for females chiropractors who internalize their stress. [4:34] 
  • Brandi makes the point that connection to clients can be lost when a chiropractor is lost in their own survival mechanisms. [14:20]
  • Dr. Hall shares the connection between depression and exercise, the effect stress has on our neurological system, and how to handle adrenal fatigue. [18:36]
  • Looking at the different needs male chiropractors have. [32:02] 
  • Creating a training program for chiropractors to help them reduce stress and be the best chiropractors they can be. [41:40]
  • Why just losing weight doesn’t make you healthier. [44:35]
  • Brandi describes the steps necessary to maintain a state of ease. [49:28]
Learn More:

BrainDC Website

Changing Lives by Restoring the Curve with Dr. Michael Hall

Building Sustainable, Long-term, Healthy Relationships with Brandi MacDonald

Sipping Brandi: Facebook Wisdom for Extraordinary Chiropractors and Teams

True Concept Seminars

Dr. Don MacDonald

The Underdog Curse: The Cause, The Cure and The Road to Success

@DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

Dr. Don MacDonald on Facebook

Jun 26 2019

55mins

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Dr. Don Rocks!

By Dr. McCauley - May 07 2018
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So grateful for his fresh approach! Underdog Curse changed how I practice

Awesome!

By chiro rhonda - Apr 29 2018
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Everyone needs to listen! Great info!!!!