Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Gary Wilson and Dr. Navit Zukerman. Them and their team share their story with us below.
Please kick things off for us with some background on the story.
Dr. Gary originally went to school for engineering, however, after nine years spent working in biopharmaceutical drug and medical devices manufacturing, he had an epiphany regarding the current paradigm of sick care, and decided he wanted to lead a different kind of life where he could directly impact the health and wellbeing of others. The idea that physical input into the human frame and nervous system as a means of affecting root causes of bodily dysfunction appealed to Dr. Gary much more than the broken system of routine pill-popping to mask health symptoms, so prevalent in society today. He decided to make a career change and went back to school to master the art, science, and philosophy of chiropractic.
After many years of dance, gymnastics and snowboarding injuries, Dr. Navit suffered a significant back injury that left her unable to walk normally and disabled from work for several weeks. After months of continued excruciating pain, Dr. Navit went to see a chiropractor for the first time. Under continuous chiropractic care, her back completely healed and she felt healthier and more pain-free than ever before! Not only was Dr. Navit awed by the effects of chiropractic care, but she also fell in love with the philosophy of removing interference from the nervous system so that the body could do its job and heal itself. It was such a life-changing experience that Dr. Navit was then inspired to share this work with everyone around her and decided to become a chiropractor herself, and shortly thereafter enrolled in Chiropractic school.
After we both completed school, we decided to venture to Southeast Asia together and spent nine months traveling between India, Nepal, and Thailand. During this time, we were honored to participate in three different chiropractic service trips where we delivered chiropractic care to hundreds of underserved Indians as well as Tibetan refugees. Additionally, we set up 4 temporary chiropractic clinics of our own throughout our travels, which collectively served hundreds of local people as well as international travelers from dozens of countries all around the world.
Upon returning to the United States, we relocated to Denver area from the San Francisco Bay Area, and have been busy getting our practice up and running ever since. We are proud to serve the Denver community to help its residents live a more active and vibrant life.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to being a chiropractor is most certainly not very smooth. School was a very intense and energy-draining experience, loaded with tons of memorization and hundreds of exams in addition to juggling patients and soaking up as much technique as possible. Upon finishing, you are left to be an entrepreneur, and with that comes a lot of flexibility, but also a large amount of responsibility. Unlike an office job, you cannot hide behind a computer screen when you are having a bad day. People come to you in need no matter what, and their lives are quite literally in your hands. This demands a discipline of constant presence. On top of being a doctor, you also have to be business-minded in order to get people in your door, as well as manage your practice, and if those skills aren’t inherently in you, then you have to learn them or sink. Being a chiropractor is more of a lifestyle than a profession, as you are always at work, either putting energy into your business or into yourself in order to be a better healer. The struggle is every day, navigating between the doctor role and the business owner role. However, the rewards are amazing, because in that struggle you are constantly transforming into some higher version of yourself, while at the same time directly helping all kinds of people to live healthier and more vibrant lives through chiropractic care and philosophy.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Our practice is called Evol.v Chiropractic, and as chiropractors, we are most concerned with the health of the nervous system, as this equates to a healthy life. A healthy nervous system is one that is not under stress or tension, either by physical, chemical, or mental/emotional means. Misalignments in the spine (neck, back, or pelvis), produced by physical trauma or more commonly, repetitive behaviors such as sitting at desks all day, cause physical tension in the nervous system which can lead to various other issues. Our primary role as chiropractors deals with addressing these spinal misalignments by removing/reducing interference within the nervous system by making specific and gentle physical adjustments to the spine, thereby activating the innate healing mechanism within the human body. Classically, this is where the role of the chiropractor stops. At Evol.v Chiropractic, we are equally concerned with helping our patients to manage the chemical and mental/emotional stressors to the nervous system as well as the physical stressors. Chemical stress is primarily caused by poor diet, and so we emphasize whole foods nutrition with food as medicine approach when we educate our patients on dietary choices. Mental/emotional stress on the nervous system is caused by our everyday activities and relationships, and the stressful thought patterns that we develop around those activities and relationships. We educate our patients on the importance of healthy habits in order to process and move mental/emotional stress through and out of the body, and we do this by incorporating yoga as therapy and meditation into our care plans. In addition to chiropractic adjustments. what sets us apart from others is our propensity towards positively influencing behavioral patterns of our patients, specifically with regard to diet, exercise, lifestyle choices, and stress management techniques.
As a company, we are proud of our desire to want to deliver quality chiropractic care to all people. We are also passionate about giving a portion of our efforts directly back to the community. Here in Denver, we give complimentary chiropractic care to the employees of Comal Food Incubator. Comal Food Incubator is a lunch restaurant and training program started by Focus Points Family Resource Center, a non-profit that serves families in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods. Its goal is to provide skills in culinary arts and business as a platform for economic development to aspiring women, most of whom are refugees originating from Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Iraq, and Ethiopia, to maintain and celebrate their traditions through entrepreneurial ventures. We regularly provide chiropractic care to these women and their families to keep them doing what they love.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Patience. Perseverance. Faith in intuition. Faith in following our hearts and our passion. Faith in the power of chiropractic and the incredible power of the human body and its ability to heal. There’s a magnet that we keep on the front of our fridge. It’s the only one there. It says: “Attitude is everything, pick a good one”. This is something we try to remind each other of constantly and live by this mantra every day.
- 1 Adjustment: $40
- 10 Adjustments: $350
- TMJ Treatment + 1 Adjustment: $70
- New Patient Special: Initial Exam + Consultation + 1st Adjustment: $40
- Website: www.evolvchiropractic.com
- Phone: 720-295-4188
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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