This might very well be a dead horse. And I’m going to beat it one more time, in what I hope is the LAST time. In fact, I wasn’t going to write another post on the chiropractic Maximized Living franchise, but I do feel I might need to clarify and reiterate a few items, in response to some of the themes of feedback I’ve gotten on my previous posts on this subject.
Yes, that’s in honor of the hit song “With or Without You” by U2.
So sue me (grin).
I’m not a martyr. I’m not someone to burn themselves out and say, “poor me, look at what all I do for everyone else!” And yet that’s exactly what I ended up doing. I didn’t intend to, not by a long shot. But I did anyway. Live and learn…
A friend and fellow healthcare practitioner walked in to the office this week to get adjusted, and asked us if we knew Dr. [First name] [Last name], who opened up a Maximized Living practice in a nearby neighborhood. We mentioned that we vaguely knew him, and our neighbor said she had gone to their clinic to see what they were like so that she would know which of her clientele to refer to them. She shared her experience with us.
She was not impressed.
Chiropractic is a phenomenal healing science. It’s also an art. (Repeat after me: it’s a science first; art and philosophy tie for distant second. But I digress.)
I know there are a bunch of disillusioned naysayers who failed in practice (most likely because they also fail in personality and possibly other attributes as well). They’ve even set up their own little boys’ club-like internet discussion forums devoted solely to sitting around blaming chiropractic itself for the doctors’ inability to succeed. Rest assured that as critical as I am of certain practitioners and philosophies, I’m not one of those people.
However, sometimes this Eeyore camp raises some damn good points.
And sometimes, these points are thorns in the chirovangelist’s ribs.
There are always two sides to every story. Sometimes the events go down exactly as the prosecution describes; other times there is an inaccurate, sensationalist, and almost deliberately misleading account of twisted facts and comments taken out of context.
In case you couldn’t tell already, what happened to Dr. Credeur definitely falls into the latter. He was nothing but honest in his interviews (which he was in no way required to respond to) and he cooperated fully. And in fact, his office wrote an intelligent, professional, factual letter in response to the story. Here it is…
There is a Part 2 to the story.
I would be remiss if I didn’t present it.
To bring you up to speed, I pretty much tore apart the news story from right around two weeks ago in which some dissatisfied patients and some ignorant news investigators ganged up on a chiropractic doctor in Denver for practicing Functional Medicine.
I was crunching numbers tonight, something that has been long-overdue, since we’ve been open over a year already. I tallied the number of completed visits (i.e. no no-shows or cancellations), and new patients (again, counting only those who have completed at least one appointment). I found the following FunFacts…
According to the above story, a woman has gone to the media (I couldn’t tell whether she is suing the DC or not) to complain that she was scammed by the DC. I’ve summarized the facts of the story:
I had a blast in clinic. Make no mistake, it was not all rosy and smooth all the time. In fact, like many of my classmates, I got kind of a rocky start. At first, it seemed dismal and I was concerned that I’d never make it on time.
Indeed, a year seems like plenty of time. But let’s face it, you also have a lot to do. In my day, this consisted of: 200 adjustments, 24 exams, 35 physical rehab therapy treatments, 10 new patient recruits (not readily-available information; they wait to disclose this until you’ve already enrolled), 30-35 x-ray reports (during a 2-week rotation), and a gazillion QAs. Indeed, you’re up against the clock and if you want to graduate on time, you better haul some butt.
A great quote states: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”
This, coupled with my philosophical policy that I shall not bitch about that for which I do not subsequently offer a solution, are the driving forces behind this entire series of Chiro Cleanup entries, especially this one. Therefore, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, let’s “git ‘er done”.