Though he wasn’t on the green, Sherman College graduate Brent Shealer, D.C., ’01, CCSP, was still able to chip in at the 42nd U.S. Senior Open in Bethlehem, PA. The Monroeville doctor of chiropractic served as part of the wellness team caring for golfers, caddies and staff during the tournament, which was held at Saucon Valley Golf Club in late June. It was Shealer’s second time at a major pro golf event, having volunteered at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach in 2019.
“It was eye opening and interesting on so many levels,” Shealer said of the experience caring for professional athletes and their teams. “Golfers really focus on health and wellness, and they appreciate chiropractic care because the tool of their trade is their body.”
Shealer worked four days during the U.S. Senior Open and enjoyed meeting golfers, caddies, and tournament workers, sharing chiropractic and re-igniting his passion for the profession. “It’s always nice to get feedback and recognition that we provide a valuable service,” he said. “Sometimes in daily practice, we get caught in the shuffle and forget the impact of the gift we have to help people. It was great to be in a place where I could just focus on adjusting and helping people function better.”
He enjoyed the interaction and teamwork with other types of health care providers. “Everyone was so appreciative and thankful that we were there,” he shared. “I loved having the opportunity to educate others on the benefits of regular chiropractic care.”
Shealer said Sherman College prepared him well for his practice and for experiences like this one. “Sherman provided me with a great education –a terrific foundation with a sharp focus on chiropractic. Sherman provides a strong foundation in how to adjust, and why to adjust, and how to educate patients. This experience gave me a chance to re-focus on my passion for the profession.”