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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.

The Vitality Shift for Chiropractors Dr. Don MacDonald

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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.

    Strategies for Adding Associates to Your Practice with Dr. David Comely

    Strategies for Adding Associates to Your Practice with Dr. David Comely

    Dr. Don heads south and drops into New Zealand to speak with Dr. David Comely of Total Health Chiropractic in Wellington. Dr. Comely has been in practice for 13 years, has two practices with 7 chiropractors and is part of the Vitality Shift program. When he adds new associates — mostly new graduates — into his practice he prepares them for the mental, physical, and emotional stressors they may experience by working with them on their headspace. He wants to make sure they are clear on their why, their values, and their technique. 
    After listening to this episode, you will have a solid strategy for adding associates to your practice, what type of training to use with new associates, what to consider when contemplating adding new locations, and tips on how to avoid burnout associated with growing a practice. 
    Key Takeaways:
    David shares his experiences with chiropractic throughout his life and why he embraced chiropractic as a career. [2:39]
    At New Zealand Chiropractic College, David was able to get the perspective of many different teachers. [6:50]
    David started his chiropractic career as an associate but he had a vision for what he wanted his own practice in Wellington to look like. [12:09]
    How David built up his practice after starting from scratch in a new city. [17:51]
    When David was seeing 100 practice members a week and still running the business, he knew it was time to hire associates. [24:09]
    When hiring associates David uses these strategies to help them be their best. [29:10]
    Advice from David on how to avoid burnout. [40:10]
    Tips for chiropractors to stay happy and healthy in their Vitalistic practice. [46:55]
     
    Learn More:
    Total Health Wellington Chiropractic
    doctorcomely@totalhealthchiro.co.nz
    Vitality Shift Website
    True Concept Seminars
    Dr. Don MacDonald
    @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

    • 52 min
    The Politics of Change in Chiropractic with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk

    The Politics of Change in Chiropractic with Dr. Chad Mykietiuk

    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]
     
    Learn More:
    Canadian National Alliance for Chiropractic (CNAC)
    Vitality Shift Website
    True Concept Seminars
    Dr. Don MacDonald
    @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

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

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

    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]
     
    Learn More:
    Halsa Group
    Vitality Shift Website
    True Concept Seminars
    Dr. Don MacDonald
    @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

    • 41 min
    Strategies of a Chiropractic Assistant with Natasha Rominski

    Strategies of a Chiropractic Assistant with Natasha Rominski

    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] 
     
    Learn More:
    Vitality Shift Website
    True Concept Seminars
    Dr. Don MacDonald
    @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

    • 47 min
    Increase the Vitality of a Chiropractic Business with Mike Michalowicz

    Increase the Vitality of a Chiropractic Business with Mike Michalowicz

    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] 
     
    Learn More:
    Mike Michalowicz Website
    Profit First Book
    Entrepreneurship Elevated Podcast
    @MikeMichalowicz on Instagram
    Vitality Shift Website
    True Concept Seminars
    Dr. Don MacDonald
    @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

    • 39 min
    Chiropractic is Absolute Truth with Dr. Richard McMinn

    Chiropractic is Absolute Truth with Dr. Richard McMinn

    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]
     
    Learn More:
    Chiropractic Life Hove
    @chirolife on Twitter
    United Chiropractic Association
    Vitality Shift Website
    True Concept Seminars
    Dr. Don MacDonald
    @DrDonMacDonald on Twitter

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

Leslie Mitzel ,

Top notch show

I love this podcast. They have fantastic people on this show. Every episode you will have a few take aways to apply to your life and office.

frank bedub ,

Amazing show

The insight on this show is 2nd to none!

Dr J's iphone10 ,

DC's and CA's- listen to these!

This is the best series of podcasts that I have discovered in 15 years of clinical practice. Dr Don interviews a wide variety of guests that all have incredible information to share. The format is easy to listen to and he congruency of the interviews is impressive. There's not one episode that I don't like. The ones with Dr Don and his wife Brandi (guru CA, well educated background, personal Chiro success miracle, and gifted speaker) are my favorite. They both have a gift of communication that will strike a chord deep in your soul to help you SHIFT for the better. The content is deep, and the lessons/theme are reality unfolded. Dig in...you'll be glad you did-and your staff/team members and patients will thank you later for taking time to prioritise your "self care" within the Chiropractic Wonderland! Go get 'em and Stop being the Underdog!

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