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We thought the best way to get to know your chiropractor, Dr. Kenn Seals, or just “Doc” as many of his patients call him, would be to have him answer some questions.
For those who are interested, see his official bio, below.
Here are some questions we thought you’d most like to ask:
- Why did you become a chiropractor?
- What specialties have you added to your practice?
- What is one of the more interesting things you’ve seen, while working in the health care industry?
- What other professional interests do you have?
- What sports do you enjoy?
- Official Bio
If I take this story back to the beginning, I was born in Miami, Florida. Raised in Florida, graduated High school in 1969 in Ft. Pierce. At the age of 18 I was in business for myself in the construction industry. In the 70′s I traveled throughout the U.S.
I was traveling back across the country and stopped to visit some friends in Iowa. They were going to a lecture for beginning students at Palmer College of Chiropractic. I accepted the invitation to join them and was totally captured with the entire concept and idea of natural healing and the body’s ability to heal. It was the hands-on, natural healing of people that had me hooked. Ten years later I opened my first chiropractic office in Florida.
I moved to Salt Lake City, and certified as chiropractor with the state of Utah, in 2003. I’ve been working with patients at Chiro Stop since 2005. Many of the patients I see, men and women, are commercial drivers and people with work related injuries. I also take care of a number of elite athletes.
What specialties have you added to your practice?
In 1987 and 1988 I had the opportunity to work, as an attending chiropractor, with the Korean government to prepare for the ’88 Olympic Games, held in Seoul, Korea. I worked with high level athletes and I also worked with everyday citizens. I came into the project part way through the program and was asked to evaluate their findings. Koreans suffer with headaches, lots of people with lots of head pain and headaches. The doctors had been treating the Korean people based on what they’d learned while in school and in private practice, here in the USA. The textbook explanation for the headaches and the alignment of the neck said one thing, but the Koreans were not responding well to the treatment and the headaches persisted.
One of the first things I recognized was that what we’d been taught in the text book did not hold true in Korea. Most people have 5 lumbar (lower back) bones. Most Koreans have 6 lower back bones, with a lot more spinal flexibility than the text book states. But the headache bit had me going. A lot of my study over the years has been in spinal bio-mechanics and how systems work. So one night I’m traveling on the subway going to a big meeting with the military officials, just before the Games begin, and I get thrown up on by a baby on the subway. First thought, “oh yuck”, but then I realize – Koren women carry their children tied to their backs. Children are tied to the backs of their mothers for 2 or 3 years, with their head facing to one side for 2 or 3 years. These first 2 or 3 years are the spinal formative years, and now the doctors are trying to correct these spines to American normal which is straight ahead, not Korean normal which is off to one side. So the textbook corrections were wrong for the bio-mechanical corrections that were needed.
Throughout my work as a chiropractor, I address each patient as an individual, and what they present with, and correct the proper bio-mechanics of that individual spine, rather than fix all spines according to the textbooks. The results speak for themselves.
What other professional interests do you have?
Many years ago I realized that some of the biggest questions and answers to most peoples’ challenges weren’t in the world of physical inability, but were more of a mind thing. So I went back to school and learned about how the human mind/brain works, and sometimes doesn’t.
My first exposure was to the field of neuro-linguistics (NLP). Which is how and what the mind and body do with information, and use it or ignore it. How do habits form, how do we break old patterns, and how can we form new ones? How do we, as individuals see the world around us and what do we think is our part in it? How does that influence what we think and what we do? How do we talk about it and then act upon those choices?
The second field I studied was the world of clinical hypnosis. Which was a more in-depth study of how I could help an individual get to a place where they could see the things that seemed to be getting in the way of the changes they wanted to make, and see a way around the roadblocks.
It just made sense to me that if an individual wanted to make a change, like losing weight and getting healthy, then he or she just needed to see the pluses and the negatives, weigh them out and look for the way that would allow them to get what they wanted consistently. Most of the time people overestimate what they can do in a week, and totally underestimate what can be accomplished in a month or two. I also see that people try to make change without having all the information to make a good quality decision. You can only be as good as the information you have to work with. Part of my job is to expose people to more information that may lend itself to a better question, and thus a different and better choice of answer. It’s amazing what kind of results you can get in a few weeks with the right tools.
What sports do you enjoy?
- Chiropractic Physician (Chiropractor). Graduated Life Chiropractic College, Atlanta, GA. in 1982.
- Certified Croft CAD, cervical acceleration/deceleration (whiplash)
- Certified ART® Provider, active release technique.
- Full body certified: Upper extremity, lower extremity, spine, nerve entrapment. ART® is considered the gold standard in soft tissue injury treatment.
- Auto accident whiplash injuries
- Sports injury and sports performance.
- Medical examiner: DOT and non-DOT pre-employment physicals
- Certifications in NLP and Clinical Hypnosis.