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Ready for Success

by Freelance Writer Beverly Knight

Success is something that Simon Senzon understands — and he has always had a plan for achieving it. Within five years of graduating from Sherman College in 1999, he developed a thriving chiropractic practice and published five peer-reviewed articles and two books.

Senzon and his wife, Susan, a 2001 Sherman graduate, established Network Family Chiropractic in Asheville, in 2001. But he has also taught courses as an adjunct professor at Limestone College and the University of South Carolina at Union while still a student at Sherman and at the University of North Carolina Asheville after he established his chiropractic practice in that mountain city.

Even when he was a student at Sherman, it was obvious to those who worked with Senzon that he was successfully blending his love of chiropractic, his concept of wellness and his passion for scholarship.

“The thing that was different about Simon was his thirst for knowledge. He went searching for it. He was intelligently curious, and he had a plan for his curiosity,” Stephen Whitaker, Sherman’s director of learning resources, said of the student that kept him on a constant search for books.

Perhaps that curiosity resulted from the fact that Senzon came to the study of chiropractic after earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in philosophy. From the beginning, he approached the study of chiropractic from an academic stance, searching for similarities between what he was learning in class and the knowledge he brought with him to the classroom.

“When I started taking classes at Sherman, I felt that the philosophy of chiropractic had been in a bubble, without much to connect it to the greater world of philosophy,” Senzon said about why he began to read on his own about the historical background of chiropractic.

“That’s when I discovered that there were many similarities, that chiropractic was not in a bubble as I had thought, but that it was part of the greater culture. The concepts of self-healing, self-organizing, ideas that seemed unique to chiropractic were also being talked about by philosophers and biologists. I started to explore these things.”

That exploration led him to B.J. Palmer’s Green Books, all 41 of them. As he delved into the ideas in the books, he discussed them with David Koch, D.C., then president of Sherman. Senzon became so immersed in the project that he decided he wanted to publish a paper out of the process.

That was when he and Ralph Boone, Ph.D., D.C., became acquainted. Boone was editor of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, a peer reviewed publication and a journal Senzon contacted about submitting an article for publication. Boone said he immediately recognized that the young man had a passion for the history of chiropractic as well as a high level of enthusiasm. “He is a very good writer. He does discovery very well, researches his work well and comes up with information.”

Boone’s opinion of Senzon’s writing is supported by the success of his books. The first,The Spiritual Writings of B.J. Palmer: The Second Chiropractor, analyzes the work of a man that Senzon feels was far ahead of his time.

Senzon followed up the success of his first book with a second volume, The Secret History of Chiropractic: D.D. Palmer’s Spiritual Writings. As he researched both volumes, he came to the conclusion that chiropractic represented one of the first attempts to develop an integral profession, one that integrates science, art and philosophy in a way that recognizes the health and healing potential within each person, and that realization confirmed his own beliefs. For Senzon, the primary mission of chiropractic is to empower others to achieve greater levels of health, wellness and quality of life.

When asked about advice that he would offer to students who are preparing themselves to enter the chiropractic profession, Senzon spoke of both the professional and personal challenges that lie ahead.

“Being in practice and in a relationship takes a lot of work. It’s a big challenge not to bring the business home. We have to carve out time for a private life,” he said of the need to balance work life with family life. And you should do all you can to take care of yourself. Meditate, exercise, eat well. You need those skills when you are out in the world. Every chance you get, perhaps at the end of each quarter, you should try to picture how all the things you’re learning fit together. Integrate the information. Really learn the philosophy on a deep level.”

Senzon’s personal intellectual curiosity has led him on a fascinating journey. And that journey is far from over for the young man. Boone, who has watched Senzon develop from a gifted student of chiropractic to a leader in the field, summed up his feelings about the young man: “Simon is a person who actually contributes, not just achieves. I would consider him a major contributor to chiropractic in the realm of history. He’s an innovative thinker, way outside the box.”

 

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