Andrew Buser, Student

Q. How did you decide to study chiropractic?

A. I studied physiology and neuroscience as an undergrad. Then I spent eight years in the Army, helping to care for soldiers in a special operations unit. I came away from that experience wanting to learn more and began to investigate graduate programs. Chiropractic fit the best; I liked its natural approach to healing. I went to chiropractic college on the GI Bill.

Q. What has been your most memorable experience as a chiropractic student?

A. The privilege of studying anatomy on a human cadaver. It's an important part of a chiropractor's education and I often reflect on what I learned. Of course, the experiences I'm having now during the clinical phase of my training are also extraordinary. Every day, I'm seeing all the theory I learned put into practice.

Q. Do you intend to specialize in a particular area of chiropractic?

A. I have always been interested in athletic applications, but I think I'll have a family practice. I'm finding that I really enjoy the variety of treating people of all ages. For example, working with older patients is often very challenging because of the greater number of health factors involved.

Q. Are you planning a solo practice to start or will you work in a group?

A. I plan to integrate with two other doctors, a physical therapist and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology.

Q. What advice do you have for people considering a career in chiropractic?

A. You have to make it personal. Some people try to go at it 100% academically and that's a mistake. I suggest you get adjusted yourself. Get physically involved. Chiropractic is participatory. I guess I'm saying practice what you preach.

Q. What's your impression of the chiropractic profession so far?

A. It's a very exciting time. Chiropractors are especially open to new ideas. We adopt what works and discard what doesn't. These days, there's very little chiropractic can't handle.

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