Adam Gentry, D.C.
American D.C. Making a Difference in Holland:
He Found His Purpose in Life at Sherman College
Now that he knows better, Adam Gentry, D.C., ’00, wishes his first encounter with chiropractic had been more meaningful. As an eight-year-old, he experienced neck stiffness, allergies and chronic sickness. He had no luck with over-the-counter or prescribed medications and was not keen on another option doctors suggested—a tonsillectomy. Then Gentry’s mother took him to her chiropractor.
“Amazingly, after a few adjustments, my symptoms were gone,” he says. “I still remembered what he said: ‘Come back when you are having pain or allergies again.’” Gentry looks back on this memory with regret. “This chiropractor never once told me that I was suffering from subluxations, never once told me that interference in my nervous system was impairing my body’s ability to self-regulate and self-heal, and never once told me that chiropractic promotes health,” he says. “All he did was treat my symptoms and release me.” The chiropractor, Gentry says, “didn’t choose to tell the story, he didn’t practice with passion, he didn’t choose to change peoples lives and he didn’t choose to share his mission with his patients.”
“I’m lucky my parents introduced me to chiropractic, and I am so glad I attended a Sherman College Career Day because there I found what I was searching for: a way to help families and individuals live healthier and more productive lives.”
Gentry knew he would be driven to educate the public so that they would have positive first experiences with chiropractic care. He wanted his future patients’ first conceptions of chiropractic to be correct. He also mentally explored the idea of practicing abroad. Then more than a year after graduation, an opportunity came along. Feeling the time was right, Gentry and his wife, Angela, moved to Holland, “home of the windmills, wooden shoes, great cheese, terrible weather, and a strange new language,” he says.
Gentry quickly realized that the chiropractic profession is not widespread in that country. “There are only 175 chiropractors in the Netherlands, serving 17 million people,” he says. Gentry’s practice, Lifestyle Chiropractic, is a family-based practice in Noordwijk with a strong emphasis on health, and his service is making a huge impact in his community.
“I am helping to introduce our profession to people who want to make a change in their lives,” he says. “Chiropractic is a powerful tool when the intent, certainty, and desire is placed upon the power of innate. We have a saying in our office, ‘Deliver the goods, and let innate run the show.’”
Gentry says his first year in Holland created a new Adam. “Every day, my wife and I encounter a new adventure,” he says. “I am now truly understanding what the top chiropractic philosophers have been telling us for years: be committed to constant and never-ending personal improvement, and take massive action steps to create your future.
“If you stay the same as you are, you will never grow; if you allow yourself to handle most setbacks gracefully, you will become one with the universe and your life will be in balance. Every day, I learn a new word, experience a new smell, live a new culture — and I feel privileged to have this chance in my life.”
Gentry is grateful for all he has learned and for his experiences as a student at Sherman College. “I would have never thought I could thank a college,” he says. “But I give Sherman College credit for enhancing my will and desire to help people achieve the optimal goal: life.”