Dr. RJ was playing super league rugby in Canada when a recruiter from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA offered him a scholarship to attend chiropractic school. His older brother was a chiropractor, but RJ didn’t know too much about chiropractic except for getting the occasional adjustment when he was in pain. He left Canada and moved to Davenport to play rugby and attend chiropractic college.
While attending Palmer, Dr. RJ started developing some digestive issues. He thought he was healthy based on how he looked and felt but soon started having more symptoms. He went home to Canada and ended up in the hospital. He was soon diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver.
The medical solution for Dr. RJ was to take multiple medications for the rest of his life, which would leave him unable to have children. Dr. RJ felt that living without the chance of having his own family would ultimately be the end his life. He sunk into a deep depression and thought he’d never find his way out.
Dr. RJ had a friend who asked him a life-changing question while going through his health struggles. The friend asked, “What would you be willing to do to get your life and health back?” Dr. RJ replied, “Anything!” He then went to see a corrective care chiropractor his friend recommended. While under the care of this doctor, he was educated on subluxation and the body’s innate healing power. He also learned that from X-rays one could see what was wrong with a person’s spine and correct it through specific and scientific chiropractic care. This was something he had never learned in school.
The chiropractor took seated X-rays of Dr. RJ to find the true cause of his problems and start correcting his subluxations. Dr. RJ and Dr. Michelle, who had stayed together through his struggles, spent their last months in chiropractic college flying all around the world to specialize in becoming corrective care chiropractors.
By the time Dr. RJ graduated in October 2006, he had lost 75 lbs and no longer had diabetes or cirrhosis. His blood pressure and cholesterol were within normal ranges and he regained his health and life through specific and scientific corrective chiropractic. He knew then he wanted to bring pure chiropractic care to his community and share it with as many people as humanly possible.
Dr. RJ and Dr. Michelle have been married since 2007. They have two young children, Jayda and Justus, both of whom were born at home and adjusted within seconds after birth. They’re both healthy children who have never been to the medical doctor. Dr. RJ’s family is the love of his life and his spare time is spent with them.