My chiropractic journey began sometime in the fall of 2016. At the time, I was a student in law school working for a law firm specializing in personal injury. I was aware that Chiropractors existed, even having gone to a couple myself but really had no idea what chiropractic was other than "make my bones go pop." As I inquired more about the system of chiropractic as a whole, I realized that there was something truly special in care provided by Chiropractors. I remember my first adjustment. What it was like to experience my doctors very particular set of skills, which had helped me feel better both physically and psychologically. I know many people don't think that an adjustment can help psychologically but like so many others, I felt an instant shift in my mood from the moment of the adjustment throughout the rest of the day. I thought to myself, "wow, what was that?!" What it was, was a true powerful chiropractic adjustment. Without knowing it then, it had set me on a completely different life course than I had imagined.
I made the decision to drop out of law school and begin a new educational path. In September of 2016, I was accepted into Southern California University of Health Sciences located in Whittier, CA to start my new journey in the world of chiropractic. After about two years in that program, I realized I needed more from chiropractic than what this. particular institution had to offer. Finding the right college is difficult as there aren't many choices within the state of California but through some soul searching and inquiring with current students and past graduates alike, I decided that the best move for my future in chiropractic was to transfer to Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, CA. In September of 2018, I was accepted and began the process of moving from Los Angeles to Hayward in the east Bay Area of California.
The move had its benefits and drawbacks. Educationally, I felt I had a stronger and much deeper rooted connection with chiropractic and it's teachings but of course, this meant being farther away from my family and friends and due to the difference in curriculum, adding another year on top of my graduation date. Overall the move was beneficial, making new friends, growing mentally and emotionally, gaining knowledge I felt otherwise I wouldn't have and although I may have fell back one year as a student, I most certainly lunged forward as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that as of December 2020, I am now a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West with my degree in Doctor of Chiropractic. In the photo under my graduation headshot, you'll see some of the things that motivated me throughout my journey. My spine model, the very first one I purchased in a group order within the first month of school at Southern California University of Health Sciences, it traveled with my from North Hollywood to La Habra to Glendale to the Bay Area and back home to Glendale. The second item that also traveled with me no matter where I moved, is my desk name plaque. One of my closest friends, Nelson Gevorkyan, Esq. had gifted it to me so that anytime I felt I was straying off of my path, I can look at it and remind myself of what my goals are. My friend, at times I spent hours looking at that plaque at times that I felt completely depleted but the reminder was there and I owe that to you, thank you. After the plaque, theres my graduation cap which felt so surreal to receive and put on top of my head, I had finally reached the goal I had been working so hard to get to. Fourth up would be possibly one of my most favorite gifts ever, my Figs scrubs with name embroidered on them, a gift from my beautiful fiancé (and soon to be beautiful wife). Wearing those and seeing myself with my name as the doctor, truly an unbelievable moment. The last but not least item is my diploma. Throughout my journey in life, I never though the day would come when I would hang up a diploma with my name on it let alone a diploma with the weight of a doctorate behind it. Even as I look at it today in this exact moment, this surreal moment, the process, the journey, the trials and tribulations of the entire journey feels so dreamlike. No matter the way it feels, a great sense of pride and accomplishment flows through me every time I see these items.