Go behind the scenes with Vancouver chiropractor Dr. Troy Dreiling and learn his interesting story of how and why he chose to become a chiropractor.
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Q: What inspired you to become a chiropractor?
A: Great question! Well, it all started when I was 11 years old. I had a three-wheeler accident where I went off a jump, landed on my back onto the concrete. It knocked the wind right out of me, I literally thought I was going to die because I couldn’t breathe.
The next day I couldn’t stand up straight and my grandmother’s neighbor said, “you need to go to a chiropractor”, so my parents took me to one. It was an old school chiropractor, orange carpet, shag, wood paneling, the x-ray room was super cold. He X-rayed me and told me I had a misalignment in my spine, he started adjusting me and within 4 weeks I got full use of my spine back.
I never thought about chiropractic until I got into high school. I was playing football and hurt my shoulder real bad taking a tackle. My friend said, “you have to go see my chiropractor”. I went to see him and within about a month I got full use of my shoulder back.
About that time I was thinking, what am I going to do with my life. My grandfather asked me what I was going to do and I told him I didn’t know. He told me I should be a pharmacist and I said okay. I went to Oregon State University, thank God for out of state tuition, I didn’t become a pharmacist.
I said I was going to be a physical therapist because I thought that is what chiropractic was. I went to Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. I was competitively bodybuilding and wouldn’t you know it I was doing some deadlifts one day and I stirred up that three wheeler accident from 10 years prior.
I went to a chiropractor in Cheney, Washington. I was laying on his table and he was getting ready to adjust me. He asked me what I was studying and I told him physical therapy at Eastern. He got upset with me and told me I should be a chiropractor and not a physical therapist and explained the benefits being your own doctor, not needing referrals, you’re primary care, and it sounded great to me. That is what I have been looking for.
He encouraged me to go to chiropractic school, that is what I did. Once I was in chiropractic school, I found out it was bigger than back and neck pain. I had a chronic sinus issue my entire life. Severe sinus attacks, headaches, sneezing attacks, all through chiropractic school. It wasn’t until my second quarter in chiropractic school that I decided to go and get my spine checked and adjusted every week. I did just that and within two months my ten-year-old sinus infection cleared up.
I said this is amazing, and that is really what got me into chiropractic. My personal experience. I figured if my lower back, shoulder and sinus problems could get help through chiropractic adjustments then I can do that for the world.