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.
Shifting to the Salutogenic Model with Brandi MacDonald
On today’s show, Dr. Don is joined by Brandi MacDonald, who, in addition to being Dr. Dons’ wife, is co-owner of South Side Chiropractic in Edmonton. Brandi joins us to discuss the main obstacles chiropractors find they come up against when trying to shift to the salutogenic model and how to overcome them.
The most common obstacle that chiropractors find themselves up against is the pain conversation. Brandi explains that you can’t ever get away from the question fully. Pain is an important data point, and you should be looking at it as a starting point. Help your patients reframe pain in their mind as a symptom of a wider issue. Brandi goes on to discuss effectiveness in communication and how effectiveness is subjective.
Brandi brings up the importance of patient education and understanding of your chiropractic approach. Brandi also discusses being an emotionally healthy practitioner and what mindset works in creating patient relationships. To end the episode, Brandi tells us about the pop-up Facebook group she and Dr. Don have set up, and reminds us that everything we experience is data and can be learned from.
Why you can’t ever get away from the pain conversation. [2:55]
Reframing the patient’s perspective of pain. [8:20]
Becoming more effective in communication; What is effectiveness? [12:20]
Maintaining a healthy mindset to maintain healthy patient relationships. [22:00]
About the Vitality Shift pop-up Facebook group. [26:35]
Words of wisdom. [29:20]
To get more information on how to join the free Facebook Pop up group, called "The Salutogenic Practice" click here: https://www.thevitalityshift.com/fb-popup-group
Forging a Sustainable Practice in a Pandemic with Dr. Tiffany Johnson
On today’s show Dr. Don is joined by Dr. Tiffany Johnson, who runs Healing Touch Chiropractic in West Fargo and hosts The Aligned Life Podcast. A returning guest, Dr. Tiffany joins us today to update us on how things have changed since the beginning of the pandemic and finding and working in your genius.
When the pandemic hit, Dr. Tiffany was out of state. Before returning to her practice, she had to isolate for 3 weeks. She tells us how that time off allowed her mind to clear and realize that she needed to make her business more sustainable. With new regulations, the physical flow of the practice had to change. This affected everything. You need to have enough strong support in your team to cope with such drastic changes.
Dr. Tiffany goes on to discuss how she has utilized the pandemic to become better at time blocking. It has led to less hours in office, but the same volume of patients. Going forward, Dr. Tiffany reminds us that while times are tough right now and we need to do our jobs, we need to be human too.
How Dr. Tiffany’s experience in lockdown has changed her practice. [2:48]
Realizing the need for the right support in your team and how to achieve it. [5:30]
Cancelling the bells and whistles and focusing on what is truly important. [8:26]
How Dr. Tiffany has maintained patient volume while cutting hours. [12:58]
Utilizing lockdown to create more time efficiency. [23:08]
Being available for your team. [24:28]
Advice for those struggling to delegate and give up control. [27:10]
Inspiration for those who need it. [31:00]
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Preventing Burnout While Your Chiropractic Practice Grows with Dr. Dara Tyrrell
Dr. Dara Tyrrell is joining us in this episode. She practices in Scotland and has grown her chiropractic business very quickly, having graduated from chiropractic school in Wales in 2013.
After getting through chiropractic school, Dr. Dara first thought she did not want to run her own business. We hear how she chose her first associateship and the success that she had. Eventually, Dr. Dara did make the decision to open her own practice. She explains what made her come to this decision.
Her practice has experienced rapid growth, so Dr. Dara takes us through the things she did right in the early days to lay a successful foundation. Part of her success has come through her extreme work ethic, but this has also caused her to burn out before. She provides advice for other chiropractors on what she has learned about preventing burnout.
How Dr. Dara first heard about chiropractic. [1:43]
What the experience of going through chiropractic school was like for Dr. Dara. [5:09]
The process of picking her first associateship position. [6:31]
Leaving the stability of her full-time job. [10:41]
Aspects that attributed to the quick growth of Dr. Dara’s practice. [13:49]
Where the first patients came from. [16:24]
A time when Dr. Dara got burnt out and how she overcame it. [19:14]
Dara’s experience at the Shift Re-Wire Mastermind. [22:43]
What the COVID-19 situation looks like in Scotland. [25:32]
Advice that Dr. Dara would give her younger self. [27:56]
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How Dr. Marie Osborne Stopped Being a People Pleaser
On today’s show, Dr. Don is joined by Dr. Marie Osborne. Dr. Marie runs Osborne Chiropractic with her husband John in Tipperary, Ireland. A member of the Shift Re-Wire Mastermind program, Dr. Marie returns to the podcast to update us on her practice and personal wellbeing.
