Blueprints for success

Blueprints for success

Recent graduates are building new practices with careful planning and hard work
Summer 2006

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A few thoughts on your alma mater and your profession

Wayne Bennett, D.C., West '92, Prescott, Ariz.
Dr. Wayne Bennett

During my early years in practice, I felt it was my duty, at a minimum, to send $100 a year to my alma mater. Since then, I have been able to increase that amount to $1,000 annually, partially because I have more resources, but more importantly because I support the current leadership direction at Palmer and feel that additional support is both earned and deserved.

I also try to attend Palmer special events, although traveling out of state isn’t always feasible. And I try to keep track of my classmates.

When I have an opinion about an issue and I would like to have my voice heard, I speak up. I believe that constructive criticism, if backed by willingness to be part of the solution, is another excellent and productive form of support.

I think that one should support everything in one’s life that has importance. The quality of the chiropractic educational experience is very important to all of us, whether we realize it or not.

Just as the current state of chiropractic is the product of yesterday’s educational process, the future state of our profession will be the product of today’s chiropractic education. If this is true, then it is incumbent upon all of us who care about our profession’s future to involve ourselves in what is going on in colleges, especially those from which we graduated.

Those who would see our profession fail depend upon our tendency to “circle the wagons and fire inward.” Instead of falling prey to this frailty, we should all realize that we will never agree upon everything, nor should we, and that we don’t have to agree upon everything to agree upon what is important. Providing a current, dynamic, comprehensive education to the chiropractors of tomorrow is important. Supporting the profession by joining and participating in chiropractic state and national organizations is also important.

I have been a member of the Arizona Association of Chiropractic (AAC) since I was a student at West. For a number of years, I have been actively involved in committee work for the association and currently serve as its president.

Since graduating from the West campus in 1992, I have been a member of the Yavapai County Chiropractic Association (YCCA) and served in all of the offices, including president, over the years. My son, Dr. Mike Nash, who has practiced with me for the past three years, is currently the YCCA president so I take orders from him.

In addition, I’ve been a member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) since graduation and have attended the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on several occasions as a representative from our state association and as the alternate delegate from our state to the ACA. Currently I serve as the Arizona delegate to the ACA.

Serving on the Council for Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters is something I also enjoy. This is the group that is working on the “Chiropractic Best Practices” document and the “Chiropractic Clinical Compass.”

Chiropractic has always been close to home, for me. I was born in the town where I live and practice. It is a fairly small town, and I value this aspect of my life very much. That’s why I continue to be involved inthe local Kiwanis Club and YMCA as well as with other philanthropic and political activities and causes.

I believe in living life like you mean it, both professionally and personally. Otherwise, what’s the point?

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