Earlier this year Dr. Shawn Borges received
a gold record as “Best Chiropractor on the
Monterey Peninsula,” based on a call-in
survey conducted by a network of Monterey-based
When residents of Monterey County, Calif., look at the cover photo of the local
medical directory, they see West Campus alumnus Shawn Borges, D.C., ('11), his
wife, Erin, and daughter, Dahlia, enjoying a leisurely family walk along the beach
in beautiful Carmel. When Dr. Borges looks at the photo, he has a very different
perspective. He's just thankful that he can walk at all—and credits chiropractic for
making that possible.
Dr. Borges suffered a severe back injury 10 years ago while lifting a heavy box, which
left him numb from the waist down on most mornings, and rendered him wheelchairbound
for much of the next 22 months. Unable to walk, he found himself faced with
the frightening prospect of three major surgeries—with no guarantee any of the procedures
would enable him to regain full, pain-free mobility.
After another in a line of disheartening visits with a neurosurgeon at the Stanford
Medical Center, Dr. Borges embarked upon an exhaustive Web search to identity
less-invasive alternatives to surgery—and discovered chiropractic and the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic in San Jose. He made the 80-mile drive
to the Palmer Clinic, and within eight visits over the course
of four weeks, was completely recovered. No pain. No cane.
"I was beyond impressed by the level of education and skill of my
intern (Jamie Bjerkhoel, '09) as compared to the many ‘specialists'
that I'd seen, all of whom basically presented the same recommendation:
surgery," says Dr. Borges.
The life-changing results he experienced as a patient at the Palmer
Clinic inspired him to become a chiropractor. Dr. Borges completed
60-plus units of prerequisite work in seven months by immersing
himself in a seven-days-a-week schedule that averaged 50-plus
hours of classroom time. When it came time to decide where to
earn his D.C. degree, he says there was no question.
"After all my online research, Palmer had proven itself to be the
‘Harvard' of chiropractic colleges; I wanted to get my education
from the best—and based on the quality of my experience, there's
no question I accomplished that," says Dr. Borges, whose first
practice was based in his hometown of Pacific Grove. He now
provides chiropractic care, and also directs the rehabilitation center,
at Salinas-based WorkWell Medical Group, where he manages
a mulitidisciplinary team of health care specialists.
"The day I made a commitment to myself that I was going to get
well and walk on my own again was also the day I dedicated
myself to helping others achieve their health goals," says Dr. Borges.
"I consider it an honor to treat the patients who have entrusted
me with the privilege of providing them with care. With that honor
comes the responsibility to do all I can to help them achieve
optimal health and live life to the fullest."