What Makes Chiropractic So Special to Me [Interview][Transcript]

Dr_Sarah_Horsley_DC_Spine_CareGuest: Dr. Sarah Horsley DC
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: From the small town of Olive Hill located in eastern KY.Dr. Sarah Horsley, DC, received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology at Morehead State University. She graduated there in 2010 and started chiropractic school that year in St. Louis at Logan College of Chiropractic now Logan University. Shortly after graduation, she was hired on at Maysville Family Chiropractic and worked there for a year before transferring to the Georgetown, KY. clinic location where she currently practices.

Segment overview: In this segment Dr. Sarah Horsley, DC, a Logan University graduate, discusses the three things that are most important to her in her practice.


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Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I am your host Neal Howard, so glad that you could join us again today. In the world of medicine there are many, many disciplines that one could choose. One could choose to become a surgeon or a general practitioner or maybe someone dealing with the elderly or kids. Our guest in studio today chose not traditional medicine, but the art of chiropractic. And she is here with us today as a graduate from Morehead State University in Kentucky and also from Logan University in St. Louis, Dr. Sarah Horsley, doctor of chiropractic. She is returning with us today to talk a little bit about what is important as far as her current chiropractic endeavors. How are you doing today Dr. Horsley?

Dr. Sarah Horsley: I’m doing great, how about you?

N: Doing really well, thank you so much for returning with us today Dr. Sarah.

H: Oh yeah.

N: Now we talked with you a little bit in a segment when you were here before about why you choose chiropractic.

H: Uh huh.

N: You grew up around traditional medicine, but there was some things that happened, I guess close to your senior year in Morehead State University in Kentucky that stirred you away from traditional medicine and led you down a path of chiropractic, am I right about that?

H: That is correct.

N: So once again, what was it that happened during your senior year that turned you away, I mean not in a negative way, but at least in decision making sort of way about where you wanted your medical life to lead you?

H: Well just after shadowing so many different specialty, I just couldn’t find one that was a good fit for me, I didn’t just feel a connection. And I shadowed pretty much every specialty there was to be shadowed. I just really wanted more of the hands-on approach to treating a patient. And my dad was seeing a chiropractor at the time and he was kind of telling her about the struggle I was having on finding a future for me. And she’s like “Well have her come shadow me. I really think she’ll love it.” And I shadowed her and just absolutely fell in love.

N: This doctor, did she suggest any type of special training or any special location that you should go and train or anyone special that you should train under?

S: She suggested that I go to Logan in St. Louis. She said that’s where she went. And she said that she loved it, it’s close to home and just a phenomenal school.

N: Now you went to school, you’ve got a degree in Biology in Kentucky.

H: Uh huh.

N: You went to school for chiropractic in Missouri. Are you allowed to practice anywhere the United States or in the world for that matter?

H: I do, I just have to get my … probably not in the world. I’m sure there’s some other stipulations that you have to go through. But anywhere in there US in the United States there are certain board scores that you have to get for certain states. Like North Carolina you have to have a higher score. And my board score was high enough to practice at any state, I would just have to apply for my license if I decided to move.

N: Okay. So each state has different licensing procedures.

H: Uh huh, yes.

N: Okay. And when it comes to specialization, I know that some doctors as I mentioned early specialize in pediatric, or geriatrics, or foot doctors for that matter, ENT. Does the art of chiropractic have specialties divided within it as well? Or is it all inclusive?

H: It does have certain specialties. You can’t really advertise those specialties, it depends on what state. So let’s say in Kentucky you can only advertise that you specialize in orthopedics or radiology. You have to go to additional courses for that.

N: Okay.

H: But in chiropractic school you can take certain classes that are considered specialties. So it is … training.

N: You’re still practicing chiropractic, still loving it what you love so many years ago, you’re still loving just as much today. What are some of the important things about chiropractic that are near and dear to you? Say I guess, let’s talk briefly about maybe the three things that are most important to you in your career in chiropractic efforts and your practice as a whole?

H: Well first and foremost, it would be the patient. This is I can’t think of a more rewarding career for myself than this, that having somebody come in, have so much pain. They’re having to walk with the cane, they’re not able to go to their granddaughter’s wedding because they’re in so much pain. And get them adjusted and have them feel amazing and walk out of your office without a cane. That’s just an amazing feeling for me. So I wouldn’t be anywhere without the amazing patients and being able to get them better.

N: Uh huh. Now aside from the patients, are you one woman practice or do have assistants with you as well? How does that work?

H: At our clinical location, there are 2 doctors. And then we work under the owner and the owner actually works at the other clinic’s location. We have quite a few staff with several CA, we have a Marketer, a Clinic Manager. And the staff, they’re just amazing to work with. They treat us like family, they treat the doctors like family, they treat the patients like family, they just go above and beyond with their jobs. The doctors would be nothing without them.

N: Now you mentioned having CA’s, I’m assuming those are chiropractic assistants yeah? Just like…

H: Yes, that is correct.

N: Okay. Were you chiropractic assistant before you become a full pledged chiropractic?

H: I was not.

N: Okay. Has that ever been a requirement or has it become a requirement or is it at all?

H: No, some students will do it. They will work in other offices as receptionists or assistants just to kind to get more knowledge. But it’s not a requirement at all.

N: If you’re a chiropractic assistant, do you get bonus points or like extra credit if you decide to attend say a school like Logan in Missouri?

H: I’m sure it will help you out in the courses because you would already have a general knowledge of what to expect, what is expected out of you.

N: Okay, so…


H: So I guess in a way you would have the upper hand.

N: Okay, okay a little bit of a boost, a leg up yeah?

H: Uh huh.

N: So we’ve talked briefly about the importance of the patients, your love for the patients, the feeling of I guess “satisfaction and helping” when someone comes in with a problem and they’d leave to having had that problem alleviated. We talked also about your staff and how much they care. Is there anything else in your current practice that stands out as something that really makes you happy and proud to get up each and every morning?

H: Well actually once you get that patient healthy, the other most important thing would be just keeping them pain free, keeping them have a happy healthy life. That’s where maintenance care would come in, where you have the patient kind of like going to the dentist, get your teeth clean and checked out. We want you to come back, every so often just to make sure your spine is in good health. And make sure that you stay in pain free and that you’re feeling good. And then to see a patient that was in that such severe shape, and have them come back a year later and still feel great and still able to do whatever they want to do is really a great feeling as well.

N: Now as we wrap up this segment Dr. Sarah, is chiropractic always a recommendation to alleviate a problem or can someone choose to undergo chiropractic simply to continue feeling as good as they are?

H: Oh definitely. If you’re still feeling great, I would still want you to get adjusted just to prevent future episodes. Like for an example chiropractic can help with allergy, and I have too bad allergies. Well I get adjusted once a week, every other week just to keep from having a really bad allergy attack. And I know if I go too long, my allergies will flare up.

N: Alright. Well Dr. Sarah it’s been great talking with you today. Would you encourage others seeking a career in the medical profession to just look into chiropractic?

H: Absolutely. It’s really great place to work, really good place.

N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. Our guest in studio today has been Dr. Sarah Horsley, doctor of chiropractic practicing in Georgetown Kentucky. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in Morehead State University, also a graduate of Logan University in St. Louis. And she has been here with us today talking about the things in her practice, in her life that make chiropractic such a rewarding career. It’s been great having you with us here today Dr. Horsley.

H: Thank you.

N: Thank you so much. Transcript and audio of this program are available at healthprofessionalradio.com.au and also at hpr.fm and you can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

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