With everything going on in the world right now, regarding COVID-19, we here at Sherman College thought it would be nice to hear from some of our recent graduates. Today, we get to hear from Molly Spohn, D.C.
Dr. Spohn graduated from Sherman College in 2019 and is here to share her experiences after graduating and the value of chiropractic during such a difficult time for many. We hope that by hearing from Dr. Spohn and other recent grads to come, that it will remind you of how important and life-changing chiropractic can be and why this is a path that you want to choose or have already chosen.
Q & A with Dr. Spohn:
- What are you currently doing with your degree/how are you doing in the field of chiropractic?
- I am the owner and sole chiropractor at Matrix Chiropractic in Greenville, SC. My practice has been open for 8 months and I am currently seeing more than 200 patients per week. I started with one chiropractic assistant and I just hired my second. We see a mix of families, athletes, elderly, children, and everyone in between.
- How was your first year as a D.C.?
- The first year has been an amazing ride. I leased a building, renovated it, opened my business, hired someone, fired someone, learned about networking, worked alone for a month seeing as many as 60 patients per day, hired two people, paid significant amounts toward my student loans, moved to downtown Greenville. I bring my dog to work with me every day (Dogtor Sophie), I continually fine tune our patient flow and patient experience, and I have loved coming to this office every single day since I opened.
- What made you want to become a chiropractor?
- I randomly met and talked with a Sherman student at a pool one day. As I sat with him and chatted, he explained what chiropractic was. Previously, I was planning to attend medical school or physician assistant school, but I knew it was not my true passion. After talking with this student and hearing the philosophy and science of chiropractic, I could feel my whole world shift. I knew this was exactly what I had been waiting for. I knew I needed to be on the preventative side of health care—not the reactive side. I knew I needed to be helping people get to the root of their problems instead of covering them up. I knew I needed to be giving hope, knowledge, and power. Within minutes of hearing about chiropractic I dropped all things and applied to Sherman.
- Did you have an “a-ha” moment in chiropractic college that confirmed you were on the right path and if so, what was it?
- While in school I frequently shadowed offices. I was always hunting to find things I wanted to implement in my office and things I wanted to avoid. While shadowing I landed on an office that I absolutely loved in Greenville. I shadowed the office once per quarter and it always gave me a revitalized vision and purpose.
- How would you describe the value of your chiropractic degree?
- There is no way to put a value on this degree. The experience I have gained as an entrepreneur has been tremendous, but the difference between us and a regular business entrepreneur is that we are backed by the best profession in the world. We are sharing hope, health, healing, and above all self-empowerment. The ability we have as chiropractors to positively influence our patients [cannot compare to] any other profession. In chiropractic we have the ability to allow people to heal organically—but more importantly we have the knowledge to empower patients with education on the power of their body.
- Why should someone still enroll in chiropractic school when our country is in a time of panic and economic distress?
- This global reaction of fear-based knowledge is what we work to oppose every day—nothing is new here. We need strong, rooted chiropractors more than every right now. Other chiropractors in my area are talking about drastic number drops and yet we are having a record setting week in terms of patients visits and collections. It is essential to cling to your philosophy and anchor to holistic health during these times.
- What advice would you give to current students?
- Use this online schooling time to your advantage. Do not procrastinate, do not get lazy, do not use this as an excuse or scapegoat for complaints. We are in a unique time where you can spend your days shadowing offices, planning and visualizing what you want your practice to be, and creating your future.
- What advice would you give to prospective students?
- In a time when virtually the entire world is shutting down, chiropractic is THRIVING. This profession is ESSENTIAL, and we need more chiropractors out there helping to take care of people in need.
- What were the best and worst parts about Chiropractic College? What do you miss the most about Sherman?
- The best part about chiropractic college was the knowledge I gained. I had never had my mind so expanded to the capabilities and possibilities of the human body. I came into school with a medical-model back ground. Learning the power of the human body and the philosophy of chiropractic changed what I eat, how I work out, how I treat my body, how I treat others, how I approach conventional medicine and most importantly how I will raise my family.
- The worst part of Sherman College was the number of hours required to sit still. However, those committed hours now allow me to have a career where I am up, moving around, and interacting with wonderful people all day.
- I miss the friendships Sherman College brought into my life. I miss our study group’s slap-happy-late-night study sessions.
- What is something you wish you knew about entering the chiropractic field before graduating?
- Signing up with a chiropractic business coaching group during the clinic portion of school would have been great to better inform me of the business obstacles ahead.
- How has the chiropractic profession changed your life?
- It has changed my life view. It has changed every aspect of the way that I think and how empowered I feel in my own body, opinions, and thoughts.