Dr. Marie tells us about how her practice has been these days and how she has been continuing to strive for progression personally and in business. She discusses overcoming her people-pleasing nature to live her truth and how she has worked to shed beliefs that don’t serve. Doing the internal work is uncomfortable, but necessary, in order to progress and grow.
Many places are beginning to re-open and no longer have lockdown orders in effect. Dr. Marie tells us how they have adjusted their space to meet guidelines and continue to provide access to care. Protecting your mental space is paramount with everything going on, but how do you do that and continue to work?
Working on the shift to the vitalistic approach. [2:17]
Overcoming the need to people please and living her truth. [4:56]
The necessity of feeling uncomfortable when doing internal work. [9:45]
Overcoming societal and internal beliefs about working mothers. [10:17]
Building personal awareness. [13:07]
How Dr. Marie let go of the guilt of not being everywhere. [16:30]
COVID impacts on Ireland. [18:20]
Adjusting to guidelines to provide access to care. [25:45]
Protecting your mental space. [28:09]
Words of inspiration. [30:41]
Chiropractic Bouncing Back from the Pandemic with Dr. Dave Hansen
We are welcoming Dr. Dave Hansen for his second appearance in today’s episode. Dr. Hansen just had a record-breaking month in July despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This episode is geared towards finding out what has made Dr. Hansen bounce back and break records during this difficult time.
Some key components of his success were the high demand for chiropractic services after re-opening, which we hear about in detail. Dr. Hansen, however, stipulates that the first half of the year was not so fun.
Dr. Don and Dr. Hansen to go on to discuss how they handle integrating new employees to the team and how hiring a chiropractic associate have helped both themselves and their practices.
How Dr. Hansen reached his results [3:33]
The reasons to hire a CA and the impact it can have on your practice [6:05]
A good lesson for a lot of people from Dr. Don [10:52]
How Dr. Hansen and his new CA are handling the practice [11:42]
Did hiring a CA force Dr. Hansen to become more engaged in the front? [13:35]
Keys for hiring new employees in the chiropractic world [15:05]
Managing the front and letting go to focus on making adjustments [18:02]
The importance of recognizing burn out [18:58]
How Dr. Hansen is focusing more on self-care in recent months [19:50]
Hansen’s journey on changing his mindset [23:03]
The “feeling” issue experienced by Dr. Hansen and his progress on correcting it [25:06]
Words of inspiration from Dr. Hansen [28:13]
You can listen to the previous episode featuring Dr. Hansen here.
For more details on the Vitality shift of the Rewire Mastermind visit https://www.thevitalityshift.com/
Focusing on What You Really Want with Dr. Helen Cox
On today’s show, Dr. Don is joined by Dr. Helen Cox. Dr. Helen runs the Tri-Chiropractic practice in Lethbridge, Alberta. A graduate of Parker University in 1998, Dr. Helen has been in practice for 20 years.
Beginning by taking us through her journey to chiropractic practice, Dr. Helen gives us an honest look into dealing with the struggles of single parenting while trying to establish a career. She also tells us about dealing with health issues, burnout and rediscovering her passion.
Now running for ACAC Council, Dr. Helen is looking to help people make a shift in their own lives towards speaking their truth and being unafraid to do so. You have the ability to shape your practice the way you want it to be and you have the power to prevent negativity in your practice. Just focus on what you truly want.
How Dr. Helen came to pick Chiropractic Medicine as her major. [1:44]
What drew her to studying at Parker. [3:06]
The benefits and impact of Parker Seminars. [5:33]
Building a practice amidst being a single parent and health scares. [7:43]
Growing her practice: Focusing on sincerity and relationships. [9:23]
Beginning the vitality shift. [12:10]
Evolving her chiropractic philosophy. [14:00]
Overcoming imposter syndrome, knowing what you want and going for it. [15:39]
Experiencing burnout and how Dr. Helen protects herself from it now. [17:47]
Dealing with re-emerging health concerns amidst COVID-19. [19:19]
What led to running for leadership. [23:10]
Finding your own truth and living in your purpose. [24:50]
Words of inspiration for new practitioners or those feeling burnt out. [27:51]