Connecting The Dots

Connecting The Dots

0441248001611102010.jpgOn October 18th, 2020, I celebrated my 29th year anniversary as a chiropractic physician.  As I am now entering my 30th year in practice, I wanted to take a moment to reflect.

Andy Stanley is the famous pastor of North Point Community Churches in Atlanta, Georgia.  I have heard him speak numerous times and he is unreal.  My brother goes to one of his satellite churches in the Atlanta area and I have been blessed to see some of his sermons.  He wrote a great book called the THE PRINCIPLE IS THE PATH that really talks about the key faith points in life.  He talks about how life can only be understood looking “backwards” towards the past and not really in the present and certainly not in the future.  Having said that, in going through life, I find it fun to look backwards at my life to see how these “Dots of life” aligned to where I am today.  It is fascinating ( I recommend that you do the same).  The “dots” have brought me to many people, places, things and careers in my life.  It obviously brought me to chiropractic.

The First “DOT”-Migraine Headaches
When I was 13 years old, I was diagnosed with migraine headaches after suffering from a whiplash type injury (not a car accident).  I was a Freshmen at Charlotte Catholic High School and my life was now changed.  My family, like many people in the early 1980’s, was not familiar with chiropractic care and as a result I entered the medical merry-go-round on how to treat this with medicine.  Several hospitalizations (when I got a migraine…..I got A MIGRAINE) and neurologists later, I needed daily medication to “treat” my migraines from Freshman year in high school through college.  Migraines and the meds I was on affected my life for those 7 years.  Missed school.  Missed sporting events.  Missed life events.  The medication made me lethargic and sleepy.  This was not a lot of fun.  Inherently, I knew that this is how I didn’t want to live my life being on medication every day. I was scared.  I knew that there was something more.

The Second “DOT”-Richard Dest
One of my best friends on this planet is Tom Dest.  He has been a great friend of mine since meeting him in 9th grade at  Charlotte Catholic High School.  His family and mine became lifelong friends in the 1980’s and we are still great friends today.  One Saturday afternoon during my freshman year in college, I was over at his house having lunch where his Dad, Rich out of nowhere asked me, “Have you ever thought about being a chiropractor?”.  Rich not only had experienced the health benefits of chiropractic but also had to do some work with a local prominent chiropractor in Charlotte.  I was at an impressionable time in my life and I listened to him as he described the field and basically he told me, “You would be a great one”.  Not only did I not know what a chiropractor did then, how in the world would I know if I would have been good at it.  He saw something in me that made him suggest it.  

The Third “DOT” – Dr. Fletcher Keith
Rich Dest reached out to the chiropractor that he knew, Dr. Fletcher Ketih and asked him to meet with me at his clinic.  Mr. Dest told him that I was curious about the field and asked if I could  have 15 minutes after work one day to sit down and chat with me.  He obliged and said meet me after work one day.  This was a Tuesday at 9:15 AT NIGHT.  I should have known right there that this could be a demanding field.  Keith Clinic Of Chiropractic was known as one of the largest chiropractic clinics in the southeast United States at the time and Mr. Dest took me to see Dr. Keith at 9:15 pm.  Dr. Keith’s clinics were open 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday and 9 hours on Saturday and 3 hours on Sunday.  Basically, it was a chiropractic hospital.  It was an unbelievable first impression to chiropractic care and Dr. Keith could not have spent more quality time with me this late at night on a weekday.  The impression was everlasting and to this day, something that I will never forget.  I eventually received chiropractic care and my migraines disappeared.  I was no longer on medication.  I visited approximately 30 chiropractic clinics in and around the Charlotte area.  I then decided to become a chiropractor.  

All of the “Dots” connected to where I am today.  These were the original “Dots” that have led me to this great profession 29 years later.  Other “Dots” have followed to have led me here to Morehead City (another story to be told). his was a great calling.  I certainly felt that my body, personality and strengths were well suited to the field.  I was passionate about helping others gain “pain relief” naturally without drugs.  I wanted to do this as efficiently as possible so patients did not have to wait for a long period of time in my office (unlike my childhood “hour long plus” waits in doctor offices).  I wanted to open up hours for the patient like Dr. Keith (7 am in the morning). It all came together.  I am forever thankful for my migraine headaches.  I am forever thankful for Richie Dest.  I am forever thankful for Dr. Keith.  I am forever thankful for God putting all this in my life.  These were my “Dots”. 29 years later, it all makes sense now.

Dr. McLaughlin

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