Monday, October 19, 2015

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Chiropractic Care (from my Book Rescue the Stories book Two)

Our Son, Dr. Steven Moon recently celebrated thirty years as a Doctor of Chiropractic Care.  This is the story of how it all happened.  In College Steven had taken courses to become a licensed X-ray technician, and soon after graduation he obtained work at Kaiser Hospital in their X-ray department. 
It was close to Christmas and we had decided to have a Company dinner at a wonderful Chinese restaurant in Castro Valley.  Along with our Roofing crew, we also invited our family to join with us to celebrate Christmas.  

Steven sat across from us, and all the roofing crew were complaining that their backs hurt and that they needed to see the chiropractor.  Someone spoke up and said we need our own chiropractor in the family.

My husband mentioned to Steven that our Chiropractor's son had just graduated from Chiropractic school and joined the practice, and did Steve know what it took to become a Chiropractor?   It captivated Steven as he said, “I don't know, but I can find out." 

Steve went to his local Chiropractor’s office and asked him how to become a Chiropractor.  His Doctor was very excited and wanted him to go to his school in St Louis, but Steve didn't want to move so he checked the phone book (it was before the internet) and found two schools near by where he lived and one was accepting new students. 

It turned out that he was only missing a few credits that could be gained by taking evening classes and so it began. We agreed to help him with tuition, in exchange for free family treatments.  Kaiser arranged his hours so he could work and begin school.  The first and second year went well.  The school was still getting their full accreditation and it appeared that Steve would need to transfer to a school in Oregon that would give him his certification.   

We loaned him a car so he could attend school so far away, and gave him a reference so he easily rented a comfortable apartment in Oregon. When he was settled, he phoned several of his classmates and they also transferred to Oregon.  Kaiser offered him enough work in their X-ray department to pay his current bills.  Again we stepped up with the school quarterly fees. 

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The training at the school in Oregon prepared the students to become a chiropractor but they could also do minor surgery and deliver babies.  I don’t think Steve ever used that knowledge in his chiropractic practice. 

Our daughter Becky and I traveled to Oregon to witness Steve’s graduation and to celebrate afterwards with a nice dinner. 

Steven began his practice by accepting a room in the office of another doctor, and his patient list began to grow.  When the other doctor raised the rent on his space, Steven searched for a private office all of his own.   The only thing he needed was a special table, an x-ray machine, and a receptionist.   

Dear Steven, Happy thirty years of adjustments.
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Saleslady371 said...

Congratulations to Steven! How wonderful that his healing hands bring relief to so many suffering people. May God continue to use him and bless him.


Steve is a passionate man. He didn't give up pursuing his dreams. Congrats to an inspiring man.
Thank you Aunt Hazel for sharing this story and the linkup too.
Loads of Blessings to you

Joanne Viola said...

A wonderful story indeed, of how God directs our paths. Congratulations to him.May God continue to use him to bring relief to many!

Floyd Samons said...

I had no idea! How cool is that? I'm happy for you and am proud for you as well!

Sharon said...

Well, congrats to you, Steven! Isn't it amazing how sometimes we start down one path, and then end up on another that suits us so much better?! I loved this story, Hazel. I've never been to a chiropractor, but it's been recommended to me because of the disc disease in my neck, and my frequent headaches. Wish I could visit Steven!!